Friday, May 29, 2009

Unbelief Doesn't Get Results

I've been reading more about faith this week and have come across some new thoughts I'm pondering on.

I had heard before an acrostic for grace is: God's Riches At Christ's Expense. An acrostic for faith is: Forsaking All others I Trust Him.

We all know God is able to do all things and nothing is impossible with God. But in reading in Mark 6 this week, I've learned where Jesus can't do miracles for us if we have a faith problem.

If you read this chapter, you'll see where Jesus was in his hometown of Nazareth and was wanting do miracles for the people there. Mark 6:5-6 says, "And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages teaching." It sounded as though Jesus was frustrated. What is a 'might work'? I believe that is a demonstration of God's power and His glory. Jesus wanted to do something great, but He couldn't, although He did lay hands on a few sick people.

So why couldn't Jesus do His 'mighty work'? He couldn't because of the people's unbelief. When you don't believe, you don't have faith. Perhaps they didn't know how to have faith. If that was the case, Jesus was there to teach them in their cities and villages. Romans 10:17 says, "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." When Jesus taught the Word, He was helping to cure this kind of unbelief.

Without faith, you don't get the grace you need. Grace is God's ability, but faith is man's responsibility.

1 comment:

Audra said...

"And faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of God."

Therefore, to increase our faith, we must continually pour ourselves into God's word. If our faith isn't increasing through study, then can it stay stagnant? I've heard many say no. Either way, our faith depends on our study of God's word, so thanks for helping us continue to study through your thoughts!