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What do you do when you don’t believe?

 

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” -1 John 5:4 ESV

What do you do when you simply don’t believe?

Sometimes, I will admit, I have unconsciously looked at non-believers as well as believers who are wrestling with their faith and thought to myself: “Ugh. Why can’t they simply believe?” I have looked down on them whether intentionally or intentionally.

Sometimes, I am quick to recognize my pride and judgment, other times I am not so quick to recognize it, even though the Bible says that people are not able to see the Glory of God as seen in the face of Jesus because their minds are blinded and being veiled by the god of this world, Satan. (2 Corinthians 4:4). I have had my times of doubt and unbelief, but soon after, things pretty much return to normal.

Last weekend, (August 20th, 2016), my brother got married. It was a sweet time of love, joy and fellowship with, honestly, my favorite people in this world. I was with my family, love was shared, laughter was dispersed, normal family banter and arguments, more laughter, food, and true love. Jesus was glorified. It was a week of pure gratitude and joy in the Holy Spirit. My faith was -to say the least- strengthened.

Sunday night, the night before I left my family to begin the fall semester, my mum and I stayed up real late at night just worshipping God through our testimony and conversation. We encouraged each other, iron sharpened iron, challenged each other and just felt the Power of the Holy Spirit in our midst. I truly believe God was glorified because wherever His Name is lifted up, He is glorified. I felt untouchable.

I woke up Monday morning to go to the airport. Waiting at the airport, I cracked open my Bible and began to question EVERY SINGLE THING I was reading. “Is this passage really true?” I thought. “Is God really real?” I thought the feelings would evaporate but as the week went on the doubts and unbelief only intensified.

So believer, what do you do when you don’t believe? I spent this week both in a place of joy of how the past weekend was so great and excited about the school year, but also in a place of struggling so bad to shake off unbelief: it certainly isn’t as easy as I thought and it humbled me to know that ANYONE can face doubts and unbelief at any time. But God has not left us alone. I want to share three things I have been holding onto in this season and God certainly is coming though.


This post is part of a series written by blog reader and friend, Muyiwa Oyatogun. I’m really curious to read the concluding part, but to prevent this post from being too long, we all shall finish the post with the concluding part tomorrow.

Read more from Muyiwa here.

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Hey, my name is Alheri and I'm obsessed with Jesus. This blog is me keeping my promise to Him for answering a prayer. Purple is my favorite color and my favorite scripture is Jeremiah 32:27 which says "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?" (KJV) You can contact me at msalheri@gmail.com

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    • Haha, it’s so funny how I do that even in little everyday things. I just say it to myself: “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief” like a crazy person, and it sure works wonders in that very moment and even afterwards haha!

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  1. Egor F. Egbe says

    The subject of ‘believe and unbelieve’ is very complex. Just like faith. Hard. Complicated. Injurous. Deceitful. Difficult to keep. How do you know you have faith? And faith in what? In who? That you believe? That you don’t believe? believe or unbelieve what? Very hard. Faith? Believe? Remember James Jones episode in Guyana? Remember “Jesus of Oyingbo” in Lagos, Nigeria? Reverend King in Lagos? Believe, unbelieve and faith can drive in different directions. May lead one to glory. May lead one to death. Can be destructive.
    Is it realy true that teenagers wrap themselves up in “certain things for missions” for Al Shabab, for Boko Haram, for ISIS and so on and end their existence from this planet? And take other innocents with them? To where? But we hear and read about them almost every day.
    And it is probably because of this difficulty that Jesus said at the point o his ascension..”.I’ll send you the holy spirit, an advocate ….to be with you .. I”ll not leave you alone…. Whoever introduces the theory of Faith, Believe and Unbelieve to us may end up killing us or helping us depending on which direction he/she so chooses or is yielding to. That is why we need and should seek God’s graces in all our day-to -day activities so that when we come accross authors and disbursters of Faith, believe and Unbelieve, we would be covered and guided by the Holy spirit.
    One, good, hard topic.

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    • I think that when one has faith in Jesus Christ, you definitely can tell. The presence of God is overpowering, overwhelming, and unmistakable. When you’re in right standing with God, you know it without a shadow of a doubt, because you have His perfect love, which covers all doubt. 🙂

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  2. When doubt raises its troublesome head, I accept that as a human being, I’m going to question things. God gave me a critical mind, and He meant me to use it!
    I voice my doubts to God in prayer. He already knows about them, it’s futile to pretend with Him. In my own faith, God has found ways to prove Himself against my disbelief. That we believe in what we cannot see with human eyes is a gift of grace. When we need more grace, we are invited to ask! So, ask!

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  3. The biggest thing I face isn’t the lack of believing, it’s the hint of doubt that surfaces. I trust that God can do anything. The doubt enters, but will He?

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