When You Suddenly Stop Believing
Saleama A. Ruvalcaba
Can you suddenly stop believing in God? Well, some of us can. Who are these people who no longer believe in our Lord and Savior? Are they the people who only go to church once a month? Are they the people who were saved when they were in the 6th grade, yet did not follow through as a disciple? Are they the people who went to a powerful weekend conference, left inspired, told everyone about Jesus Christ – and – that was it. No… Actually they’re the people we converse with each week at church. They’re the people in our Bible study group – Sunday school class, and prayer meetings. They’re on the worship team, third-grade teachers, and board members. They’re the ones we read about in;
1:John 1:8-19″Dear children, this is the last hour, and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming even now many antichrist have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us, but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.”
Many of us make the detrimental mistake of trying to have faith in God through His promises first. We do not have faith first! Let me say that again. We attempt faith through what God can do for us, first, rather than having faith in God, because He is God. When the things we are hoping for do not come to pass, we give up – and walk away. Jesus gave His disciples the secret to answered prayers; Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God.” Have faith in God, Jesus says. He does not say have faith in your requests to God. Have faith in God. Jesus goes on in that verse to explain to His disciples how God will answer their prayers when they exercise faith in Him. Prayer that moves mountains has nothing to do with your positive mental attitude. Faith does not rest on your rituals. Faith does not rest on someone else’s faith. Faith does not rest on God answering your every command. The kind of prayers that move mountains is the fruitfulness in God’s Kingdom. We know this when we spend time with God. If your prayers have very little to do with expanding the Kingdom of God – you may find yourself disappointed when answers do not come, and thus – lose your faith.
Our faith comes when we keep our eyes and ears on the known promiser. For example: if you’re sitting outside at a café and a stranger sits down beside you and says, “I can tell you’re in need of something. Make your request known and I will see to it that you receive it.” How likely are you to believe that your request will come to pass? You don’t know this person. They have a scratchy voice. They look rather strange. Who are they? On the other hand, you’re sitting outside at a café, and your friend of 30 years meets you. You talk with this person every day. You laugh together. You pray together. You meet each other’s needs. They tenderly mention to you that from a previous conversation they can tell you’re in need of something. You tell them what it is. They reply that they will take care of it. Now, how likely are you to believe this scenario over the first one? God is the known promiser. Our eyes see Him everywhere we go. Our ears hear His voice all throughout the day. Our intentional communication with Him gives us faith in His promises. You cannot have true faith in someone you do not know – including God.
Spending time with God gives us power. The words in the Bible are no longer words in the Bible, they are life to our eyes and ears. They are truth to our soul. We no longer vehemently seek our promises from God, instead we seek to know Him. When we seek Him, we are under His influence and not the world’s. When we are under His influence, we know His voice. We know the desires He has for us. We walk on His path, which might be totally different from the path we’ve had ourselves on. Spending time with God through studying His word, prayer, and worship helps bridge the gap when it comes to faith and answered prayers. We no longer have hopeless meaningless prayers. We are full of power, seeking what only God wants. He reveals Himself to us through our total surrender to Him.
We mistakenly look at others and want what they have. It makes us question God. We’re good people. We follow the rules. Why do other people seem to have such a good life? Why not me God? We have no idea how people furnish their lifestyles. What if they embezzled money from their company? What if they’ve stabbed co-workers in the back? What if they’ve committed adultery? “No way, they live such a godly life. God must be blessing them.” I’ll say it again. We have no idea how people furnish their lifestyle. God tells us not to covet, so we must keep our eyes off the world. It might not be “things” we covet; we might covet someone’s health, or weight, or family life. Whatever it is, our faith rest in Him. If you want unshakable faith in God, start today by spending more time with Him. Spend less time in front of the television, social media, texting, talking on the phone, and at work. Give that time to God instead. Feed your soul with Him more than ever. Get to know Him – the real Him. The one who adores you. Your desires will no longer be on yourself, but for the greater good of our world – His Kingdom. Have faith in God – because He has faith in you!
2: Thessalonians 1:11 “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.”