“Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have not faith?” Mark 4:40
What faith a person has or has not comes down to a heart problem within the individual, whether a believer or a nonbeliever. This heart problem affects our sight, hearing, and mind.
“Why reason ye, because ye have no bread?
Perceive ye not yet, neither understand?
Have ye your heart yet hardened?
Having eyes, see ye not?
And having ears, hear ye not?
And do ye not remember?
When I brake the five loaves among five thousand,
how many baskets full of fragments took ye up…
And he said unto them,
How is it that ye do not understand?” Mark 8:17-19,21
In scripture the heart when speaking of the inner person represents the emotion, thought, understanding…all the person really is and not necessarily what is seen or heard of the person. Jeremiah describes the heart seeded with sin.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” 17:9.
David in Psalm 14 adds this:
“The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
Paul echoed David’s Psalm in Romans 3 when he asked:
“What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin:
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
There is not one that understandeth,
there is none that seeketh after God.”
By birth into this world, all are born with a heart problem. The heart carries the seed of sin. Sin comes naturally to each one of us. The only way to remove this seed is through transplanting the heart carrying sin with one filled with the seed of faith leading to holiness. This faith is a gift of God’s grace.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”
Ezekiel’s word to Israel is also a word for all:
“A new heart also will I give you,
and a new spirit will I put within you:
and I will take away the stoney heart out of your flesh,
and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you,
and cause you to walk in my statutes,
and ye shall be my people,
and I will be your God.” Ezek. 36:26,27
Paul in Romans 10 tells us how this operation occurs.
“But what saith it?
The word is night thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:
that is the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart
that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness,
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved.” Rom. 10:8-10,13.
Faith is born, given as a gift of God. Where does the stumbling block come in? Here I will handle my thoughts and at the end I have included a few of my fellow bloggers comments. For my full list of possibilities check out, “Friday’s Thoughts”.
A couple bloggers mentioned one I failed to list but do believe is the seed of sin we are born with…Pride. Pride not humbled hardens the heart and hinders the understanding. Pride says as the fool, “there is no God”. Disbelief breeds more disbelief hardening the heart. The hardened heart is filled with,
“…all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life…” I John 2:16.
The flesh craves its pleasure. The eyes see only what they want. And the pride says I’ll get it my way.
The wisdom of God is foolishness to the natural, unregenerate heart. It cannot understand the things of God.
“For the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1Cor. 2: 14.
Even the heart that has been born again by the righteousness of Christ is given to spells of heart problems. That is why we see Christ upbraiding His disciples. Their lack of faith came from a lack of understanding.
“And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?”
Understanding is ours to be had.
“…ye have not, because ye ask not…” James 4:2
“And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe;
help thou mine unbelief.” Mark 9:24.
Grow & Know:
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” 2Pet. 3:18.
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;
that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all saints
what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height:
and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge,
that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”
“…that ye might be filled with knowledge of his will
in all wisdom, and spiritual understanding
that ye might walk worthy of the Lord
unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work,
and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Col. 1: 9,10.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6.
The new heart comes with a seed of faith through God’s grace. By His grace it will one day blossom into sight. Until then keep on keeping on. God always completes His word. For He is His word. When doubt seeks to weaken our heart of faith go to the One whose, “…grace is sufficient.” He is the strength of our faith.
From, Friday’s Thoughts:
Here a few responses to “Friday’s Thoughts”. Thank you to each who took time to share their understanding.
Sue Love, cfservant.wordpress.com
so the three – pride, control, and sinful habits – all work together to keep people from true believing faith in Jesus Christ.
So, Satan devised a plan to conquer that. Yes, Satan! He made a way for people to “believe” in Jesus and to not have to yield control or give up their pride or have to let go of their sinful lifestyles.
My thoughts; lack of understanding the Word of God and pride for the unbeliever in my experience to name a couple. The ones you listed as well. Much blessings
My personal experience with the unbeliever without a religious background is their unwillingness to face the fact of their sinfulness. The unbeliever with a religious background their feelings and experiences convinces them that they have the truth and for the Christian not knowing who their God truly is .
I think ultimately self is the core for any road block. We want to rely in what WE know be it pain, pride, experience, knowledge, etc. But the situation definitely can be different.