Have you ever heard someone (ahem, perhaps yourself) say: "If only I had enough faith, then (such and such) would happen." Or, "Lord, help my unbelief!" If you've said or thought that, you're not alone. I have too.
But I think this has gotten to be a religious ritual, err, scapegoat. As an excuse for why things do or don't happen, we've just said "well, I didn't believe enough." That's a sad gospel if it's true, my friends. That is not good news. Whenever did I have the faith on my own to believe enough? Surely not before I knew God, and certainly not since I've known God have I graduated to a "do-it-yourself" faith.
2 Corinthians 11:3 warns us not to be corrupted from the simplicity of the faith. So let's go back to the basics today on this issue of belief. I submit to you there's no such thing as not believing enough. There's only what I'll call "believe-it-or-nots." You either believe it - or not. Simple, eh?
If I told you the sky was blue, you wouldn't have to conjure up belief within yourself to ascend to the revelation that the sky is blue. You would either believe me, or not. Now you could argue with me about what shade of blue the sky is if you wanted, but the truth of the blueness of the sky would still stand. The same is true with scripture.
You could read the verse "By His stripes I was healed." (1 Peter 2:24). You could believe that, in fact, Jesus Christ bore your sins on the cross and by His wounds you were healed, that He took your pain so you wouldn't have to bear it. You could believe that. Or not. Some people will flat out not believe it. Others will be unsure. This un-sureness will still manifest as unbelief, though, because he that wavers (doubts) is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed; that man shouldn't expect to receive anything of the Lord, for a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:6-8). So when you boil it down, you either believe it or you don't.
We try to religicize it and make whole doctrines diluting God's promises and elucidating why "this faith thing" just doesn't work, when, in fact, it's working all the time.
For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not mixed with faith in those who heard. ~Hebrews 4:2.
Are you a believer or not? I'm persuaded that "unbeliever" doesn't mean someone who doesn't know God. Unbelievers are people who have heard the Word and chosen not to believe it. Unbelievers can profess themselves to be Christian, wear Christian badges, hold fancy titles, and even have seminary degrees. Believers, on the other hand, need no introduction. I don't need any glitz and glam if I believe God, because when I believe God the impossible manifests around me. The fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, etc.) start sprouting up around me and within me when I believe God. It's undeniable and unmistakable. Newsflash, unbelievers: it's undeniable and unmistakable, too, when you don't believe God. Suddenly anger, bitterness, pride, evil speaking, and confusion sprout up around you and in you when you've hardened your heart against the promises of God.
Believe scripture? Then, praise God, it's working! Don't believe? Praise God, it's still working and it won't profit you anything because it's not mixed with faith. You get results either way!
You don't have to confess scripture over yourself 100 times per day. Only believe. Jesus said:
If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. ~Mark 9:23.
So, what are you waiting for? Do you believe it? Or not?