Contending with Unbelief – The Father of Lies
So today’s post is about the stronghold of Unbelief. Where did unbelief come from? How did it begin? I strongly believe that Unbelief is indeed a killer of destiny and that is why we must be vigiliant to guard our hearts from people who try to sow seeds of doubt into our spirit-man. When we look at the book of Genesis, God had made the world and He had made Man in His own image and likeness who were both Adam and Eve.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
In this passage we understand that:
2. God blessed His creation of both Men and Women.
3. God blessed them with the power to be fruitful in everything, not limited to just giving birth, but also in the ability to be inventive and create things by their own hands.
4. God blessed them with the ability to Multiply which was to reproduce after their Own kind which were to be a the future son and daughters of God since they were created to be in Gods Image and Likeness.
5. God gave them the Earth as their inheritance as sons and daughters of God.
6. God already gave them the power of DOMINION (authority) over every territory on the earth, land, sea and air.
God gave us all this authority and many blessings but something happened that thwarted the destiny of Mankind to lose the privileges of our Godly sonship; UNBELIEF happened.
Adam and Eve knew they were sons of God until they were deceived out of their sonship by Satan who lingered in the garden waiting for an opportune time to sow a seed of doubt. Satan is indeed the Father of lies and all he needed to do to steal, kill and destroy God’s original plan for mankind to rule over the earth in dominion, Power and authority, was to cause the sons of God to become UNBELIEVERS of the LIVING WORD OF GOD.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Eve was caught up in the scheme when Satan caused her to question her sonship in the Lord.
The Temptation and Fall of Man
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
Ok so here we understand that Satan was very coy and questioned how much Eve believed in the WORD of GOD. In verse 2 She was clear on the instruction that God had given her and Adam not to eat of the fruit so she was strong and confident to that point until Satan came at her at a different angle. Satan planted a suggestion in her mind that insinuated that God didn’t want them to be like Him by sowing a seed of doubt that caused her to believe in a lie that God was withholding information from them concerning the forbidden fruit from the Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil which they were commanded NOT to eat in the first place.
This diabolical suggestion was the first seed of doubt sown by Satan – the FATHER OF LIES (John 8:44). Adam and Eve ended up doubting their Sonship when in fact they were already created to be like God in His Image and likeness from the very beginning. Satan just needed to add a little confusion to cause them to lose their IDENTITY. This is how the stronghold of Unbelief was birthed into their Spirit. Also take note that the seed of Unbelief, caused them to no longer Fear the Lord’s instruction to NOT eat of that fruit and thus Foolishness followed as they ate of the desirable fruit to make them “wise” (Genesis 3:6). Did they forget that the FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF ALL WISDOM???? It seems that their Faith in God was shaken by a deceptive lie that came in the form of a planted suggestion. Satan is indeed a Cunning foe.
Adam and Eve were wise beings originally because they FEARED THE LORD but Satan’s first seed of Doubt that birthed a harvest of sin into their spirit like a choking weed caused them to fall from that state of God’s Grace, lose their Identity in the Lord, and as a result they both died spiritually. Their destiny as Sons of God was destroyed as of that moment just because of UNBELIEF.
Praise be to God that Jesus came back with a plan to destroy all the works of our Enemy, the Devil, by the Power of what He did on the Cross which helped to reinstate us back into true Sonship with the Lord once again. The Power of the Blood of Jesus aided in reviving our Faith back to God as we throw away the bondage of UNBELIEF by becoming free as BELIEVERS in the One TRUE GOD once again.
Sons of God are BELIEVERS.
Sons of Disobedience are UNBELIEVERS…
What son are you today? Ask yourself this question.
Believers receive the same package of Glory that was given to Adam and Eve, the power to have dominion over the Earth, land, sea and air, they can be fruitful and multiply (productive, creative, inventive — just like our Creator God is) and that is their inheritance that we must claim as we acknowledge who we are in CHRIST.
Unbelievers have no idea who they are and wonder aimlessly from religion to religion still trying to figure out their identity. Who has deceived you out of your IDENTITY??????
Friends, my message today is that UNBELIEF is a serious Destiny killer. It is the one thing that was able to separate Adam and Eve from God. It is Satan’s plan that we remain separated from God and lose our identity in Christ. We cannot afford to let this happen PEOPLE! Know who you are in Christ and also consider that UNBELIEF is a serious stronghold in our churches today. You’ll be surprised how many so-called members in your churches are bound by unbelief.
Without FAITH it is completely IMPOSSIBLE to please God because unbelief separates us from Him (Hebrews 11:6). So like the man that sought Jesus to heal his child and had trouble in his UNBELIEF, ask the Lord to help you with your unbelief Today.
Mark 9:23-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”
Unbelief is a stronghold that plagues our cities and that is why people who operate in this way LACK THE FEAR OF GOD and despise WISDOM which is UNDERSTANDING who you are in CHRIST. Pray that the Lord uproots areas in your life where there were seeds of doubt sown into you by people or suggestions planted by what you heard, read or saw. Believing is Seeing, the Fear of the Lord is Wisdom and Faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not yet seen. Believe God today and seek deliverance from the stronghold of UNBELIEF.
I have an awesome Song from Men of Standard called I WILL. May it encourage you today. Stay blessed Everybody!
Scriptures to Meditate
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (NKJV)
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
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