What is the Power of Unbelief by Dr Tony Evans

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let me tell you something God doesn’t do miracles just to show off he does the supernatural so that his name will be known and they say see because too many of us still got him in a manger somewhere 72 million of us don’t know who we dealing with here who then is this that even the wind and the sea obey Him it doesn’t work this religious thing this Christian thing it doesn’t work that’s what the disciples are saying it’s not working I’m not getting victory I’m not being delivered I’m not I’m not I’m not it’s not working and they want to know why he doesn’t just bless you for you he blesses you for his name his glory your impact your testimony your ministry God just don’t want to do miracles that excludes you he wants to do miracles that include you you are part of the miracle [Music] all of us have travelled across bridges when we travel across a bridge it typically means that two bodies of land have been separated by a challenge there’s either a water way a lake or a river that has to be crossed that we can’t drive across so they construct a bridge or perhaps there’s one mountain range to another range one large hill to another hill separated by a valley a low spot that you can’t drive across or it’s too big so they construct a bridge this bridge is designed to take you from where you are to where you are trying to go you’re trying to get from here to there so they make a construct they construct a bridge that you can cross over from where you are to where you need to be there is a bridge that God has constructed for everyone to move from the natural to the supernatural he has given you a bridge you do not have to stay stuck where you are you can literally move from where you are the natural into the supernatural but you gotta cross the bridge the bridge that God has constructed for you to move from the natural to the supernatural is the bridge called faith it is the only bridge that he has constructed so if you don’t use that bridge you don’t cross over no matter how bad you want to cross over no matter how much you need to cross over without the faith bridge you cannot move from the natural into the supernatural now that we have constructed the bridge it’s time to cross over because you can have a bridge that folk don’t use but a bridge unused becomes a useless bridge to those who need it most and trust me what many of us need either in our lives or in the lives of folk we know demands the supernatural and the reason you know it demands the supernatural is the natural hadn’t fixed it the natural hasn’t changed it reversed it tweaked it it hadn’t done anything substantial with it and so it’s time to cross over but there’s only one bridge and that’s the faith bridge now what you need to know is the power of unbelief because faith if it’s the only bridge and you don’t have it unbelief will keep you stuck where you are unbelief is so powerful we read in chapter 13 that Jesus limited what he would do because of unbelief unbelief is so powerful it’ll stop God’s work in your life unbelief is so powerful it’ll keep God at a distance unbelief is so powerful that you can spend the rest of your life stuck where you are and never cross over to see the supernatural so here we are we’re going to start off with a story story here in chapter 17 we have a father whose son is mentally unstable not only that but he’s ill so he’s got mental problems and he’s got he physical problems she’s physically impaired this boy had something wrong with him and we have somebody in his life who cared his father natural for father to care about a son his father cared that he had a sauce very sick son who was mentally off at some way who needed to be delivered and everybody in here either has something from which they need to be delivered or know someone who has something from which they need help that the natural can’t fix so what does daddy do verse 16 I brought him to your disciples and they could not cure him first verse of chapter 10 of Matthew says Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to cast them out and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness he then goes and tells Jesus I went to the folk you told me to go to I went to the folk you authorized me to go to and your people couldn’t help me he brings the boy to Jesus stay with me when he brings the boy to Jesus Jesus said and verse 17 bring him here to me Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out and the boy was cured at once now notice what Jesus says before he says bring the boy to me you unbelieving and perverted generation how long shall I be with you how long shall I put up with you doesn’t it sound like Jesus say y’all gettin on my nerves huh okay why why is Jesus upset he says you you are a generation that have upset me because what’s this you are unbelieving and your unbelief has made you perverted whoa faithlessness leads to perversion your unbelief has perverted your thinking it has perverted how you operate it perverted how you look at me and you making me have to go through the same stuff over and over and over and over again because faithlessness leads to perversion he says you are perverted the generation is perverted bring him to me now it says when he brings the boy to Jesus Jesus speaks to the demon and the boy is cured at once hmm interesting the boys got a mental problems got a physical problem he’s got medical issues he’s got all this but behind all this is a demon if you don’t see the demon and you don’t understand the demon then you just gonna be dealing with mental problems and physical problems and circumstances Jesus went to the source cuz the source of his problem was spiritual the mental problems the physical problems the jumping in the fire and jumping in the water was fruit of another root every problem doesn’t exist because there is a spiritual or a negative reason in other words you can have a headache just because something is wrong physically it’s not a demon we’ve got the problem that we don’t bother to go deeper to find out if it is deeper we become satisfied with the surface which fundamentally as you’ll see in a moment is unbelief here’s where some of you will see a supernatural where as we go through this process this law it says when Jesus spoke to the demon the demon came out at once I studied the Bible in college for four years I studied the Bible before you as different as master’s degree another four years little about their degree and then I’ve been preaching all of these years and I’m still learning new things from this awesome inexhaustibility a little game that’s why I’m so excited about the twenty Evans Study Bible and its accompanying works the Tony Evans Bible commentary it will take all of this training and this teaching and make it available to you to understand utilize and apply God’s most powerful [Music] here’s when you know you’ve hit the supernatural when you’ve been dealing with stuff for years you get your faith life right and it disappears overnight because see that’s the supernatural you know that’s not natural cuz you’ve been dealing with this addiction you’ve been dealing with this problem we’re dealing with this mindset you’ve been dealing with this circumstance and you’ve tried this and tried that try this drive that tried this nut it hadn’t worked and all of a sudden you get you cross this bridge of faith and bam God comes out of nowhere and takes away what was owning you for an extended period of time it says when Jesus showed up he sucked that thing up because it was spiritual and Jesus addressed it spiritually it got addressed quickly it didn’t take forever okay so Jesus cure is the boy ah now it gets interesting because verse 19 then the disciples came to Jesus privately we tried and not like we didn’t try we tried and it didn’t work in fact there’s some folk here who in your private conversation with Jesus are saying it doesn’t work it doesn’t work it’s religious thing this Christian thing it doesn’t work that’s what the disciples are saying it’s not working I’m not getting victory I’m not being delivered I’m not I’m not I’m not working and they want to know why so they want to know why so Jesus answers that question verse 20 he said to them because of the littleness of your faith the reason you failed was the power of unbelief your faith was so tiny that you didn’t cross the bridge in to the supernatural that you just saw me do he said your faith was too small you you your faith was watch this insufficient for the problem you had enough faith to go to church you had enough faith to be religious you may even had enough faith to pick up your Bible but what you had and what you needed didn’t match now he tells them the problem that problem is our problem because it’s a generational problem he says he didn’t do many miracles because of their unbelief chapter 13 says now he now wants to teach them so I’m going to try in this verse to explain a phenomena principle of us entering into the supernatural he says I say to you he’s talking to his disciples we’re his disciples if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain move from here to there and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you he says number one you need mustard seed faith to deal with mountain size problems stay with me now he says you need mustard seed faith to deal with mountain size problem mountains in the Bible are in movable circumstances things you can’t change it too big in order to move a mountain he says you need a mustard watch this stay with me you got this huge problem this huge addiction this huge crisis this huge issue it’s big it’s been there for years you’ve tried everything you know it won’t budge well it looks like it’s budging and then it still doesn’t budge he said what’s missing is mustard a mustard seed faith little seed you complain to have a little faith but the little seed can move a big mountain look let me take a little something about that must see inside that seed when planted is a 15 foot mustard tree see the seed is tiny watch this but the life inside of it is big so what made their faith little was the lack of life inside of it okay it was a light issue not a size issue because this a mustard seed was used to refer to the smallest kind of seed you could ever have and you see how small it is the issue was living faith versus lifelessly so what makes your face small is the absence of spiritual life inside of it if it’s void of spiritual rights James – calls it big faith it’s the faith without life our problem is a lack of life so we come up with big things big programs big activities big expectations with no life so it won’t grow it won’t grow see if something doesn’t have life it can’t grow he says if you have a mustard seed kind of faith that is a light pulsating with light even though it’s tiny what you will see this thing produced will blow your mind because it’s full of life so it’s the nature of the faith that produces the power of the supernatural Jesus says it’ll move mountains and what looks like something key that can’t be fixed he says when you’ve got mustard seed a living thing you will tell the mountain what it must do you will not simply recite what it can do you will say please notice a mouse you will have a conversation with the problem notice who is talking to you not talking to other Christians not talking to other disciples not talking other people you will say to this mountain the mountain is the obstacle the mountain is the problem you and the mountains will have a conversation and you will say addiction you gonna say situation you’re gonna speak to it and it must back off why must it back off because of the life you confronted it with you confronted it with living faith and the the cement was not able to handle the growth of the life wouldn’t it be something supernatural if you could speak to your stuff and your stuff would move he says it has to do with faith but it has to do with the living nature of the faith and so he tells them that this is the basis of seeing what appears to be impossible of course within the will of God become possible but this is not the kind of faith most Christians have okay when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior you have crossed over from death to life from Hell to heaven you had a supernatural experience because you were given eternal life that was a supernatural act when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior the problem is that the faith we use to get saved that took us to a supernatural location in heaven in our eternal destiny we skip when it comes to living in history so many of us are going to have to wait till we get to heaven to see heaven because we did not live by faith on earth so that heaven could visit us accepting Christ takes you to have them living by faith brings heaven to you so the problem today is that there are too many unbelieving believers he says in closing but this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting he’s talking about a kind where demons are behind it in other words this is deep this is not ordinary this is this thing goes deep so when aspirant K fixes you better go to the doctor when you realize that your will can’t fix it that the folk you know can’t fix it that the other Christians you hanging out with can’t fix it that means this thing is so deep spiritually that you must dig deeper spiritually this kind only comes out by prayer and fasting what he was saying that him guys this boy’s problem was so spiritually deep you should have gone deeper spiritually what y’all were doing was not going deeper spiritually and that’s what most Christians run from I don’t want to do that I don’t want to go deeper in fasting in prayer I don’t want to go deeper and get in wrestling with God I don’t want to go deeper if that thing been with you for years and you can’t control it and it controls you you better go deeper because there may be a demon keeping them up on you you don’t handle demons by taking pills you don’t handle demons you handle demons by going deeper with God because only God can handle errant angels since you got to go deeper if you want a bus and your bus gets stuck in a hole and you’re trying to get the bus out of the hole and you’ve got 10 guys there other guys on the only busting they’re big strong guys to win this ditch guys let’s get off and let’s push the bus out throw you in a hole and 10 guys are pushing and pushing and pushing and pushing and it won’t move but you’re trying you’re trying you try these guys are built that’s strong weight lifters and you’re pushing but the hole is too deep but you’re sweating and you’re doing everything you can and you got to get out of as ho I gotta get out of this hole I got to get somebody else out of this hole all these people in this box in this hole let me suggest something if you find out that Clark Kent is on the bus you discover what man knows man Clark Kent is on the bus that should change your strategy cuz you in hole you’re trying to push out of the hole but somebody says ken is on the bus you spend more time with Kent then you do trying to push it because Kent has the power you see the reason why Kent has the power is hearing from him kid is from a place called Krypton he’s from a place out there but as Clark Kent he lives down here possessing the power from a veil and when he unbuttons and takes off his shirt and unhooks his pie and you see that big s on his chest now it is clear the power you need for the hole you’re in is really in the person you just talk to so you don’t have to kill yourself to get out of the hole with the power from the supernatural person can push you out without breaking a sweat the disciples broke a sweat was not able to solve the problem because they miss Jesus the reason why the man got the problem solved is he skipped the weightlifters and went straight to Jesus and Jesus fixed overnight with the sweat and disciples were not able to push out of a hole so when it’s that deep you go deeper spiritually which means you need to know somebody have somebody who knows how to go there take you there and lift you out of there that meant let me just close with a thought in mark’s version mark chapter 9 daddy had a problem Matthew doesn’t tell you this mark tells you this daddy got a problem daddy says Jesus Jesus asked daddy do you believe I can heal your son then mark 9 do you believe it in other words faith now and the man says something astounding he says I believe help my unbelief he says I believe but I’m shaky I believe but I’m scared will you give me what I lack so I can go deep enough to bleed so that you can lift me up out of this hole and the Bible says when he asks for help to even help his faith so that he can have the faith for Jesus to do the miracle Jesus gave him the faith he needed to both her up the faith he had for the seriousness of the situation and healed his son so even if your faith is weak you’ve got a faith helper so get ready for your miracle as long as you cross the bridge because here it is my closing line without him you cannot but without you he will not so let me tell you something God doesn’t do miracles just to show off he doesn’t do the supernatural to flex his muscles he does the supernatural so that his name will be known some issues are too big for you to handle by yourself that’s why you need community that’s why you need people around you to help you move stones you can use that’s what church is supposed to be he doesn’t just bless you for you he blesses you for his name his glory your impact your testimony your ministry not the redeemed of the Lord say so will you get your supernatural you better open up your mouth then you better declare the greatness of your God because only your God can go into your grave and raise you up and give you life you better give him the glory to his name [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] you these are uncertain days out there there’s a lot of fear worry anxiety because we’re facing something very unique personally as well as nationwide and worldwide this did not catch God by surprise nothing happens in history that doesn’t start by being allowed in eternity everything visible and physical is preceded by something invisible and spiritual so if you want to understand the physical visible and you’ve got to be willing to investigate the invisible and spiritual if all you see is what you see you do not see all there is to be seen this virus has called attention to deeper issues our need for unity the nature of of the world and the conflicts that we face it’s also brought back the need for us to serve one another and resist our selfishness there are spiritual underlining causes and cures the Bible says that God uses circumstances to speak and write now but this coronavirus he’s screaming and he’s saying pay attention to me yes you’ve got to do the things that will promote health and well-being and safety but you’ve also got to look back to me because I’m doing the talking here when weather gets bad you check in with the weatherman because you want some more information when life gets bad and the nation is in trouble and the world is confused that’s time for a check in with the deity since Daniel for says heaven rules and what God is trying to communicate to us through this crisis is that he wants to invite us to invite him back into our life and into our he doesn’t just want to be a deity on the periphery he wants to be centralized in our heart in our lives and our families and our churches and yes even in our culture and so people are calling for prayer people are turning on their televisions to to get hope they’re listening to the leaders for direction what God is saying listen to me because I offer you a kingdom that cannot be shaken a stability that transcends your uncertainty this is the time are we doing all the other things to draw near to God because when he allows a crisis that is always a spiritual purpose attached to it James 1 says God brings about a trial he’s calling attention to something that you cannot see this virus we do not see but we feel the effects you don’t see God but he wants his effect to be felt because he’s gotten our undivided attention because he’s allowed us to be in something that we can’t resolve on our own in the midst of this turn to God matter how uncertain you feel no matter how fearful you are like the Bible says when you get anxious that’s a that’s a signal to pray well let’s call on God now only for the cure to the virus but to the cure to our viruses housed in viruses our rebellion viruses the things that has separated us our families and our nation from God let’s get back to the spiritual because that will have a great impact on what happens in the physical you [Music] [Music]

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