These weekly posts show the Triad teachings. Starting at week 1 and progressing through the weeks will help you see the logic of the series.
UNBELIEF ABOUT THE WOUND, THE LIE AND THE SIN. Foundation #4
The Bible has a great deal to say about unbelief. While we may see how unbelief is a sin when it is applied to theology, we usually don’t understand that unbelief is a major foundation in our strongholds. In short, we fail to see the wisdom and love of God in allowing our wounding, deceptions and sins. To understand the fullness of this problem, it is important to review the truth about evil. Certainly, as the Bible says, God is good; He cannot be tempted and He does not tempt anyone. All good gifts come from the Father of Lights. In contrast, Satan is the father of lies. He exists only to kill and destroy. He is the tempter. The obvious deeper question however revolves around the fact that God created Satan. It is clear that God created the angels and humans with the capacity to do evil. He planned the system we live in. He allowed evil to come into being and to continue to exist. He, thankfully, planned a solution and redemption through the incarnation and atonement. Eternity will not have evil mixed with good.
Nevertheless, for now the two are mixed together and at war with each other; in the world and in us. Consequently we fail to see that we were placed into an evil world; with enemies around us and in us. Other humans, social institutions, demonic realms, our inner wrong desires, our dullness of spiritual perception, our attachments to the world: they are all allowed by God and were all part of a divine plan. The point is that our own individual story is part of this larger picture. The family we were born into, the events that happened to us, our response to these forces; they were all allowed and were all part of a plan. Unbelief now enters in to our story. Do we believe that Jesus has “all power in heaven and earth”? That not even a sparrow can fall to the ground without God’s permission? One of the important keys to inner healing is to understand and accept that the evil in our lives is part of a plan. Rather than regret we gain joy. When we move from unbelief to faith in the realm of strongholds we lose many of the negative emotions and beliefs about our life and gain a Godly perspective. In essence, when we see that it was a loving God that allowed our lives to form as they did, for a good purpose, then we gain the patience and joy needed to escape the bondage we are in. This process involves great comfort as we realize who we are. God will “re-interpret” our lives for us; and we will feel His love, not imagine His rejection. To realize that I am pleasing to Him, despite my strongholds, rests on seeing that He planned and allowed me to be subject to the evil that formed my strongholds. Now, this is a very large area. A major key to healing and deliverance. It involves fundamental issues such as forgiveness, shame, suffering and endurance. It also releases the power of God; for example, through this process we gain a revelation of who we are in Christ. In fact, the paradox of “rejoicing in our suffering” is understood only as we see that we have failed to believe that our lives have been directed by God towards a goal, and that the wounds, lies and sins have been part of His plan.
Next week we will take a close look at some to the Bible’s teaching on unbelief.