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.
What the Bible Says About Unbelief:
“Unbelief” is one of the 4 foundations of a spiritual stronghold.
The opposite of unbelief is, of course, faith.
The Bible is primarily a book about faith. What we need to do now is to review some of the key passages that show that since spiritual strongholds are founded on unbelief then faith is important to the process of sanctification.
To understand the Bible’s message about unbelief it is necessary to realize that “wounds and lies” hurt. It is the pain of the wounds and lies, and the injustice of having to been wounded and lied to, that fuels a sinful response to these events. So, let’s look at some Bible passages that deal with the role of faith in defeating spiritual strongholds.
James 1:2-4 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing…Blessed is the man who endures these trials, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.”
1 Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also be glad when His glory is revealed.”
Hebrews 12:3 “Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-10 “Blessed be the God and Father of Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all of our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God . For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.”
2 Corinthians 12:7-12 “To keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations I had received, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but He said to me, “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weakness, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak then I am strong.”
Romans 8:28 “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.”
John 14:2-3 “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
Now merely suffering is not redemptive suffering. If a child is sexually abused, or if their parents divorce right at a delicate stage of development, or if they are raised in a home and culture that is spiritually dark then they will suffer, but it is not redemptive until they decide to follow God. “Take up your cross and follow Me”, involves decision and intention, not just pain.
So really, facing your pain , trusting that God has allowed you to suffer trauma and injustice for a reason, and believing that your past will actually work for good, is a necessary part of becoming free of sin.
So let’s sum up what we have taught about how inner healing is a part of sanctification:
People are wounded in childhood, and often made to feel guilty for their wounds. Then they add to their problem by turning to sin to remove their pain. Whether the sin is anger, or sex or drugs is not the issue. What counts is that they come to see that they have been hurt and lied to, and come to see that God allowed these things as part of His plan to redeem them. They can then face their pain without destructive choices and receive hope healing in the process.
Next week we will look at “deliverance” from The Role of Satan as part of process of sanctification.