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10 Days Devotional - Day 2: Repenting from Unbelief

Day 2: Repenting from Unbelief

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Today we are going to talk about repentance.  Honestly, I think many people think that repentance is the “noble attempt in your own strength to try to be different.”  Really, that kind of “repentance” is a deep, practical disbelief in the goodness of God, in His Father love, and God’s desire to meet every need--physical, emotional, and spiritual.  

Repentance happens from the inside out.  It is an inward change, and it can begin with your thoughts and your speech, and this will express itself outwardly.   It begins with a decision, but sometimes requires a slow process of learning.

When God builds faith in us, He gives us challenges, difficulties, and obstacles.  We can only overcome these difficulties with His help. You can clearly see God’s hand in the “rear view mirror.”  When you look behind you and remember all of the times when God has surprised you, God has met an impossible need, and redeemed a terrible situation you begin to develop a history.  That history of victory is the record of your faith.

Our trouble is the road ahead.  The road ahead is scary and if you have a few life experiences of failure, it is easy to fall into disbelief.

Disbelief is the decision to not have faith.  Disbelief lives in the woods of “that’s impossible,” “the world doesn’t work that way,”  “maybe you ought to try harder,” and “if only . . .” In the end, disbelief depends on your shoulds, coulds, and woulds.  It depends on your effort, and your efforts are never good enough.

Hebrews 11:1 says that “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.”  In other words, faith is the knowing that when you pray, you have the check in the mail.  You have the money in the bank.  You have the iron clad guarantee.  You have the seal of approval.  You have the record wiped clean.  You have the fulfillment of the promise.  You have the dream come true. You have the answer to the question.  You have all of this and more, not because you did anything, but because God is good and he really loves you.

Faith is the sitting back in the difficulty, taking a deep breath, and saying, “Lord, I don’t know how this is going to work out, but I know you are good.  I know you will bring me through this, and I know I can trust you.”   When you walk through the fire, he will be with you.  You will look into the rear view mirror and say, “Jesus didn’t bring me this far to let me go.”  

Lord, you are good.  Show me the areas in my life where I have allowed disbelief in your goodness to take root and express itself in unbelief.  Help me experience the reality that you never fail.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Christ John Otto is the director of Belonging House in Boston, Massachusetts and the author of An Army Arising: Why Artists are on the Frontline of the Next Move of God.