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Avoid the Tragedy of Unbelief

Read Matthew 13:53-58
“And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.” Matthew 13:58 (HCSB)

This is one of the saddest verses in the Bible. It is the account of Jesus
going to His hometown to teach. When people heard Him, they were
astonished. However, their astonishment did not lead them to respond to
His teaching in obedience and faith. Their lives could have been
radically changed for the better. Their community could have been
radically changed. However, no positive changes occurred in the people
or the town of Nazareth. Why? The Scripture gives the reason,
“Because of their unbelief.”

Unbelief shuts the door on the transformational power of Jesus. Faith
opens the floodgates to that same transformational power. In contrast
to this passage of Scripture are countless others where Jesus worked
miracles in response to the faith present in the lives of people. (Read
Matthew 9:2; 9:22; 15:28; Mark 10:52; Luke 8:48)

When Jesus looks at your life what does He find? An attitude of faith?
or unbelief? Do you believe Jesus can do a work of renewal and
revitalization in your church? Do you believe He will? Do you believe
that to the extent you are praying for Jesus to bring renewal to your

If your unbelief is a roadblock to Jesus working in your
church, confess the sin of unbelief. Ask God to
strengthen your faith in Him. (Mark 9:24)