Hold on and just keep reading because you might just know someone who fits this category.
Over the years I have observed many Christians and their walk in the Lord: how they live, pray, and believe. We all do this, whether consciously or unconsciously. This can be good and it can be bad. Let me explain.
Remember the old familiar saying that birds of a feather flock together? Well, God says it a bit differently:
1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV) 33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
1 Corinthians 15:33 (AMP) 33 Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.
As you can see, evil communications have to do with companionships and associations. God warns us that they will corrupt us if we continue to pursue and take up company with them. This is what I am speaking about. Who do you associate with? With whom do you hang around and associate with?
Now, I can just hear responses from all over that, of course, you hang out with good people and have severed ties with those who would corrupt you and lead you astray. Really?
Not all evil is easily discerned. Believing anything contrary to God’s Word is evil! What do I mean by that? Let me tell you a true story that will paint a better picture of what I am saying.
Several years ago, my husband and I were privileged to share the truths about God’s divine healing with a particular young man. His mother was ill and he desperately wanted her to be healed. I had written a short book regarding God’s will to heal everyone and offered it to him. He accepted and was thrilled and encouraged when he read it.
However, the story doesn’t end here. This young man was so blessed that he showed the booklet to his pastor who promptly dismissed the whole idea that it’s always God’s will to heal. And because of his pastor’s influence, this young man sided in with his pastor’s unbelief and we never heard from him again.
I have shared this story with you because it shows how deadly unbelief can be – no matter where it comes from or from whom it comes. You must believe God’s Word in spite of what the doubters say if you want God’s results. There are multitudes of Christians who believe in Jesus but don’t know enough of God’s Word to believe that Isaiah 53:4-5 and I Peter 2:24 are true.
Isaiah 53:4-5 (KJV) 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
We’re not the sick trying to get healed. We’re the healed that the devil is trying to make sick! There’s a vast difference! We have to see ourselves the way God sees us and build that image into our spirits if we want His healing power to deliver us. You’ll never rise higher than the way you see yourself.
If you see yourself sick and infirm, that’s what you’ll have. If you see yourself broke and in lack, that’s what you’ll have. You have to see yourself healed and whole, prosperous and having abundance if that’s what you want.
Proverbs 23:7a (KJV) 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
So, what’s my point? My point is that if you hang out with people who are in unbelief, it will hinder you from believing God’s truth. But, if you associate with people who are true believers of God’s Word and stand on it and see results, guess what? You’ll start believing God’s Word and walking in His benefits and blessings.
Make a commitment to believe God’s Word as if your life depended on it, which it actually does!