Maybe you are suffering from the Hagar syndrome.This is where Abraham’s trust in God waned, and unbelief grew as God was moving to slow with his promise to bless Abraham. He decided, with Sarah, to sleep with Hagar, justifying his decision (the sin of unbelief and adultery, even though the law was not yet given, God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow) as though he was helping God fulfill his promise to bless them with a child.
After Isaac, the promised child was born a huge issue arose. There was infighting in the family, trust issues, anger, resentment, heartbreak and more that still lasts today. The descendants of Ismael and Isaac, will always be at odds and will never have peace as we see with Israel and the Arab nations today. This one decision of unbelief by Abraham, has affected all of the families in both lines in a negative way to this very day. One sin of unbelief has mushroomed into trillions of sins over time. It has created almost as much harm as Adams one decision of unbelief in the Garden that led to the fall.
We all know that God has promised to take care of us, to bless us, to reward us.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Heb 11:6
He tells us over and over just to believe and to have faith. He tells us not to doubt, fear or worry, he will provide. But, if you are at all like me, There, have been many times in your life that you have acted in unbelief and decided to help God.
When we fail to trust God, we start with the sin of unbelief and move into other sins in our attempt to help God provide for us, bless us. The sin of unbelief is always the catalyst for other sins. If we totally believed God, we would have no need to act out in sin. I am going to use finances as just an example because the areas of money, power, and sex are where our flesh is the weakest. I am not saying we do all of these things all of the time. If we do, we probably are not born-again. I am talking about a born-again believer who slips into unbelief in the area of finances and ends up doing something they know is not quite right or outright wrong to help God provide for them, to bless them. This list is meant to help the reader be honest before God, not to lead them to feel judged or judge others.
God said he would provide, but we do not trust him, he is too slow, and our friends are doing so much better. We fudge on our taxes or outright cheat and justify it. We do not declare our tips as a waiter and justify it. We are not completely upfront and honest to make that sale and justify it. We cover things up to sell that car, passing the problem on to another and justify it. We cut corners in our business dealings and justify it. We take advantage of our insurance company and justify it. We do something illegal and justify it. We do not help others out when God asks us to and justify it. We take advantage of others and justify it. And on and on this list could go and this is only about finances.
There may not be a clear-cut example of what you have done to cut corners at times, but hopefully, this made you think. Only you and God know where you have specifically cut corners. All of this is based on fear and unbelief in God’s promise to take care of us. We do not trust God as we say with our mouths.
Then we wonder why our life is in chaos? We may even blame God because it looks like He is not helping us. But the problem is our shortcuts are doubt, and other acts of sin and God cannot bless our doubt and acts of sin. If He did, it would only lead us further down the wrong path. In other words, He is not going to help make the deal work that we took a shortcut on to put together. Now it may still go together, but it is like Ismael and comes with consequences in some manner. The crazy thing is that if we were honest and did not listen to fear in our dealings, many of these would go together anyway and then God could bless them. And the ones that did not go together, so what. God is our provider, not man. Just because something does not go our way does not change this truth. Fear is never a good motivator.
Could it be that all of this activity (sin) we have justified, has led us into more fear and worry? Fear we might be found out by man and fear that God is angry with us. What is one of the options when we think God is upset with us? Sin more, what the heck. Keep on trying to help God and justifying it instead of just trusting him. This is a terrible cycle to live in and offers absolutely no peace at all.
Ironically, taking shortcuts and cutting corners like I am talking about, could very well be the reason we are stuck in what seems to be a dead end in our careers and lives. What if God has much bigger plans for us and we are keeping what should be dead already, alive in our own strength? In other words, we are using our own will and shortcuts to constantly resuscitate a venture that God wants us to let die. A venture that God is not involved in any longer. With our focus on keeping a dead venture alive, we will never see what God has for us. Maybe turning to God, stopping the shortcuts in our own flesh and letting it die, is exactly what God wants so He can open a much better door for us. But, we will never know if God has something much greater in a totally different direction until we trust Him and do things His way no matter what our fears may be.
So how do we fix this mess?
First you seek His righteousness and everything you need will be added.
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matt 6:33 NAS
If you have put your faith in Jesus, you have His righteousness now even when you fail, when you sin. Your righteousness has nothing to do you’re your actions and everything to do with Jesus shed blood for you. His righteousness is much more powerful than your sin. If you are walking in fear and turmoil, you doubt that you are right with God. You need to renew your mind and understand your Father sees you in Jesus. You are righteous, holy, sanctified and perfected right now in the Spirit. I am not talking about your flesh that the Bible tells us we are supposed to see as crucified and dead. Your flesh will never be perfected, in it still dwells the fallen nature inherited from Adam that causes you so much strife. You will get a new body, and then your redemption will be complete. Whatever God says is a done deal, and God sees you as complete right now. God is not looking at your flesh or counting your sins. He sees you righteous in Christ. You need to see this too. You need to have your mind and thoughts captivated by the finished work of Christ. To be established firmly in His righteousness in your mind. Once you come to this point, the fruits of the Spirit will replace sin in your life. You will have the peace of God, and all fear will be cast out by His perfect love.
Next, no matter how hard it is, commit to stop taking shortcuts and just trust your Heavenly Father who loves you dearly, as much as He loves Jesus. Do this one day at a time. Do not look far into the future.
I am in them, and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. John 17:23.
You are God’s Ambassador in Christ, His child, and your Father always provides for His children, His Ambassadors. Live one day at a time believing this. Trust Him and be completely honest in your dealings. If there is a mess that needs cleaning up, be honest there too, admit your mistakes and trust your Father. Do not fear; He will be with you and help you to do the next right thing. This is your moment to turn around and face the fear that has been chasing you for so long, the lie that your Father will not take care of you and you must do it yourself. Whatever is before you today, do it God’s way and be a light unto the world. If you do this one day at a time, one day without even realizing it, you will see everything has changed, and you will have His peace that overcomes all circumstances.
Many more New Covenant Bible Studies HERE. Jesus poured out His blood for the New Covenant of grace and truth, replacing the Old Covenant law of Moses. Believers are exclusively under the New Covenant, the last will, and testament of Jesus that began after the cross.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20