Unfortunately, many times we go from believing that something good will happen to crossing our fingers and hoping that it’ll happen.
However, belief is much stronger than hope. A belief is a statement of truth; it’s something that you absolutely know is going to happen. Belief is a conviction that’s unshakeable. Belief is anchored in faith.
Hope, on the other hand, is a wish. It’s a good thing to have, but belief will make hope take a back seat. Unfortunately, hope sometimes hinges on unbelief.
That being said, it’s possible to have belief and unbelief at the same time. I know it seems crazy, but Mark 9:24 speaks of the father who said, “Lord I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief.”
Unbelief is a problem. Believing in the dream one day, and then being uncertain about it the next is playing belief ping-pong. Unbelief is what we have to overcome.
Are you playing ping-pong with what you believe?
Belief ping-pong is running from faith and expectancy to knowing and wishing, and then back again. For example, you stand in the prayer line at church and your soul is flooded with the truth that your dreams are going to happen, you’ll attract your husband, and you’ll get the job. Sunday you’re certain about your healing.
Then, ping-pong starts. 24 hours later when life happens, your belief wanes; hope and maybe take over.
You must stop going back and forth with what you believe.
How do you keep your belief strong? How do you overcome your unbelief?
For starters, watch what you hear. The Bible is clear that faith comes by hearing. You can overcome unbelief by what you hear. Protect your ears. The faith-killers and the belief-busters will come to tell you that nothing is going to work. When it comes to the very thing you heard and knew for sure, they’ll plant the seeds of doubt. (Please don’t fault these faith-killers and belief-busters; they’re just doing their job).
Your job though is to speak words that are in line with the promise.
So do what comes next – tell them with authority, “No. I don’t receive that.” Shut them down immediately. You can no longer allow people to just say anything to you and let it linger in the ethos. If it doesn’t line up with the promise, rebuke it. Because the inner critic can be a beast, if the faith-killers are in your own head shut them down too.
Lastly, be careful of what you take in. Watch what you look at because negativity loves the media; stay prayerful, inspired, and motivated.
So say goodbye to belief ping-pong. Always act in accordance with your faith: I know for a fact you’ll get exactly what you want – if only you believe.