In my days as a coach and teacher, unbelief is like an invisible cloud that stalls out and begins to affect and influence minds. This negative vibe spreads through doubt, fear and a lack of confidence. After the main contributor is eliminated or removed, those remaining have a hard time of being convinced that success and victory is attainable.
So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief, Hebrews 3:19.
According to the author of Hebrews, this is what Moses faced as a growing number of Israelites took their eyes off of God on the way to receive the Promised Land. Thus, one of the consequences of unbelief is rebellion. Apparently, several individuals wanted to return to Egypt, afraid they would die in the wilderness. This wave of emotions prevented an older generation from being able to enter and experience God’s promised land.
“ ’If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes,” Mark 9:23.
Today, one of the greatest consequences of unbelief is unanswered prayers and health conditions that do not improve. Even trained disciples succumb to the power of unbelief after an unsuccessful attempt of casting out an evil spirit. For most people, each day is like a test, waiting to see if God improves their situation. The longer one goes without any tangible signs of improvement, the greater unbelief becomes. When you reach this point, hold on to the promise of Mark 9:23, so that belief will make that which was once impossible possible.
by Jay Mankus