This is a subsidiary post to Faith.
Related post: Faith Is Not…
- Doubting, Hesitating, Wavering, Double-Minded
- Faith in God Versus Faith in Man
- Faith Is Tested
- Impediments to Faith
- Pseudo-Faith (False Faith; contrast with True Faith)
Here are impediments to faith – some from within, some from without:
Mark 5:36 – Fear works against faith. We must not entertain the fear of evil (Psalm 23:4). This includes worries, anxieties, intimidations, and so on.
John 5:43, 44 – “How can you believe when…?” = “How can faith reside in your heart when…?” = “How can you be trusting God when…?” The fear of man inhibits faith. Seeking to impress people leaves insufficent room for seeking to please God. (See also Galatians 1:10.) In other words, the fear of man works against faith in God. Therefore, we must not entertain the fear of man, and we must say with Jesus, “I do not receive glory from men” (John 5:41). I amplify this point in Faith in God Versus Faith in Man.
James 1:3, 4, 5 – Faith is tested, but if we endure, the testing only perfects (i.e. brings to maturity) our faith (James 2:22 and 1 Peter 1:6, 7, 8, 9).
James 1:6 – Doubt is antithetical to faith: Faith is not Doubting, Hesitating, Wavering, Double-Minded… We must not entertain doubt of God.