Six Major Hindrances to Faith

  1. Lack of understanding of the new creation
    1. Second Corinthians 5:17
    2. Colossians 1:22
    3. First Peter 1:23, 2:9
    4. Revelation 1:5-6
    5. Related scriptures: Acts 12:24; Hebrews 2:9-14
  2. Lack of understanding of our place in Him and His place in us.
    1. In Christ, in Him, and in whom occur 134 times in the New Testament. This tells us who we are and what we have.
    2. Colossians 3:11
    3. Ephesians 3:6
  3. Lack of understanding of righteousness.
    1. Holds more people in bondage than anything else
    2. What righteousness is and what it gives.
      1. James 5:15--One of the benefits of righteousness is answered prayers. (See You are the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, Cornerstone Bible Study Guide)
      2. 1 John 1:9
  4. Lack of understanding of our privilege and right to use the name of Jesus.
    1. Mark 16:17-18
    2. John 14:12-14
    3. John 16:23-24
  5. Lack of understanding about acting on the Word.
    1. Proverbs 3:5
    2. All that is necessary to ask is, What has God said?
    3. More people are defeated by counter attack than anything else.
    4. Believing demands action (James 1:22; John 3:21; Luke 8:21)
  6. Lack of understanding that We are to hold fast to our confession of faith.
    1. Hebrews 4:14
    2. Our faith keeps pace with our confession.
    3. I'm not moved by what I see, but by what I believe.
    4. To be afraid to act or confess before you have the manifestation is to doubt God's Word.
    5. Put the Word first place in your life and hold fast to these confessions:
      1. The absolute Lordship of Jesus; He is Lord of all things.
      2. First Peter 5:7--I don't have a care.
      3. Psalm 23:1--The Lord is my Shepherd; I do not want.
      4. Isaiah 53:3-5--Every sickness, disease, sorrow, and was laid on Jesus, so I am free from them.
      5. First Corinthians 1:30--Jesus is made unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption.
    6. You are not enjoying the reality of the truth of God's Word because your confession has you bound.