Am I going to be able to pay rent at the end of the month? Will I get tooth decay from not using Crest? Is all this butter in my diet going to clog my arteries?
Does God love me enough to do something about my problem?
If I’m really born-again and God’s child, then why am I going through all these problems? Am I really His? Doubt is the first step off the slippery slope of fear. But do any of us really know how to stop doubting? How can we stop doubt when it comes at you from all directions? Every commercial, every song on the radio, every article, and blog post we see hits us with DOUBTS. Not to mention some personality styles are more prone to doubt, just like certain genetics are more prone to heart disease. So how do we over come it? If God wants us to have and abound in FAITH, and doubt is the first step towards fear, how can we stop doing it? First we’re going to look at the devastation having one little doubt can bring. God set up a very simple rule for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He first told Adam.
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Gen. 2:16-17
He told Adam not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge. It was a very simple rule. Then God created for him a wife.
“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” verse 18
Who received the instructions? Adam did. He then instructed his new wife after she was created. Now let’s go down a bit to chapter 3. Here comes the devil and who does he tempt? And what does he ask her?
“Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Gen. 3:1
Did the serpent know what God had said? Of course he knew what God said. With this knowledge the serpent went to Eve and said, “Has God really said this? Did he really say EVERY tree?” In watching the downfall of man, we can observe how the Devil consistently operates. The first thing the Devil had Eve do–and that he will get us to do–is question the integrity and accuracy of God’s Word. He said to her, “Did God really say ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” The devil knew what God had said. He also wanted to instill doubt in Eve. The Devil is not so stupid as to march into one’s affairs in a straight-forward, and obnoxious way. He is sly and will slyly question you until you doubt everything you hear or read. This is how doubt starts. Now, Eve began to doubt and went to her husband, they fell out of fellowship with God and were kicked out of the Garden. They lost the battle. But there is one who WON that same battle. Jesus Christ was also tempted to doubt. How did He win?
“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Luke 4: 1-4
Jesus Christ answered with “It is written…” He had studied the written Word of God. He didn’t try to guess, he used the scriptures of the Old Testament to bolster him. He used the Word of God. What did Jesus do the next time?
“And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” verses 5-8
Wow! Again Jesus Christ the Son of God said, “it is written…” He used the Word of God for self-defense against the temptation to doubt his God, his role, and his calling. IF Jesus Christ used the Words in the Word of God to overcome doubt and he is our example, then how should we deal with it when it comes up? Look at what he told Peter after Peter had walked on water with him.
“And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth [his] hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Matthew 14: 29-31 Why did you doubt? Jesus knew why Peter began to slip into the waves and be swallowed by fear. Doubt! When we doubt we rob our faith of its power.
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” Matthew 21:21
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” verse 22
There are always one of two powers at work in this world. Fear or Faith. Faith is the miraculous power of God in “manifest” or in other words, seen/felt/tasted or touched– in the senses realm. Faith is our standard and badge. God asks us to be believing Believers. Belief is first built with trust, then confidence, and then fully operational in our believing. We learn and grow up in our faith.
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:22-24
Doubt creates a path whereby fear opens the door to catastrophe. Instead have Faith in God. Faith. Is it really so risky? Is it really so hard? With practice it gets easier and easier until it becomes a lifestyle, but first you have to stop the doubt before it gets an introduction. God bless you today!