So what I do is search a word in the Bible and look at the different meanings and uses, get some scriptures and write about what the scripture says to me. Of course it has to be helpful and useful, ministering and about a subject I know a little about and I think all people need. The last message I did could be treated as the lighter side of doubt. Seeing doubts role in Peter falling into the water after walking on it and being afraid of the wind and other small things about doubt. This one is more about how to defeat doubt.
Deu 28:66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:
Gen 37:33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
Mat 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Mat 21:21 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.
Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Deuteronomy 28:66 is a form of doubt, where the people will be unsure of their fate because of their enemies. GOD wanted them to obey the law in totality and if they didn’t, calamity would strike. In the Book of Judges this happened often- an enemy would oppress the people and they would be unsure of God until He rescued them with another savior-type-judge.
In the next scripture Jacob was sure of Joseph’s demise he had no doubt. Doubt appears only three times in the Old Testament. In the law and in Job, then it is seen 10 times in the New Testament. Seems like it should be a lot more often concerning what a problem it is now. The appearances of the word are more important in the NT. Remember it is belief that is faith and carries us through our lives close to God.
Mat.14:31 is the example of Peter’s lack of faith on the water. The next two after this one, from above, is from a fig tree. Jesus was in Jerusalem walking to the temple in His passion week you could say. He saw a fig tree afar off and hoped to get some fruit on it. When He got there it had none, so He cursed it. He was hungry so He said let no more fruit grow on you forever and it dried up. The apostles asked about it and He used this as an opportunity to teach them about doing miracles. He didn’t hate the tree but wanted to teach them about what it took to do miracles, about prayer and believing.
The apostles did miracles, they were the only ones other than Jesus pretty much. They knew what it took and witnessed Jesus doing many, many of them. We have not witnessed a miracle most of us and we are many generations of faith since Jesus did them. That might be why every believer is not out healing and calming storms. We think there are some still happening though. We have heard of a few even in our own prayer group- God helping others and healing diseases, etc.
Luk 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
If doubt is being taught then ‘no doubt’ should be taught too. If doubt is the way to fail then no doubt is the way to do great things. If God could cast out demons then and we can cast them out by having faith then we can know the kingdom of God is here, then and now. Jesus brought it in then by being here and proving His God Head by doing miracles. Our freedom now makes us know also what Jesus has done in our lives.
But to get to my point: Remember when Jesus talked about Himself being the true bread and drink. He said He was the Bread that came down from Heaven and the Bread of Life? Many of the people did want to eat His body or drink His blood and they left. Jesus explained to them that it was spiritual, but they still had to leave.
The disciples were asked by Him do you also want to go? But they said where shall we go you have the words of eternal life!
When we have doubt from a trial we can’t handle. When we are tested and our pain seems awesome and we want to leave the church. We should think like the apostles did in that last story. Jesus asked them ‘Do you want to leave also?’ and Peter answered where shall we go Lord only you have the words of eternal life. That is a game stopper. Think about it after following Jesus and being so blessed and impulsively we want to leave. WHERE Shall we go? – Who can compare to Jesus? Will flesh or sex or drinking or drugs compare to Jesus? Will our sinful flesh ever be drowned of our sorrows. If nothing can separate us from God’s love then how can one bad trial. Look ahead where can we go?
If we are fighting doubt we should study, pray, fellowship, believe. Many people do leave but that doesn’t mean you have to! There are many proofs of Jesus- the archaeological, the scientific, the historical, and especially the spiritual and belief has to take over to complete faith. So study these from a Christian viewpoint because the world can’t see it. So why would you ask them. But God can and will help you if you want it, salvation that is.
Trials separate the men and women from the boys and girls. We do get tests to strengthen our faith. They are not meant to wipe us out. What is worth losing eternal life for? Is it short term pleasure again? We know where that leads already! Will that comfort you? The real comfort is in Jesus. Hang On! So that the last place of that man is not worse than the first.