It is written,
“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.”
I have continued to mull over this and other scriptures about faith and what I am coming to understand is that one vital component of believing God is to “doubt not.”
When you think about it, God is going to have to strain to accomplish anything we ask. It is not as if some things are difficult for Him and some things are easy….with God everything is easy. Therefore the difficulty of the task is not relevant to Him.
What is doubt? One definition of doubt is,
“The feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction”
More importantly, though, I believe it is how we act that defines whether or not we have doubt.
For instance, I have no doubt that if I walk over a cliff I will fall. I have absolute confidence in gravity. In fact, I know that if I do not have something to counteract gravity it will always prevail. Why?..because my experiences in life has taught me that this is always the case and because I believe I do not walk over cliffs.
Likewise, our actions in God stem from our degree of faith in Him. If we believe what He says we act one way and if we do not believe what He says, no matter what we tell others, we do not believe. Doubt starts in our hearts but reveals itself through our actions.
Doubt is the opposite of faith. Faith leads us to obey, doubt leads us to disobey. Therefore, perfect faith leads us to perfect obedience and perfect doubt leads us to perfect disobedience.
In my life, for instance, any time that God has done a miracle, one of the ingredients has been my obedience to His word spoken to me. Many times it seems that God just allows us to have more faith than usual because after the miracle has happened, when you look back on it, you wonder how you managed to believe.
Doubt manifests itself in many ways. Sometimes we allow fear to prevent us from following God’s directive. Sometimes we allow others to speak their unbelief into our hearts and that causes doubt. Sometimes, we are just so busy about the things of life we allow our schedule to crowd out God’s voice because we doubt its importance relative to our list of things to do.
However, Jesus said,
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
This scripture states that if we believe in Jesus we shall do even greater works that he did. Taken at face value this verse means that we will do works that are greater than even raising the dead! I really want to know experiential what this means!
Furthermore, he will do whatever we ask in his name. This is a promise of God and God never lies.
I am sick and tired of getting pummeled by the Devil. I am sick and tired of waiting for my blessing. I am going to take God at His word and believe for whatever I feel I need to move forward in Him no matter how impossible it might seem. I am going live beyond doubt and realize the promise of these words my Master has said through His servant Jesus Christ.
I think the truth is that I don’t have to take anything that the Devil dishes out any longer. I think the reality is that all the power to change my life for the better and accomplish great things for the Kingdom of God is already in my hand. I believe that, as a son of God, I can take the signet ring of my Father and do business in His name whenever I feel led.
I know that all kind of doubt has probably been plaguing you even as you read this essay. Reason after reason may have flooded your mind telling why you cannot walk beyond doubt. However, congratulate yourself that you have read this far and know that no one who calls themselves a Christian lives in total doubt. The mere fact that you have pasted from death to life by accepting Jesus means that you are capable of great faith. All that remains is to start exercising those faith muscles so that faith becomes automatic and doubt ceases to exist.
It seems Jesus operated by the principle that whatever you have in God is enough. Whatever He needed to accomplish his Fathers will He believe would simple appear. Jesus never encountered an impossible situation that bothered him because he knew that God would provide and make a way with whatever he had. In fact the only time he was ever worried was in the garden when God was asking him to take upon himself the sins of the world. However, even at that very difficult time, Christ’s habit of trust and faith in God caused him to say, “nevertheless, not my will but Thy will be done.”
Likewise, even though you have barely made it through this essay because of all the doubt that the devil was bringing to your mind, you mustard seed faith is enough. I learn from God as I write these things too. I struggle with faith in different ways in my life too. However, I think it is not how fast we get to our destination but rather it is that we are pointed in the right direction and are making progress. Take a step of faith with me to day and let us both start upon the path of faith together. Let us believe God for anything we can and practice believing Him rather than our own minds. I am going to make a conscious effort to live beyond doubt and see what happens.
I will keep you posted.
Whatever little you have, with God, is always more than enough.