beyond doubt

God says.

“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

I have continued to mull over this and other scriptures about faith, I am coming to understand that one vital component of believing God is to be “beyond doubt.”

Everything is easy for God

When you think about it, God doesn’t have to strain to accomplish anything we ask.  It is not as if some things are difficult and some things are easy for Him.  The difficulty of our requests doesn’t matter 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.

Our experience strengthens our faith

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 there isn’t something to counteract gravity, it always prevails. Why? Because my experiences in life have taught me that this is always the case and that is why I don’t 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.  If we do not believe what He says, we act another.  Doubt or faith is not a given, but starts in our hearts, revealing itself through our actions.

Doubt is the opposite of faith

The opposite of faith is doubt. While 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, any time that God has done a miracle, one of the ingredients has been my obedience to His word spoken.  When we believe, God allows us to have more faith than usual.  Sometimes, after the miracle has happened, looking back on it, you marvel that you weren’t scared.

Doubt comes in many varieties

Doubt also manifests itself in many ways. Sometimes fear prevents us from following God’s directives.  Sometimes we listen to others unbelief and it causes doubt.  Often, we are just so busy with life it crowds out God’s voice.

Jesus says,

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 anything in my name, I will do it.”

John 14:12-14

Jesus says we shall do even greater works than 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 experientially what this means! Furthermore, he will do whatever we ask in his name. This is a promise of God and God never lies.

Are you sick and tired of the Devil beating you up?

I am sick and tired of getting pummeled by the Devil.  I am sick and tired of waiting for my blessing.  I’m going to take God at His word and believe for whatever I need, moving forward in Him, no matter how impossible it seems.  I will live beyond doubt, realizing the promises of my Master are sure through Jesus Christ.

I think the truth is that I don’t have to take anything that the Devil dishes out any longer.  The reality is that all the power to change my life for the better and accomplish great things for the Kingdom of God is given to me already.  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.

You can live beyond doubt

I know that all kinds of doubt has probably been plaguing you even as you read this essay.  Reason after reason may be flooding your mind telling why you cannot walk beyond doubt.  However, congratulate yourself that you have read this far and know the Holy Spirit wants to help you live beyond doubt. The mere fact that you have passed 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 belief becomes second nature.

Whatever we have in God is enough

It seems Jesus operated by the principle that whatever you have in God is enough.  The Son of God believed that whatever He needed to accomplish his Father’s will would simply appear.  Jesus never encountered an impossible situation.  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.

Reading this far shows you do have faith

Likewise, even though you have barely made it through this essay because of all the doubt that the devil was bringing to your mind, your 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 today 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.

Remember,

Whatever little you have, with God, is always more than enough.

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