We have had some events in the past few days, which has caused doubt in my mind. I thought that this would be a good time to take a look at doubt, and see what it is.
Here is the dictionary definition of doubt: to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.
How does that measure up to scripture? Let’s have a look at James 1:6 which says, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” Now I’m not sure about you, but I find this pretty clear. Doubt is not a good thing to have when it comes to not believing in what God has said. The question is why? Why is it not good to have doubt? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” – Hebrews 11:1-3 shows us that faith obtains a good testimony. What is a testimony? People who stand up and declare the good things that God has done in their life, people who show how God has used circumstances in their lives and turned it around for their good. Testimonies of healing, deliverance, provision and salvation. All brought about by faith. The way I see it, doubt is the opposite of faith.
We often say that people don’t have enough faith, but I’m not sure if that is true, maybe they just have too much doubt. Take a look at Mark 9:14-29, which is the story about the boy that the disciples could not deliver from a demon. Jesus asks what is going on, then tells the disciples off a little, then delivers the boy. The interesting verse is verse 24, where the father of the boy says, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Unbelief, or doubt, is acting against our faith. Faith brings testimony, so I can only conclude that too much doubt will leave us without testimony. Not a good thought. I see faith and unbelief as two horses, tied together, walking in opposite directions. The stronger horse will pull the other, but the other horse will slow down the stronger one. What is stronger in your life, faith or doubt? If you would like to grow your faith, why not deal with your doubt instead, this will leave your faith stronger.
Before I show us how to grow our faith, let’s just remember that even John the Baptist had doubt. He sent his disciples to find out if Jesus actually was the Messiah, after John had done his ministry declaring Jesus as just that! If John could doubt, we don’t need to beat ourselves up over it. That still doesn’t make it useful though, so let’s look at what we can do.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17
We need to hear the Word of God. How do we do that? Reading the Bible, listening to teaching, studying scriptures, meditating on the Word, listening to what God is telling your spirit. This is how we hear the Word of God. The more we know about what God says about us and what we can and should be doing, the less the enemy can make us doubt. Having said this, Adam and Eve actually walked around with God and heard him first audibly (I assume), yet they still doubted. Let this be a lesson as to how difficult it is to eliminate doubt. It is not easy. What else can we do? Look at Mark 9:29 (from the story about the boy) where Jesus says, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” I don’t believe that you need to pray and fast the demon out, Jesus didn’t pray or fast this one out, but the praying and fasting will help remove the unbelief. Removing the unbelief will leave the faith stronger, which will see the results, and bring the testimonies!
Join me in trying to remove the doubt, but don’t condemn yourself, the devil does enough of that. Remove the doubt and step out in faith. I look forward to hearing some testimonies!