MEMORY VERSE: “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Matthew 14:31
BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 14:23-33
INTRODUCTION: Doubt or unbelief is the opposite of faith. It is a feeling of being uncertain about something or not believing something. Doubt is of the heart and it manifests in action or inaction, decision or indecision. Any decision or action done in doubt has no chance of success. Doubt hinders God’s blessings. We stand strong in Christ by faith – 2 Cor.1:24. We fall away from Christ through doubt or unbelief. Doubt is the absence of faith. Faith is fundamental to all Christian service – Mk.11:24.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A DOUBTING MIND
A doubting mind is like a wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind. It is unstable and cannot receive anything from the Lord – Jam.1:5-7. Doubting is a condition of faithlessness and it is impossible to please God without faith. Doubt says, “Unless I see, I will not believe.” Jn.20:24-29. Doubt is pliable, willingly moveable and lacking steadfastness, totally contradicting to the scriptures – 1 Cor.15:58. Doubt makes a man miss God’s provision for his life – Num.13:27-33; 14:22-23. A doubting mind will not believe the Lord’s report but will believe the evil reports of situations and circumstances, doctors’ reports, economic reports etc. – Num.13:31-33. Doubt or unbelief makes a man have alternative to God’s solution to any problem. Doubt sinks a man in the storms of life – Matthew 14:28-30. Doubt makes God hide His face from man and not attend to them – Deut.32:20. A fearful man is a doubting man – Mk.4:40. Doubt is a sin. Doubt gives birth to worry.
FAITH IS FUNDAMENTAL
The only antidote to doubt is faith. Faith is fundamental to all Christian service – Mk.11:22-24; Heb.11:6; Jam.1:6-7; 1 Jn.5:4-5. We can only overcome doubt, fear and worry by faith. The Lord Jesus told Thomas and all of us in John 20:27 that we should not be faithless but believe. The more we believe the word of God, the less we doubt – Heb.10:23. Faith is what Satan hates the most and it is one major thing that God demands. When we are in faith, we stand. When in doubt or fear, we sink. Whatever we see, hear or think feed our faith and fuels our fear. Keep your gaze off anything capable of breeding doubt, unbelief or fear. Feed your eyes on the word of God – Pro.4:20-23.
Doubt sinks a man in the storms and challenges of life but faith makes a man overcome. The greater the room for fear, the more the descent – Heb.10:35. A doubting man can never please God or receive anything from Him. When Peter began to sink because of doubt, he did not keep quiet. He cried out to the ever-present help in trouble, our Lord Jesus Christ and help came his way. Are you presently sinking? Do not keep quiet. Cry unto Jesus and He will deliver you.
Pastor E.A Adeboye
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