"...proving that this is very Christ." _ Acts 9:22
"...proving that this is very Christ." _ Acts 9:22

November 30th

THE DETRIMENT OF DOUBT

 

     Doubt means literally to stand in two ways at once.  One famous example of doubt from Scripture is seen in Matthew 14:22-33 when Peter was bidden by the Lord to walk on the water. One moment Peter was focused on the Lord and walking by faith, and the next moment "when he saw the wind boisterous" he walked in fear.  Consequently,  he started to sink.  Jesus asked him why he doubted. Once they entered the ship the winds ceased.  This immediately brings to mind something James recorded, "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. Let not that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord. _ (James 1:6-7)." 

 

     Many times it seems that our petitions have been before the Lord so long and our situation becomes like a boisterous wind.  Our souls will not be quiet so we can regain focus totally on the Lord.  Such thoughts are akin to standing in the Author and Finisher of our faith, Christ Jesus the Righteous and standing in unbelief at the same time.   This attitude of doubt is often masked in speech that is inconsistent with the Word of God.  The Master instructed the believer this way, "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever  ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them]. – Mark 11:24)." 

 

     Waiting patiently posters one for the maximum effect of the blessing. Don’t rush it!  In season it is most enjoyable and will bless you and others for it is meant to be shared.  Losing sight of the Blesser simultaneously positions the believer in a way called double-mindedness.   When desperation and urgency are perceived, the tendency is to take matters in one’s own hands often resulting in disaster.  Be encouraged and stand firm in Christ today and always.

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