by: Mary Elder-Criss
And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?” Luke 24:38
Have you ever noticed that we are quick to doubt God, but will believe anything that the devil says? When God speaks something into our lives, we will turn it upside down, inside out, stretch it this way and that, poke it, prod it, and go over it with a fine tooth comb to see if there could possibly be any truth in it. Yet when the deceiver moves in with his lies, trying to convince us that there is NO way that God could ever do the thing that He has promised, do we treat him the same way? From personal experience, I have to answer no.
The problem is, when we doubt, we let the devil become bigger than God. Now I know if someone came up to you, knowing that you are a Christian, and asked you point blank, “Who is bigger, Satan or God?” you are going to answer emphatically “God.” Yet does your heart confirm what your mouth is saying?
Why do we doubt God? We have all the promises in the Bible to remind us that we shouldn’t. A doubting person is double minded, and the double minded are tossed to and fro. “Yes Lord, I believe.” “I don’t know Lord, if I can believe.” “But I’m just not sure I can do this Lord.” “You said it, I believe it, Lord.” Back and forth our minds go, one minute believing and trusting, the next minute, sure that there is no way that this can ever be accomplished.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (6) 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. (7) For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; (8) he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:6-8
A double minded person is one who is drawn in two opposite directions. Their allegiance is divided and because of their lack of sincerity, they vacillate between belief and disbelief, sometimes thinking God will help him and at other times giving up all hope in Him. We are called to serve one Master. We cannot be of the world and of Him. We are not to love the world, or the things of the world. If so the Love of the Father is not in us.
Brothers and sisters, it’s time to stop listening to the devil’s lies. Believe Him when He speaks to you. He is the truth, and knowing the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32) Knowing is the recognition of truth by personal experience. He IS the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6) Knowing Him, believing Him, trusting Him without doubting, this is the key to freedom. The Spirit of Truth was promised to us, to dwell with and in us. He who is in us, is greater than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
No more doubting. Simply take Him at His Word and believe. He cannot lie. Let it be known that when you are questioned, “Who is bigger?” you can truthfully say from heart as well as mind, “My Lord is bigger than all my sins.” Amen.
Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:5
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True, Mary. I'd go a step further. Having believed the Word of God we need to act on that belief.