THE POWER OF DOUBT

In continuing with last month's newsletter, the Word of the Lord was: "weakness occurs when we under-estimate the "power of Grace". Fullness of Grace must be understood by our spiritual mind, which is the mind of Christ. Reason being,

Grace has many enemies, the fiercest being the carnal mind itself, but let us focus on another very damaging enemy, the power of doubt. Doubt ,of course, is the opposite of faith and like oil and water they will not mix. From the Strong's Concordance, some of the defining words for doubt are; to waver, hesitate, twain and duo, these carry the same meaning as James wrote in his epistle: "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:7-8) Results fail to come because doubt always lies in wait to impose unbelief on any one trying to demonstrate faith. The tragedy is: just a little bit of doubt makes our faith of none effect.

     Jesus assures us we can move mountains with a small amount of faith even the size of a mustard seed, but there can be no traces of doubt or unbelief. Probably we can all see ourselves in the life of Apostle Peter. I relate to his short comings; one moment he's doing good walking in the spirit, next moment doing bad walking in the flesh. This is what gives doubt it's strength, fluctuating from one place to the other produces a duo and doubt always wins. "...And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" (Matt.14:29-31) An extended translation says; "why did you hesitate?" Peter's hesitation allowed for doubt and his walk of victory gave way to the storm.

     Walking on the water in the midst of a storm, was brand new to Peter, just as you and I will face things brand new to us. The fact that Jesus said to him "O thou of little faith", is something to consider. The scripture teaches: "the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. I personally feel "little faith" in this context, refers to immature faith, simply because Peter's faith had never been tried to this extreme. In my own experience, some things I stood firm and won the victory, other things seemed nearly impossible and like Peter, I failed the test. We must grow from faith to faith and I assure you our trials will become more serious, for that's the times we live in. However, we're not ignorant of Satan's devices and just knowing that doubt and fear are no match for the all encompassing Grace of God gives us a strong advantage.

     "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. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. ( Matt. 21:21-22)

Now that we know the mountain is Doubt, let's remove it , let the sea of unbelievers have it, so God can be All in All !!

  In Christ Always, Elmer Hart

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