Hi People Of GOD,
Today subject is very crucial and people tend to overlook it or take it lightly. When it comes to GOD, you have got to believe even if it doesn’t make sense sometimes. If He tells you something, or if He said something as a promise in His Word in Scriptures just believe because you could miss a lot from GOD just because of your unbelief and doubt. We are going to go through the spirit of unbelief and doubt.
There is a deference between unbelief and doubt. Basically doubt is questioning what you believe, and unbelief is a determined refusal to believe. Doubt is a struggle faced by the believer. Unbelief is a condition of the unbeliever.
Unbelief is when you don’t believe at all, maybe about GOD and His promises. You don’t believe maybe the LORD JESUS is really the Son of GOD. And doubt is when you believe about something and then you doubt. Maybe let’s look at the Bible to see their difference and what it says about the danger of unbelief and doubt.
- Spirit of Doubt
One example of doubt is in the story of the Lord Jesus walking on water where Peter also tried and then he saw the wind and was afraid and began to sink, and the Lord Jesus told him why he doubted. The story is in the book of Matthew chapter 14 verses 22 to 33. The Bible records that “ Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd. After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, He was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s You,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to You on the water.” “Come,” He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
In the beginning Apostle Peter believed when the Lord Jesus told him to come and walk on water like Him, but when he faced circumstances that contradicted what he believed, it made him doubted what the Lord Jesus told him from beginning and caused his faith to waver, even though he already started walking on water. So he kept his eyes off focusing on the Lord Jesus, the One Who told him to walk, the One Who told him he can do it, because he encountered obstacles along the way. It’s not like Apostle Paul didn’t believe, he did, but he was struggling with what he believed because of the attack he got, and this caused his faith to waver, he forgot what the LORD told Him, and what he was able to do before the attack came. But we also learn from this Bible passage from Apostle Peter that when he got scared, he cried out to the Lord Jesus, and the Lord Jesus came to rescue Him before he drowned.
Sometimes we all struggle somehow on what we believe, therefore allow our faith to waver and develop to doubt. Let’s be honest, many of us we struggle with doubt issues. Especially when we have believed for a real long time about something and there has been a delay of our breakthroughs. It may reach a point you will be like even if you get the breakthrough it’s already too late you don’t even want it anymore because you have already lost appetite for it. So you give up because there has been so much delay and you feel like it’s no longer needed or valid. Depending on your expectations and what you believe for, because we all have different dreams and goals and life issues. When we face difficulty situations for a really long time, it’s easy to fall into doubt and give up.
The lesson here is that the Lord doesn’t want us to give up or wavering in faith even if we encounter obstacles along the way or it takes a long time for our dreams or goals to come to pass, or His Promises to come to pass and manifest into our lives. He doesn’t want us to lose faith regardless what may come our way to hinder us. He wants us to remain trusting Him and trusting that if He promised He will deliver.
Another example in the Bible is of Thomas who doubted resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Apostle Thomas spent few years perhaps witnessing miracles of the Lord Jesus including the one the Lord Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead even though he was already been dead and buried for four days. Apostle Thomas was one of His disciples, so he knew a lot about the LORD JESUS, of Who He is, His mission on earth, and that He was going to die but then rise from the dead in a third day, so he knew about His resurrection ahead of time, but yet Thomas still doubted that his master had been raised from the dead when his fellow disciples who had seen the Lord Jesus after His resurrection told him the news.
In the book of John chapter 20 verses 24 to 29, it says that “But Thomas, one of the twelve [disciples], who was called Didymus (the twin), was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the marks of the nails, and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe.” Eight days later His disciples were again inside the house, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, though the doors had been barred, and stood among them and said, “Peace to you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and put out your hand and place it in My side. Do not be unbelieving, but [stop doubting and] believe.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, do you now believe? Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, and favored by God] are they who did not see [Me] and yet believed [in Me].”
So sometimes doubt can look like unbelief when we don’t believe the things that GOD has revealed and act upon them. This is what happened to Apostle Thomas. He believed about the LORD JESUS, he believed of who He was, but when the good news came about His resurrection, his doubt showed up, I guess he thought they were joking with him.
Have you ever heard of the saying “Too good to be true.” Meaning that it is so good in a way that it is difficult to believe. Apostle Thomas saw the Lord Jesus raised other people from the dead, and now He was the One who was raised from the dead, so it was just too difficult for him to comprehend it, and that’s why he probably said unless he sees it with his own eyes he won’t believe it. Perhaps he was thinking, I have seen His miracles, but this one tops them all. Does it mean He raised Himself from the dead or GOD the Father came? I can imagine the kind of conversation that was going on inside Apostle Thomas mind.
What is the lesson we learn from what the LORD JESUS said to Apostle Thomas? We need to believe it first before we see it. Belief comes first, then manifestation of what we believe comes after. The Lord Jesus told Thomas “Because you have seen Me, do you now believe? Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, and favored by God] are they who did not see [Me] and yet believed [in Me].” When we believe the Lord Jesus before we see Him, we are blessed!
In the book of James chapter 1 verses 2 to 8, Apostle James said “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
When you doubt you are considered to be double-minded or indecisive person. So we learn that doubt can cause us to be unstable in all we do. And Apostle James warned us, if you doubt, don’t expect to receive anything from the Lord. God is moved by our faith and not doubt. In the book of Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6, it says that “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” God responds well with faith, when we put our trust in Him. When we walk by faith that’s when we see miracles start happening, and those things that looked impossible become possible. So if we doubt, we are considered to be like waves of the sea, blown and tossed by wind, and because of that even what we do will be unstable. We have to make up our minds, if we are going to be believe, then we are going to believe all the way until we see the results of our expectations.
- Spirit of Unbelief
Now let’s go and see the examples of the spirit of unbelief. One example is in the book of Mark chapter 9 verses 14 to 29, the Bible records that “And when they came to the [nine] disciples, they saw a great crowd around them and scribes questioning and disputing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw Jesus [returning from the holy mount, His face and person yet glistening], they were greatly amazed and ran up to Him [and] greeted Him. And He asked them, about what are you questioning and discussing with them? And one of the throng replied to Him, Teacher, I brought my son to You, for he has a dumb spirit. And wherever it lays hold of him [so as to make him its own], it dashes him down and convulses him, and he foams [at the mouth] and grinds his teeth, and he [falls into a motionless stupor and] is wasting away. And I asked Your disciples to drive it out, and they were not able [to do it]. And He answered them, O unbelieving generation [without any faith]! How long shall I [have to do] with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to Me. So they brought [the boy] to Him, and when the spirit saw Him, at once it completely convulsed the boy, and he fell to the ground and kept rolling about, foaming [at the mouth]. And [Jesus] asked his father, How long has he had this? And he answered, from the time he was a little boy. And it has often thrown him both into fire and into water, intending to kill him. But if You can do anything, do have pity on us and help us. And Jesus said, [You say to Me], If You can do anything? [Why,] all things can be (are possible) to him who believes! At once the father of the boy gave [an eager, piercing, inarticulate] cry with tears, and he said, Lord, I believe! [Constantly] help my weakness of faith! But when Jesus noticed that a crowd [of people] came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, You dumb and deaf spirit, I charge you to come out of him and never go into him again. And after giving a [hoarse, clamoring, fear-stricken] shriek of anguish and convulsing him terribly, it came out; and the boy lay [pale and motionless] like a corpse, so that many of them said, he is dead. But Jesus took [a strong grip of] his hand and began lifting him up, and he stood. And when He had gone indoors, His disciples asked Him privately, why could not we drive it out? And He replied to them, this kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.”
In this Bible passage actually we are introduced with another spirit called “Dumb and Deaf spirit.” There are some evil spirits that can cause infirmity in your body, one of them as you can see the Lord Jesus identified it as “Dumb and Deaf spirit.” The father of the boy said it was a dumb spirit, but the Lord Jesus identified it as the dumb and deaf spirit. He was able to identify what was wrong with the body and cast it out. There are some evil spirits of the devil that can cause someone to be ill and have disability of something. That’s why “The Kingdom Of GOD In Series,” is going to help many of us because when we know the root of our problems, it’s easy to deal with them and get help.
So let’s continue, there are two categories of people who were faced with unbelief; one, the disciples of the Lord Jesus who couldn’t cast it out, and two, the father of the boy. And I like what the father of the boy response when the Lord Jesus told him everything is possible to those who believe. He said “Lord, I believe! [Constantly] help my weakness of faith!” In another translation it says that he said “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
After the boy was healed and delivered, the Bible says “And when He had gone indoors, His disciples asked Him privately, why could not we drive it out?” They wanted to know how come they were not able to do it? They thought they had faith to cast it out, but the Lord Jesus revealed to them that they didn’t. And the Lord Jesus told them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” Basically when we fast and pray is not to benefit GOD, is to benefit us. When we fast and pray it brings us closer to GOD, activates and strengthen our faith. Fasting and praying helps us overcome unbelief and lack of faith. When we fast and pray, it removes our doubt and unbelief.
So we learn from the Lord Jesus solution and answer that He gave His disciples, whenever we face unbelief or lack of faith, we should fast and pray, it will help us overcome our unbelief.
Another example is in the book of Matthew chapter 13 verses 54 to 58. It says that “He returned to Nazareth, His hometown. When He taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does He get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, His mother, and His brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. All His sisters live right here among us. Where did He learn all these things?” And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in Him. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” And so He did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.”
Another Bible translation, the same Bible passage says “Coming to His hometown, He began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother’s name Mary, and aren’t His brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all His sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”
The Bible records that sometimes the Lord Jesus asked some of the people before He healed them whether they believe He could heal them, and then He would tell them according to your faith be done to you. One example is in the book of Matthew chapter 9 verses 27 to 33, “ As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When He had gone indoors, the blind men came to Him, and He asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then He touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about Him all over that region. While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
The Lord Jesus could not perform lots of miracles in His hometown because the people were offended of Him. They asked “Where does He get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, His mother, and His brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. All His sisters live right here among us. Where did He learn all these things?” So they were deeply offended and refused to believe in Him.
It was hard for them to believe because they saw Him grew up, He was an average man. The Jesus they knew then was different. But then the time came to reveal Himself of Who He is, His hometown and some of His household members had hard times to believe in Him. Unfortunately He couldn’t help those who didn’t believe in Him. It was only who believed Him they were healed, delivered, or resurrected by Him.
GOD does things on His timing. If the Lord Jesus revealed Himself early, I think they would have crucified Him earlier than it was programmed by GOD and written in the Scriptures. Perhaps during that time He was just supposed to learn of the people He was going to save and help, to live normal like us and experience the struggles and temptations that we face, and overcome them.
In the book of Hebrews chapter 4 verse 15 it says that “For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have One Who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet He did not sin.”
Also in the book of Hebrews chapter 2 verses 17 and 18, it says “For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, so that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in service to God, in order to make atonement for the sins of the people. Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
We have to overcome unbelief because it will determine whether we will enter Heaven and have ever lasting life. The Bible records that many Israelites during the time of Moses and Aaron; they didn’t enter the promise land because of their unbelief.
In the Book of Hebrews chapter 3, it records that “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, Whom we acknowledge as our Apostle and High Priest. He was faithful to the One Who appointed Him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory. So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested and tried Me, though for forty years they saw what I did. That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known My ways.’ So I declared on oath in My anger, ‘They shall never enter My rest.’ ” See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter His rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.”
So we have to pray. We have to pray for our loved, the ones who don’t believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says clearly in the book of John chapter 3 verse 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” But it also says in the book of John chapter 1 verse 12 “Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God.”
The Lord Jesus said in the book of Mark chapter 11 verses 23 to 25 that “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
We are going to pray the following prayer points for ourselves, loved ones, and those connected to us.
- Heavenly FATHER GOD, we thank YOU. We come in the Name of the LORD JESUS, and take authority given in Him, and we come against double-mindedness in our lives. LORD, let double-mindedness be uprooted in our lives, may our yes be yes, and our no be no, this we pray in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
- We declare we have regulated minds, stable minds, in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST. We cancel indecisiveness, unstable mindedness, bipolar disorders, all kinds of mental illnesses, including suicidal thoughts and attempts, in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST. From today we shall have sound minds. LORD help us make wise decisions in the Mighty NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
- We cancel from the root the spirit of doubt and unbelief in our lives. LORD, help us constantly with our doubts and unbelief. When our faith fails us, let Your Faith work in our lives and become our strengths, this we pray in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
- We cancel and escape ahead of time every wrong voice and confusion that will be coming to our ears and mindset that will contradict the truth and the Will of GOD for our lives, by the Blood of JESUS CHRIST, in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
- We terminate all evil spirits and demons causing infirmities, afflictions, and disabilities of all kinds, in the Mighty Name Of JESUS CHRIST. Precious HOLY SPIRIT Of GOD, consume these evil spirits and demons by your fire, cancel their effect completely in our lives, this I pray in JESUS Mighty Name. Thank YOU HOLY FATHER. In JESUS MIGHTY NAME we have prayed.
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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