Why Christians Must Battle Doubt.
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
Faith is an abstract concept we cannot touch it, feel it or taste it. At least not in the normal sense. This makes it easy for doubt to creep into our Christian walk. But as natural as this process is, we must fight it with everything we’ve got. Why ? Because as we will see doubt is one of the chief enemies of faith !
Lets begin with what the Bible says about the nature of faith itself at Hebrews 11:1 “ Now faith is substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” From here we see that while doubt may ask for proof, faith demands trust. But it is the very fact that faith demands trust that opens the door for doubt.
Now look at what Christ himself had to say about doubt in the following story from Matthew 14:29-31 “ And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Jesus makes it clear in this passage that doubt can take control only if your faith is little.
Look next at what he said at John 20:29 “ Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Here we Christ talk of the special blessings reserved for those who believe without seeing. In other words those who believe based on faith.
So where does our doubt come from ? Consider what A. W. Pink had to say on the subject, “ Satan is ever seeking to inject that poison into our hearts to distrust God’s goodness – especially in connection with his commandments. That is what really lies behind all evil, lusting and disobedience. A discontent with our position and portion, a craving from something which God has wisely held from us. Reject any suggestion that God is unduly severe with you. Resist with the utmost abhorrence anything that causes you to doubt God’s love and his lovingkindness toward you. Allow nothing to make you question the Father’s love for his child.” So we see here that the Devil himself is the on who sows doubt in out lives. It is actually one of his favorite weapons against us. So part of the reason we need to fight doubt is by doing so we are fighting the enemy, and reducing his role in our lives.
What effect can doubt have on our lives, and our Christian walk ? Joyce Meyer has this to say, “Battles are fought in our minds every day. When we begin to feel the battle is just too difficult and want to give up, we must choose to resist negative thoughts and be determined to rise above our problems. We must decide that we’re not going to quit. When we’re bombarded with doubt and fears, we must take a stand and say: “I’ll never give up! God’s on my side. He loves me, and He’s helping me! I’m going to make it!” and then add that to the words of Watchman Nee, “In order for the inner man to be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit, the children of God must discharge their responsibility. They need to yield specifically to the Lord, forsake every doubtful aspect in their life, be willing to obey fully God’s will, and believe through prayer that He will flood their spirit with His power.”
So doubt is a weapon of the Devil that interrupts out ability to tap into God’s power. Doubt and faith can never completely coexist, because doubt causes us to deny the very nature of our faith, and distracts us from its proper target.
Posted on September 16, 2015, in Bible Study and tagged Biblical Commentary, Doubt, John 20:29, Joyce Meyer, Matthew 14, Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Watchman Nee. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.