DOUBT

 

DEFINITION:  Doubt is a lack of assurance that causes one to question their salvation as well as other spiritual works God has done in their lives.  It is a feeling of uncertainty and mistrust.

FACTS ABOUT DOUBT:

Doubt is a feeling, but we are not saved by feelings. We are saved by faith.  Satan can tamper with your feelings, but he cannot void the work of God in your life.  Determine that you will serve God even if you never “feel” anything that confirms your spiritual experience.  Your eternal relationship with God is not based on feelings.

Doubt often results from disappointed with God.  Perhaps He did not answer a prayer as you desired, or you feel He did not intervene in your circumstances as you had hoped.  

Faith is the opposite of doubt.  Faith is belief or trust in someone or something without overt proof.  Biblically, faith is  “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).  The basic tenets of our faith are the Word of God and the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

You are mandated to have faith in God.  Jesus commanded:  “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).  It is impossible to please God without faith.  You must not only believe in God, but you must believe that He acts in your behalf:  “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”   (Hebrews 11:6).

You can be assured of your salvation because God’s Word assures it (John 3:16; Romans 10:9; 1 John 1:9). You can be assured that:

-Jesus paid your sin debt and obtained your full pardon:  Colossians 2:13-14.

-Your pardon is based on God’s grace, which always exceeds your transgressions:  Ephesians 1:7; Romans 5:20.

-God does not hold your past or present sins against you as long as you have asked  forgiveness:  Romans 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:19.

-Forgiveness is extended to all who believe in Jesus: Acts 10:43.

-Forgiveness is extended to believers who sin:  John 1:9.

Assurance that eliminates doubt is not a matter of applying human logic.  It is a matter of faith.  You simply believe God’s Word and do not rely on your own thinking (Proverbs 3:5).

DEALING WITH  DOUBT:

Confess your sins to God:  Sin can cause a lack of assurance about your spiritual status in God.   Confess your sins regularly by using the model prayer for daily prayer (1 John 1:9  Proverbs 28:13).

Confess your doubts to God. “…for what is not of faith is sin”  (Romans 14:23).  Lack of faith shows you do not believe God at His Word.  As the father who brought his ailing child to Jesus, cry out by faith, “Lord I believe.  Help me overcome my unbelief!”  (Mark 9:24).

Study the Word of God consistently.    The better you come to know God through His Word, the more you will trust Him completely with your salvation and in other spiritual issues

(Romans 10:17; John 7:17; 1 John 5:13).  Faith–the remedy for doubt–is increased through hearing, reading, and studying God’s Word (Romans 10:17).

Refuse to allow the spirit of unbelief to operate in your lifeIn the first temptation, Satan caused Eve to doubt the Word of God.   Doubt is a tool of the enemy, so when Satan returns with doubtful thoughts, rebuke him, rebuke the thoughts, and cast them out in the name of Jesus.

 

WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT DOUBT:

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)

Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.  (Psalm 119:89)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.    (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” (Matthew 8:13)

…your faith has healed you. (Matthew 9:22)

According to your faith will it be done to you… (Matthew 9:29)

Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. (Matthews 13:58)

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”   (Matthew 14:31)

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”  (Matthew 17:19-21, NKJV)

I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and it will be done. (Matthew 21:21)

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  (Mark 4:40)

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”  (Mark 5:34)

Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mark 5:36)

“Lord I believe.  Help me overcome my unbelief!”  (Mark 9:24).

“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.  (Mark 10:52)

“Where is your faith?”  he asked his disciples.  (Luke 8:22)

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  (Luke 17:5)

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.  “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:22-24)

Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.(Mark 15:14, NKJV)

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.  (Mark 16:16)

The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?”  he asked his disciples. (Luke 8:24-25)

If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it will obey you. (Luke 17:6)

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.  (John 1:12-13)

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.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16)

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.(John 5:24)

I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. (John 6:47)

I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins.  (John 8:24)

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  (John 10:27-28)

Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. (John 12:37)

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. (John 15:4)

Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”  A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”   Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”   Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”   Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.  (John 20:24-31)
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:37-39)

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Romans 10:8-10).

…for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.    (Romans 10:13)

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.  (Romans 10:17)

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
(2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

…for by faith you stand.  (2 Corinthians 1:24)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  (Ephesians 6:16)

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 1:6)

If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. (2 Timothy 2:13)

I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.(1 Timothy 2:8, KJV)

See to it, brothers, 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. (Hebrews 3:12-13)

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.  For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay.  But my righteous one will live by faith.  And if he shrinks back,  I will not be pleased with him.”    But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.  (Hebrews 10:35)

Now faith is the assurance, the confirmation, the title deed of the things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see, and the conviction of their reality. Faith is perceiving as real what is not revealed to the senses.(Hebrews 11:1, AMP)

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.   (Hebrews 11:6)

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. (James 1:5-8)

And God, in his mighty power, will protect you until you receive this salvation, because you are trusting him. It will be revealed on the last day for all to see. (1 Peter 1:5, NLT)

See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.   And this is what he promised us–even eternal life.  (1 John 2:24-25)

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. (1 John 2:28)

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)

But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit (Jude 20)

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”   (Revelation 21:8)

(See also the subjects of “Assurance”, “Faith”, and “Unbelief” in this database.)

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