to Your Faith
Two of the biggest hindrances and enemies to Faith
is Doubt and Unbelief. Jesus had a lot to say about
it and we are going to look at those incidences.
Matthew 13:53-58 Jesus was preaching in his own home
town and the people were astonished at his teaching.
They did not receive him as the son of God, but as
Mary and the Carpenterís son. They did not accept
what he had to say because they "knew" who he was.
In fact it says they were offended.
Jesus answered them this way "A prophet is not
without honour, except in his own country and in his
own house." In other words, he was respected
everywhere else but his home town. Then in verse 58
it says, "And he did not many mighty works there,
because of their unbelief."
God can not work great works, in the presence of
unbelief. Doubt stopped the power of God.
This story is also shown in Mark 6. There is says he
laid his hands on a few sick folks and healed them.
And he marveled at their unbelief.
Matthew 17:14-21 A man brought his son to Jesus and
said the disciples were unable to help him. In verse
17 Jesus answered and said "O faithless and perverse
generation, how long shall I be with you? How long
shall I suffer you? Bring him to me!" Then he
rebuked the devil and he departed and the child was
healed. Jesus was not angry at the man for bringing
the child, but at the disciples for not being able
to pray for him and see him set free.
When the disciples asked why they couldnít cast him
out, Jesus answered, "Because of your unbelief, for
I say to you that if you have faith as a grain of
mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain,
move, and it will move, and nothing will be
impossible to you." Then he added "However this kind
goes out by prayer and fasting."
Now because of
their unbelief they could not cast out the devil and
because they had not been watching and learning from
Jesus, they did not discern that this one needed
fasting and prayer. Which is interesting. We need to
be sensitive to the Spirit and he will tell us what
is needed to pray for different things. But it all
had to do with their unbelief. We hinder the work of
God if we do not believe!
Mark 9: 17-29 Repeats this story in a little more
detail. Not only did the disciples not believe, the
man didnít either. He cried out, "Help my unbelief"
Since he was willing to have help with his unbelief,
Jesus was able to heal his son.
Mark 16:14 Jesus rebukes his disciples for their
unbelief and hardness of heart. They didnít believe
the reports of the women that he was alive. If Jesus
hated anything, I am sure he hated unbelief,
especially in those that had followed and watched
him for 3 years. Can you imagine? Walking with the
Saviour and seeing him every day. Being there when
he raised the dead and healed the sick, and still
not believing. He wants us to believe what he says,
is what he is going to do. He told them he would
rise again, and he did, and they didnít believe it
till they saw him.
John 20:26-29 He said to Thomas after he had finally
seen him and called him My Lord and My God. "Thomas,
because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed
are they that have not seen, and yet believe." That
is us! We never saw the Lord. We only have His word.
But if we believe, we are more blessed than the
disciples that walked with him every day.
Matthew 14:15-33 Is the story of Christ walking on
the water. When he got to Peter, he said "Oh you of
little faith, why did you doubt?"
Yes Peter got out of the boat. Yes he walked on the
water. But when doubt and unbelief came in, he sank!
He could have walked all the way to Jesus and back
to the boat, if he had not doubted.
Matthew 21: 17-22 The story of the fig tree. Jesus
cursed it and it died. The disciples were amazed.
Jesus answered them this "If you have faith, and
doubt not, you shall not only do this to the fig
tree, but you will say to the mountain, be removed,
and be cast into the sea and it will be done. And
all things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing,
you will receive.
Do you have any mountains in your life? If you have
faith and donít doubt, they will be removed. The
mountain of sickness, poverty, depression, fear.
Whatever it is, your faith can move it, if you doubt
Mark 11: 23 For verily I say unto you, that whoever
will say to the mountain, be removed and be cast
into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but
shall believe that those things which he says shall
come to pass, he shall have whatever he says.
We have to say with our mouth, what we believe. We
canít speak doubt and unbelief and expect God to
answer. We can have faith in our heart and doubt in
our mind. We need to speak the faith, not the doubt.
If you have prayed for something, donít negate it by
speaking the opposite to what you are believing for.
Just speak the word of God, no matter what the devil
tries to tell you. The circumstance says one thing,
but the word of God says different. Say what the
"By his stripes, I am healed" You are not lying, you
are speaking faith. "But you look sick." "Doesnít
matter! Godís word says that "I am healed" I receive
my healing and expect to get better from this day
"My God supplies all my needs, according to His
riches in Glory" "But you donít have enough money to
pay your bills!" "Doesnít matter, the Bible says "I
have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed
begging bread!" My God is bigger than my bills!"
Whatever it is that you need, God is your source.
Donít speak doubt and unbelief! Speak Faith!
Acts 3: 3-4 For what if some did not believe? Shall
their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
God forbid, yes let God be true and every man a
People might say to you. "That faith stuff doesnít
work. I tried it and it didnít work for me." Does
that mean the Word of God doesnít work? NO! Let God
be true and every man a liar!!!
Isaiah 55: 11 So shall my word be that goes forth
out of my mouth. It shall not return void, but it
shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall
prosper in the thing I sent it to do.
So who are you to say that the word of God doesnít
work? It will work if you believe and doubt not!
Sometimes it may take time, but it will work, if you
donít give up!
Hebrews 3:19 The children of Israel did not enter
into the promised land because of their unbelief.
Do you want to miss out on what God has promised
you? Just believe His word! It means what it says.
It will not return void or empty. It will accomplish
what he sent it to do. God wants the best for you.
He has clearly outlined in his word all his
promises. We just have to receive it. Donít let
peopleís "experience" keep you from receiving from
God. Are they greater than God? NO! I donít care how
great a person they are, if they are talking
contrary to the word of God, donít listen and donít
Feed on Faith, not Doubt and Unbelief!