Hindrances to Your Faith

Lesson 4

Doubt and Unbelief


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 not.

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 word says.

"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 forward."

"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 liar.

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 believe them.

 

Feed on Faith, not Doubt and Unbelief!

 

By Judy Warren

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