Overcoming Doubt


John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. John 1:15

John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not: He it is who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. John 1:26-27

And I saw and bare record that this is the son of God. John 1:34

The Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask John the Baptist who he was when they saw him baptising the  people. They wanted to know if he was Elias, the Christ or one of the prophets. He clearly answered and told them he was not the Christ and then proceeded to tell them a little about the Christ and so when Jesus came to him the following day to be baptised, he publicly announced Jesus.

John the Baptist was anointed right from his mother's womb, he knew who he was and what he was born to do, to be a forerunner to Christ. He knew about the Christ and he boldly declared in verse 29 'Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. He also mentioned about Jesus being the one to baptise with the Holy Ghost, that is baptising with Power.

However when Herod put him in prison for reproving him for taking his brother's wife (Luke 3:19-20), doubt began to set in about who Christ was. The same man who publicly declared Christ in Luke 7:20  now asked his disciples to go ask Jesus if he was the Christ or they should look for another?

Anyone can be tempted with doubt no matter how anointed!

A song writer says when the storms of life hit, will your anchor hold?
You can never reach a point in your life where the temptation of doubt can not set in. So how do we deal with doubt when it comes knocking? Let's go back to the scriptures.
In Luke 7:20, bible says 'When the men were come unto him, they said 'John the Baptist has sent us unto thee saying 'Art thou he that should come or look we for another?
Go to verse 21-23 to see Jesus's response. In verse 21, he didn't utter a word rather bible says in that same hour, he cured many of the infirmities of the people and plagues, and of evil spirits and unto many that were blind, he gave sight. It was in verse 22 he spoke and told the messengers to go tell John what they saw, how the lame walk, the deaf hear, the blind see etc.
Finally in verse 23 he said 'Blessed is he who shall not be offended in him.
Why did Jesus first perform miracles before replying the messengers? In the scriptures we quoted earlier, John the Baptist knew who Christ was, he knew what he came to do and he was so confident about who Christ was that he bare witness to it and so Jesus knew that John the Baptist knows who he was and so asking his disciples to come ask him if he was the Christ could only be as a result of persecution/trials/storms of life, remember John was locked up in prison.  Hence Jesus had to recreate a scene that explains what the scriptures says about him in Isaiah 61:1 so that when the messengers go back to John, they could tell him what they saw and John will get the message.

Jesus referred John back to the scriptures for the scriptures cannot be broken. Jesus was trying to say this is what the word of God which you know says about me. I came to save, to heal and to deliver. In other words, yes I am the Christ.
When our faith is deeply tested and it looks like the storms of life will sink us and doubts about the word of God begin to rise within us, let us run back to the Word.
Proverbs 4:20-22 says  'my son give attention to my word, incline thine ears to my saying, do not let them depart from your EYES, keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh.

Whilst it is humanly hard not to dwell on the storms threatening us especially as it is staring at you right in the face, the way to overcome doubt is to think on the word of God always. Think (meditate) about what the word says about that issue instead of the issue. This is because the more we think about something the more we give in to that thing. If you keep thinking about the issue, it keeps looking bigger than it really is, if you keep thinking about the word, suddenly you notice the problem is nothing compared to your big God.
It is easier to dwell and think about problems than dwell/think about the word of God because it takes discipline and commitment to read and think about the word of God everyday whilst you can still see your problems. Not everyone can do that, as we starve our doubts by looking into the word of God and meditating on it, our faith begin to rise to the surface and victory is certain.

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