“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Mark 11:23
Doubt will rob the believer of God’s best for his life.
We have studied Mark 11:23 from a positive point of view in previous lessons, looking at the various ingredients to a perfect faith in God. In today’s lesson we will concentrate on the phrase, “and shall not doubt in his heart,” looking at an example of doubt which we find in a familiar Bible story.
Faith To Walk on Water
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matthew 14:22-31
In this story Jesus sent His disciples across the sea while He went alone to a mountain to pray. In the fourth watch of the night (between four and six o’clock the next morning) the disciples saw Jesus walking toward them on the water. Thinking they were seeing a ghost, they cried out with fear. Then Jesus spoke reassuringly, “It is I, be not afraid.”
Impetuous Peter shouted, “Lord, if it is really you, then bid me come to you on the water.”
Jesus answered with one word, “Come.”
Peter started out in faith and as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus he did just fine. But when he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the circumstances surrounding him, when he saw the wind whipping the sea about him, he became afraid and began to sink. “Lord, save me!” he called to Jesus.
Jesus took Peter’s hand in His and led him safely back into the ship, after rebuking him with the words, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
Faith is acting upon the Word of God. Jesus had said, “Come.” and as long as Peter acted upon that word, he was all right. But when he began to doubt, when he quit acting on the words of Jesus, he began to sink. Doubt robbed him of the best that God had for him. Jesus didn’t intend that Peter should sink. He meant for Peter to walk back to the ship with Him. But doubt robbed Peter of this blessing. Peter became afraid and doubted. Doubt and fear go hand in hand, but faith and love go hand in hand. “Perfect love casteth out fear” (I John 4:18).
In several instances that thief of doubt kept the disciples from receiving God’s best for them. His highest and best for their lives was for them to receive by their faith. If we will but utilize the power that is within us and act on God’s Word, we will achieve God’s greatest blessings that He has planned for our lives.
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23).
Don't let doubt rob you today! Act in faith and enjoy God's best blessings!
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