The biggest tool that the devil can use against God’s people is “Doubt.” When Peter walked on the water then began to sink, Jesus asked Peter; “wherefore did thou doubt?’ There comes a time in all of our lives that we find ourselves in “Doubt.” The purpose of the article is not to cause doubt but to make you aware of it and when you enter into it; you’ll know what to do about it. Let’s first examine John the Baptist, the most powerful man of God in the entire Bible other than Jesus Himself. Even John was overcome by doubt. Let’s look at some very important points regarding John the Baptist:
- There was an “Angel that announced his birth”
- This Angel made some profound statements: “he shall be great in the sight of the Lord
- “He shall be filled with the Holy spirit even from his mother’s womb”
- “He spent his first 30 years in the wilderness just serving God”
- He baptized Jesus
- “He saw the heavens open up”
- “He saw the Holy Spirit like a dove descend on Jesus”
- “He heard the voice of God Himself speak; this is my beloved Son”
- Jesus made a profound statement about John; “among them born of women, there has not risen greater than John the Baptist.”
John was so bold that he rebuked the king for taking the king’s brother’s wife as his own, and it was none of John’s business, but John the Baptist called sin, sin. We need some more preachers like John today instead of “people pleasers and politically correct pastors.” But this got John locked up in prison and would end up costing him his life. After everything John had seen & heard, he begin to doubt Jesus, John sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus; “are you the one or should we look for another?” Like John, some of us are locked up in our own mental prison, we could be Christians and at one time had a close walk with God, but mistakes we have made have locked us away in doubt & unbelief.
Luke 7:21-22 “In that same hour Jesus cured many of their infirmities… the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.”
John didn’t need an emotional uplift, a pat on the back or a shoulder to cry on; he needed “a Word uplift.” The emotional uplift is what we all want but it’s like a sugar rush, it may lift you up but it won’t last long, but the Word of God will last forever. In that “one hour” Jesus fulfilled the scriptures Isa.35:3-6 and Isa.61:1 and Luke 4:18. Then Jesus told John’s disciples; “Go tell John what you have seen & heard.” After John’s disciples had left, Jesus said some great things regarding John the Baptist. When you feel trapped in your personal prison and everything seems lost, don’t seek out someone’s shoulder to cry on or a pat on the back, but turn to what will really deliver you, “The Word of God.”
Until next time, keep your face in the wind and your kickstand up.
To be found faithful,