I’ve just finished watching a sermon titled: “Doubt”, 14th April 2019, by Petty Mudzingwa at C3. Petty is a friend of mine and I love her wisdom. I’ve put together the notes from the sermon as well as a few of my own thoughts. I pray that it is a great encouragement to you.
Jesus’ last words: “it is finished” sound like “I am finished”.
Trapped between a mountain and the Red Sea do you:
- get discouraged,
- or feel deserted?
The 4 d’s: doubt, discouraged, disappointed and deserted.
Sometimes we doubt and question God when:
- the battles are the roughest and toughest ever fought
- or when the burdens are the heaviest ever carried
- or the wait for a prophecy or promises seems unbearable
- or when pain increases rather than healing coming
- or when things do not make sense
John the Baptist was doubting Jesus: “When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.”” Matthew 11:2-5 NIV
“Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves most blessed!”” Matthew 11:6 MSG
John touched Jesus when he baptised Him, John saw the Holy Spirit descend upon Jesus and John heard the voice of God declare: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased and delighted!” (Matthew 3:17b Amplified Bible)
But John couldn’t see any miracle coming, there were no signs of release so his faith was being tested and tried. John reviewed the checklist from Isaiah 61:1-3: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to”:
- proclaim good news to the poor
- bind up the brokenhearted
- freedom for the captives
- release from darkness for the prisoners
- the year of the Lord’s favour
- the day of vengeance of our God
- comfort all who mourn
- beauty instead of ashes
- joy for mourning
- garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair
John wasn’t released so how was Jesus the fulfiller of the prophecy? John had unmet needs and started doubting so he sends a message through his disciples to Jesus because John wanted confirmation.
Doubt brings up questions because it requires more information and clarity.
Doubt can result in unbelief.
Jesus knows our struggles and that doubt resolved becomes faith.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God, we need to hear the gospel every day. We all waver and we need to be encouraged and strengthened by someone’s testimony. Which means that we need to share our testimony as well to build other people’s faith, we need to be like Aaron and Hur and hold other’s arms up.
When we’re stuck, we can ask: “When is my breakthrough coming?”
Many others have doubted before us:
- Sarah doubted becoming a mother
- Moses doubted being the deliverer
- John was doubting as he was stuck in prison
We need to find the root cause of the problem – doubt.
James 1:6 explains that when we ask for things with doubt we are thrown about like a stormy sea: “Just make sure you ask empowered by confident faith without doubting that you will receive. For the ambivalent person believes one minute and doubts the next. Being undecided makes you become like the rough seas driven and tossed by the wind. You’re up one minute and tossed down the next.” James 1:6 The Passion Translation
Doubts is like a weight and we need to throw it off so we can press on, see Hebrews 12:1.
Live by faith for the just shall live by faith (see Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11 & Hebrews 10:38)
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” Corrie Ten Boom.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV
“Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen” Hebrews 11:1 The Passion Translation
Trusting God that when He promises something then He will fulfil it! Walk by faith and not by sight. Decree and Declare!
Jesus has felt forsaken like us so we can readily pray for forgiveness and assistance: “God forgive me for doubting, help me, please remove my doubt and unbelief.” (see Mark 9:23-25).
Trust and obey
Trust and obey and God for He will transform your test into a testimony; your mess into a message; He will take you from the prison to palace; and HE will turn your doubt into confidence and faith!
Jesus is aware of our ‘prison’ situations and can set us free!
Jesus is EVERYTHING we need!
Genesis – He is the Creator
Exodus – He is the Redeemer
Leviticus – He is the Sanctifier
Numbers – He is our Guide
Deuteronomy – He is our Teacher
Joshua – He is the mighty Conqueror
Judges – He gives victory over enemies
Ruth – He is the Kingsman, Lover and Redeemer
1 Samuel – He is the root of Jesse
2 Samuel – He is the Son of David
1 & 2 Kings – He is the King of kings and Lord of lords
1 & 2 Chronicles – He is our Intercessor, our High Priest
Ezra – He is our temple, our house of worship
Nehemiah – He is the mighty wall protecting us from our enemies
Esther – He stands in the gap to deliver us from our enemies
Job – He is the arbitrator who not only understands our struggles, but He does something about them!
Psalms – He is our song, our reason to sing
Proverbs – He is our wisdom helping us make sense of life and live it successfully
Ecclesiastes – He delivers us from vanity
Song of Songs – He is our Lover, our rose of Sharon
Isaiah – He is the mighty Counsellor, Prince of Peace and everlasting Father
Jeremiah – He is the balm of Gilead
Lamentations – He is the forever faithful One, upon whom we can depend!
Ezekiel – He is the One who assures us that dead dry bones shall live again
Daniel – He is the ancient of days, who never runs out of time
Hosea – He is our faithful lover always beckoning us to come back to Him
Joel – He is our refuge keeping us safe in times of trouble
Amos – He is the husbandman whom we can depend on to stand by our side
Obadiah – He is the Lord of the kingdom
Jonah – He our salvation bringing us back into His will
Micah – He is the judge of the nations, a jealous God
Habakkuk – He is the Holy One
Zephaniah – He is a witness
Haggai – He overthrows enemies
Zechariah – He is the Lord of hosts
Malachi – He is merciful
Matthew – He is the King of the Jews
Mark – He is the servant
Luke – He is the Son of man feeling what we feel
John – He is the Son of God
Acts – He is the Saviour of the world
Romans – He is the righteousness of God
1 Corinthians – He followed Israel
2 Corinthians – He is the triumphant one giving us victory
Galatians – He is our liberty, setting us free
Ephesians – He is the head of the church
Philippians – He is our joy
Colossians – He is our completeness
1 & 2 Thessalonians – He is our hope
1 Timothy – He is our faith
2 Timothy – He is our stability
Titus – He is the Truth
Philemon – He is our benefactor
Hebrews – He is our perfection
James – He is the power behind our faith
1 Peter – He is our example
2 Peter – He is our purity
1 John – He is our life
2 John – He is our pattern
3 John – He is our motivation
Jude – He is the foundation of our faith
Revelations – He is the coming King!
Believe again in the powerful and mighty name of Jesus.
“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
I pray that this sermon encourages and spurs you on.
Many blessings, Keona
Corrie Ten Boom: The quote by Corrie Ten Boom was found at AZ Quotes.