Incredulity is a path that leads men to hell. The Prophet Isaiah asked the question, “Who has believed our message?” Doubt has closed the door to truth, and blinded the eyes, because together with fear, doubt controls the mind of many. Isaiah’s question remains today, for just as it was then, it is today when God’s message is disregarded in the hands of fear and doubt. Faith, clear from doubt, is faith that moves mountains, and fear. Little faith, on the other hand, brings in fear and doubt. When Peter perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me (Matt. 14:30). YAHSHUA, reaching out His hand to Peter, He saved him from drowning. In the presence of the Author of Life should never be a spirit of fear and doubt. Doubt is a sign of little faith we have. Every time we doubt the truth, we show to have small faith.
When our prayer is mingled with doubt, James describes as the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind (James 1: 6). He calls this a man of two minds unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything. James does not leave room for excuses, but brings us to the realization of our weakness of faith. The way to correct our action and change our path to stronger and successful faith. Clean faith, without tainted with doubt and fear, faith that at our utterance will open heaven with answers, no matter the impossibility visible to us, is faith where God is. He is the Author of faith and resides in faith. He has shared it with us in the measure that we will receive it. The Prophet Daniel sought the Lord in fasting and in prayer for twenty-one days, without wavering with doubting, even though he had to wait for the answer these many days, it came to him in a manner he never expected.
Faith is the spark-plug of belief, for belief is faith in action. It is faith that empowers belief to act. YAHSHUA asked Martha, Didn’t I tell you if you would believe, you would see the glory of God? Believing is the light that shines the glory of God in that it opens heaven to allow God’s goodness to be poured over those who believe. The two blind men when meeting YAHSHUA shouted loudly, Have pity on us, Son of David! YAHSHUA, then said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said, Yes, Lord. Then YAHSHUA touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith and trust be done to you. (Matt. 9: 28-29). This is solid proof that faith is the link to healing. Faith without doubting, that is. In another story, a father of a boy who suffered under a dumb spirit, causing him to convulse and foam at the mouth, grinding his teeth and falling motionless stupor, came to YAHSHUA for healing. Not very sure that YAHSHUA could heal his son, he said, If You can do anything, do have pity on us and help us. And YAHSHUA said, [You say to Me], If you can do anything? All things can be possible to him who believe. At once the father of the boy gave [an eager, piercing, inarticulate] cry and he said, Lord I believe! Help my weakness of faith! (Mark 9:18-23). It was imperative for the father rid of all doubt in order to experience the miracle of faith. He wasted no time, when he understood the words of YAHSHUA, and repented of his unbelief.
Martha and Mary, her sister, experienced not only the death of their brother, but also his burial. When Lazarus was still alive, they let YAHSHUA know the situation, but YAHSHUA remained two more days where He was before He headed out to their house. I can imagine how they felt when their friend did not show up to help them, when He only He could have done something to prevent Lazarus’ death. But as it was, it was not the will of the heavenly Father for YAHSHUA to have done that at that precise time. But it was rather, that the glory of God would be manifested among them, as a testimony to the nation that YAHSHUA was without a doubt, the Messiah of Israel. When He commanded the stone be removed from his tomb, Martha exclaimed, But Lord, by this time he throws off an offensive odor, for he has been dead four days! To that, YAHSHUA replied, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God? (John 11).
Nothing is impossible for those who believe! Amazing statement made by our Lord; that was an amazing work of miracle performed by Him as a witness that He was the Son of God, the Messiah Who was to come. Was it accepted by His people? Not really. For only seven days after this, they handed Him to Pilate to be crucified, under their desire. Doubt is an invasion of faith, and subsequently, the thief of joy. What more could have been done for the Jews to believe that YAHSHUA was the Messiah? Nothing at all, nothing. At the end of His ministry, when hanging on the cross, YAHSHUA said, It is finished! And it was for all who have believed Him through faith without any doubt.