KEY SCRIPTURE: Matt 11:2 & 3 KJV “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
John the Baptist introduced the Lord Jesus to the Israelites by revelation he had from the Holy Spirit. (John 1:33). He said he did not know him. Joh 1:31 KJV “And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.” John had been in the wilderness since he came of age and has not been in touch with lots of people. John after sometime of his ministry was captured by king Herod and put in prison. John sent two of his disciples to enquire from Jesus if indeed he is the Messiah. John at this instant doubted whether Jesus was the Christ and wanted to be sure. Some level of doubt was creeping in here.
What is doubt? Doubt is thoughts of uncertainties concerning an issue. There is a difference between doubt and unbelief. Unbelief is a refusal to accept a fact. The unbeliever is an active rejecter of the revealed truth. The doubter doubts because his information about the issue is very small, and so must seek, or learn further to overcome the doubts in his mind. Unbelief willingly rejects the truth. Unbelief is therefore a sinful act (Mark 16:14) whiles the doubter is not, yet supposed to seek for further knowledge to clear his mind of any uncertainties. John also sent two of his disciples to enquire so that, his mind will be free from all the doubt. When doubt start rising in your heart, be quick to establish yourself in the truth. Doubt in your mind does not mean you are defeated, but it is a condition leading to be defeated, if you do nothing about it.
Anytime doubt rises up in you, quickly turn to the scriptures and say it to yourself. Go to testimonies of how God answered others in similar situations If Doubt is not treated, it will become unbelief, that will lead you to be hardened about the truth. Unbelief is a hardening of one’s heart. Mar 16:14 KJV” Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.” Unbelief rejects the promise which brings the blessing, Faith is a humbling of your heart or submission of your soul to what God says. Faith always accepts the promise. This is the reason faith possesses the answer all the time. Luke 1:45 KJV” And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
Doubt may come yet I do not give place to it. My mind and heart is settled about the truth of God’s word and ever ready to accept it, even if my mind does not understand it. By faith I understand what God says.
Matt 28:17 KJV “And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.”
Luke 12:29 KJV “And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.”