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O you of little faith, why did you doubt? • When Jesus calmed the great tempest on the sea: – “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? ” – Matt. 8: 26 – “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? ” – Mark 4: 40 – “Where is your faith? ” – Luke 8: 25 • When the risen Jesus appeared to the eleven: – “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? ” – Luke 8: 38 • When Jesus saved Peter from his sinking faith: – “O you of little faith, why did you doubt? ” – Matt. 14: 31
O you of little faith, why did you doubt? • Peter had a fine beginning of the story – His fear (Matt. 14: 26) gave way to faith (14: 28) – He had tremendous faith/confidence in the Lord to climb out of the boat to walk on water • Did he look silly? He was the only one doing it. • Peter had a rough middle of the story – His faith (14: 29) gave way to fear (14: 30) – To doubt/fear is always to sink • “Without faith, it is impossible!” – Heb. 11: 6 • Peter had a better end of the story – He turned his faith/trust back to Jesus
O you of little faith, why did you doubt? • Why do we doubt? …doubts arise in our hearts? – Some folks will to doubt, for a multitude of reasons. – Some, through willful disobedience, begin to doubt. – Some are led by others to have & foster doubts.
O you of little faith, why did you doubt? • Why do we doubt? …doubts arise in our hearts? – Some children of God focus on their problems. • Become obsessed with their difficulties. • Like Peter, turn full attention to the wind & waves of life. – Our national problems, financial problems, worldly influences, temptations, daily battles, family issues, health issues, etc. – It is not wrong to be aware of these things, but we must not allow them to trap us, control us and take our eyes of faith off the Lord. • Focusing on problems Doubt Fear Overcome faith • Which is more powerful: – Our problems (the wind & waves of life) – Or the Creator and Sustainer of all things? • When we focus on our problems, we willfully forget Ephesians 3: 20.
O you of little faith, why did you doubt? • Why do we doubt? …doubts arise in our hearts? – Some children of God focus on skewed perceptions. • Become blind to truth & reality because we choose to see matters only through our eyes. • Like the Israelites in Numbers 13 -14, we trust only our skewed perceptions rather than God’s promises: – God promised the land – it was theirs for the taking – Joshua & Caleb had faith – but that was just two guys – The majority of the spies had doubts – they had blinded themselves to the joys and advantages of the land by looking at the giants instead of looking at God. – Faith was overcome by fear due to skewed perceptions. • “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3: 12).
O you of little faith, why did you doubt? • How can we overcome doubts/fears? – Like Peter, face two fundamental facts! • Without full faith & focus on Jesus, we are sinking! • We cannot manage life alone or save ourselves! – Like Peter, look to Him who is able to help! • • • Take eyes off the storms of life & fix them again on Jesus! Pray for help! Reach out in faith, knowing the Lord is always there to save! – Like Peter, get back in the boat with others! • Abide with those who encourage faith and are of like faith! • Encourage faith in others!
O you of little faith, why did you doubt? • How can we overcome doubts/fears? – Trust completely that if/when God commands us to do something, we can do it…with His help! • If we attempt to fight our own battles with our own strength, ideas and humanly-devised plans, we demonstrate our lack of faith in God and the gospel. We will fail! – “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ” – Romans 10: 17 – PRAY! “Let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. ” – James 1: 6 – Trust in the Lord despite the wind and waves!