DON'T DOUBT GOD
Excerpts of Pastor J.E. Bamidele message at the Sunshine Service of Sunday, December 11, 2016
Bible Text: Matthew 14:22-31 [NKJV]
One of the most difficult things to get believers to do is believe. Believers know how to rationalise, conceptualise, and know how to tell you why something would not work, but one of the hardest things to get believers to do is believe.
Galatians 5:7-8 says "You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you." In Galatians 5:7-8, Paul was asking what was happening to the zeal/expectation that the Galatians once had. He wondered why they were beginning to question what God had done through them and for them. The phrase "You ran well..." implies that you were making progress rapidly, but you are now not moving quickly as you once were.” You ran well. Who hindered you?" What the writer is saying is that your impediment, delay or holdup was not a what, an event, an action, or a thing, but an individual. It was someone whose opinion you valued or someone you listened to more than you listened to God. For example, in Genesis 3:9-11 when Adam and Eve hid themselves from God because they were naked, God asked them who had told them that they were naked, since He never told them so. This implies that God was trying to say that anytime that you move contrary to His Word, it is someone's words you listened too, and that has caused you to doubt Him. You must understand that there are people who can drop a word for good in your life that will catapult you to your destiny, but there are also people who can bring a negative word into your life and pull you back into your history. Hence, you must go forward.
Why do you think the way you think? Why did you believe at first and now you are in doubt? Who hindered you? Remember, it all starts with you. "You ran well" also implies that God is not calling you to be stagnant, He is calling you to progression. God wants to move you from grace to grace, from faith to faith, and from glory to glory. No matter what time it is in your life, it is too soon to quit; you can't stop now because you have made too much progress, and you have come far. As you get down to the last couple of weeks in 2016, you can't start doubting what God has already told you He would do for you. Don't doubt God because it is not a question of whether or not God can perform. If God has told you He will do something, He is absolutely going to do it. It doesn't matter how many months have passed by, or what your wristwatch is saying, God is going to do what He says He will do.
However, because your relationship with God has become casual and is not as it used to be, you are stuck in your history, when God is trying to get you into your destiny. You have to move on from where you are now.
In Genesis 18:14, God asked Abraham, "Is anything too hard for the LORD?" We see a response in Luke 1:37 which says "For with God nothing will be impossible." And in Ephesians 3:20 which says "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,". This implies that when you come to the end of yourself or your imagination, God is saying you are just getting to where He can start working with you. Make your dream big because God is not intimidated by your dream or what you are asking Him for. Don't make yourself small or belittle what God has told you He will do for you. Dream big.
The question is not do you believe God, but the question is, can you keep believing God? Do believe God with as much intensity as you believed Him in January? You have no reason to don't doubt God. The word 'doubt' means to be uncertain, to have unbelief, to waver, to be undecided, to hesitate, etc. You need to have it mind that God has not forgotten you.
A Self-Examination Using Peter As A Case Study
From the reference text, Jesus sent His disciples to the other side, He sent away the multitude, and He went to the mountain to pray. The disciples found themselves where they were supposed to be. The boat the disciples were in was tossed by the wind on the sea. The disciples had not sinned or done anything wrong, they had followed Jesus' instructions, but they still got into a storm. This teaches that it doesn't mean that because you are in a storm, the devil is attacking you, you are not where God wants you or that you have missed God's instructions. It could be that God has sent you into what He knows you will go through, because He wants to demonstrate a side of Him that you have not yet realised. The disciples knew what Jesus could do on land but they had never seen Him walking on the sea. They had seen Jesus calm a storm in the boat but they had never seen Him deal with the storm while they were on the boat and He was on the water. So, there are some things that God has allowed you to get into, so that He can introduce you to another side of Him. God also wants you to see that He not only performs miracles in stable situations (land), but He is also a God that can perform miracles in instability (storms). What you are struggling with is not a difficulty for God because He walks on the things that you are dealing with. The LORD is coming in your direction in Jesus Name.
In verse 26, when the disciples saw Jesus coming in their direction, immediately they started shouting that it was a ghost, and this was after they had earlier seen Him. Fear can colour the eyes of your faith and make you see your deliverance as a dilemma. God has you standing on the threshold of your deliverance, but as for the problem, you are only seeing it as a dilemma. Until God opens the door for you, praise Him in the hallway.
Reasons Peter Should Not Have Doubted
1. Peter did not need to doubt because where he was, was an answer to his prayer (Matthew 14:28). Why are you doubting when you have asked God to move you from where you are? Peter requested for movement from stable to unstable, if that was where the LORD wanted Him. Most people have asked God to let them make progress but they can't make progress without process. You must be able to go through something to get to what you have asked God to do for you. Peter was where he had asked God to let him go. You might have asked God for certain things and you are wondering why some things are happening, but God has to take you through a process. Most people want the finished product but they don't want to go through the process.
2. Peter did not need to doubt because he had seen that storm before (Matthew 14:24 & 30). Sometimes, you get upset when things are happening to you, but you don't realise that you have been through such situations before. Don't allow the ride in the boat to make you forget that you have made it through some storms.
3. Peter did not need to doubt because even though he was out of the boat and on the water, he had the assurance of the presence of the LORD (Matthew 14:27-28). No matter what you are going through right now, you have the awesome assurance of the presence of God with you; He is a very present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1).
4. Peter did not need to doubt because God wanted to do something special (Matthew 14:29). Peter lost focus; he was to come out of the boat and walk on the water towards Jesus. Peter's struggle was as to why he was where he was. You might have lost your focus as to why you asked God to take you to the place where He is taking you, but God wants to do something special with you that cannot be done where you are.
In conclusion, no matter what you go through, you would not lose your focus in Jesus name. God will redirect you and show you what you have never seen before; your destiny helpers will locate you, God will meet you where you are, and take you to your destiny in the Jesus name.
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