We have seen previously that FAITH is central to Christianity. There is no real Christian without faith because God gives every believer a measure of faith as a gift.(Rom. 12:3) As long as one is still a Christian he or she remains a person of faith; because “no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Cor 12:3b
So we all have faith. Every believer is a faith Christian! More so the measure of faith we have, even as small as a grain of mustard seed can move mountains “and nothing shall be impossible for you” Matt 17:20
Why though are we not moving mountains with our faith? Why do we still encounter impossibilities? Jesus said the reason is simply DOUBT & UNBELIEVE. An unbelieving believer? When faith seems to be feeble, unproductive and not working, the problem is not the absence of faith. It is rather the presence of doubt.
We have had cases of great men of God in the Bible that God used mightily but who still had a moment of doubt while still in active Service and they all suffered setbacks as a result. John the Baptist and Simon Peter will be very good examples. John the Baptist was Jesus‘ cousin and His forerunner. He not only knew Jesus from the house, he was a top prophet who God bestowed the noble job to prepare the way for the beginning of Christ‘s ministry and to announce His presence. He then said “I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God” John 1:34
In a moment of a flicker of faith, doubt took the better of John the Baptist and he said to Christ “Are you the coming One or do we look for another?” Luke 7:20. Also in Matt 14:25–31 Peter was so full of faith that he stepped out of a boat and walked on water with Christ but when he had doubt, he began to sink and Jesus said to him “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matt 14:31
Though we may be strong Christians, we all have levels of doubt that contents against our faith. It may not be very easy for faith to block out doubt completely no matter how hard we try, but our faith can still thrive enough in the presence of doubt for us to become “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” Rom 8:37.
We need to feed our faith and exercise it regularly to make it grow big and become strong. That is same way to starve our doubt to make it weak. When we talk about faith as big, strong or great, it is all in its strength rather than its quantum. The strength in faith is achieved when we regularly and properly feed that measure we have received as a gift with the word of God(Rom 10:17). We should also put our faith to work and exercise it regularly for strength and capacity. “Faith without works is dead” James 2:14
The reason we have doubt is because we sometimes allow our feelings to stand in the way that leads to doubt rather than trust God fully and wholeheartedly in the finished work of Christ. Every doubt we may have about our relationship with God and His faithfulness are all problems of our feelings. Such feelings regarding our salvation and the faithfulness of God can be a big distraction to faith growth. We should believe God for who He is “For l am the LORD, I do not change” Malachi 3:6a. When we believe God and live in obedience to His word, it will in turn produce in us the faith we need to walk and work with(John 15:4–15)
The Bible tells us to “fight the good fight of the faith” 1 Tim 6:12. We need to always look beyond the moment in times of trials and difficulties and then try and focus on the ultimate outcome such as God has promised us. It will surely bring about a faith boost. After all the Bible says that we should all know that God uses every situation( including challenges) to work together for the good of those who love Him(Rom 8:28).
He is faithful who says “I will not leave you nor forsake you.” Therefore let us open up our heats to Him in an “unqualified assurance and absolute conviction” and put a complete trust and confidence in the Lord holding “fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Heb 10:23(ESV)