Doubt Not…The Righteous Right Hand of God will uphold you 20/April/10
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.¨ (Isaiah41:10)

Have you wondered how and why fear grips our life?
DOUBT shakes one's FAITH and makes a way for FEAR to enter one's life to WEAKEN a person spiritually, emotionally and physically & ultimately to DEVIATE him/her from Gods plan.

Doubt which is the root cause of fear is like a bird flying around looking for a suitable place to build its nest. As a wise man once said we cannot prevent the bird from flying over our head, but we can prevent it from building its nest on our head. In the same way when our circumstances are contrary to our expectations, we need to TRUST Gods WORD, for, His Word serves as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm119:105).

While ‘Faith’ serves as an ANCHOR by enabling a person to REST SAFELY in God, ‘Doubt’ works the other way round. Faith NOURISHES and STRENGTHENS us spiritually, emotionally, physically where as DOUBT SUCKS the energy out of us and WEAKENS us as it weakened Peter in (Matt14:25-31) when he allowed fear to enter.

When Peter heard the Lord's call (Matthew 14:29) he got out of the boat and began to walk on the water but when he doubted the Word of God and saw the wind he began to sink. Then he cried out “Lord, save me!” (Matthew14:30). In response to Peters call, the Lord Jesus Christ rebuked Peter for doubting. ¨You of little faith, why did you DOUBT? ¨. (NIV Bible) He could have asked him ‘why do you fear? But instead He asked Peter ‘why do you doubt?’

Christian life is a life of faith. We are called to walk by faith and not by sight (Hebrews chptr 11 to chptr 12:1,2). None of us existed when the Lord Jesus Christ walked the earth but don’t we believe He came to this earth for us? Don’t we believe in His death and in His resurrection? In fact ¨faith¨ is the very basis of salvation (Romans5:1) and faith is also a gift of God (1Corinthians 12:9)

When God says ‘fear not’ it doesn’t mean fearful thoughts will never cross ones mind. Fearful thoughts may come but we should not allow such thoughts to weigh us down. When fear strikes we have the authority to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ (2Corinthians 10:5). Having done that, we are called to fill our mind with the Word of God (Colossians 3:16) and be focused on Christ Jesus (Hebrews12:2) and on His Word which will increase our faith (Romans10:17)

 Before the event of the Cross the Holy Spirit was ‘with’ the people; but after the event of the Cross He lives ‘in’ us (1Corinthians6:19 / John 14:17) to help us (John14:26 / John16:13) in every step of our life. Our circumstances might look hopeless but we must always remember that our God is above every circumstance. His righteous right hand who is the Lord Jesus Christ will not allow us to sink. (Hebrews 1:3) ‘The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.’

(Hebrews 12:2) ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’

Just as the Lord Jesus Christ reached out His hand and upheld Peter (Matt14:31) He is faithful to reach out to us when we stumble (Psalm37:24). He entered the world not only to give us salvation through His sacrifice on the cross but also to destroy the works of the evil one (1John3:8) and to rescue man from the control of the devil (Colossians1:13).

Therefore instead of entertaining thoughts of doubt and fear a believer should ask God for faith which is the basis for a Christian life. Faith is a gift of God and it is received and not earned. When a believer chooses to live by the Word and by the Spirit faith increases and dispels doubt and fear.