Unbelief, Doubt and Fear

  • Mark 9:21-24 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “’If you can?’” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed. “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
  • Mark 5:22-24, 35-36, 41-42 Then one of the synagogue leaders, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him…. While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid: just believe.”… He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around…
  • Matthew 14:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
  • Matthew 21:21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.”

Unbelief, doubt and fear have the same effect… they cripple your faith. Jesus could not do many miracles in his hometown because of their lack of faith (Matthew 13:58). It’s not that He didn’t want to. They didn’t believe that the carpenter’s son could heal them. Don’t let unbelief, doubt, or fear rob you of what rightfully belongs to you as a child of God redeemed from every curse. Remember that the righteous are to live by faith (Galatians 3:11) and that you need to be on your guard and stand firm in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13).

How to quiet unbelief, doubt, fear, and other negative voices:
  1. Spend time reading the Word daily and get to know the promises of God. When you do, it will be harder for circumstances to move you. Knowledge of God’s Word benefits you. God said that His people were destroyed because of a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).
  2. Jesus said that His sheep hear his voice and the voice of a stranger they will not follow (John 10:4-5, 27). When unbelief, doubt, fear or any voices in your head don’t line up with the promises of God, command them to go in the Name of Jesus. If it’s your own flesh, renew your mind and take your thoughts captive to make them obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). In addition, Philippians 4:8 tells us to think about things that are noble, pure, excellent, etc.
  3. If someone is telling you something contrary to the Word, understand their heart as they probably mean well. Just do like Jesus said to Jairus: “Don’t be afraid: only believe.” Don’t let the words of such a person penetrate your heart as it can rob you of a miracle. Don’t blame the other person as you are responsible for your faith walk. What and who you listen to is your responsibility. Just bless them but trust God and His Word.
  4. Meditate on the Word to get a matter settled in your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to shed light on it so nothing will move you.
  5. Spend time in prayer and fellowship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. The more you listen to them, the more you’ll live in peace and trust them to deliver on their word.

Call to action:
The next time you pray or stand in faith and doubt, unbelief or fear wants to creep in, take authority over the whispers or schemes of the enemy.  Take every thought captive and think of what is good, pure, praiseworthy, etc. (Philippians 4:8). The Word says to believe and you will receive (Mark 11:24).