By Prince Ufford
Matt 14:28-31. “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid: and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”
Your attitude can CRIPPLE YOUR faith. Your religious mentality can cripple your faith. Your attitude of unbelief can cripple the supernatural working power of faith over your Life.
Jesus Christ said, have faith in God when Peter drew his attention to the fig tree which he addressed the previous day. Doubt and unbelief spiritually will stop your faith from working for you. Peter had faith but fear stop him from walking on water.
Numbers 13:26 – Moses sent twelve spies to go and look at the land which God had promised them, a land flowing with milk and honey. They did, search the land, they saw the land with everything God told Moses. They even came back from spying the land with fruits as evidence. They brought these fruits to show the people. While in the land they saw different ‘types’ of people whom they described as giants. Based on what, they told Moses: “We cannot go in to take possession of the land, we are unable to because we are too small compare with who they are”. They brought back an evil report to the people instead of good news.
*Doubt cuts off power supply supernatural.
*Doubt terminates the power of faith. *Doubt says to faith you have no right to be here.
Hebrew 11 :1 ” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not physically seen”. Faith is a spiritual key to unlock supernatural power to work things on your behalf. Peter believed he could walk on water, his faith made it possible. But
what he saw took over from faith because he allow himself to be distracted.
A man came to Jesus Christ in MARK 5 :23: MY LITTLE DAUGHTER LIETH AT THE POINT OF DEATH :I PRAY THEE, COME AND LAY THY HANDS ON HER, THAT SHE MAY BE HEALED: AND SHE SHALL LIVE.
Sometimes delay is not the end, in verses 35-36, while He Yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the MASTER any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be NOT afraid only believe. Fear will kill your faith if Not check.
Jesus said to Peter why did you doubt, O you of little faith; but doubt came and push faith out. The mission of satan is to steal , to kill, to destroy. Faith will grant you access to abundant Blessing in Christ Jesus.
Rom 4:18 “who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the Father of many nations : according to that which was spoken, so shall thy seed be “
*He was not weak In faith even at hundred years old.
*He staggered not at the promises of God through unbelief,
*But he was Strong in faith, giving glory to God.
*He was certainly fully persuaded of God because he knew God, had a walking relationship with God, he knew that God loved him, he did not doubt God. Through faith, we understand that the elders obtained good report.
You will enjoy grace with good report by faith. Victorious living is the will of God for you, but you must be willing to have faith in Him. No matter how difficult the circumstances may look like, keep your eyes on Him. It may look naturally hard, don’t give up on God. You must believe that He is able. Job said he will wait until his change come. He did not give up on God. I know my redeemer liveth, he proclaimed.
Even when it looked so impossible for Sarah naturally to have a baby, she by understanding judged God faithful. Faith is of God, doubt is of the devil. Faith brings you into the presence of God. In fact, doubt takes you away from Him. Do not allow the situation to make you shift your focus away from Him because the moment you shift focus, the enemy will pull you out from faith. But for Jesus Christ, Satan would have successfully destroyed Peter.
In Nigeria today, fear is everywhere. Fear and darkness work together to achieve same purpose. Light and truth work together to give you access to victory in life.
*Fear is destructive. Have you ever heard somebody say so boldly I am afraid it will not work. Fear is not of God because when you became born again into the kingdom of God, you did not receive Fear as one of the Blessings. Therefore, knowing the truth and operating with the truth consciously will drive Fear away from you. What Peter saw made him to become afraid. Fear is wicked. Fear is bad. Fear is hard. Fear associates with darkness to steal, to kill, to destroy, which you must resist steadfastly in faith because Fear can destroy your destiny by preventing you from going forward.
Fear does not have mercy. The world’s system is fully governed by Fear. Fear, therefore, is indeed the enemy of faith. Life is full of challenges. Once you’re unable to handle them, you give up.
Lack of money to start the business will create fear in the heart. Peter cried out for help because he saw himself going down. You started the business with all the money you have hoping to receive harvest, instead of harvest, you lost the business. You’ll become afraid.Fear will grip you. You will be discouraged to start another one, Jesus Christ said to Peter why did you doubt O you with little faith.
Hebrew 11 :6 ” without faith it is Impossible to pleased God. He that cometh to God must believe that he is the rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.”
Remember fear does not make things right, , only worse.