In today’s world, so many people don’t believe in God’s word. The children of Israel doubted God’s word and Moses came to a point where He didn’t really believe God when the Lord told him to speak to the rock and not to strike it. Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod. Moses disobeyed God directly, striking the rock instead of speaking to it. When we disobey our parents, supervisors, teachers and leaders, we are in disbelief and disbelief is doubt.
A man who wavers cannot expect God to answer.
Text: James 1:6-8
Introduction: James began with faith (James 1:3) and ends with the same topic on faith.
James 5:15-James 1:6-8 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
Many believers at some point in their life become in disbelief about God’s word because they do things their own way and not what God says in His word. When we do that, it is doubt.
Believe and not doubt
‘When we ask, “It is foolish to make a commitment to God that we do not intend to keep and doubt.”
God cannot be deceived by insincere repentance while you doubt Him.
Don’t allow any wild thoughts to disturb your prayer and shake your confidence in what you are asking. The person who doubts when praying is like a wave of the sea: driven by the wind and tossed about from within by his own unstableness.
He must not think that he will receive an answer to his prayer (v.7) Jesus ask the blind man “Believes thou that I am able to do this?”
If we waver, (disbelieve) then we cannot expect God to answer.
The fault is not with God. It lies with us.
Why do people not receive? Because they are double minded. Because they are unstable in all his ways.
Solution to unanswered prayer (James 4:8)
Draw near to God. He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands and purify your hearts.
James began his letter with the topic on the prayer of faith (James 1:6 ‘let him ask in faith’). He ended his letter with the same topic on the prayer of faith (James 5:18 ‘And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth caused its fruit to sprout.’). The end result is not that we will get everything that we ask in prayer.
The end result of faith is that “he who turns back the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death and shall hide a multitude of sins.’ (James 5:20)
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