September 16

The Works of Faith (Part 4)

Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, "Let no one eat fruit from you ever again." And His disciples heard it…Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away." So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and DOES NOT DOUBT in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
- Mark 11:12-14, 20-23 (NKJV)



Once we have spoken, it is important that we do not entertain or allow any form of doubt to interfere with our faith. The Greek word that is translated as 'doubt' in this text means 'to separate thoroughly, to withdraw from, and to oppose'. In other words, doubt is a thought, which separates us from our persuasions, withdraws our focus from our convictions or opposes what we have believed.

We must resist doubt with our words, like we would resist the devil, by saying what we believe until we drown every contrary thought and establish our hearts according to our faith.

Beloved, fight the good fight of faith and hold onto truth until you see it manifested in your life. Refuse to doubt the things that you have believed and they will surely come to pass! Amen.

Additional Scripture Reference(s):
James 1:6-8
Prayer & Confession of Faith: I hold onto the word of God and refuse to doubt so that I will see all that I have believed. Amen!
One Year Bible Reading
Hebrews 3
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