Doubts

In 1993, FBI agents conducted a raid of Southwood psychiatric hospital in San Diego, which was under investigation for medical insurance fraud. After hours of reviewing medical records, the agents had worked up an appetite. The agent in charge of the investigation called a nearby pizza parlor to order a quick dinner for his colleagues.

According to snopes.com, a site dedicated to sleuthing out urban legends, the following telephone conversation actually took place.

Agent: Hello. I would like to order 19 large pizzas and 67 cans of soda.
Pizza Man: And where would you like them delivered?
Agent: We're over at the psychiatric hospital.
Pizza Man: The psychiatric hospital?
Agent: That's right. I'm an FBI agent.
Pizza Man: You're an FBI agent?
Agent: That's correct. Just about everybody here is.
Pizza Man: And you're at the psychiatric hospital?
Agent: That's correct. And make sure you don't go through the front doors. We have them locked. You will have to go around to the back to the service entrance to deliver the pizzas.
Pizza Man: And you say you're all FBI agents?
Agent: That's right. How soon can you have them here?
Pizza Man: And everyone at the psychiatric hospital is an FBI agent?
Agent: That's right. We've been here all day and we're starving.
Pizza Man: How are you going to pay for all of this?
Agent: I have my checkbook right here.
Pizza Man: And you're all FBI agents?
Agent: That's right. Everyone here is an FBI agent. Can you remember to bring the pizzas and sodas to the service entrance in the rear? We have the front doors locked.
Pizza Man: I don't think so.
** Click **

If I were the Pizza man I would have doubted too!  Some doubt is reasonable, but the doubt the bible talks about is part of the war of the mind, and it can cause you to loose in life.

God makes a remarkable promise in the bible.  He says that if any person lacks wisdom (does not know what to do in a given situation), he should pray and God will actually communicate with that person and give him the wisdom he needs.

James 1:5 (NIV)

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

BUT….

James 1:6-7 (NIV)

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. [7] That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;

See that?  Doubting that God will give the very thing He has promised to give you will stop the answer from coming.  In fact it says that those people who doubt Him can not receive anything from Him.  Remarkable.  If you do not believe He will give what He promised, not only will you  not revieve from Him, but your life will be characterized by unstability.   God consider doubt  like personal slander to Him; calling Him a liar.  Doubt challenges God’s integrity!

Hebrews 11:6 (NASB)

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

Most people agree and say,”Yes there is a real God.” But the Lord says to please Him and for Him to help you, you must also believe that he will reward you (answer you) when you pray!  We worship Him by believing His promises and acting like He has actually heard us and will give us the wisdom we need.

The times we are tempted to doubt God is when we are in the middle of a great trial, hardships have come, things we have hoped for did not happened the way we thought,  our dreams are seemingly destroyed.   John the Baptist, a man more godly that all of us, experienced this.  He was Jesus' own cousin, and had declared Jesus as the Savior of the world, the Lamb to Who takes away the sin of the world.  But when John was thown in prision, under the sentence of death, he began to doubt. So much so that He even questioned whether or not Jesus was really the Messiah.

Luke 7:20 (NIV)

When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?' "

Jesus lovingly corrects John’s doubts and affirms that He is indeed the promised one. The mental battle over doubt can get the best of us.   But it is a battle we must win.  The help we need from heaven is at stake.  
 

Let’s learn to be ruthless with doubt!