THE DOUBTS OF BELIEVERS
Jesse M. Hendley
Luke 22:31-34, 61-62; John 20:19-25; Romans 4:17-25
Friends, as a continuation of last month's topic on
doubts, we are examining the question which was
recently posed to me by a friend who was very
concerned. His question was, "Does the devil seek to
cause people to doubt? By doubts we mean doubting God
and Christ; about heaven and the Bible as the Word of
God; and the necessity of faith in Christ's atonement
in order that our sins may be forgiven. Does the devil
seek to cause us to doubt the faith of the Bible?
Let's look at two of Christ's own in the Bible who
doubted and one who did not.
The Devil Causes Peter To Doubt
Luke 22 tells about Simon Peter, for whom Jesus prayed
that his faith fail not. When Jesus was on trial for
His life, Peter was warming himself by the enemies'
fire when a servant girl said, "You were one of those
disciples of His." Peter, afraid for his life even
though in his heart he loved Christ, denied, and even
cursed and swore that he never knew Jesus. Verses 31
and 32, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan desired to have
you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed
for thee, that thy faith fail not." Peter replies, "Do
you mean my faith is going to be tested? Don't worry
about that, Lord," as in verse 33 he said, "Lord, I am
ready to go with Thee, both into prison, and to death.
I'm willing to go to jail for You. I love You so much
that I'm willing to die for You."
How would we react? Maybe we would say that very
thing, friends, but thank God it is in the Bible, for
we don't know our hearts.
How Much Faith Have You? In verse 34, Jesus says, "I
tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day,
before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest
Me." "Peter, I warn you. Your faith is going to be
tested. You are going to be in the devil's sieve and
your faith is going to be tested. But I've prayed for
you that your f ...
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