Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Sin and Doubting


Sin and Doubting

Well, praise Jesus today everyone. Sin and doubting are a big problem in Christianity. If you call yourself a follower of Jesus, yet you are in sin or you doubt, you will not bear good fruit, you won't be able to walk forward in your faith with Jesus, and you certainly won't encourage anyone else to come into the household of the faith. Now I remember when I was living in sin, this made me doubt a lot. When I was doing things that I knew Jesus did not approve of, I started to go more and more into the world, and I doubted even to the point where I didn't know if Jesus existed. Maybe He was a historical figure, but maybe He doesn't really care for me, or maybe He wasn't even truly historical.

Now, during this time of Easter, a lot of people are researching the synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and how the account happened of Jesus resurrecting from the dead. And if you look at this account of Jesus resurrecting in the empty tomb, and Peter and John coming to the tomb, and the women, including Mary and Mary Magdalene, each of these accounts are slightly different, which the difference in the accounts allows Satan to be able to accuse the scripture, or to accuse the accounts, or to even accuse you if you're reading it, and say, why would you believe this when there are different accounts? One account says there's one angel, another account says there's two, another says that Mary Magdalene was by herself, and another says she was with these other women. And when you look from these different accounts, the devil can easily say, “see, look, these guys can't even figure it out, Jesus probably didn't resurrect from the dead, and you shouldn't believe anyway.”

 So sin and doubting will totally wreck your faith. And even in the day that Jesus was resurrecting from the dead, the disciples doubted. The women came back, and after seeing the angels, they spoke with the disciples, including Mary Magdalene, and they said, Jesus is risen from the dead. And all the disciples thought it was an old wives' tale, they thought it seemed ridiculous, just, you know, a fairy tale. They did not believe. And then later, when Jesus appeared to the eleven, He rebuked them for their unbelief. They didn't believe that Jesus had resurrected from the dead, even though He had said He would. They didn't believe the women's testimony. They just had all of this doubt, they were full of doubt. We also know that Thomas doubted. He said, unless I put my hand in the Lord's side, I will not believe. You know, unless I touch His hands and touch His side, I'm not going to believe that Jesus resurrected from the dead. And to this day we know Thomas as doubting Thomas.

But Jesus proved that He did resurrect from the dead, and He told us that how blessed are those that believe without seeing. So many of the early apostles got to actually see. And some people that even saw the miracles, including the Pharisees, they did not believe. They either doubted or they were wanting to live sinful lives. They had hate in their heart. So seeing itself does not make us disciples of Jesus. It does not make us good people or righteous, where a lot of Christians go wrong is not having faith and allowing the devil to etch away at their belief and destroy their faith due to unbelief.

And this is really sad because as soon as we allow the devil in, no longer can we glorify God or have peace in our heart. No longer are we going to want to share the gospel, but we will become totally reclusive in regard to our faith. Because we won't even believe ourselves that Jesus is the risen King. I'm telling you this is a bad thing guys, because when I was in church, I got to the point where I didn't know if I believed in the gospel. And I was not about to tell anyone outside of church the gospel of Jesus Christ, because I knew I'd be a hypocrite if I did. If I said Jesus is alive, instantly the devil would accuse me saying, “Well you don't even believe that.” Or if I said you have to repent of sin and get right with God. I couldn't say that because I knew I wasn't right with God. I was messing around with women and doing things that I shouldn't do. So if we are living a sinful life or if we are doubting God, it makes us 100% fruitless. And one of the things that the resurrection of Jesus does is it asks us a question, do we have faith that Jesus resurrected from the dead? Do we believe that He is the resurrected Messiah? Do we believe that He is still alive today? Do we trust Him? Do we see Him at work in the world and in our heart? Or are we like doubting Thomas or the disciples who doubted? Are we like those who are caught in sin and in doubt and fruitless?

As for me, I have put my faith now in Jesus and I have seen His works personally. So even though I was not physically there at Calvary, although I haven't physically went into the empty tomb and seen the grave clothes sitting there like how Peter did, I know that Jesus is alive because I have seen His supernatural works in my life. When I asked Jesus to manifest to me, to reveal Himself to me in a way that makes sense in my own life, He did that for me and I have confirmation that Jesus is the risen Messiah.

Now if you are not sure and you are plagued with doubt and with sin, I want to encourage you to ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you in a way that makes sense in your own mind and in your heart. I think Jesus will meet any doubter who has genuine doubt that really wants to know the truth, but He is not just going to show up to anyone who is an unreasonable doubter that for the sake of wanting to live their own sinful life, doubt the gospel or doubt Jesus. There are a lot of people who cast doubt on the gospels or cast doubt on Jesus' ministry simply because they want to continue to live their sinful life. They actually don't have legitimate doubt. It's not like, I wonder if Jesus will show up to me, I wonder if there is hope for me in the name of Jesus. They are not hoping or wondering about things like that. They are just trying to cast doubt so that they can blur the lines of good and evil and continue to live their sinful lives without anyone pointing out their sin. That's wickedness.

This is the same thing the Pharisees did. The Pharisees were very jealous of the disciples because the disciples could work miracles, the Pharisees couldn't. They would watch Jesus and the disciples working miracles, and instead of being amazed that someone like Lazarus was resurrected from the dead, all they wanted to do was kill the disciples and kill Jesus, get Him off the face of the earth, otherwise everyone is going to go after these guys. But our reaction should be awe. We should be in awe that Jesus resurrected from the dead. We should want to love Him because He laid down His life for us and He showed us what love truly was, to lay down His life for His friends. If we have love for Jesus, He will resurrect us from the dead. He will bring us back to life physically and spiritually. He will give us the life that is meaningful, and He will make us bear much good fruit.

So will we trust Jesus? Will we have faith in Him and stop doubting and stop sinning? Or will we continue to go the way of sin and doubt which leads ultimately to death? I hope this encourages someone to seek Jesus, to have revelation from Him, and to find the truth and to walk away from sin and doubting. May the grace of Jesus be with you.