For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
…and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
The choice is very simple - believe and be blessed or doubt and be damned. Now these words did not come from me but from Jesus and Paul. The apostle Paul said it clearly, ‘He that doubteth is damned…’. The word ‘damned’ means to be doomed to misfortune and failure whereas the word 'blessed' means to be empowered to prosper. Believing puts you in the blessing cycle and doubting puts you in the curse cycle. Why would you want to be in a curse and misfortune cycle when you can be in a blessing and fortune cycle?
We can see the effects and repercussions of believing and doubting in Peter’s experience of walking on the water.
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Peter chose to be a water walker just like Jesus while the rest of the disciples were watchers gripped with fear. Peter lifted up his voice and posed the question, ‘Lord, if this is really you, then bid me come to you on the water?’ Without hesitation Jesus said, ‘Come.’
You are called to be a water walker and to do the impossible
Why? Because Jesus wants us to be water walkers and doing the impossible. He is excited when we believe him. Jesus’ excitement is to be believed and his heart aches when we doubt him. Peter believed him and stepped out,
‘And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.’
As long as Peter believed, he walked on the water and did the impossible but the moment he doubted he began to sink. Believing caused him to walk on life’s elements and the moment he doubted life’s elements swallowed him up. Peter began to sink when he looked at the waves and the winds which in reality had nothing to do with him walking on the water. One cannot walk on water on a calm day! So the things that cause you to doubt are not relevant to what God has already told you. At the root of doubt is fear. It is being fearful that God will not keep his Word to us. The truth is God cannot lie and his Word is unbreakable. The Psalmist said, 'For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.' (Psalm 119:89) Therefore the question is , 'Whose report will you believe?' I choose to believe the report of the Lord.
You are blessed when you believe and you are damned when you doubt. The choice is Yours!