DOUBT & UNBELIEF
GOD'S ATTITUDE TOWARD UNBELIEF
What warning is given in
the Bible concerning unbelief?
BIBLE SAYS: "Take heed, brethren,
lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the
living God." Hebrews 3:12.
2. In whom does the Lord have no pleasure?
MY BIBLE SAYS: "But if any man draw
back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." Hebrews 10:38.
Against what are we warned
when rebuked of God?
MY BIBLE SAYS: "My son, despise not
thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of
him." Hebrews 12:5.
SAYS: "For whom the Lord
loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth
every son whom he receiveth." Verse 6.
Whom does the Lord chasten?
OF, AND LESSONS FROM,
What kind of report did the
ten spies bring back concerning the Promised Land?
MY BIBLE SAYS: "They brought up an
evil report of the land which they had searched." Numbers 13:32.
What did Caleb say of the
ability of Israel to take it?
MY BIBLE SAYS: "Let us go up at once,
and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." Verse 30.
What did the ten spies say?
MY BIBLE SAYS: "But the men that went
up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are
stronger than we." Verse 31.
Why did many fail to enter
into God's rest anciently?
MY BIBLE SAYS: "And to whom sware he
that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So
we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief." Hebrews
How does the Apostle Paul
speak of the unbelieving ones who failed to enter Canaan?
MY BIBLE SAYS: "But with whom was he
grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose
fell in the wilderness?" Verse 17.
What practical lesson
should we learn from their perverse course?
SAYS: "Let us therefore
fear, lest, a promise being left us
of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it."
NOTE-God does not change.
If He was grieved at the unbelief of the Israelites, and refused them admittance
to Canaan in consequence, He cannot permit us to enter the heavenly rest as long
as we indulge in unbelief.
What should all labor to
MY BIBLE SAYS: "Let us labor
therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same
example of unbelief." Verse 11.
When told of the disciples'
failure to heal an afflicted son, what did Christ say of that generation?
MY BIBLE SAYS: "He answereth him, and saith, 0 faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long
shall I suffer you? bring him unto me." Mark 9:19.
What did Christ say to
Thomas because he did not believe the testimony of his brethren concerning His
MY BIBLE SAYS: "Reach hither thy
finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my
side: and be not faithless, but believing." John 20:27.
NOTE -The Lord rebuked
Thomas for his unbelief, because he would not accept the testimony of so many
credible witnesses who had seen Him. How much more reprehensible is that
unbelief which holds Out against the present
"cloud of witnesses" of prophecy fulfilled and fulfilling!
14. Without faith, what is
MY BIBLE SAYS: "Without faith it is
impossible to please him." Hebrews 11:6.
How only can we be
MY BIBLE SAYS: "Being justified by
faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans
By what do the just live?
MY BIBLE SAYS: "Now the just shall
live by faith." Hebrews
RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND VICTORY
17. Why did not Israel attain
to the standard of righteousness?
MY BIBLE SAYS: "But Israel, which
followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of
Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith." Romans 9:31, 32.
When God made a promise to
Abraham that seemed impossible of fulfillment, how did the patriarch receive it?
MY BIBLE SAY: "He staggered not at
the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving
glory' to God." Romans 4:20.
For what was Abraham's
MY BIBLE SAYS: "For what saith the
scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for
When troubled with doubts,
how should we pray?
MY BIBLE SAYS: "Lord, I believe; help
thou mine unbelief." Mark 9:24.
What is promised those who
believe when they pray?
MY BIBLE SAYS: "Therefore I say unto
you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them." Mark 11:24.
After speaking of the
numerous examples of faith presented in Hebrews 11, what does Paul exhort us to
MY BIBLE SAYS: "Wherefore seeing we
also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside
every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run
with patience the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1.
weight;' here spoken of includes those traits of character and habits of life
that retard or hinder our running successfully the Christian race. These are to
be laid aside. But there is one thing referred to here that is more than a
weight; it is a sin, and one that easily besets us all the sin of unbelief.
To be unbelieving, therefore, is
loves you, dear friend, and you can take that to the bank.