Here is a new principle I want you to consider. You can have faith in your heart and doubts in your mind at the same time. They don’t co-exist long for one will eventually over rule the other and discard it.
Example: It is ridiculous, the most far-fetch fantasy, an unbelievable, silly, foolish fiction than anyone would ever entertain – that God became a man – that he lived a perfect sinless life – that he went through a kangaroo trial, scourged, whipped and beaten than impaled upon a wooden cross and in the shedding of his blood, he paid a price we could not pay and died a death he did not deserve.
To add to the story, he was placed in a new tomb, and it was sealed shut with the authority of the government, guards were placed to insure no one tampered with the body, and that on the third day, he was resurrected from the dead, and appeared to his disciples and others for the space of 40 days.
Add to this the simple truth that his disciples (apostles) watched him ascend into the heavens as clouds took him out of their sight. He has promised and so stated, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me. . . for I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:1-6).
Remember the principle; “You can have faith in your hearts and doubts in your head at the same time.” The heart-mind (emotion) wants to believe, while the head (logic) thought process wants to say, “Naaa, that’s silly, a pie in the sky, a fairy tale, unbelievable.”
That is why salvation is “By grace through faith” (Ephesians 2:8-10). That is why Paul, a highly educated converted Jew wrote, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
“Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through he foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe” (I Corinthians 1:18-21). Paul concludes, “he foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men”.
Paul goes on to explain (hearts of faith and doubts in mind) that God chooses foolish things to confound the wise; weak things to confound the mighty; base things and things that are despised, and things that don’t even exist to being to nothing the glory of men . . . that ‘NO FLESH SHALL GLORY IN HIS PRESENCE‘ (Vs. 27-29).
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Believe it or not!
“Noah, build an ark out of gopher wood – a world wide flood is coming and will destroy all of mankind except those in the ark” (Genesis 6:14). Believe it or not!
“Abraham, leave your country and your kindred and in your seed I will bless all nations” (Genesis 12:1-4). Believe it or not!
“Joshua, march around Jericho one time each day for six days, and seven times on the seventh day and the walls will fall down flat” (Joshua 6). Believe it or not!
“Behold I give you a sign, a virgin shall conceive and bring forth a son, and he shall be called Immanuel for he shall save his people from their sins” (Isaiah 7:14). Believe it or not!
“This is my blood of the New Testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). “That Jesus Christ, by the grace of God should taste of death for every man” (Heb. 2:9). Believe it or not!
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). Believe it or not!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Believe it or not! Your logical, pragmatic, reasonable mind says “NO”, but your heart-mind says “YES”! You can have faith in your heart and at the same time doubts in your mind, but eventually one will RULE AND DISCHARGE THE OTHER. Paul said, “Now faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
When was the last time, you went to the evidence and read it for yourself? You decide and be sure and read Hebrews 9:27, “For it is appointed unto men once to die and after that the judgment.”
Key words are “WHOSOEVER WILL!”