DAY 10: Weapon of Doubt & Unbelief

DAY 10: Weapon of Doubt & Unbelief

DOING HARD THINGS will be one of the hardest things you will ever face, but doing them while struggling with unbelief will make it nearly impossible. Without a believing heart, it’s impossible to understand why our struggles happen in the first place, why God would allow them, and how they will work for our good. One of the strongest weapons the enemy uses against us is unbelief. Unbelief is deadly to a Christian and deadly to your heart.

In fact, Revelation 21:8 says that eternal security is not given to the unbelieving. Wow! It’s that serious. It means that if we do not recognize and deal with unbelief and doubt, we may suffer eternal consequences. So today, we are going to take a look at this weapon called “unbelief” and begin to deal with it swiftly. I believe doubt and unbelief have to be dealt with quickly before they take root and grow into a weed that chokes out God’s life in us. (Matthew 13:7)

The word doubt means to waiver and hesitate, to fluctuate in opinion. One of the dangers of doubt is that we believe what’s being said or seen over the Word of God. Doubt gives us reason to waiver, hesitate, and fluctuate with common opinion or conventional wisdom. It’s a dangerous place to be. It means whomever you hang out with, listen to, or whatever you allow to dominate your life changes your belief system and values. Eventually, it changes your attitudes and personality to believe or disbelieve the truth.

Doubt is a sin that leads us away from God. It causes us to walk away from believing what He is saying  because we can’t see it. Remember, as Hebrews 11 so clearly teaches: faith is the evidence of things not yet seen, and yet still believing. This is the danger of doubt. Doubt tells us that if we can’t see it, touch it, taste it, or feel it, then it’s not real. It is deadly and we must recognize and deal with it  quickly.

Another aspect of unbelief I want to talk about today is the tormenting spirit of confusion. It’s a spirit I believe the enemy uses to keep us from reaching clarity. Clarity is a gift given to those who believe and have faith in God. Clarity gives us a clean mind; that sees things clearly and is not caught up in confusion, wavering, and doubt, leading us away from God. It can cause us to search out clarity in places other than the Bible and His Spirit’s voice. This is why it is so important that we know the Word and the Word knows us. The Word of God is the only thing that can give us God Himself here on Earth.

I love the phrase, “There is a man between the pages.” I believe the Word of God speaks to us, reads us, and gives us discernment in our heart, mind, and motives. It allows us to clearly see what needs to be seen. Confusion is a lying spirit; it says, “You’ll never know. You are doomed to live in doubt.” God is not the author of doubt. He is not the author of confusion, or even hesitation. He knows what He wants, when He wants it, and how He’s going to do it. God has placed His spirit within us to help us receive that very thing we’ve been promised. You’ve been promised clarity! It’s God’s gift to you.

1 Corinthians 14:33 explicitly states that God is not the author of confusion. If God has not authored confusion, we can clearly know where it comes from: the devil! He uses confusion as a weapon to keep us from believing and receiving all we’ve been promised.

31 Comments

  1. Matthew 3 years ago

    This was so encouraging! Thank you!

  2. Kandee Mamula 3 years ago

    Wow, what a powerful day today. A great reminder how insidious our doubt and unbelief is. It discounts the truth of God’s Word and causes us to believe the lie that God’s intentions are not good toward us. For me, that means it’s so very important that I regularly study God’s Word so that I stay focused on His truth and my faith in Him stays strong!

  3. Evelyn 3 years ago

    Havilah!
    Thank you!
    I thank God for you!
    And Thank you God!
    Your studies everyday are the extra highlight to my day!! You have reached my heart, soul and mind. I am so hungry for this. I keep reading and listening and sharing again and again. I can’t thank you enough!
    Thank God He is blessing you!!!
    Evelyn Charalabides (from Thessaloniki, Greece)

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      Havilah Cunnington 3 years ago

      Oh wow … that’s wonderful! Loved my time with you all.

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    Havilah Cunnington 3 years ago

    I’m very clear the Bible is talking about the unbeliever in this portion of Scripture. I don’t believe I’m misleading when I wrote, ” In fact, Revelation 21:8 says that eternal security is not given to the unbelieving. Wow! It’s that serious.”

    I did transition in thought in the next sentence, ” It means that if we do not recognize and deal with unbelief and doubt, we may suffer eternal consequences.” Because I do believe a believer with ‘untreated doubt’ can become an ‘unbeliever’. I understand there are varying arguments in the church regarding this so I’m not going to argue this point.

    • Josh 3 years ago

      Let’s not for forget Romans 14:23 😉

      “But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.”

      It’s hard, if not impossible, to avoid the “eternal consequences” of choosing consistently allow sin in our lives. We all deal with doubt, I believe it’s human nature. That said, when we learn that there is an area of sin our lives it’s our responsibility to address it.

  5. Naomi 3 years ago

    This is a powerful point to remind ourselves!! Even believers that have seen mighty works of God’s hand and truly believe can be turned by unbelief and thoughts that rush in. I agree appealing out the truth against the lie is powerful it brings our thoughts into alignment with the truth of the word of God!!! We are all able to be deceived and discouraged of we allow it! This was a good word and reminder to shop peak out the truth against the lie don’t let it be hidden in our hearts cause that is were it grows and eventually becomes a truth in our hearts! Good word thank u for this reminder! !!

  6. Marie 3 years ago

    thank you Havilah,for your warm smile, blessing and encouragement every day! I have thanked God for you every day of this study! I am in a VERY dark time with one of our children, who is being seduced by unbelief, and homosexuality. We are standing in faith, my husband and I, that God will bring him through. One of the HARDEST THINGS I’ve done to date. God invited me last night to go deeper still with Him. I said yes please, so much more goodness to come! So your study has been water to my soul these past 10 days.

  7. Lindsay 3 years ago

    God’s EVERY intention for us is good – a timely reminder. It’s too easy to think we’re just getting by, or treading water. God allows seasons of preparation before launching us into the next thing. Waiting, as frustrating as it seems, is pert of His plan too!
    Thanks for the reminder!

  8. Kate 3 years ago

    Thank you for these studies Havilah! Every study I’ve have picked something out that means something or has touched my heart.

  9. Donna McCormick 3 years ago

    So loved the study today. I have been a believer for a very long time but have struggled with doubt and confusion. Confusion IS VERY tormenting. With Holy Spirit’s help, I am making progress. Hope to have a greater sense of clarity in this coming year. Thank you for this Bible study!

  10. Mary Cate McDowell 3 years ago

    *Testimony*
    Since I started doing your devotions when ‘Radical Growth’ came out, I have found myself able to love, forgive, clean up messes, and own things in my life I never imagined I could. Today, I was just thinking of times I felt ‘I can’t do this’, and I heard Havilah’s voice ‘yes, you can’. My life feels more fulfilling than ever!
    The tools you share are powerful and life changing, and I thank God for you, Havilah! Be blessed.

  11. Candace 3 years ago

    So good! You brought me to tears today! I needed this so badly and the Father lead me to you for it. He is always pursuing me! The last two years my husband and I have been in a season of hard things and we are just starting to come out of it. My biggest struggle has been doubt and unbelief. Thank you for this message. I definitely saw myself in it and am so looking forward to taking hold of clarity and faith.

  12. Lisa J Wood 3 years ago

    I love when God’s messages are so clear. Today! Today, you spoke of clarity as a gift. I was just told yesterday by a woman that I have great clarity. I pray for that regularly and just learned to ask for sound judgement, not just wisdom and discernment. So this is a beautiful message for me today. I’ll be speaking out loud after I post this comment to get more clarity and speak the lies OUT that have been thought of but not spoken. Thank you for that encouragement to put a “voice” to what’s inside of me.

  13. Dorothy 3 years ago

    THat was soooo powerful ! These are my struggles I know GOD loves me in my head but I think why, and I think is that true. I get so far in life and then self sabotage my success cause I don’t think I am either worthy of it or deserve it. I have made a lot of mistake and thank GOD I am not were I used to be, but I still struggle with self doubt. I am getting better at it but I can pray for someone and know without a doubt that they will be healed but for myself I struggle with accepting that. Thank you for your message today it helped a lot.

  14. Dawn noffke 3 years ago

    I am reminded of Bobby Conners message from the Lord concerning a dark storm cloud of doubt and despair that would snatch Believers into unbelief and doubt,a clear warning to keep our minds on HIM.

  15. erin 3 years ago

    I really enjoyed this video. I’m being attacked from all sides daily. I’m going to do what u said. Thank you.

  16. Courtney 3 years ago

    Is there not a picture for this one? I’m not seeing anything …

  17. Deanne Gregor 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing about the weapon of confusion, Havilah! If you read in Nehemiah about the opposition to the work of rebuilding the wall, in Ch. 4:7-9 (ESV) it speaks of the enemy plotting together to “…come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.” The other weapon you mentioned yesterday was fear. The enemy plot in Nehemiah 6:9 was fear! “For all of them were trying to frighten us, thinking, ‘They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done. But now O God, strengthen my hands.'” These two weapons were used against Nehemiah to stop the progress of the rebuilding of the wall. Same with the enemy wanting to tear down the walls of our lives. May someday you could do a Bible Study on Nehemiah:) loving this study!!

  18. Monique 3 years ago

    OMG!!! Preach!! Please tell me that you have planned to package this and make it available to us even after the 20 days are up?

  19. Christina 3 years ago

    I am so incredibly grateful for this.

  20. Joni 3 years ago

    Havilah thank you!!
    It is so incredible that God in His wisdom uses you to speak His truth straight to my heart. To my exact situation. Thank you for your obedience. I needed to hear all of these messages, but these past two have been spot on. God is so very good.

  21. Trisha 3 years ago

    Love this Havilah!!! Just wanted to tell you the scripture references on page 70-71 had a typo – it is Hebrews 4:2 (not 4:11)

  22. Ruth Cataldo 3 years ago

    Thanks Havilah for the timely reminder – “True trust is believing that God’s intentions towards me are always good!” I needed to hear this today. I was overwhelmed when I heard this, first with tears and then with relief :-)

  23. Hollie Garcia 3 years ago

    Thanks for addressing this. As a youth I struggled with doubt a lot, specifically doubting my salvation. I was really in the Word during that time a lot as well, I think it related to being a teenager and going through changes and learning to give more of my life to God. I really love and appreciate how you blend listening to the Holy Spirit while being grounded in the Word as well. You do a good job of that! And it encourages me and blesses me to open up my Bible with you during these studies! I know I am learning and growing :)

  24. Mary 3 years ago

    Day 10 has really spoken to me. Thank you Havilah for this wisdom, I will treasure it and grow from it.

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  26. Jacqueline Nieves 3 years ago

    Wow! Thank you! Thank you for this Havilah, God literally answered one of my prayers over night by reading this today.

    So amazed at how God can clearly speak to us in ways we can’t even imagine if we just ask….
    This is such a powerful, powerful devotional! Every single day! Bless you woman of God. You are truly connected.