Doubt: A Device of Satan
Dr. Joe Temple

Review

In our discussion of the Devil, we come to a section related to Satan, his demons, and his work, the knowledge of which is vital to a Christian experience. Open your Bibles, please, to chapter 6 of Paul's letter to the Ephesians.

Ephesians 6:

10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

We will stop our reading right there, calling to your attention the warning presented to us that we are engaged in a conflict with the Devil. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against wicked spirits in the heavenly places.” This continual conflict with the Devil is one of which all Christians should be aware. They should be particularly concerned about it because the Devil is not going to make war according to the rules of war.

Even the most uncivilized of nations, if they enter into conflict with the nations of the world, agree on certain rules of war. Certain stipulations are made in so-called war manuals that will enable the nations to know what is permitted in war and what is not. For example, in both World Wars, poison gas was ruled out by mutual agreement, and we could expect the nations of the world to abide by such a ruling.

Devices Of Satan

The Devil is not to be trusted. His warfare is not going to be carried on in an honest, reliable fashion. The Devil takes advantage of us. He lays snares for us. He uses his wiles, and his devices are very clever. Should there be any doubt in your minds about that, I would suggest that you turn with me to II Corinthians, chapter 2, and notice with me verse 11. The Apostle Paul is expressing his concern about the Corinthian believers and their treatment of an erring brother. He suggests that they practice the art of forgiveness, and he gives the reason for it:

II Corinthians 2:

11Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

“We are not ignorant of the devices of the Devil,” says Paul. The Apostle might be able to say that in regard to himself, but I do not know how accurate that statement would be in regard to a great many of us today. I am afraid a great many of God's dear children are ignorant of the devices of the Devil. They have no idea how he does take advantage of individual believers. The Apostle warned these Corinthian believers that the Devil might take advantage of them, and he will take advantage of us as easily.

Paul wrote to a young man by the name of Timothy, who was just beginning his Christian work for the Lord and who needed to depend upon the advice of this older Christian. He wrote to Timothy in chapter 3 of his first epistle, verse 7, that in the selection of the leadership of the church, Timothy should be very careful to select men who had “a good report of them which are without; lest they fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” Get the picture. In his letter to the Corinthians, he was talking about the Devil taking advantage of us. Here he is talking about the Devil laying a snare for us. He does exactly that. He lays a snare for believers.

If you are familiar with this word snare , you know it describes a trap, well hidden, into which a person steps unknowingly and unthinkingly. The very moment he steps into that trap, the spring, the rope, the wire is tightened, and he is knocked off his feet, and he is a helpless prisoner.

In II Corinthians, chapter 11, verse 14, the Apostle still speaks about the Devil and about how the Devil does lead us astray:

II Corinthians 11:

14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Now ordinarily, angels are not to be feared, are they? If you could be convinced that an angel brought you a message, you would be willing to follow it. But here in this passage of Scripture, we are told that the Devil transforms himself into an angel of light, deceiving even people who are close to God. You must be alert to this particular thing that the Devil does, and remember that we are told in chapter 6 of the Ephesian letter that we are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against demons in heavenly places. We are told that if we are going to gain the victory, we must put on the whole armour of God. You will remember we read in verse 11:

Ephesians 6:

11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Satan's Underhanded Tactics

If you have been paying attention to what I have been saying up to this point, you will realize that each of these words we have been thinking about is a word that describes the underhanded tactics of the Devil. Nothing is done out in the open to be plainly seen by everybody, but everything is hidden away in quiet and then caused to be used as a weapon against individuals who are the least suspicious.

Look at the words with me again: snares, wiles, devices, advantage, angel of light. Do you not see that all of these are weapons that are not used openly and aboveboard? I think it might be wise for us to think about some of the devices of the Devil. It would be impossible for us, I suppose, to think about all of them, but I do want us to think about several general devices of which the Devil has made use and the record presented in the Word of God. We have already talked about the device of Gaining Control of Your Thought Life .

The device that we will think about in this particular discussion is the device of doubt. One of the most clever devices the Devil uses to win the victory over the child of God is the device of doubt. The Bible has much to say about doubt, and I would like to suggest that in our present discussion, we consider the character, the curse, and the cure of doubt as they are found in the Word of God.

Doubting The Word Of God

When we consider the character of doubt as it is found in the Word of God, we might suggest to you that the character of doubt is threefold. The first thing, the basic thing, which the Devil causes us to doubt is the Word of God. I want you to notice with me three examples of how the Devil causes individuals to doubt the Word. Sometimes He very bluntly criticizes the Word of God. Sometimes it is a mere suggestion. Sometimes it is the subtle planting of a thought that would cause us even to forget that it is the Word of God that is being attacked. As we have already learned, the very first place where the Devil made his appearance is recorded in the book of Genesis, chapter 3. It might be wise for us to go back and notice verse 1, where we read:

Genesis 3:

1Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

You will keep in mind that God had instructed Adam and Eve relative to tending the Garden of Eden. What God said constituted God's Word, just as much as it is God's Word at which we are looking as we carry on these discussions.

The first thing the Devil did in relation to Eve was to say, “What God said, are you sure God said it?” If he could not dissuade Eve of what she actually heard, then he very bluntly placed a doubt in the mind of Eve concerning the Word of God. Eve said that God had said that should they touch the tree, should they eat of the tree, they would surely die. And the Devil came right back and said, “Ye shall not surely die. Don't say you will die. You won't die. God didn't mean what He said. What He was saying was that you would be as He is, knowing good and evil.”

You see what the Devil did? He very bluntly implanted doubt in the mind of Eve as to the meaning of the Word of God. He said, “God did not mean what He said.” The Devil is still doing that same thing today. He is still planting in the minds of men doubt concerning the accuracy of the Word of God, suggesting that God could not have meant what the Bible says, that God did not intend us to understand it that way.

How often do people read the Scripture related to eternal life and eternal condemnation, and after they have read the Word of God, say, “It doesn't really mean you will die eternally if you don't accept Christ. It doesn't really mean that you will be lost forever.” And they will give you any number of reasons why you can doubt the accuracy of the Word of God.

Satan Tempts Jesus

Turn with me, please, to the gospel of Matthew, chapter 4, and notice in verse 3 another doubt implanted by the Devil in the mind of one who had heard God speak. This is an account of the temptation of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ had fasted forty days, you will remember, and then was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, and the Devil said to the Lord Jesus Christ in verse 3:

Matthew 4:

3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

Did you notice the statement of the Devil? It was, “If Thou be the Son of God, command these stones be made bread.” You will remember that when the Lord Jesus Christ came up from the baptismal waters, the cloud came down, and a voice out of the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, hear ye Him. This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” God's Word declared Jesus of Nazareth to be the Son of God.

And now the Devil comes along and plants a very suggestive thought in His mind. And that is, “If You really are the Son of God—of course God's Word said You are, but maybe You are not—then turn these stones into bread.” You can see how very cleverly, in this instance, the Devil suggests a doubt. It was just as though he said, “Mind you, I am not saying You are not the Son of God. You may be, but if You are, turn these stones into bread.”

Doubting God's Promises

The Devil does the same thing to us today. We read promises in God's precious Word. The Devil does not come up and wave a big red flag, and say the Word of God is not true. He puts a thought in our minds. That thought is, “Well, it is probably true. I would not say it isn't true. But if it is true, why doesn't it work for me?” And the first thing we know, we are doubting instead of believing. Oh, how suggestive the Devil is in relation to causing us to doubt the Word of God.

In the gospel of Matthew, chapter 14, there is an even more subtle suggestion concerning the Word of God in the record of Peter's walking on the water. The Lord Jesus Christ had been walking on the water. I say this reverently, there was no particular miracle there. The Lord Jesus Christ was the Son of God. Why shouldn't he walk on the water? The miracle was that Peter walked on the water. Peter walked on the water as long as he kept his eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ, but the moment he turned his eyes on the waves and the wind, he began to sink.

In verse 31, he cried out to the Lord, saying, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him, and said, “Oh, thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

Circumstances Cause Doubt

He doubted, but why did he doubt? Did the Devil say to Peter, “Jesus can't hold you up?” Did he say to Peter, “These waves won't hold you up?” What did he do? He said, “Peter, look at the wind. Look at the waves. Aren't they big? Aren't the waves strong?” And while he was filling his mind with the strength of the wind and the strength of the waves, there was no room in Peter's mind for Christ. He began to doubt, and in beginning to doubt, he began to sink. Had he not had humility enough to cry out to the Lord, he would have drowned that day.

May we pause here just a moment and say that that is what we all ought to do—have humility of mind. When the doubts come, call on the Lord ands say to Him, “Lord, we are sinking. We are overwhelmed with these things we do not understand. Lord, save us.” We find that when we cry unto the Lord in that fashion, the Lord hears us, for he has never turned a deaf ear to any needy soul.

We would say to you, when we speak about doubt as one of the most common devices of the Devil to bring about our downfall, that the Devil causes us to doubt the Word of God very, very often: sometimes bluntly, as he did to Eve; sometimes in a suggestive fashion, as he did to the Savior; and sometimes in a very subtle manner, as he did to Peter.

Doubting God's Wisdom

We would suggest to you another characteristic of this device of doubt. Will you turn, please, to the book of Habakkuk, a very interesting little book in the Old Testament, and notice the first chapter. In verse 2, the prophet cried out:

Habakkuk 1:

2O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

He goes on to say a prayer to tell the Lord that he does not feel that he is right doing the way he is doing. He has been asking God to work, and it seems as though God has turned a deaf ear. God answered Habakkuk in the 5th verse, when He said:

Habakkuk 1:

5Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

In simple language, God said to Habakkuk, “I am working. I am doing a job that, when you see the completion of it, you will hardly believe your eyes.”

That pleased Habakkuk for a while, until he saw what God was doing. And when he saw what God was doing, the Devil slipped up to him and said, “Do you think it is very wise of God to do this? Do you really think this is what God intends to do? Maybe you are all mixed up about what God told you.” And so we read in the last part of this first chapter of the book of Habakkuk:

Habakkuk 1:

12Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O Lord, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction.
13Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?

If we had time to pursue the rest of this story, we would find that what God was doing was taking the heathen nation and chastening the nation of Israel. The final outcome was to be glorious. The final outcome was to be wonderful. But until the time the outcome arrived, Habakkuk had to walk by faith. That is why he said, “I will stand upon my watch and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.” (Habakkuk 2:1) And all the time he was waiting, the Devil caused him to doubt the wisdom of God. He caused him to doubt the will of God. He made him wonder if God knew what He was doing.

Have you ever doubted God in that fashion? Have you ever been through the rough places in your life, when you knew very well that the thing that was occurring was the will of God, but it did not seem very wise to you? You would not say it, but down deep inside you thought, “If I were God, I would not do it this way. I do not see the good in this. I do not see the purpose in it. It does not look as if this is the thing to do.” But all the time, God is working. Oh, how much more peace you could have had, how much more real joy you could have had, had you recognized that the Devil was causing you to doubt the wisdom and the will of God.

Learn To Walk By Faith

We must learn to walk by faith and not by sight, and to believe that the judge of all the earth doeth right. Yes, the Devil will encourage you to doubt the Word of God. The Devil will encourage you to doubt the wisdom and the will of God. Related to this is another doubt that the Devil plants in our minds, and that is the doubt of the work of God in our behalf.

Some of the things I am saying to you, you may not have experienced because you may not have lived very deep with God. But I want to suggest to you that if you have lived very deep with God, then you have experienced the things we have been talking about. I would like for you to turn with me to Psalm 77. This is a Psalm of Asaph. It begins with the words:

Psalm 77:

1I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.
2In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord…

That is his testimony. “In the day of trouble, I sought the Lord, and the Lord listened to what I had to say.”

Doubting God's Working

Then he goes back and tells us everything that transpired before he cried unto the Lord. In the 2nd verse, he tells us how his soul refused to be comforted. In the 3rd verse, he tells us how his soul was overwhelmed. In the 4th verse, he tells us of his insomnia. He was so overcome with grief that he could not even talk about it. He tried to get out of the situation in which he was. He tried to look at the bright side. He considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. In verse 6, he called to remembrance the song in the night. He communed with his own heart. His spirit made diligent search.

However, nothing seemed to help because the Devil was lying right there on the bed beside him. And the Devil was whispering in his ear, “God is forsaking you. God does not care. God is not interested in you. God does not care what happens to you. God has left you all alone. God is not going to do anything for you. God is not going to work in your behalf.” That we know the Devil spoke this becomes evident when we look down at verse 7:

Psalm 77:

7Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?
8Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?
9Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

Had he? All these thoughts ran through the mind of Asaph as the Devil whispered to him, “God is not interested, and God does not care.”

You will notice in Psalm 78, also written by Asaph, the children of Israel in the wilderness went through a very trying experience. We read in the 19th verse:

Psalm 78:

19Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?

Why did the children of Israel get into this state which Asaph describes? Because the Devil slipped up alongside them and said, “Oh, I know God gave you water out of the rocks. I know that. And I know that God has done many wonderful, glorious things for you, but do you think that God really can provide food in the wilderness? Can God?” So the Devil planted another doubt in the minds of God's children.

If you are following me in this discussion, you will notice that the Devil plants doubt in the minds of the children of God—doubt concerning the Word of God, doubt concerning the wisdom and the will of God, doubt concerning the work of God in behalf of the children of God.

I believe that every kind of doubt which the Devil implants in the minds of God's children can come under these three headings. We would provoke you to interest by saying, “Sit down and think about it, and see if you cannot think of a number of ways the Devil has caused you to doubt.” You will find that they are related to the Word of God, the wisdom of God, or the work of God.

Doubt Leads To Sin

Doubt in itself is bad enough, but doubt is even more troublesome when we think of everything to which it leads. That is the reason the Devil wants you to doubt. The Devil does not want you to doubt for doubt's sake. The Devil wants you to doubt because of the things to which doubt leads. In chapter 3 of the book of Genesis, the portion of the Word we read earlier in our discussion, you will remember what happened when the Devil succeeded in making Eve doubt. She sinned. If Eve had not doubted God's Word concerning the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, she would never have sinned. She doubted God's Word, and it led to wickedness. That is the reason the Devil wants to rob us of our faith in the Word of God. He wants to lead us into deeper sin.

I would suggest to you today that doubt leads to wickedness when men doubt the Word of God, its truthfulness, and its authenticity. There is no curb for their sin. It is an interesting thing to notice that the more the Word of God is doubted, the more license there is to sin. When men believe that someday they are going to have to answer to a righteous God for their deeds, their deeds will be done with that thought in mind—with restraint and with concern.

If you will turn to Psalm 19, you will notice another suggestion that comes from doubt, another reason the Devil is anxious for us to doubt. We find David praying in verse 13:

Psalm 19:

13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

Presumptuous sin is willful sin, and willful sin has its roots in doubt of the Word of God, the wisdom of God, and the work of God. That becomes evident when we draw our attention to the words of the Holy Spirit as penned by the Apostle Peter in his second epistle, chapter 2, verse 10. You might like to look at that passage of Scripture and notice exactly what we are talking about when we speak of doubt leading to willful sin, for that is presumptuous sin. We read:

II Peter 2:

1But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Down in the 10th verse, you will read concerning these very same people:

II Peter 2:

10But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

Did you notice it is said that these false teachers, who deny the Word of God, become selfwilled, not afraid to speak evil of dignities? Men who doubt the Word of God—men who doubt the wisdom of God, men who doubt the will of God, men who doubt the work of God in behalf of the saints of God—are led off into greater wickedness. They are led off into willful pronouncements and acts which can bring about their sudden destruction.

Doubt Causes Spiritual Weakness

You might turn now to the first chapter of the epistle of James as I remind you that doubt which the Devil implants in our hearts leads not only to wickedness and willfulness, but it leads as well to spiritual weakness. In the book of James, chapter 1, notice verse 6:

James 1:

6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

Along with this passage of Scripture, let us look at another from Psalm 78. This time I would like for you to notice verses 40 and 41. We read here that the Israelites provoked the Lord in the wilderness. They grieved Him in the desert. They turned back. They tempted him. And they limited the Holy One of Israel. God wanted to do so much for these Israelites, but He was limited in what He was able to do for them because they doubted Him. They said, “Can God?” And the moment they said, “Can God?” , doubt took hold of their lives, and they were weak from that point on, spiritually speaking.

So we would say to you today that doubt unchecked leads to wickedness. It leads to willfulness, and it leads to weakness.

If this device of the Devil so very cleverly arranged is so damaging to us as the children of God, what are we able to do about it? What is the cure for doubt?

Faith-The Cure For Doubt

You will remember, when we began this discussion of the devices of the Devil, we said that the Word of God speaks of the characteristics of doubt, the curse of doubt, and the cure for doubt. What is the cure for doubt?

I am going to suggest to you a threefold cure for doubt. You will remember that in the 3rd chapter of the gospel of Matthew, when the Devil attempted to plant in the heart and the mind of the Savior a doubt concerning His own origin as the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ answered and said unto Him, “It is written, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God,” The antidote for doubt is faith. There is not room for doubt in the heart of a man who believes. But if an individual does not have his heart filled with faith, he could well expect to have it filled with doubt. So we would expect faith to be the antidote for doubt.

In the book of Romans, chapter 10, verse 17, we read:

Romans 10:

17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Know The Word Of God

What can you do about doubt, this device of the Devil which brings about the downfall of so many of the children of God? How can you dispel the doubt of the Devil? The answer is with the Word of God. Just as the Lord Jesus Christ dispelled the doubt of the Devil with the Word of God, so you and I can dispel the doubt of the Devil with the Word. As we bathe ourselves in the Word of God, so to speak, our faith increases and doubts are gone.

The Psalmist had an experience very much akin to this. In Psalm 73, he was talking about all the problems that were his, and how his heart indeed was filled with doubt, and how he hardly knew which way to turn, so many and so great were the doubts which he had faced. As a matter of fact, in Psalm 73, verse 13, he wondered if he should have been saved. He wondered if it was worthwhile. He said:

Psalm 73:

13Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

That is another way of saying, “I would be just as well off if I had never been born again. I would be just as well off if I had never been saved.”

Well, he tried to figure all of this out, and he did not succeed very well. Notice the testimony he gave in verse 16, when he said:

Psalm 73:

16When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
17Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

That is, I understood the end of the wicked when I went into the sanctuary of God.

Psalm 77 has a suggestion very much like this, almost enough to be a twin suggestion. Asaph said in Psalm 77, verse 12:

Psalm 77:

12I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
13Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

The sanctuary is the place where God meets His people. It may be a public building that we refer to as a church. It may be the garden of your heart. It may be some place quiet and alone, away from everything, where you take the Word of God and give God a chance to speak to your heart.

How many times have we been face to face with problems, and very much upset about those problems? Then, when we quieted down long enough, someone told us something, and we would say, “Oh, if we had only known that. If we had only realized that, we would not have been so worried.” Well, that fact was true all the time. We just had not taken the time to learn it.

We say this reverently. It is true. If we would get quiet before the Lord, if we would slip into His sanctuary, figuratively speaking at least, and let Him speak to our hearts, we would find ourselves at peace because the doubts would be dissolved.

Step Into Service

Another thing I would say to you in relation to the cure for doubt is that it is found not only in the Scriptures, it is found not only in the sanctuary, but it is found in the service of the Lord as well. Sometimes our hearts can be so filled with doubt that we stand on the brink, wanting to do something for God, but afraid to do it. A great many times, it is only when we step out by faith that God dispels the doubt.

When you have time, read chapter 3 of the book of Joshua. Remember how, when the children of Israel were going to cross the Red Sea, the Red Sea did not dry up until the feet of the priests who bore the Ark of the Covenant were actually in the water. When they stepped down into the water, then the water dried up, and not before. Many, many times we sit back and wait for God to act before we act. And as we wait, our doubts grow. But if we would step into the service of the Lord, then we would know.

Do you remember the story of Eliezer, the servant of Abraham, as it is recorded in the 24th chapter of the book of Genesis? Eliezer was commissioned to find a wife for his young master, Isaac. This was a terrific undertaking. He had no way of knowing whom he should ask. What do we read there in the 24th chapter? He took evidence of his master's treasure. He went out where the women were. He laid some fleece out before the Lord, and the Lord honored his quest. And do you know what he had to say about it? He said this: “I being in the way, the Lord led me.” If he had not been in the way, the Lord would not have led him, and his doubts would have continued to the very end.

Dissolve The Doubts

Has the Devil been plaguing you with this device—the device of doubt? If he has, I trust you will resist the Devil and bid him flee from you, as you dissolve the doubts that may arise in your life.

Daniel, one of the greatest saints of the Word of God, was a D.D. indeed. You are aware of the fact that men today have various titles. Some of the titles are Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Theology, Doctor of Literature, Doctor of Law, etc. Some of the degrees are earned by performing certain prescribed scholastic schedules. Others of them are honorary. That is, in honor of the work a man does, he is sometimes awarded a degree.

An honorary degree that is often received by men is the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. In a sense, it is earned, because a man spends a great deal of time in service for the Lord, and the Lord sees to it that his labors are recognized with an honorary degree. The abbreviation of Doctor of Divinity is D.D. Well, some people covet a D.D. Personally, I have not been interested in such honorary degrees. But there is a D.D. that I have coveted—a D.D. that I trust has already been awarded to me. It is the same D.D. that Daniel had.

In the book of Daniel, when the record of his life is presented, and the various characteristics of the man of God are given, He is said to be a Dissolver of Doubts . His D.D. recognized that he dissolved doubts. That is the kind of D.D. I would like to have.

That is the kind of D.D. you can have today. You can be a Dissolver of Doubts if you recognize that you are engaged in a warfare with the Devil, who is ready to take advantage of you, and if you recognize that one of the devices which he uses to take advantage of you is the device of doubt. Resist him, and he will flee from you!


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