One of the most successful attacks the enemy has taken against believers in the church today is the out of balance teaching on outward prosperity; not because people didn't get rich or have the car or house of their dreams, but because all the enemy wanted and needed to do was disappoint and confuse believers enough to cause them to doubt the character and will of God at ANY given time.  It was a very clever set up indeed, so many have fallen for it and it is so easy for which to fall.  The enemy is very tricky, he knows not to come in and attack directly so instead he sets off a series of destructive disappointments and tears down our faith one tiny piece at a time.  It begins with slight distortions of the word of God.  A little truth and a little untruth mingled all together is the enemy's favorite dish to serve because rarely can anyone taste the poison for the sugar.  Unfortunately there have been too many willing to proliferate his distortions, either knowingly or not.  False teachers have always been and always will be. 

The bible clearly tells us what to expect and what not to expect from God. He has not been ambiguous and he is not the author of confusion.  It seems that since Lucifer could not after all be "like" God then, in the eyes of men, He will make God like him.  I am sharing this with you "so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes." (2 Cor 2:11)

James 4:3 says, "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."  If the enemy can trap us into thinking we will receive every request even when God tells us in scripture we won't because we've asked for the wrong reasons, then the devil can use our inevitable disappointments to trick us into doubting God on EVERY matter we pray over, including those things that are very much within His will to provide us.  It is important to understand what is and what is not the WILL of God.  Can we know His will?  Of course.  Don't be fooled into thinking you cannot.  This is the beginning of the enemies trickery.  We read His last WILL and TESTAMENT all the time but are we grasping what He has left us in it? Upon the death of Jesus Christ we have received everything in Christs' possessions.  He said, "These things shall you do!"  The things Christ did we shall do.  Everything that we see Christ doing in Scripture for the masses is God's will also for you to receive and dispense to others.  There is quite a difference in believing God CAN do something and that God WILL do something for which we've asked.  And if we know we are asking for something that is well within God's WILL to provide then the matter is no longer about what we are asking for but about the faith we have in our God.  Elijah had such great faith in God he risked making a fool of himself in front of an entire nation of people without an ounce of fear that God might not show up and consume the sacrifice.  He was so sure of God that he taunted the idolaters to bring them to understand that God is greater.  Pure faith is complete trust in God. "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." (Hebrews 11:2)  Confidence and assurance cannot dance with doubt.  They are diametrically opposed.  If the enemy can cause us to worry and not completely trust the Lord, he can pretty much manipulate us in every situation. 

James 1:6-7 says, "But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord."  God is not a man that He would lie.  So what do we do if we recognize that we are chronic doubters?  If we allow what we see to revise what we believe.  We live by faith and not by sight, right?  First we pray for the Lord to help us with our unbelief because doubt is simply unbelief and He will help us with that just like He will help us with everything else.  It's not condemnation to entertain the possibility that as holy as we are we could still have a problem with doubt.  The disciples walked with Jesus and saw one miracle after another, yet they still doubted so badly that the boy on Mt. Hernon was not healed.  Was it God's will the boy be healed?  Yes it was because Jesus does the will of the Father and Jesus healed the boy.  The disciples asked why they couldn't do it and Jesus plainly answered them saying , "because of your unbelief."  We have to have a greater desire to see God's miracles come to pass and Him be exalted than we have to be justified in the eyes of men.  If I have to humble myself before the Lord and admit that I have doubted Him and ask Him to help me with this unbelief, is it not worth it to see healing break forth, lives changed, and miracles never cease?  Isn't it worth it?  Let's not be so riddled with our doubts and our fears that we negate the power of Christ in our faith.