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Doubt

September 06, 2016

STOP DOUBTING! 

By GV Potter

The following post was written by a member of our fellowship.

 

Doubt is an open door in your life, through which Satan can come to incite fear, discouragement, confusion and despair.  In turn this robs you of joy, confidence and peace. But isn’t doubt a part of being human?  It sure is, and it’s one of Satan’s ploys that he uses against us. Doubt is an experience common to all people. Even those with faith in God struggle with doubt on occasion, as spoken by the man in Mark 9:24 “Lord, I believe; help me with my unbelief!”

Doubt reveals a lack of confidence in what God says. A key to dealing with doubt is to not let it in. Don’t fret or reason with your doubts.  Instead, acknowledge your feelings and then immediately turn them over to God.  Trust in Him to do what He says in Matthew 21:21-22, “If you have faith and do not doubt…it will be done.  And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

The problem of doubt shows up in Scripture in John 20: 24-28 (NKJV).

“Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ So he said to them, ‘Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.’ And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said ‘Peace to you!’ Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.’ And Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’”

There are two miracles that happen in this story. The first one is when Jesus walked through a closed door and suddenly materialized in the disciples’ presence.  The second is when Jesus showed up to talk to a doubter and let him touch His wounds to prove who He was. Some of us would have looked at Thomas and thought, “Write him off.  He’s not qualified to be a disciple.”  However, “The Lord knows the thoughts of man” (Ps. 94:11). Jesus recognized an honest heart and a seeking soul, and He showed up to answer a doubter’s questions.

Will doubt try to come into your life again?  Yes, but instead of letting it back in, doubt your feelings rather than doubting God, and don’t give your negative emotion a second thought.  Know that your doubts don’t disqualify you from being a Christian.  Take your doubts to the Lord in prayer.  If you leave God’s presence for a time because of doubts, you too, like Thomas, can come right back and say, “My Lord and my God!”

It seems as if faith and doubt are two sides of the same coin, and they’ll always be part of your thinking process.  The one that you choose can actually determine your future.  The good news is you do actually get to choose!  It’s called “free will.”  So disregard your feelings and go back to Scripture.  God’s Word outranks all self-doubt.  “Above all, taking the Shield of Faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Eph. 6:16). Your faith is the protective shield against these “fiery darts” that Satan directs at you. Do what God has told you to do—obey Him and His Word.  You’ll stop doubting and you’ll love the results!

 



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