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Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.

doubt
noun
 1.
  1. a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.

We are human, and we all have doubts. Doubts are normal, they pop up unexpectedly in our heads about everything, and everyone. I’m sure we have all doubted someone before who we would never doubt now, because that is just how things are in this world.

What do you do with these doubts? Do you push them aside? Or do you take them and run? What is the limit to your doubts?

Well in my heart, there has developed something beyond the understanding of many, and that is faith.

 

faith
noun
  1. 1.
    complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
    “this restores one’s faith in politicians”
  2. 2.
    strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
Can you have doubts about God and your faith, and still HAVE faith?
We were given free will, and everything that comes with that. We have emotions, and the ability to think and discover things for ourselves. We are encouraged by God to examine things, so doubt, in and of itself, is a good and useful tool.

Even God wants us to doubt things in this life:

1 Thessalonians 5:21

21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;

However, everything we stand for can be called into question by ONE doubt: the doubt that what we live for, who we fight for, and what we believe in is true. Can we be a person of Great faith that can move mountains and part seas if we doubt for one second that God is God?

Hebrews 11:1-40

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. …

If we doubt, how can we gain in FULL MEASURE the blessings that will pour down on us from God if we are obedient and faithful? Our God is faithful to us, and he will bless us, if we are obedient and HAVE FAITH!!!!

James 1:5-8

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

 

I love that: the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea. How can you expect God to be faithful to you when you are rocking back and forth indecisively about whether or not he will be?

If you were a parent, would you not want your children to believe that if they ask you for food for dinner, that you will give it to them? Would you want your child to sit there in doubt for days about whether or not you love them, if you will give it to them? No, your children ask and receive with full faith that you will provide their needs, because you are the parents, and they are the children.

One last thought. Our God is all powerful, all knowing, all seeing, and very faithful to those who are faithful to him. WHY DO YOU DOUBT? If you are saved in the first place, then something must have happened to lead you there. He must have been revealed to you in some way, so you know he is there, so why do you doubt?

Mark 11:22-25

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

 

My prayer for you all today is that you will experience faith in its full measure. That you will have your doubts, but will never once doubt the power and faithfulness of our almighty creator. I pray that you will receive blessings amounting to your faith and that you will never stray for one moment from it. I pray that all will go well with you all the days of your life, and you will pass on your faith and wisdom to generations after you. God bless you all abundantly. In Jesus’s holy name, amen!

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