If I Believe, Why Do I Still Have Doubts?

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At the moment, the world is in a panic because of an invisible enemy. But there is an even bigger threat that I see.

It’s the infection of doubt.

And if you haven’t caught it, you probably will.

Where ever you go you can see it on peoples faces; they look at you like a rabbit in headlights.

Doubt is not just a Christian experience.

It is a human experience.

So, the issue isn’t whether or not we’re going to catch the infection.

The issue is what do you do once you’ve got it.

How do you prevent this infection from ravaging your faith?

WHAT IS DOUBT?

Many people think that doubt is the opposite of faith. But it’s not. That’s a common misconception. The opposite of faith is unbelief.

And there’s a big difference between unbelief and doubt.

Unbelief is a willful refusal to believe. It’s a deliberate decision to deny God.

It’s making either a conscious or subconscious decision not to have faith.

But that’s not what doubt is.

Doubt is to be indecisive.

It’s to be caught between two lines of thought.

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You want to believe that you won’t get coronavirus, but a little question rattles around your head, “but what if I do?”

Doubt will erode your faith. An very soon all your actions will be based on fear

A great biblical example of how doubt can affect you is in the story of John the Baptist.

He’s the man who pointed at Jesus and said,

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

This is the man who baptized Jesus, and he saw the heavens open up and heard the voice of God say, “This is My Son, in whom I’m well pleased.”

He had incredible faith.

But what happened?

He gets arrested.

He gets thrown into jail.

There he comes down with the infection of doubt.

Now he’s not so sure.

Now he’s uncertain.

“Is Jesus really who He claims to be? Or should we be looking for someone else?”

Which is very like most people today.

4-5 months ago, they had a strong faith, but now that faith has been shaken. Church’s are closed. Without guidance, a lot of believers are lost.

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To resolve his doubt, John sent two of his friends to go check Jesus out and ask Him point blank the question,

“Are you the Messiah? Are You the one we’ve been waiting for to rescue the world? Or should we look elsewhere?”

So, his two friends go.

They track Jesus down, and they ask Jesus that question.

“And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard. The blind receive sight. The lame walk. The lepers are cleansed. The deaf hear. The dead are raised up. And the poor have the gospel preached to them’.” (Luke 7:22)

 

In other words, Jesus is saying, “Go back and tell John about the evidence you have seen with your own eyes that authenticate My claim to being the one and only Son of God and that will renew his confidence and will bolster back up his faith.”

That’s what we must do also. Go back and look at all the times that God helped you in the past.

Them times when He made a way where there was no way. .

It’s human nature to have doubts but when we do we can’t let them doubts into our spirit. We must direct our attention to God and ask for him to strengthen our faith.

To help direct us through the storms in our lives.

Open up to God.

‘Lord these are the doubts I have.’

‘These are the questions I have.’

‘This is what I wrestle with, this is the area that I am struggling with at this time.’

In return He will reach out to you helping you come to a resolution and bolster your faith just as He bolstered the faith of John the Baptist.”

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Some People Have A Faith That Is Built on Feelings

They prayed for something in the past and received it. Maybe it was a job, a loving relationship, or financial security. Resulting in them feeling good.

They thank God and are happy.

Everything goes well for them for many years.

They praise God for all they have achieved.

Then this global pandemic hits, and they go from living a life of luxury to being in debt in 3-4 months.

They are distraught, but their first thought is not to turn to God in prayer. Asking him for help again.

No, their first thoughts are of panic, feelings of anger.

They want to find someone to blame.

Of course, some people will say— but look at all I lost. I had a beautiful house, three cars, two-holiday homes. Now I’m on the verge of losing it all?

Honestly, I don’t know the answer; I can only speak for myself.

When life is going well for me, I can get complacent, I overstretch. I go for that new loan when I know I’m already living beyond my means.

Materialism has a way of taking our attention off God.

It can become more important to impress our neighbours than God. Who gave us all that we have in the first place.

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Going forward

There is nothing wrong with having feelings of doubt or fear at this time, but you mustn’t give them thoughts a foothold. You must learn from any mistakes that you have made.

Everywhere you go now people are wearing masks and gloves for protection from a deadly enemy.

Can I advise you to also have a guard up for an infection even more deadly, the infection of doubt?

Some people have it bad; the only problem is you don’t need to be near them to catch it.

That friend that calls you every day telling you how the current outbreak is getting worse and worse.

They have it bad.

You must make them aware that you don’t need any more fear in your life. If they don’t respect your choice, I advise that you limit your time with them.

Too many negative conversations and soon you will be thinking like them, doubting that God will protect and provide for you.

We need to feed our faith, not our fear.

Pray every day.

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Connect with those that raise you up, that make you smile, that inspire you. That make you laugh.

We will all get through this difficult time.

And we will all be different on the other side.

Now is your time to mould the type of person that you will be.

The power is within your hands.

Be that voice of faith with those around you, and on social media. You may be, the only voice of hope and wisdom that someone hears all week.

Thanks for reading.

Stop Scrolling This Is The Most Important Thing You Will Read All Day

Falling deeper into fear during this Global Pandemic will not bring us closer to health. Nor will it make us feel safer. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

On the contrary, ⁣⁣⁣⁣it will only lower our immune system, cause our body to get sick, and damage our brain’s ability to think clearly and find creative solutions.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣

Fear is the most deadly virus in the world. And under fear, there is no health, no safety, and no peace: only darkness, panic, and suffering.

Speak words of faith every day, not only to yourself but to family and friends.

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What To Do If Fear Gets The Best Of You?

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Being a man of great faith, it takes a lot to get to me, but even I needed a few words of faith the other day. I’ve had a head cold for a couple of weeks that I can’t shake off, with every other conversation being about the Coronavirus and it all over the media, fear started to creep in.

On a phone call to my mother, parents always seem to sense when you’re not yourself, she said what was needed to restore my faith. She highlighted to me that Coronavirus has been on cleaning supplies labels for years. This is just another strain.

Of course, it’s essential to take preventative measures to make sure yourself and family are safe, but it’s important to remember that your future has already been planned out.

For me, this outbreak is to make people aware of what matters, health, family and friends. Everything else is just noise.

Seeing The Sun When the Sky is Grey

As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining. Maybe the silver lining here is to make us reflect on what matters in life, the signal, them things that you can’t live without.

When it boils down to it, social media, technology, and money are meaningless if you haven’t got your health, if you are without the people that give your life purpose.

Take time with those that matter and let them know how much you care, how much they mean to you.

When it comes down to it, love and health are the bedrock of a successful life.

So like me, if fear starts knocking at the door what do you do? In my opinion, the solution is to strengthen your faith.

People that look fit and healthy maintain their bodies by eating healthy and taking regular exercise. Faith is no different. At certain times in life we need to have stronger faith to overcome the obstacles in our path.

To keep fear at bay, you need complete trust that all will be ok. Trust that God will not let anything come into your path that is not part of your destiny. And if something does, that it will strengthen your character and make you better in some way.

I would like to share with you 5 method that I used to strengthen my faith and keep it at its highest level.

5 Simple Ways To Strengthen Your Faith In Times Of Uncertainty

1. TRUST

We must trust God in all things, have complete trust and complete confidence. If we have faith in God feelings of worry, stress, anxiety, fear, and doubt should never surface.

If we have faith in God, then we completely trust that He will provide everything we need when it’s needed. Not only do we trust Him to provide provision, but we are completely confident that He will provide us with a healthy life as well!

Matthew 6:25-27
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

 

We have to remove doubt from our hearts, replacing it with belief, and trust Him! In doing so our faith will grow stronger and stronger as we see Him lead us in the directions we are truly meant to go.

2: PRAY

Mark 11:23 instructs us to pray without doubt in our hearts, and believe that what we say will happen. In the same verse Jesus says that if we do this, it will be done for us.

Daily prayer centres our minds on what really matters , it invites God into our lives and helps us establish a deeper trust. Our faith will grow when we make prayer a centre part of our day.

Pray for love, health and happiness, the essential ingredients of a successful life.

The best time to pray is in the morning as the sun rises, in the stillness of the morning the world is so peaceful and calm. Sitting in the presence of nature is like sitting in the presence of God.

3: READ SCRIPTURES

We must make time to sit down and read the word of God. We need His Word inside our minds and in our hearts. Knowing God’s Word goes hand in hand with trusting God and praying.

Read His promises, and then have great faith that they will come to pass. Pray them over your life. In God’s Word we will find strength, hope, love, peace, and joy.

We will also find promises of provision, and instructions to keep us away from harm. We will gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in our lives through His instructions.

Read Matthew 17:20… and then believe that faith can move mountains.
Read Philippians 4:19… and have faith that God will supply all your needs.
Read Malachi 3:10… and believe that if God is first in your life He will pour out blessings for you until they overflow.
Read Ephesians 6:10-17… and know that you have The Amour of God, what can possibly come against you.

I’ve made a rule for myself, that has helped me greatly. Until I’ve read for 30 minutes a day, no social media, no internet, and no T.V. God’s Word has to be priority in our lives if we want to strengthen our faith.

4: LIVE OUT HIS WORD

I think our world would be a better place if the people who claim to be Christians acted like Christians. I understand this statement is incredibly blunt, but it’s how I feel.

Jesus main message was one of faith, love and forgiveness, yet I know people who don’t speak to their neighbours, or some family members, that go to church. It makes no sense to me, come to hear Gods word but not listen to it?

No one is perfect, i know, but we have to commit to grow in our faith and commit to living out His Word. Make your goal to be better than you were yesterday.

5: BE THE LIGHT

You are the light of the world, so shine bright. We are to be loving and caring towards each other. We are to be encouraging and build one another up. We should be joyful people who don’t spend our days complaining.

We should practice thankfulness and be forgiving. Im Mark 11:25, Jesus stated that when we pray, we must not hold anything against anyone, but we are to forgive, so our Father can forgive us of our sins.

We must be giving off our time, our talents, and our treasures. When people see you, let them not only see a person that is a believer in God, but let them see a person that shows that faith in their lives.

Let your actions draw people closer to God.

Wake up each day with the intent to do good. To spread light, not darkness, it’s really that simple. Give compliments freely, smile kindly, give generously, don’t complain, speak only kind words, and never tear people down.

Fear can get to the best of us, and if it does, you must learn to put your attention back on God, through prayer, walking in nature, and reading his word.

Do you know someone who would be encouraged by this post? If so, please share! By doing so, you are helping spread faith into a world that is currently full of fear. 🙂