Tuesday March 12 2019

Doubt and Belief

“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.” James 1:6

  • Doubt and belief cannot cooperate with each other.
  • We either doubt or we believe!
  • Doubt robs us of our confidence and brings instability and insecurity into our lives. 
  • When we believe, we can stand secure and walk in confidence with the Lord. 

Steps to take when you begin to have doubts:

1. Pray

Whenever you have doubts, ask God for His help. Be specific with the doubt you are having. God will increase your faith, and give you the peace He promises that guards our hearts (feelings) and minds (thoughts) from future doubts. Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:7.

2. Change Your Thinking

2 Corinthians 10:5. Much of our doubt comes from how we feel, not what we know. “I don’t feel saved; I don’t feel loved; I don’t feel God has forgiven me”. Your faith should never be based on how you feel but on what you know! We must remind ourselves what is true regardless of how we feel.

John 17:17 says “your word is truth,” and Romans 10:17 says “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Faith is the opposite of doubt; therefore the way to get rid of doubt (emotional or intellectual) is to replace your doubts with truth.

Find answers to your questions in God’s Word

3. Practice

Whenever we worry or doubt, we should repeat this process. Practice it when everything is going well and especially when we’re being overwhelmed by emotions. Study scripture when you’re not doubting, so when you do doubt, those scriptures come to mind.

You can grow in your faith and mature as you deal with doubt! So if you find yourself doubting, there’s nothing to be ashamed of; you just need to find out how to deal with it.

So the keys to overcoming doubts are:

  • Admit you have doubts – be specific about what they are and ask for God’s help.
  • Remember our faith is not based on how we feel but what we know!
  • Fill our thoughts with truth – God’s Word.
  • Study the evidence that proves what you believe is true!
  • This is not a one-time remedy; it’s a habit we need to build into our lives.

Prayer:

Lord I choose to believe, and I choose to fear, I will believe, regardless of how the situation may look or present itself t me. I will trust and not be afraid. Amen.