Evaluating Faith and Doubt

 


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Faith and doubt often exist simultaneously, but examination of the Lord’s perfect plan for salvation and loving care, will reveal that most of your doubts are unfounded, and should be discarded. You have permission to publish this to spread the good news of the gospel.

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (HEB 11:1). Doubt is the state of being unsure. Faith and doubt can exist at the same time. After the father asked Jesus to cast the spirit out of his son, he exclaimed, “I believe; help me overcome my unbelief" (MK 9:24). Righteousness comes through faith. Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness (RO 4:3). In Scripture, everyone called righteous had strong faith.

Doubt is often presence because we have not evaluated it. Jesus asked why people doubted and said they had little faith, four times in the book of Matthew. In 6:30, it was because they were worried about what they would eat, drink and wear. In 8:26, they woke him up when a furious storm that came up. In 14:31, it occurred when Peter was sinking as he was walking on the water. In 16:8, it was because they had forgotten to bring bread to eat.

There is no room to doubt anything about God. Believing that he exists is more reasonable than the theories of evolution, or the big bang fairy tale. Science has done wonderful things, but it is out of its field when speculating on the world’s origin.

Evolution cannot explain where we came from, how we are to behave, or where we are going. The Bible, on the other hand, has definite answers for all these things. Believing you are the result of an accident would give no incentive to be a moral person, but good conduct is provoked by Divine creation.

There is no reason to doubt that the Lord will fail to keep his promises. Nothing is impossible for him (LK 1:37), and it is impossible for him to lie (HEB 6:18). There is no reason to doubt the miracles described in the Bible. Jesus created all things (COL 1:16) in cooperation with his Father and the Holy Spirit, and set up the laws of nature. He can temporally change the rules to suit his purpose. Healing anyone would be routine if he desires to, since he made us.

There is no reason to doubt that the Lord will supply the necessities of life, if you are willing to do your part. We are commanded to take care of our families(1TI 5:8), and he will see to it that we will receive what we need if we seek the kingdom first (MT 6:33). If you cannot believe he will take care of you now, how can you depend on him to take you to heaven when you die?

Both faith and doubt often exist for babes in Christ, but when you study the Bible often, doubts melt away. Every conceivable question is answered in Scripture if you know where to look. The idea of fearing God is not meant to convey the idea of terror, unless you refuse to keep his rules. Fearing him means that you have reverend respect for him.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love (1JN 4:18).

Scripture mentions little faith, great faith, dead faith, and saving faith. Dead faith is faith alone, without works as described in James chapter 2. Saving faith is doing whatever God wants you to do, as demonstrated in Hebrews chapter 11.

We can say that faith is equal to X. It can be anything from dead, to living vibrant saving faith. Saying one has faith has little meaning, without specifying the type involved. James said that even the demons believe and tremble (2:19). Little faith can become great faith with effort. Faith comes by hearing, (or reading) the word of God (RO 10:17). The more one studies the word, the greater faith will be. Practical applications of faith, such as overcoming trials and temptations also increase faith.

When you know the Word of God and the God of the Word, your faith will no longer shake with every fleeting doubt. It will be solid and reliable because it is built on a rock. The book, “Climbing the Heavenly Stairs, " can build such a faith. Having faith is more than embracing an unseen God; it determines your whole outlook on life. Read more at: http://thelynnbradleybook.com

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