OVERCOMING DOUBT

June 20 Overcoming doubt

Doubt is a doorway through which Satan enters your life. It causes the ‘fight of faith’ to become the ‘flight of faith’.

When fear, confusion, discouragement, and despair take up residence within you, they rob you of confidence, joy and peace.

Isn’t doubting just human, though?

Of course it is and it’s also Satan’s ploy! ‘…whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given…’ (1 John 5:10 NIV). Your doubts reveal a lack of confidence in what God says.

So how can you stop doubting?

The same way you deal with other sin—by acknowledging you have a problem and doing something about it. Doubt cannot be conquered by reason or even resistance; it will only submit to complete relinquishment.

Trying to overcome your doubts one by one is like an alcoholic trying to reduce his or her alcohol intake one drink at a time. It doesn’t work.

The solution is two-fold.

1) It begins with a once-for-all decision. It calls for a total relinquishing of your right to doubt anything God promised. It’s saying, ‘From now on, I will NOT doubt God!’ It’s believing that when you surrender a thing to Him, He takes it and deals with it.

2) By faith declare, ‘Lord, I absolutely trust Your every Word!’  Will doubt come knocking again at your door?

Yes, but instead of letting it in, ‘…[take] the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked’ (Ephesians 6:16). Don’t fret, wrestle, or reason with your doubts. Instead, repeat your Scriptural declaration of faith, disregard your feelings, and trust God to do what He says.

‘…If you have faith and do not doubt…’  Matthew 21:21 NIV

ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY

Psalm 119:2-3, 9-11, 105, 130, 147, 135

Blessed are those who keep his word, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do not wrong, but walk in his ways! How can a young man keep his way pure?

By guarding it according to your word.

With my whole heart I seek you! I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you! Your word is a lamp to my feet & a light to my path.

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

I rise before dawn & cry for help; I hope in your words!

Make your face shine upon your servant & teach me your words!

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