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How do I Handle Doubt?
(James 1:5-8 NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But 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. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
✓ Doubt is unsettling.
✓ Doubt is unstable.
✓ Doubt is unfulfilling.
✓ Doubt is often misplaced faith.
✓ Doubt is picking and choosing what is true.
(John 17:17 NASB) Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
(Psalm 119:160 NASB) The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.
(Proverbs 11:3 NIV) The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
How Do I Handle Doubt?
1. I remind myself to focus my faith on truth.
(Matthew 14:28-31 NIV) “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
“We see lurking within skepticism an enormous faith in one’s own cognitive faculties. If our minds can’t plumb the depths of the universe for good answers to suffering, well, then, there can’t be any! This is blind faith of a high order.” - Timothy Keller
2. I remind myself of God’s goodness yesterday.
(Psalm 13:6 NIV) I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.
(Psalm 119:68 NIV) You are good, and what you do is good.
3. I remind myself of God’s presence today.
(Joshua 1:5 NIV) No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
4. I remind myself of God’s promises for tomorrow.
(2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV) For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.
(Mark 9:22-24 MSG) If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us! Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.” No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”