Do not doubt, is a simple thing to say, more difficult to do, sometimes, or maintain.
Doubting, I think, is rather natural. We question reality. We weigh the scales of what’s in our best interests. And, sometimes we even reason what’s not in our best interest, is.
Doubting can come from over questioning, or over thinking, too.
Asking or entertaining so many questions or thoughts can bring confusion; on the other hand, it can facilitate clarity.
I think it is good to be curious. It is good to question. When doing so, be sure to know your direction.
If you can tell your mind is getting too far off the tracks, bring it back.
Redirect your thoughts. Remind yourself and the thought if it has no authority in your life.
Question what is rising up in you to fear.
I love the man in the Bible who sought Jesus to heal his son.
Jesus said to him, “everything is possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23)
And the man replied, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’” (Mark 9:24)
Wow! What a beautiful demonstration of doubting while believing. The man did not shirk away. He professed his faith mightily.
The man believed the power of Christ to heal his son and his unbelief.
What does this mean?
We can take shelter in faith.
We can be honest with God/Jesus and say, “Hey, I do fear xyz, but I still believe you will…”
We can be transparent in our prayers. We can ask God for what we need.
When you pray, ask for heavenly things. (Colossians 3:2)
God said store your treasures up in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-21)
We are to seek things above… as it is in heaven so shall it be on Earth. (Matthew 6:10)
Pray as Jesus instructed us to pray. (Matthew 6:9-13)
Ask the Holy Spirit for understanding. (1 Corinthians 2:10-16)
Take up the shield of faith. (Ephesians 6:16)
Your faith will guard you. Your faith will keep you well.
There are times we feel depressed, maybe even suicidal.
Be like the Psalmist who made supplication and a declaration to God:
My soul clings to the dust;
give me life according to your word! (Psalm 119:25)
Consider, supplication as a pouring out of your heart. The Psalmist kept it real: “My soul clings to the dust.” As God revealed it to me, the Psalmist said, “I am longing for death in the state I’m in.”
Yet, he made his declaration known. He told God, “Give the life according to your word.” Give me the life your promised me, the life you purposed my being, my existence for. Give me peace. Give me joy. Give me goodness.
What is “life according to your word?”
This is something we must seek God to know for ourselves.
What do you need to pour out to God?
What do you need to declare unto God?
You can speak your fear. Be honest. God already knows.
Then, declare your faith. Pronounce what the word of God says for you.
In all things,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Song. Sing songs of praise. Encourage your soul.
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