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April 22, 2013

Faith or Doubt

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Matthew 28:17. When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted.

As many times as the saw Jesus during those 40 days some were still doubting.  The doubters were among the worshipers.  That is still true today.  There are many doubters in our churches.  There are many doubters who claim to be Christians.  Occasionally doubt can sneak into the mind of any believer.  The disciples were still without the witness of the Holy Spirit.  We don’t have that excuse.  When we find doubt trying to invade our mind we must put on the full armor of God. (Ephesians 6:14-16)  Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Belief is a choice.  Job is a good example when he said, “though He slay me yet will I trust Him,”. Our question is do we choose faith and trust or will we feed on doubt?  Is faith what others hear coming from our mouth or do we feed doubt by giving them voice?

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April 10, 2013

Door of Doubt

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John 20:26. Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked,  Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

We do not know what Jesus did between the 1st day and this 8th day.  Apparently we don’t need to know which might be hard for some of us to take.  What counts here is Jesus continuing to reassure them.  Thomas’s signaled out.  He wasn’t with the other 10 on that first day when Jesus first appeared. Even though he knew the others well he refused to believe their accounts of seeing Jesus.  Maybe his distrust came because of the way Judas betrayed Jesus.  None of them ever expected such betrayal would come through one of their own.  Jesus is patient with Thomas and shows Him proof.  We all have moments of doubts like Thomas.  They usually arise from hurts in the past.  It is important we give all our hurts and disappointments to God for healing, forgiveness of others and forgiveness of self.  When we fail to do this we open the doors of doubt.  Our question is how open is our door?  Let us be sure to open all things within us to the healing and forgiving touch of God so the door of doubt remains closed.

June 9, 2012

Doubt

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:43 am
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Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Questioning God and what He says brings doubt followed by disobedience, sin and loss of faith and trust. The moment we open ourselves up to doubt we fall. We either believe and trust or we doubt and sin. Jesus, God’s Son, came and walked on this earth to remove our doubts. He died on the cross to remove our sin guilt. He rose from the dead to return us to full fellowship with God. He sent His Holy Spirit to us to give us the power to trust in faith and no longer doubt. Our question is, when we see doubt approaching are we willing to turn our backs to it and stand firm on faith? The choice is ours. Let us choose faith.

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