Don’t Let Doubt Control Your Faith


Don’t let doubt control your faith, let your faith control your doubt.

Instead of “If You can, Jesus” believe “I know You can!”

“If” opens the door for doubt to come in, stay a while, wreak havoc on our confidence and destroy our perspective on God’s impossibilities becoming our reality. On the other hand, a declaration of determined resolve puts doubt outside in the cold where his power is frozen solid, unable to corrupt our God-given trust in His Son.

It’s all in our perspective. I’ve heard it said that our battles are won in the mind. They can be lost there, too. If we perceive our situation as larger and more complicated than our powerful God, then we will lose the battle of faith in our mind and eventually our heart.

When my faith is weak, I like to declare God’s truth about His ability. It helps me refocus my energy and my assurance. These are just a few declarations that have encouraged me along the way (and still do.) The battle against doubt is never over; it is an ongoing war, yet it can be won every time with these truths. Read, declare and be lifted up, my friend.

1.) My small faith can move  mountains. “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

2.) My faith believes that God can do anything! Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

3.) My faith sees that God is able, even when I am not. Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27

 4.) My faith can inherit God’s promises. “Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.” Hebrews 6:12

5.) My faith pleases God. “And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

6.) My faith in God helps me experience even more than what I ask. “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

God gives us a heart of love and trust for Him, don’t give it back. Doubt in His ability returns the gift. Instead, offer the heart He gave you to Him full of total conviction that He is Who He says He is, and He can do what He says He can do.

God is good.

He is faithful.

He is love.

He is grace.

But He is also the mightiest force any of our circumstances can confront. Nothing trumps His power.

However, when we doubt we choose to limit His mighty work in, around and through us.

For James instructs and warns us, “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.” James 1:6-7 

Believe my friend! Jesus, our Savior and our God is worthy and trustworthy. He is the, I AM. The One who can!

 

Why Children Should Memorize Scripture


May I tell you why it is so important for your children to memorize Bible verses? Why it is important that they attend their small group at church regularly? Why reading scripture at home every day is so vital to whether they experience a full life or an empty one? Why sharing the word of God over meals, in the car, when you tuck them in bed is imperative to their ability to survive in this world? May I tell you?

Is it because it’s a good thing to do? Yes, but ultimately that is a weak reason; doing what’s good can be overrun by something superficially “better”.

Is it because we are to be obedient to God? Yes, but in the end obedience with coercion wanes.

Is it because everyone at church is doing it? Sure, their influence is good for us; however, without a lasting purpose, we will look for a new fad to follow.

Every one of your children will face difficulties, tragedies, suffering, disappointment and rejection in this life. Jesus has said it, “In this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33). It’s not a matter of if, it’s a sure deal.

As much as we want to protect them from all hardship, it does not change the fact that our kids will experience trials in their life. We can’t protect them from them all, but we can provide a way through them.

Let me ask you a few questions:

What are your kids to do when their troubles come?

Parents, what happens if you are not around to comfort, protect, and encourage them?

Where do they go if they feel all alone?

I’ve been reading an incredible book titled, Defiant, written by Alvin Townley. It is a book about the POW’s who endured unfathomable torture in Vietnam’s infamous prison. It’s their story and the story of their wives who fought for their freedom. This book is a hard read, because the topic is difficult to get through, yet what I have come away with has been profound. Particularly, finding out where these POW’s gained their greatest strength.

Many of them, if not all grew up attending church. Some Catholic. Some Baptist. They grew up learning scripture, memorizing it, knowing it. Some were not exactly walking with the Lord when they crashed into enemy territory; but while in Vietnam’s prison, they reflected back to their church upbringing.

With life’s basic necessities stripped from them – their dignity, health, psychological stability, family, friends, food, warmth, and all they needed to survive, they remembered the scriptures that they memorized. Many of them groped and clung to these Bible verses. They gave them comfort, warmth, the drive to not give up, and the ability to trust God in their most desperate moments. For seven years, these men suffered atrocities that were unimaginable. But, God’s truth was there. It was in their heart; they believed it and grew to cherish it.

In all the horror they lived through, and all the evil they encountered, God drew them close to Him by His word. They learned to refresh themselves with His word. They leaned on His word to help them carry on. Mind you they did not have a Bible; all they had was their memory.

Impending trials are one of the reasons our children must know God’s word. They must encounter Jesus as their Savior. Our faith in Him comes by hearing the truth. Once heard, seeds are planted. When watered, they sprout. When they sprout, their faith in Jesus becomes a tree firmly rooted in a well-watered garden – one that will feed them during the good times and the bad.

The word of God is a powerful sword; it cuts through evil, separates what is good from the foul. It keeps us pure; it provides us peace where this world cannot compete. It is by far the only tool that can strengthen the weary from grief and broaden our understanding of how powerful God is.

Even though these men suffered so deeply, even though they became like wineskin dried by smoke, God’s word came to the surface just like the noon day sun arises. Even though the arrogant guards dug pits for them, these POW’s relied on the Word. In their long wait for their release, all but one hung on; all because God’s word was powerful enough to nourish their every need.

God’s word is not just words on a page, they are the very demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s power. They explain the spiritual realities that we can experience. They are finer than gold, stronger than steel and more lasting than anything on earth. All things will pass away but God’s word will forever stand. 

We have no idea what difficulties our children will face in their life. Some as tragic as I explained above, some not so much. Nonetheless, each will experience their own depth of anguish in life. Will they be ready to endure? Will they have the word as their tool of comfort, combat, and courage?

Teaching your children the word of God is like giving them food and water. Can you imagine depriving them of their daily nutrition? Never! It would starve them, make them sick and eventually kill them.

Likewise, God’s Word nourishes their soul, heart, and mind with lifelong weapons against the evil of this world that wants to rob them of God’s peace and steal their God-given purpose.

Feed your children truth as Jesus told Peter to feed God’s people.

Fit the scriptures in your everyday life. They do fit; they will fit.

And when your child’s time of struggle comes, you will be glad you did.

“If Your word had not been my delight, I would have died in my affliction.”

(Psalm 119:92).