Unshakeable – facing doubt with faith – Part III
If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.
Rosalyn Carter – Author and former first lady of the United States of America.
We have been discussing ways to confront our doubts with faith. There are five major types of doubts that we all face and so far, we’ve considered three. They are:
1. Doubts about God
3. Spiritual doubts – doubting our faith in Jesus
Today, we continue with the final two doubts that God wants us to overcome.
4. Doubts about God’s Presence
We all go through a time when we don’t feel the presence of God in our lives. We don’t feel like we want to pray, and when we do pray, we don’t hear God’s voice. Phillip Yancy, a Christian author, wrote, “Any relationship involves times of closeness and times of distance. And in a relationship with God, no matter how intimate, the pendulum will swing from one to the other side.” When we go through these times of feeling separated from God, doubts usually step in. We doubt God’s love and how much He cares for us and His existence. We may even feel as if He has abandoned us. But the truth is, God never abandons us. He loves us.
Times of dryness come to all of us, but our feet need to be firmly planted in a life of prayer so that when God speaks, we can hear Him. Psalm 1:3 speaks about people who are planted in a life of prayer and are planted in Scripture. It says, “They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do ...” even during the dry times. If you are going through a tough time right now, maybe you need to pray this prayer to Jesus, say – Jesus, I do believe, but help me with the unbelief that has been caused in my life at this time of spiritual dryness.
The final doubt God wants us to overcome is:
5. Doubt about overcoming recurring sins
Have you ever felt like you are in a constant battle with temptations or fighting a losing battle with sin? When there is recurring sin in our lives, doubts arise. Even the Apostle Paul, the greatest Christian missionary, struggled with this. In a letter to the church in Rome he wrote, “I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord … So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Romans 7:19, 24 (NLT).
Once you have asked Jesus to come into your life, whenever you go to Him in prayer and ask for His forgiveness, He will forgive you every time. When we pray, God’s power helps us overcome the sins that we are battling with. God wants us to fight against those sins and to win those battles. But listen, we don’t always win all of those battles. The more we live for God, the harder the struggle is going to be. Because the closer we draw to God, the more we are tempted. For the struggle doesn’t get easier when you become a Christian, it intensifies because you are doing the right thing. We receive God’s power to help you overcome recurring sins and He also gives us grace – He forgives us when we yield to temptations.
If you have had a problem with recurring sin and it has caused doubt in your life, it’s time for you to pray this prayer – Jesus, I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief. Help me overcome the doubt that has been caused because I keep messing up.
Doubt can really shake our faith and keep us from saying yes to Jesus. Even though we have doubts rolling around in our minds, we know that Jesus is real, and we need Him in our lives. You don’t have to have perfect faith to receive God’s grace, you just need to have faith to pray and ask Jesus for help. Are you ready? Then let’s pray:
Father, I am are struggling with the same sin over and over and it’s causing me to doubt my faith. I know you don’t want me to doubt but take my imperfect faith and give me the ability to overcome my doubt. Father, I do believe, help me to overcome my unbelief.