Doubting the Faith.

Doubt creeps in like wind sometimes. We don’t always realize it, but it impacts us in our daily walk with God.

James 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”

This verse gives us a picture of a wave being thrown and tossed around by the wind. The wind is like us being driven and tossed around by society and cultural norms. We get constantly attacked by people criticizing everything from our faith to our dress and personality. When doubt creeps in, you’re thrown around and you don’t feel firm in your faith.

Your faith is your own. Take up your own cross and follow your own path.

We can be led into doubt by trying to conform to everything we can in the world. It separates us from our true mission- serving God relentlessly and leading people to the grace of God.

I know in my life doubt makes me feel trapped and beaten down. Being doubted by others sucks, but God never promises that we won’t feel doubt. The beauty in doubt is that it forces us to come running to God and ask for his help. We need his strength, because we are weak in our own power.

God doesn’t need us, WE need HIM.

God is the ultimate leader of everything– ever. Literally anything you think of, God controls us. Why the heck would He need us? He doesn’t. It’s a humbling thing to think about the fact that God doesn’t need us. We can easily become big-headed and think we’re super awesome, but then God hits us with the fact He doesn’t need us. Even though He doesn’t need us, He wants us; He wants our heart, soul, mind, and our strength.

If you have times of doubt, don’t settle in it. Doubt is not your master. God is stronger than any doubt or any crap that society tries to tell you. Sometimes you just have to say “screw society”. I do it all the time and trust me it works out way better for you. Don’t worry about what society thinks about you. Society is full of improper morals, backwards theology, and double standards.

The existence of doubt is the absence of Christ.

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14 thoughts on “Doubting the Faith.

  1. Great post! I have definitely struggled with doubt. Satan LOVES to put questions in our minds and shake the peace from our hearts. The only thing I don’t know that I would agree with is that “the existence of doubt is the absence of Christ”. I believe just like any other trial we endure as Christians, doubt is a struggle- a tool Satan uses. We have to fight back. Thomas doubted, but he was an apostle- a sold out follower. Just my humble opinion, of course! I enjoyed the post! =]

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  2. Dear NotoftheNorm,
    I appreciate you addressing this. Recently I contemplated a little known passage in Jude 1:20-22 (NLT) that nudged me to a slightly different take on doubt:

    “….Dear friends, build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love. And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.”

    How do we respond to sincere doubt? – – I suspect we respond like our Lord Jesus – we respond with mercy:
    by sharing what faith we have,
    by sharing what hope we have, and
    by listening with what love we have. In this case, love looks very patient – doesn’t it? It looks like its waiting. We wait for, and we wait with the person who doubts. This might very well be ourselves.

    I am advocating that we give ourselves permission to wait while we doubt. In this way, we find ourselves in the long stream of Psalmists and Christians who have walked this journey well ahead of us.

    It is not so much that “the existence of doubt is the absence of Christ” – as much as it is “the existence of doubt reveals my need for the presence of Christ.” When we see Him – we will find Him near us, with mercy.

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