“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24
Doubt comes more often than not to steal our joy, and leave us in confusion. Sometimes it leaves us wondering about the truth of scriptures we read from the Bible. Yet honest doubt comes from deep thinking.
There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds. Alfred Lord Tennyson
As a person engages in digesting information he or she recently received it leads to acquiring knowledge and with that knowledge comes wisdom. Through the process, it is normal to have questions and when answers are not readily available then comes doubt.
Sometimes doubts lead to deeper seeking and better answers. It is normal to have or entertain doubts as long as you do not let it draw you into the bottomless pit of insecurities and low self-esteem.
Doubts Can Stop You From Fighting The Good Fight
This notion was best illustrated by William Shakespeare when he said: “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt”. Quite often we retreat from tirelessly pursuing our dreams without even noticing that we are losing our passions and interests little by little. Sometimes you tell yourself not to give up but just can’t find a way out. You are not sure whether you can even do this, or if it is really worth it.
Most of us find ourselves battling these thoughts quite often. Some of us push through and accomplish dreams or goals despite the sickening snare of this enemy of progress.
You Have to Persevere in the Fight Within
I wish I could tell you that once you conquer doubt that it will never again come creeping through your mind, offering your suggestions that soon will cripple your dreams or goals if you fall on its trap. But doubt will challenge you again.
That is why I believe that despite the many hindrances and obstacles you may stumble upon, the worst of all is doubt. Seek strength “…not to be greater than another, but to fight my greatest enemy, the doubts within myself“. P.C. Cast
Fight for your goals, dreams, and visions. Even when you’ve given up there is still hope to get on your feet and fight the “good fight of faith”. Remember, greater is He that is in you than He is that is in the world (1 John 4:4). You have nothing to lose when fighting for what you believe.
Do not fear doubt because anyone who thinks deep enough will experience doubt sooner than later, but know you are more than a conqueror and no weapon form against you shall prosper (Romans 8:37, Isaiah 54:17).
Remember This As You Fight Against Doubt
1. If it is not clear then it is not God
God has the ability to speak to you clearly. It may not be in the way you expected, it may not be audible, but his message to you will surely come across no matter what it takes or how long it takes. He is patient enough to wait for you.
2. Confusion and fear are not of God
The enemy comes with a little truth wrapped around a lot of lies. Satan is wise to know that if he comes with all lies then you would not listen to him but with a little truth he can create a “got you” moment. When he has your full attention, then he will disseminate the many lies hidden under the icing.
3. Do not doubt in the darkness what God revealed to you in the light
Give Hope a chance, even when there is only a pinpoint of light. Where there is even a small opening of light, Darkness must give way. Remember you are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16). So let your light shine bright and light up the pathways of others around you so that they may see the way and your father in heaven will bless you with an everlasting crown.
Learn to give hope a chance as many times as doubts come in
There is a process for everything in life. None of the heroes or heroines of the Bible skipped the process. Answer the call to your destiny and never let doubt stop you. If you want to beat doubt, then you have to stay on the battle line and continue the good fight of faith. Be a mighty conqueror and stand up to doubt over and over again.
Inspired from a sermon I had on Sunday. New Life Center, Pastor Kirk Gilchrist.