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Faith or Doubt
by Henry Miranda
9/16/2014 / Christian Living
Matthew 14:31-32 (NKJV)
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
When you doubt you are not showing faith. Faith is believing God without wavering, without doubting, and without questioning what He says. It is taking God at His Word and believing that what He has promised He is able to deliver.
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen".
Faith is belief with strong conviction; firm belief in something for which there may be no tangible proof; complete trust in or devotion to God. Faith is the opposite of doubt.
Faith is possibly the single-most important element of the Christian life. Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) states ,But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Doubting does not mean that your faith stops. There are many Christians who have doubt or are dealing with doubt. Doubting is a common experience among Christians. Not only can you be a Christian and still have some doubts, but you can hardly be a Christian without doubting at times. After all, if doubting was not possible, faith would not be possible either.
Doubts about God can enter our Christian life at any time, but that doesn't mean we have a weak relationship with God.
Doubt is something all Christians experience. When bad things happen to us, we wonder why God isn't there. When people ask us questions about God that we can't answer, doubt rears its ugly head. How do we overcome doubt and believe in what we can't see?
Here are some ways that may help you overcome doubt
1. Identify and isolate your doubts. 2. Stop listening to nonbelievers. 3. Recall your successes. 4. Trust and love yourself. Always remember that "greater is He that is in you then he who is in the world" So, don't give up on yourself!
Here are some reasons that may lead Christians to doubt
Personality reasons ******Historical reasons******Medical reasons******Physical reasons******Stress related reasons******Theological reasons******Sinful reasons
Faith causes you to know in your heart before you see with your eyes. A blind person has to have faith. He must believe that his guide will not lead him into any dangerous situations. He can't see he must depend on whoever leads him.
To have faith is to believe in something or someone to fully trust, and to be so confident that you base your actions on what you believe. To have faith is to be fully convinced of the truthfulness and reliability of that in which you believe.
Faith is a tough thing. Sometimes it's really hard to trust God, but that's what He wants. He asks us to be totally dependent on Him.
God is waiting for us to follow the examples in the Bible, acknowledge that we can't do it alone, and put everything in His hands. Easier said than done? Perhaps. Worth it? Always.
You first have to learn how to put complete trust in God, then faith will follow.
You have to have faith to be able to face tomorrow with confidence. Confidence that you will get that job, that is faith. Sometimes, all we need is to be reminded of what faith really is.
Great and motivating faith is based in trusting the Lord Jesus Christ and His ever willing desire to meet our needs. We are called to look to Jesus, the originator and perfecter of our faith, who bears witness to us of the faithfulness of God All who believe (and remain) in Christ will certainly be saved (John 6:37, 40; 10:27, 28; Rom. 8:1).provided, that he does not fall away from God and become apostate.
True faith will always bring positive results if one will intelligently seek to know what God says and base his faith upon the Word of God
Henry Miranda earned a Bachelor of Christian Ministry degree @ Christian Leadership University. Henry Miranda is an Evangelist, Bible Teacher, Author, and Guest Speaker and with the help of the Holy Spirit has written seven life-changing books. You can contact Henry Miranda through his website: http://www.evangelize-for-jesus-ministries.com/
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