How to overcome doubt with faith
To overcome doubt with faith, we have to know what causes doubt and how faith works. The bible teaches us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen while doubt is the uncertainty of the substance of things hoped for.
Causes of doubt
We doubt when we are uncertain, or when we lack firmness of will. So when we doubt we are double-minded and unstable in all our ways. So the root cause of doubt is uncertainty due to lack of a firm choice when discouragement has robbed us of our faith. And discouragement can rob us of our faith when we don’t meditate regularly on God’s word. When we meditate regularly on God’s word we build our hope in God and His word.
Consequences of doubt
When we doubt we can doubt from faith in God or we can doubt toward faith in God. When we doubt from faith in God our doubt will become unbelief and we will estrange from God. When we doubt toward faith in God our faith in God will grow by the efforts we have taken to listen to God’s word and to meditate over them.
The way to overcome doubt with faith
To overcome doubt with faith we have to grow our faith in God and His word, by listening to Gods word and by meditating over Gods word. We also have to bear in mind that God will not be angry with us because of our doubt. So the best way to overcome doubt and unbelief is to open your mouth and to say what God says. So overcome doubt by speaking God’s word to your soul or by listening to sermons contrary to your doubt. In Romans 10:17 it is written: So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. And in Matthew 4:4 it is also written: But He answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. We have to go after the word of God as if it is food when we are very hungry. God’s word is medicine and food for our souls and it is also food to keep our spirit strong. We have to decide to feed our hope and faith with God’s word, instead of feeding our doubt and unbelief with the lies of the devil. To reflect on God’s word you create hope and to listen to God’s spoken word you create faith to strengthen your hope.
God’s attitude simplify our overcoming of doubt
When we doubt God will show us compassion and He will show us the way to overcome our doubt. It is God’s will that we make up our minds and take Him seriously at His word so that we can enter His rest where we can give Him space to glorify Jesus as our God who saves. So God will lead us to His written word and give us space to correct our faith in Him and in His word. This we can see in the following verses in the Bible. Those verses are Marc 9:24/Matthew 11:2-6/John 20:29.
Jesus said to him if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes. Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.
And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, are You the Coming One, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said to them, go and tell John the things wich you hear and see. The blind see and the lame walk. The lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear. The dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.
Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
So look up to Jesus, the Living Word of God, and tune your mind on His mind, so that you can share his hope with Him.
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