"And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have."
(Luke 24:38-39 KJV)
When talking about doubt, a good choice of advice for common sense is Dr. Charles Stanley who wrote in his Life Principles Bible a short comment about "Nagging Doubt", page 1227. Dr. Stanley says:
"...A first step to defuse doubt is to determine its origin. Begin by asking yourself if your feelings of doubt have a legitimate basis. Many times we struggle with thoughts and feelings that have no validity.
"Second, reading God's Word is a great way to combat fear and doubt. A daily reading program will show you many ways to handle doubt. The Book of Psalms highlights many personal battles over emotions such as fear, doubt, loneliness, and discouragement. David and others made a conscious decision to trust the Lord through tremendously difficult circumstances and found that God never once failed them.
"Prayer is also essential in fighting fear and doubt. In essence, prayer is faith in action. When we pray, regardless of whether we feel like it, we make a statement of faith. We pray because we see God as the solution to what we face. ...
"Always be honest with God. He knows it all anyway. Honesty breaks the pattern of doubt. The last thing Satan wants you to do is to go to God in prayer and tell Him you feel doubtful. He knows that God loves you with an eternal love and that if you come to Him for help, He will give you all the assistance you need."
Get to know Our Awesome God better by reading His Holy Word and test anything you doubt by looking it up in Scripture. Pray and ask Him to show you the way to overcome your doubts. God's Word says, "Seek and you shall find..." (Matthew 7:7 KJV)
We all need to be in a church that reads the Bible, prays and preaches that Jesus, the Son of God, died for your sins and rose on the third day, a church that encourages you to become more Christlike every day. Our Awesome God can be found in this type church and doubts soon leave if you follow Dr. Charles Stanley's suggestions and you listen carefully to the sermons. I hope to see you in heaven if not before!
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Worship Service. At 6:00 PM we have a Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
"For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke."
(Isaiah 59:17 KJV)
As we put on the last two parts of our armor, we need to remember that our conflict with Satan is spiritual which means we protect ourselves every day with this armor from Our Awesome God. But know what each piece of protection is for and use it.
5) Helmet of Salvation---protects the mind, which is the battleground of salvation, from the fiery darts of Satan. This helmet protects your mind from the doubts and lies (fiery darts) that Satan will give you to make you wonder if you are saved and Our Awesome God's child. Know your Holy Bible to stengthen the helmet!
6) The Sword of the Spirit---is the Word of Our Awesome God that comes out of your mouth with power and authority when you have the Holy Spirit in you and you know God's Word. The sword of the Spirit -- the sword is the Word of God, your weapon against Satan. But in order to use your weapon well, you have to practice with it. A soldier never wants to go into battle with an unfamiliar weapon or without practicing.
Ephesians 6:12, written by Our Awesome God, clearly indicates that the conflict with Satan is spiritual, and therefore no tangible weapons can be effectively employed against him and his minions. We are not given a list of specific tactics Satan will use. However, the passage is quite clear that, when we follow all the instructions faithfully, we will be able to stand, and we will have victory regardless of Satan’s strategy. The good news is that none of these six pieces of the Full Armor of God require power on our part. Jesus Christ has already won our victory through his sacrificial death on the cross. We only have to put on the effective armor he has given us.
You now have the full armor of Our Awesome God who has already won against Satan. But you need to stand firm in your love and faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Don't doubt when confronted by others disbelief, you have the more than adequate Armor of Our Awesome God. You know He is right! Fight for what?
Come join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a program for children called AWANA that lasts until 7:30 PM. We have an Prayer Meeting that meets at 7:00 PM On Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill