"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!
Flo & Bill