Reflections4Life™ July 30, 2017
“The Trouble with Doubt”
“And the woman said to Elijah, 'Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.'” 1 Kings 17:24
Scripture Contemplation: Genesis 15; 1 Kings 17; 18; 19; Habakkuk 2; John 10; 12; James 3...
It is so easy to have doubts when our focus is on the circumstances and current situations instead of the word of God. God desires for us to believe Him with all of our hearts. However, the trouble with doubt is, we tend to forget about listening to the Spirit and voice of God when we are in a situation that speaks loudly to what fear, or insecurity lie buried in our hearts.
I decree that this week's Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement for your heart, mind, and soul. Let this be the week that all doubts become eradicated, and your faith stirred up, as you determine to stand on the word of God.
When we first receive a word from the Lord, and we believe, His promises and what He has spoken to our hearts—our faith is strong and we have no qualms declaring what the Father has spoken concerning our lives with enthusiasm and complete faith. Then time happens. Trials and tests come to test what we believe and have faith in and in who we have faith. The enemy begins to whisper: Look at all the trouble you’ve been having? Things are not like they used to be? How can you be certain God did not change their mind or His mind? You’re being lied to. Your past is repeating it self. Things good never happen for you. You are not good enough.
I have been there. Yet, neither time, circumstances, words of people around us, or whispers of the enemy changes what God has spoken and has promised. It will come to pass. Every. Single. Promise. What we desire can and will take place if we can eradicated the doubts before they settle in our hearts and begin to bloom, soon becoming unbelief.
You see, Beloveds, the trouble with doubt is that it is just like Satan. If you give an inch, it is going to try and take over. If you give in to that one thought in that area; it soon spreads like a disease, destroying everything in its path and causing our mouths to say things that we could never take back.
James 3:5-7 Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze! And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man’s nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna). But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison.
When we deem to speak from a place of doubt, uncertainty, fear, or insecurities, we run the risks of doing irrevocable harm to not only others but also to ourselves. We have a tendency to say things that cannot be unsaid, and operate from a place of hurt instead of power and wisdom and faith.
Though we may have doubts, we can and should confess and submit those doubts to God and ask Him to be a guard over our mouths and our tongues; delivering us from a spirit of doubt that can spread like a wild fire that in untamed, scorching the hearts and minds of those we come in contact with. What is most sad is that, many of us do not even realize the damage we do with the words we have spoken until it is too late and we cannot take them back.
Words are powerful, Beloveds. What we speak into the atmosphere can be a matter of life and death for some people, some, dreams, and visions. It can also be fuel for the enemy’s plot to kill, steal, and destroy.
I implore you, to be seasoned in the word and wisdom of God, careful to not speak from a place of uncertainty with such convictions or as a declaration. But to speak with understanding and a heart receiving of the goodness, promises, and wisdom of God in spite of what the circumstances may currently dictate or look like.
James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity).
It is easy for us to forget what God has already done for us, and what He has promised when we focus on a situation and are faced with uncertainties and heartaches, as well as a constant badgering from the enemy. We may grow weary and begin to doubt what God has spoken concerning our lives because what we currently see looks nothing like the promises we first believed.
Beloveds, there are times in our life when God has spoken a word to us. He has sent His messengers, His prophets, His teachers, His shepherds. We receive the word. We wait. We even have been blessed and seen miracles and God move in such a way that we were certain it was God. Yet, there is still that promise; that one or two things that God said He was going to do that had yet to happen. In the midst of our waiting, we begin to doubt as the enemy stirs up strife and disillusionment. We begin to question those we love and ourselves, even though we have experienced previous blessings and breakthroughs. We have witnessed the move of God in many ways. Yet the trouble with doubt is, that it will arise when we take our eyes off God and begin to look at the circumstances and situations instead the heart of those we love and the promised word of God.
I don’t know about you, but I do not want to miss out on the promises of because I have allowed a spirit of doubt to settle in and become unbelief. Because when unbelief settles in, it is that much harder to maintain a heart that is filled with hope and promise. Instead, it becomes hardened and unyielding. I refuse to go there.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity finds permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Believe in the word that the Father has spoken to you. Stand on His word. Meditate on it day and night; allowing it to wash away all doubts. You are blessed. Now go...and be a blessing!
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