Do you trust Jesus? Do you believe Him? I must admit that there have been times when my faith has wavered. I have felt slight nagging questions that grew into doubt. Each time this has happened to me, it seemed as though a window opened unto me, showing me a hellish, unprotected existence. If I didnt quickly run to my Bible, I could easily spiral downward into despair. Instead, as I started to read Scripture for about 10 or 15 minutes, I would feel a calming of my spirit. That window to hell would close again and a feeling of Warmth and love would start spreading in my soul. Then I would just sit in God’s Presence, where there is fullness of joy! All would be well with my soul once again.
In addition to my Bible I also have a favorite prayer book from which I pray Scriptures out loud. This prayer book is a powerful weapon since it’s organized by prayer points. So even though I have times of doubt, I understand that praying breaks the power of the enemy. Without God’s weapons of war at my disposal, satan could easily destroy my peace and my life.
Thank God that He has given us these weapons of war to protect and defend ourselves in this fallen world. The Word is our great and powerful gift from our Lord. It’s perplexing to me when I come across Christians who are completely disillusioned with their faith in God Himself. I know that satan was able to distract them from reading the Word and praying.
I have read the words of many Christians who have lost their trust in the Lord because of wickedness that others have done in the name of God. Unfortunately we humans do all types of evil in Jesus’ name. But if we get mad at God, we err because we can’t equate God with man. In times of great trying, we have to remember to trust God “with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding” (Prov 3:5).
God has given us a free will, and with it comes power and responsibility. In His mercy and love toward us, He helps us to manage our power, IF we humbly ask Him. Christians who struggle with their faith because of the wickedness of man should remember that man’s choices have no bearing on the existence of Christ Jesus. He IS, whether we do right or wrong.
This is why God tells us not to lean on our own understanding–because it’s flawed! That’s why He told us to have faith in Him and to trust Him because everything in the world can and will lead you away from Him, if you allow it! That’s why we must pray and develop our relationship with God so we can be strong in Him! Without Him, we have no power to withstand anything the world is more than able to bring against us.
So saints, when those doubts come, trust blindly in the Lord, and not yourselves, no matter what it feels like. Lean not to your own understanding, go to God’s Word, no matter how you feel. If you have to, drag yourself to the Word of God. He will empower you, soothe your doubts and frustration, give you clarity and joy, and ease your mind and spirit!