THE FAITH THAT FAILED HAS DOUBT


Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with fear, ‘Lord I believe; HELP MY UNBELIEVE‘” Mark 9:24

We have seen previously that FAITH is central to Christianity. There is no real Christian without faith because God gives every believer a measure of faith as a gift.(Rom. 12:3) As long as one is still a Christian he or she remains a person of faith; becauseno one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Cor 12:3b

So we all have faith. Every believer is a faith Christian! More so the measure of faith we have, even as small as a grain of mustard seed can move mountains “and nothing shall be impossible for youMatt 17:20
Why though are we not moving mountains with our faith? Why do we still encounter impossibilities? Jesus said the reason is simply DOUBT & UNBELIEVE. An unbelieving believer? When faith seems to be feeble, unproductive and not working, the problem is not the absence of faith. It is rather the presence of doubt.

We have had cases of great men of God in the Bible that God used mightily but who still had a moment of doubt while still in active Service and they all suffered setbacks as a result. John the Baptist and Simon Peter will be very good examples. John the Baptist was Jesuscousin and His forerunner. He not only knew Jesus from the house, he was a top prophet who God bestowed the noble job to prepare the way for the beginning of Christs ministry and to announce His presence. He then said “I have seen and testified that this is the Son of GodJohn 1:34

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a moment of a flicker of faith, doubt took the better of John the Baptist and he said to ChristAre you the coming One or do we look for another?” Luke 7:20. Also in Matt 14:2531 Peter was so full of faith that he stepped out of a boat and walked on water with Christ but when he had doubt, he began to sink and Jesus said to himO you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matt 14:31

Though we may be strong Christians, we all have levels of doubt that contents against our faith. It may not be very easy for faith to block out doubt completely no matter how hard we try, but our faith can still thrive enough in the presence of doubt for us to become “more than conquerors through Him who loved usRom 8:37.

We need to feed our faith and exercise it regularly to make it grow big and become strong. That is same way to starve our doubt to make it weak. When we talk about faith as big, strong or great, it is all in its strength rather than its quantum. The strength in faith is achieved when we regularly and properly feed that measure we have received as a gift with the word of God(Rom 10:17). We should also put our faith to work and exercise it regularly for strength and capacity. “Faith without works is deadJames 2:14

The reason we have doubt is because we sometimes allow our feelings to stand in the way that leads to doubt rather than trust God fully and wholeheartedly in the finished work of Christ. Every doubt we may have about our relationship with God and His faithfulness are all problems of our feelings. Such feelings regarding our salvation and the faithfulness of God can be a big distraction to faith growth. We should believe God for who He is “For l am the LORD, I do not changeMalachi 3:6a. When we believe God and live in obedience to His word, it will in turn produce in us the faith we need to walk and work with(John 15:415)

The Bible tells us to “fight the good fight of the faith1 Tim 6:12. We need to always look beyond the moment in times of trials and difficulties and then try and focus on the ultimate outcome such as God has promised us. It will surely bring about a faith boost. After all the Bible says that we should all know that God uses every situation( including challenges) to work together for the good of those who love Him(Rom 8:28).

He is faithful who says “I will not leave you nor forsake you.” Therefore let us open up our heats to Him in an “unqualified assurance and absolute conviction” and put a complete trust and confidence in the Lord holdingfast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Heb 10:23(ESV)

Amen
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Ike

“Are You Jesus?”

“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” 1 Timothy 6:18

After their meeting ran late, five out‐of‐town salesmen hurried as fast as they could to catch their train. As they raced through the terminal, one inadvertently kicked over a slender table on which rested a basket of apples. It belonged to a ten‐year‐old blind boy who was selling apples to pay for his books and clothes for school. The salesmen clambered aboard the train, but one felt compassion for the boy. He asked his friends to call his wife and tell her he would be late getting home.

Then he jumped off the train and returned to where the boy was standing. As the salesman gathered up the apples scattered across the floor, he noticed that several were bruised or split. Reaching into his pocket, he said to the boy, “Here’s twenty dollars for the apples we damaged. I hope we didn’t spoil your day. God bless you.” As he walked away, the boy called after him,

“Are you Jesus?”

We are most like Christ when we show compassion and generosity to others. Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). We reflect His character whether we’re helping someone less fortunate or giving our mate a back rub at the end of the day.

Just between us…

  • How do our interactions with others reflect the character of Jesus?
  • When was the last time we stopped to help another person in need?
  • How do you feel when you show compassion to someone else?

Lord, we ask that Your extravagant love would flow through us each day to touch those around us. Show us how to serve, to help, and to give without expecting anything in return. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Illustration from The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning (Sisters, Ore.: Multnomah Books, 1992). Reprinted in Stories for a Man’s Heart, comp. Al and Alice Gray (Sisters, Ore.: Multnomah Publishers, Inc., 1999).

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Space Flight

“The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17

The early days of the American space program were thrilling times. John Glenn and other astronauts would blast off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral into the “last frontier.” Their return voyages were especially dangerous. When a spacecraft reentered earth’s atmosphere, only a heat shield on the bottom of the capsule protected it from temperatures exceeding one thousand degrees Fahrenheit. During this phase, communication with earth was blacked out for approximately seven minutes. The world would wait anxiously until a reassuring voice finally announced, “This is Mission Control. Everything is A-OK.”

Your kids are a bit like those early astronauts. They one day climb aboard a capsule called adolescence and lift off into uncharted regions of space. Soon you as parents are going through the scariest experience of your lives—you’ve lost all contact with the “capsule.” The same kid who used to talk nonstop has now reduced his vocabulary to “I dunno,” “Maybe,” and “I forget.” It’s a period of great apprehension for those on the ground!

This is the time to remember the words of the apostle Paul: “We live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). You haven’t failed as a parent; your child is simply going through the social and hormonal turbulence of adolescence. If you have raised your kids by God’s principles, your teaching and patience will be rewarded. When the time is right—perhaps in your son or daughter’s early twenties—you will likely reestablish communication and discover that everything is indeed A-OK.

Before you say good night…

Do you feel like a failure because your child is in a “blackout” period?

How can you help each other stay confident in your roles as parents?

Father, please forgive us when we forget that You are in control of the lives of our kids. Help us to have a firm faith in You, in Your Word, in the roles You have given us as parents, and in our children. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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