Doubt is one of Satan's favorite ways to turn people away from God. He used it on Adam and Eve (Genesis 3), and he uses it against us all the time. One sneaky trick Satan knows is that if he plants a single seed of doubt in a person, that individual can allow it to grow without the Devil lifting a finger. Because of that, doubt really comes from two sources—Satan and ourselves.
Once doubt is placed firmly in our minds, it's hard to quash. If you're noticing bits of doubt in your thinking, then you should take action as soon as you can. The best remedy for doubt is prayer and Bible study. The more focus you have on God, the less focus you'll have on the world, and the stronger your faith will become. Something to seriously consider is the people you're hanging out with; if someone is causing you to doubt, then stay away from that person as much as possible. Even if your reasons for staying are good (like you're trying to witness to them) you could eventually become a hypocrite by preaching God's Word with the mindset of doubt.
In the Bible, we can read about many men and women of God who experienced doubt. Most famously is a disciple named Thomas. He was very close to Jesus, but after Jesus was crucified and buried, Thomas doubted Christ's power to return from the dead. Thomas said he would only believe if he could see the holes in Jesus' hands and be able to touch the wound on His side. When Jesus returned, He said to Thomas, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29).
Thomas believed only after he saw Jesus and touched His wounds, but what Jesus said next refers to US—those in the years to come who would never see Jesus in the flesh on Earth, yet they would still believe in Him. For many, obtaining this kind of faith can be difficult. Most people will doubt God at some point or another, but that doesn't mean we can't learn to believe without seeing. Faith, like any other endeavor, takes intentional practice and patience.
Even the most faithful Christian may struggle with doubt on occasion, just like the man who asked Jesus to heal his son in Mark 9. Jesus told him, "All things are possible for one who believes" (v. 23). The father cried out, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (v. 24). Do you ever feel that way? You know in your heart that something is true, but you're having a hard time convincing your brain?
Combating doubt may seem hard, but the keys are faith and trust, which go hand in hand. When we overthink our worries or become anxious about all the things, we begin to throw a shadow over our trust that God will help us through it all, and sinful doubt is all we're left with. No matter how logical our reasons may seem, God still knows best (1 Corinthians 1:20). Sometimes trusting God seems foolish in the light (or darkness) of life's problems, but His plans are far wiser than ours.
Faith is trusting God even when His plan goes against human reason or experience.
To strengthen your faith, dedicate yourself to regular Bible study and talk to God on a regular basis about all the things (Romans 10:17). God gave us the Bible to show us how He was trustworthy in the past so we can trust Him today (Psalm 77:11). If we understand how God works with those who trust Him, then we can begin to trust Him with our own life situations.
You may be amazed at how quickly you turn back to God. If you think there's even a chance you're doubting God's sovereignty or trustworthiness, then start fighting against it before you lose sight of your Savior. "He who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind" (James 1:6). Whatever you do, never give up on God, because He will never give up on you!
Even the most faithful Christian may struggle with doubt on occasion, and that's okay. Just don't stay there! The keys to combating doubt are faith and trust. Strengthen your faith by dedicating yourself to regular Bible study and talking to God on a regular basis about all the things that cause you worry and anxiety (Romans 10:17). Reading the Bible helps you learn how trustworthy God is by understanding how He was faithful to His people in the past. If He was faithful then, He will be faithful now, because God never changes (Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17).
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