James 1:5 tells us that God gives wisdom to anyone who asks. However, he goes on to warn that if we doubt, our prayers will not be answered. But at times, many struggle with some degree of doubt.
What are some reasons for doubt?
1. Faith is not human reasoning, it is accepting the Word of an unseen God and believing all things are possible through His name.
For example, when we are in financial difficulty, logic says to save every penny, whereas God says He will bless the generous giver.
2. Feelings of fear, inadequacy, or guilt can interfere with trusting biblical truth that produces faith.
Fear is faith working in the opposing direction. I believe there are 365 times 'Fear not' appears in God's Word, that's one for every day of the year.
3. Too often we focus on the circumstances rather than our Father's Word. He is working all the time to bring us to a place where He can bless us, yet we fail to see His hand.
So you must get your eyes off the problem and onto the answer, His Word.
4. Too much uncertainty about God’s will leads people to doubt Him.
Wavering faith has severe consequences: missed blessings, lack of peace and joy, and a heart that is easily thrown off course when difficulty arises. James said in James 1:8 the double minded person receives nothing.
How, then, can you avoid faltering in your faith?
In Mark 9:23-24 a man pleaded with Jesus to rebuke the spirit possessing his son. Jesus replied, “All things are possible to him who believes.” The father said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” And Jesus granted his request to heal his son and cast the spirit out of him. Like that man, we can ask the Lord to increase our faith.
But faith only comes by hearing God's Word as Rom 10:17 says, so we should also spend time reading God’s Word and meditating on His promises. We are the ones who have the ability to increase our faith, God gives the means but we must exercise our faith just like the athlete exercises his muscles.
From the same story in Luke 9, we know that doubt is common and that God is patient and understanding. Faith comes from hearing His Word.
So when you are at a crossroads and the right response requires faith, or even when you pray and notice doubt, ask Him to help you believe to increase you faith to overcome the situation and He will help you as you read His promises and obey them.
Dr. Norman Campbell
FAMILY FAITH CENTRE [PVAC Building]
We are WORD OF FAITH group meeting each Sunday morning in Mill Park, so if you're not committed elsewhere on Sunday morning you would be very welcome. God has been blessing those that come along, many blessings are abounding.
It's exciting what God is doing! People have been healed and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in most meetings.
We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!
160 Centenary Drive, [on Corner of Plenty Road and Centenary Drive.] just a few steps before the Mill Park Police Station], Mill Park Victoria 3082