Doubt. Some time later, Gideon gathers the troops (under the influence of the Holy Spirit) and prepares to take down the Midianites. Live life big through the doubt. God tells him to attack, but throws in a loophole: “if you are still afraid, take your servant and go listen in the enemy camp. God does just that very thing, making the fleece so wet that it fills a bowl with water. I have been a Christian for a while now and I do believe God is real but for some reason I have this feeling that he's not listening. But there is a truth we always seem to forget: these men and women had doubts too. I am convinced that the Christians with the deepest most meaningful faith and belief in God, have some of the deepest and most profound questions and doubts about faith as well. When they got goods, they would steal that too. Indeed, we do have doubts but we don't let the doubts take our eyes off of the prize which is God. And I wonder, “How can God truly love me?” And, because of these doubts, I can reject God’s love. You will be encouraged.” Gideon could have said, “No, no, I am sure we have victory”. Of course, God obliges and waits for Gideon to do so. ( Log Out /  That was usually done on a hill, but he was scared it would be taken so he is taking care of it in a hole in the ground. God calls out to this man hiding in a hole and tells him that He is with him. But he still took his army into the Midianite camp and gained victory despite his doubts. It's hard for me to believe anything just because other people tell me I'm supposed to. The fact that we turn to him at all is only possible by his gracious action in our hearts and minds. There is room within me to experience greater belief, but my doubts sometimes threaten to swallow me up.” Despite my doubts, God met me in all those ways, and more. What am I saying? Gideon had doubts from the very beginning to the very end. And I believe they can co-exist, and I believe they should co-exist. Many of our doubts stem from the same cause: we do not understand the Scriptures. Begin by asking Christ to come into your life—and He will. God’s indictment is on those who refuse to trust. Thankfully, God is greater than our doubts. Moses did lead his people out of slavery despite his doubt. I always wanted to believe in God. Needless to say, I have heard many messages on having faith that can move mountains. (Topic ID: 1545373) And the same can be true for you. Toll Free: 1-877-247-2426. For that, I propose we look at one of my favorite Bible stories: Gideon. Gideon’s 32,000-man army is now down to 300. I would encourage you to doubt your doubts and believe your beliefs. Your doubts grew and your faith shrunk. Ask God to open your mind to understand it. In fact you can have a strong faith and still have some doubts. And without answers, questions grow into lingering doubts, which push us away from Jesus rather than bring us toward Him. Which brings me to this week’s message. Unfortunately, life hit you hard and you began to have doubts. Our feelings come and go—but the facts remain the same. We have to trust God, even when we don’t understand. Let it simply serve as your source of research. Realize that we have a hidden reason for wanting to believe that God doesn't exist. Yes, perhaps some people are more inclined to be doubters. It is okay to have doubts. God does that too. Permissions My doubts are not about the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, but whether I have truly believed in Christ Jesus. This Young Chess Champion Knows the King of Kings. We consciously set our doubts aside with the hope that they will eventually be resolved. All of those doubts are okay to have, JUST SO LONG AS YOU BELIEVE just enough to call upon the name of the Lord. The Bible says that you can't please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6) and that a person who doubts shouldn't expect to receive anything from Him (James 1:7). Is that realistic? God tells Gideon he has too many men. Contact Us. There is very little that God can do with the cool and indifferent. (I find this part particularly amusing!) You don’t even have to believe the Bible to open it up and read it. 22,000 men left and went home on the spot. You can be a full-fledged Christian without having to feel like every single matter of faith and life has been 100% absolutely settled in your life. Sure, I would love to see every Christian have faith without ever doubting. But the season passed. I have heard it preached that God removes doubt from our minds. The Lord Jesus said to love God with our minds, and wrestling through the hard, meaty issues of apparent contradictions and complications is one way we do that. No. “You want to believe in God. Make sure you are committed to Jesus Christ and have given your life to Him. But it is also time for us to move despite our doubts. Then take time every day to pray, and to read His Word, the Bible. Try to remain neutral and confront all information head on. Read More: When Billy Graham Overcame Doubt Let me just describe my experience a little bit so that maybe the reader or listener will be able to handle his own doubts. You would think that by now Gideon would realize that God is with Him for real and is going to hand the Midianites to him easily. I want you to know today the truth about great people: Great people don’t let doubt stop them from doing. The Israelites finally cried out to God for help so God told them he would do so. The first one says, “how will we ever outrun this bear?” The second says, “I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you.” The Midianites were running scared and sacrificing each other to stay alive. Because, I know who I am. But when he saw Christ, his doubts vanished and he immediately exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). They are questions I have asked myself many times, but I also ask other mentors in my life these very same questions. This story is found in the book of Judges, chapters 6 and 7. He is taking 300 men into a battle after all, he must have great faith in God. That is because they had truthful and heartfelt questions about God and His Word. God loved you and you loved God. ( Log Out /  However, the doubt just isn’t done yet. That is because they do not want to believe. Doubt can be a purifying force, challenging us and keeping us honest. Is that ideal? Notice what changed Thomas: It wasn’t his feelings, but the fact that Christ was alive and cared about him. So if you are struggling with whether or not God is real and present in this world, there’s only one way to put your doubts to rest—the Bible. What Should I Expect From Myself in 2021? When you do, your faith will grow and your doubts will flee. We can say, “Lord, help me with my doubts. To let our faith and trust in God outweigh the power of those doubts. Atheism requires one thing of you. May 31, 2005 Gideon though still isn’t convinced. He will come and hold out nail scarred hands and help me in my unbelief. At one time, it was so simple. He is doubting that it is really God telling him these things. Then make it your goal to grow closer to Him by reading His Word, the Bible, and praying, and having fellowship with other believers every day. After the resurrection, Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, had the same facts the other disciples did, but unlike them he refused at first to believe. Yet, we preach faith without doubt over and over. The natural mind tends to doubt and fear and question what the Bible says rather than simply believe. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It is time to admit that following God does not remove all of our doubts. By Billy Graham   •   One of the reasons I know this is because I’ve seen people with more reason than me to doubt his goodness hold onto faith. It isn’t. I know my sins and my failures. That means we will always have unanswered questions; things that cause us to doubt God and ourselves. Let it confirm or deny your beliefs. It is how we respond to our doubt that separates people. It requires a little bit of trust. This was a crushing defeat in the end. I was walking to church one day having meditated on Romans 1 where it says, “what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them . Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Don’t dismiss your objections easily, *and* don’t dismiss God easily. “How could I do that? But it is also time for us to move despite our doubts. By now, you must be thinking that Gideon is quite a man of faith. Simply this: Put your faith in Christ, and keep your focus on Him as He is revealed in the pages of the Bible. The Israelites had done something really bad apparently because it tells us that they were handed over to the Midianites for 7 years. ©2021 BGEA Unbelief is the opposite of faith. In other words, as the father did in answering Jesus, we can acknowledge that yes, we believe, but even so, there still are doubts. Please help me from the Word of God that I may settle the salvation of my soul. In other words, don’t trust your feelings, but trust the facts—the fact that Christ was God in human flesh; the fact that He died on the cross for you; the fact that He rose again; the fact that He promises to save all who turn in faith to Him. The Midianites owned the Israelites during that time. And yet, the question I am asked most often is, “how do you know?”. I have attended many church services and conferences in the seven and a half years I have been a Christ-follower. That’s why it is called “faith” and not “fact”. I don't know why I have these doubts that he's not with me but I wan't to know that's he there. It's normal that you have doubts since there is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any God, particularly the God of Christianity, Judaism or Islam. Yep, 300. Privacy It is doubt that plagues Gideon. As I said in my last post, we will never have every answer in life. After the resurrection, Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, had the same facts the other disciples did, but unlike them he refused at first to believe. "One gentleman that I was doing business with, he put it this way. I don’t have to have all the answers to believe in God. I'm a skeptic by temperament. Gideon is once again doubting. I don’t know why we continue to shame people with doubts, whether believers or not. Notice what changed Thomas: It wasn’t his feelings, but the fact that Christ was alive and cared about him. He tells God he will bring an offering to be sure that it is really God. The serpent (Lucifer) is the father of all lies and doubts of mankind. Ask yourself these questions. How do I know that God is leading me to that job or person or big decision? This bothers me, since I often struggle with doubt. You have doubt for a reason. The Meaning of ‘Lord, I Believe; Help My Unbelief’ in Mark 9:24 What the man says here can sound contradictory. It’s easy to be dismissive toward those who have doubts because we really, really don’t want to have the same problems. God doesn’t condemn us when we question him. It’s disturbing to hear that someone who grew up in the same church as you and attended all of the same Bible studies and prayed all of the same prayers is either doubting God or thinking of leaving the faith altogether. In fact, the Midianites were so defeated that they were turning their swords on each other. But alas, that is not how the story goes. That makes doubt #6 for those counting along. On the other hand, the honest skeptic will change, when presented with the facts. Don’t let the doubts handicap your life. We act like faith is some logical, rational step in our lives. But feelings are not a reliable guide to the truth! In John 6:60, many of those who had followed Jesus turned away when He taught some hard things. There can be no doubt that God will be the reason for this victory. But first, start by ignoring or forgetting everything you have been told about God/god. But he isn’t quite sure (still).   •   Topics: Faith, Jesus Christ. God bless you. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. So he tells God to give him a sign: he will set out a fleece and if God can make the fleece wet, but the ground dry, he will know victory is his. It was like a cancer that no amount of prayer could stop. 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