Do you struggle with doubt at times? It can be a terrible disease that undermines confidence and stops us moving ahead.
Doubt is linked to such things as insecurity and hesitation. It is a lack of confidence in things we could and should rely on.
If someone let us down we may lose confidence in them for the future. They may say they will do something, but we can’t be sure they will. To compensate, we may keep reminding them, or questioning them about what they said they would do. Or we may just give up and go and make other arrangements anyway. Many a wife starts nagging when she loses confidence in her husband. Many a parent nags a forgetful child.
Faith and Hope are two of the three things we are told have enduring power, along with Love.
“Now three things persist: faith; hope and love. The greatest of these is love.” 1Corinthians 13:13
Doubt is the opposite of Faith and it is a loss of Hope, so it is a terrible disease of our heart that robs us of things that can sustain us.
Have you ever had people question you? You might have said you would do something, but they are insecure about trusting you, or whether you remember what you said. They come and say, “Are you going to do that?” You might reply, “Did I Not Say So?”
It can be exasperating to be constantly nagged or reminded about something, due to another person’s insecurity.
Mind you, if you are unreliable that’s a problem you must attend to immediately. Call on God’s help to overcome all those things that make you irresponsible, careless, deceitful and ineffective. God wants to make you like Christ and Christ is completely reliable.
Doubt is most harmful for us when we doubt God and God’s Word. The devil fosters the disease of doubt in our heart so we won’t trust God’s Word. Such doubt can come because we want to reject God’s wisdom and truth, or because our ability to trust has been undermined. We can be arrogant and self-willed, and so doubt and reject God’s promises and God’s very presence in our lives. Or we can be insecure and fearful, and so not be able to muster the courage to trust something we can’t fully test over and over again.
Sadly, it is possible to be so insecure that we don’t even trust ourself. I was told by an elderly lady once, how insecure she felt about locking up her home. She finally made a list of all the things she had to check before retiring. She would go around the home and check off the windows, doors, stove, light switches, etc. Then, once in bed, she would wonder if she missed something.
That’s a terrible burden of insecurity and fear to live with.
God has not given us fear, but a sound mind. A sound mind is one that is not undermined by doubts and anxieties.
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2Timothy 1:7
If you are eaten up with fear and insecurity then take that to God and call on Him to set you free. Especially ask God to pour His love into you, because God’s love drives out fear. And God’s love is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
“Hope does not disappoint us, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has torment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1John 4:18
Now consider how completely reliable God is. There is no-one so holy and perfect as He is. He is so consistent there isn’t even a shadow of changeability in Him.
“Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, who has no variableness, or shadow of changing direction.” James 1:17
“I am the Lord, I do not change” Malachi 3:6
So when God says something there can be no doubt He means what He says and will do what He says He will do.
“God is not a man, that he should lie, neither the son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and won’t he do it? Or has he spoken, and won’t he make it good?” Numbers 23:19
So, as I speak to your heart and stir faith within you, let me suggest that if God has said anything, or made any promises, you can be completely confident in what God has said.
If you look at what God has said and find yourself doubting God, then address two issues. Firstly recognise that you may have the heart disease of doubt and fear, from having questioned God’s Word in the past or been undermined by fears. Call on God for forgiveness and freedom from Doubt and Fear.
Secondly, realise that faith can be built up, step by step, by hearing God’s Word and having faith stirred within you.
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“Building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit” Jude 1:20
Now, think of any of the promises God has made. Select a promise that you would like to have fulfilled in your life, such as salvation of your family, or peace, provision, health, forgiveness, rescue or whatever. Then imagine coming into God’s Throne Room with that promise in your hands, asking God if He would do that for you.
What do you think God would say? Will he say ‘No’ and throw you out of His presence?
If you are born again by faith in Jesus Christ, you are God’s child, and He will never reject you.
Because God is faithful to His Word all God has to say is, Did I Not Say So?