“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of sea, blown and tossed by the wind” ~ James 1:6
Ladies, do you think it is possible to overcome doubting? Do you think doubting is a sin, or is a sign of weak faith? What are your thoughts on having a wavering mind, calling something into question, or hesitating?
First, it is imperative to say that I have no doubt about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. But overcoming doubting of people and their intentions for wanting to be a part of my life is difficult due to being betrayed, rejected and humiliated in the past. Each time I feel good about being where I need to be, something triggers the doubting again.
What are your thoughts about a friend of many years who for unknown reasons starts to display signs of jealousy and spread lies with your name attached as the source? After she has been exposed as a liar, she repents and ask to be forgiven. Is it okay to doubt her loyalty when she wants to renew the friendship? Micah 7:5 tells us “Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide.”
Challenging and doubting God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are wiles of Satan. Wiles are schemes, tricks and manipulations designed to deceive us. Satan knows our weaknesses and what to use to cause us to start doubting. Clever schemes used by Satan through others are to ensnare us through temptation, threat, and intimidation. This is why Christian women must put on the whole armor of God to stand against these wiles.
For some people overcoming doubting is difficult because of past experiences of being abandoned, rejected, traumatized, humiliated and betrayed. In my last blog titled “Overcoming Weariness” you read the quote “If you don’t let the past die, it won’t let you live”; it still holds true for this blog.
How Can We Overcome Doubting? There is no reason we should suffer silently. But until the Holy Spirit is allowed to mend broken lives, doubting will continue to creep into our lives. God is in the business of restoration and He alone is more than capable of bringing us to the place called wholeness. “He restores my soul” ~ Psalm 23:3a. We must pray, believe, and trust the Holy Spirit to lock out doubting in our lives.
Finally, sometimes the seed of doubt tosses around in our minds like waves blown and tossed by the wind. Apostle Paul said that we should forget what is behind us and strive toward what is ahead; however, that is easier said than done but I am praying and striving to overcome doubting in my life.
“DO NOT GIVE DOUBT THE COURTESY YOU DO NOT GIVE YOUR FAITH” ~ Author Unknown