Mark Affleck

How Does YOUR “Doubt” Score Against Thomas?

April 19, 2021
Spiritual Growth

This just in from our global online tribe: “Thank you for this series on capital b belief. It has really deepened my belief. It’s the daily repetition of the message that drives home the point. I still struggle with doubt but it’s improving.”
This comment raises the importance of making the BELIEF—DOUBT transfer—the next step after we deepen our belief. The goal is to connect our deepening belief to doubt or fear or worry or any other form of thinking that would stall our faith walk.
This “next step” is a spiritual imperative after we start believing with a CAPITAL B that God is in control and we are not. In the case of doubt, it means rejecting any thoughts of WAVERING FAITH by drinking up what God tells us about belief:
“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.” Mark 9:24
“If you have faith and do not doubt . . . if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast to the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:21-22
A believer’s doubt about their faith in Christ has been around since the Apostle Thomas would not accept the resurrection of Jesus. But it’s hard to believe that doubting God was ever at the pervasive level we see today.
Fueled by a cascading cacophony emanating from the bowels of a digital factory, doubt has taken a prominent seat in the minds of Christians everywhere. That explains why, at least in part, the internet is loaded with faith-questioning doubt.
The world’s doubt presents itself through Christians playing a pretend game where the rules say you must hide your doubts. We feel compelled to put up the “everything is great” façade every day when reality is a feeling of inadequacy, if not despair.
That’s too bad because it causes us to think our testimony—both spoken and through our actions—is null and void if we don’t have it wrapped with “perfection.” What a shame! People are drawn to authenticity, especially when the basis for it is grounded in reality—like doubt.
I ask God to help me take my doubts to him IMMEDIATELY so they never take up residence in my mind and heart. So they don’t jail my confidence in him. So they never impede my ability to tell others about his love for every person on this planet.
Take your biggest “FAITH DOUBT” to God today and watch how your step gets a lift.
But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind.” James 1:6

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