Listen to Nancy’s full response on Mornings with Kelli and Steve on Moody Radio:
Birth of Doubt: Genesis 2:1-6 when Satan was tempting Eve he said, “did God really say…”
We all have periods of doubt. There is such mystery about God, that it is impossible to understand the hows and whys of not only God but as life as well. Hosea 11:9 “I am God not man, the holy one among you!”
Different forms of doubt.
- Doubting salvation
For those who have put their faith in Jesus, they are secure in knowing that they are a child of God forever. Salvation is not based on how good we try to be or how much we serve or our church attendance. It is in believing that Christ died for your sins. Period.
But genuine saving faith is evidenced by its works.
James 2:14-16 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kind ness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
- Circumstantial Doubt: Still, we tend to doubt especially when things are not going the way we think they should.
- Stubborn Doubt: No matter what, I don’t believe.
- Healthy doubt that leads to deeper faith. There is plenty of evidence for supporting the existence of God, the death and resurrection of Jesus and the reliability of the scriptures. Reading the Bible and trusted commentaries (Study Bibles) and developing an active and consistent prayer life is what makes faith come alive!
Seek and you will find!