Dealing with Doubts
Pastor Wayne Cordeiro
"Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water... But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, 'You of little faith, why did you doubt?'" (Matt. 14:29-31)
- It reminds us that we have a CHOICE.
"Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve..." (Josh. 24:15)
It reminds us to TRUST God and love people, not the other way around.
Doubt may simply be a NORMAL part of building your faith.
"The boy's father cried out and said, 'I do believe; help my unbelief.'" (Mark 9:24)
"Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure." (Phil. 2:12-13)
- Doubt could signal a STUBBORN heart.
"[They were] a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright..." (Ps. 78:8)
"Do not trust in princes or in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation." (Ps. 146:3)
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." (Prov. 3:5-6)
It reminds me to live FORWARD in spite of the doubts.
"Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him." (Mark 11:23)
FAITH ISN'T THE ABSENCE OF DOUBTS. IT'S FOLLOWING GOD IN SPITE OF THEM!
"When doubts knock at your door, let your faith answer it, and there'll be no one there.