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Throwback Thursday: Ditch the Doubt

 

 

DITCH THE DOUBT

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind

James 1:6 NKJV

Leukemia and bone marrow transplants are pretty scary stuff. Even before my husband was given 12-18 months to live, I was doubtful God would heal him. After Timmy decided the transplant was not for him, my doubts increased. He had no peace about the transplant, but I had no peace at all. I was a young Christian, and I was afraid to trust God’s will because I feared He would allow my husband to die.

When you hit a brick wall, God often redirects you, and that is what happened with us. A clinical trial for an experimental drug opened up, and God used that drug not only to save Timmy’s life, but the lives of many others.

My faith has increased since those earlier days. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Like any Christian, I want to please my heavenly Father with complete trust.

Why do we doubt? We may not fully understand the depths of God’s love, provision, and power. Some question God as to why trials come into our lives. Others become angry. Unchecked, doubt can keep us from praying.

If you are struggling with doubt today, you are not alone. Once we realize what an affront doubt is to God, we can work on our faith. FAITH – “For All I Trust Him”. That little word, “all”, means no doubt, not a single one! That occurs when we believe God is working for our good and His glory. We must desire God’s will, but we also must trust it. Faith grows when we slam the door on doubt.

MEMORY VERSE

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6 (NKJV)

OPEN YOUR BIBLE

Read James 1:5-8. What does the doubtful person expect from God? Can you remember a time when you felt like the ocean waves: one time you trust God to answer your prayer, but the next time you were doubtful?

THE NAMES OF GOD

El Emunah – The Faithful God

“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;” Deut. 7:9 NKJV

Our Father is El Emunah, the faithful God, even when we are not faithful, He is always faithful. When we doubt that He will answer our prayers and we are anxious about the circumstances, He is still faithful to His promises. When we think about God as El Emunah, it should provoke trust in us – trust that our faithful God will hear our prayers and answer.

WALKING THE WALK

Recall your trials and how God has been faithful. Ask God to increase your faith – your trust in Him.

Our Father,

You are so patient with us. Forgive us when we doubt and don’t trust You like we should. You are our loving Father who only wants good for us. Fill us with Your desires, and remove selfish ones. That way, we can pray without a single doubt that You will answer. Amen.

 

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What is Your Word for 2018?

WHAT IS YOUR WORD FOR 2018?

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

Hebrews 11:1-2 NKJV

My word is faith, and it did not take God long to reveal it to me. For several years, I have listened as friends talked about the word God gave them for a particular year. Everything in their life revolved around that one word. I never asked God for a word of the year until now. The last three years had definite words to describe them. In 2018, I plan to get in on it from the beginning.

Believe was my word in 2015 as God taught me to believe for a remarkable improvement in my sight. The last two years were characterized by independence as the flood gates to independent travel have burst open with Iva, my guide dog.

Faith is an awesome gift from God, but increasing faith comes through growing pains. The dread of some horrible trial lingers in the back of my mind. I might have to traverse stormy waters I do not want to travel, but that is when faith grows.

We navigate turbulent seas trusting in God. His plans, His provision, and His guidance.

Faith, Freedom and Four Paws will release in 2018, Lord willing. Of course, my word is faith. It appears in the title of my next book.

Already, I see lessons in faith beginning. I must trust God as I have to deal with some hard-to-deal-with people. We all face struggles. We trust God in the little things just as much as we trust Him in the larger matters of life. Faith.

What is your word for 2018? Maybe this is a foreign concept to you. Maybe, you are considering giving it a try, or it is already your annual tradition.

Ask God to reveal His word for the new year. Keep praying until you have an answer. We ask, seek, and knock.

Perhaps, you are a baby Christian, and you are not clear about God’s direction for your life. The only way you will come to know God’s voice is to know His voice. Not an audible voice, but a definite impression. I recently heard Wendy Pope say that we know the voices of our loved ones because we talk to them regularly. She explained how the same holds true with the voice of God. Pray often, and familiarize yourself with the Father’s voice. Likely, it is the one speaking something you would never suggest on your own.

Whether you begin the new year with a word or not, I pray it will be a blessed year. I pray the journeys of faith we take will bring us closer to Jesus. I pray we will grow in grace and knowledge. I hope we will pray more and guard our Bible time with God. Happy New Year and be blessed!

Lord Jesus, Help us through 2018. May we worship more and worry less. May we praise rather than pout. May we trust You in every trial. May You guard and protect us. Honor, and glory are Yours! Thank You, sweet Jesus, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Hebrews 11, known as the heroes of faith.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Please share in the comments your word for 2018 and any New Year’s resolutions. My resolution is to get uncluttered and get organized.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.