Why Do I Keep Doubting God?

After teaching and preaching for over 30 years, I have observed how people can get confused and begin to doubt God. I’ve seen this in people throughout my life in various places I’ve lived.

At one point their faith seemed sure and determined, but later, it’s completely gone. I’ve asked, but they are not able to give a clear answer why or how they have wavered in the faith. Somehow, their minds are clouded and confused about their relationship with God.

In addition to the common hindrances in our lives, there is a clear impact of the enemy, the devil, or Satan. The Bible calls him the deceiver and the accuser.

And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Revelations 12:9)

The Bible clearly states that as we resist the devil, he will flee from us. But as we draw close to God, He will come close to us (James 4:7-8).

When the devil brings doubts and fears into your minds, resist him. Reject the lies and speak the truth of God’s word to yourself. Then, draw close to God. On a consistent basis, continue to draw closer and closer to God – and he will draw close to you.

Your Turn

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Shake the dust off

When people don’t respond to the Good News we share, we’re often disappointed. Our disappointment drives us to pursue them further. We spend more time with them trying to convince them of something they don’t want.

Jesus’ advice for us in such situations was to shake the dust off our feet. He said “If anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town” (Matt 10:14).

In other words, move on. There are so many who are waiting for the Good News, but we waste or efforts on those who are not interested. Of course we continue to genuinely love them. But we must move on to others with the Good News. 

What is God’s Will For Your Life?

It is one of the greatest desires of our heart to know the will of God for our lives. We want to know what we should do and specifically, we would like to know what decisions we should make. Some seek out prophets with the desire to know God’s will.

So, which prophecy will you select? Some wait till they hear one more prophecy on the same issue so they can select the one that “agrees with their spirit.” Of course, the favorable one, or the one we like usually “agrees” with us, rather than the one we don’t like. Thus we set aside what we don’t like. 

Some people even save phone numbers of several people with prophetic gifting so they can get prophecies from different ones and hopefully get some kind of prophetic consensus regarding what they are facing or the direction they should take.

It is obvious that we are distressed over the decisions we need to take. We are also afraid of making the “wrong” choices in life. Some fear that the troubles we face today are the result of bad decisions in the past. Although this may be true, such thinking just puts us in a mental and emotional “tailspin” that just won’t end. But here’s what Paul has to say:

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good (1 Thes 5:18-21).

So, what is God’s will for my future? What should I do? How do I approach life and the circumstances life presents me with? God’s will for us is clearly expressed in our approach, our attitude. In everything we are to give thanks for this is God’s will for us. We often think of God’s will as a particular decision or direction to take. But here, we are instructed to have a thankful heart.

Having a thankful attitude does not imply that things are going your way. Life can be unpleasant, painful, or even dangerous, but we are to be thankful. Thankful for what? Thankful that God had mercy on us and sent Jesus to die for us as we were headed for eternal damnation. Thankful that God will work out His plans in life regardless of the current circumstances.

So what is God’s will for my life? I am to be thankful in everything. Don’t put life “on hold” until everything gets better. Rather in every circumstance, give thanks, for this is the will of God concerning you.

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Disappointed Runners

The prize comes later. For now, enjoy the race. If you’re looking for the prize now, you’ll be disappointed.

For now, you’ll get what you need to successfully run the race. The supply is unlimited. But you get the prize only after the race.

Many have gone before. Their cheers are behind you. The motivation is unlimited. But you get the prize only after the race.

The hindrances are many. They stick to you like they’re part of you. Get rid of them. The possibilities are unlimited. But you get the prize only after the race.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (HEBREWS 12:1).

Why Should We Persevere Till The End?

Recently I heard of several people who have completely given up in life. Due to some tragedy or misfortune they gave up all hopes for the future. One person simply stopped talking to anyone, and began to live a “silent” life. Some completely retreat from society and close themselves in their homes. Some stop attending church. Others walk away from God.

Why should we continue to trust God? Why should we not give up hope for the future? Why should we not retreat when repeatedly faced with tragedy? All of this hinges on the one fact that our God will be victorious and His Kingdom will be established forever.

Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelations 11:15).

So the question is not only why we should persevere but how we can hold on to the end. I believe our best option is to live with a kingdom perspective. The perspective of the kingdom will put the struggles of our lives in the perspective of God’s kingdom.

We have confidence that in the end, God’s kingdom will prevail, and my struggles, pain and brokenness will all be consumed/resolved in God’s eternal kingdom. My life here on earth is temporary, but his kingdom is eternal.

So, why should we persevere? It’s a kingdom thing – a kingdom of God perspective.

Your Turn

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I am a pastor, teacher, and writer, devoted to helping people live their potential.

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Win Win Win 

Win them to yourself. Love them genuinely. Be their friend and care for them from your heart. No strings attached. 

Win them to your​ Small Group. Introduce them to others who care. Group caring is always better than individual caring. Still, with no strings attached. 

Win them to Jesus. After all, he is the only one who loved so much that he gave his life for us. His love is the best. Still, no strings attached.