Doubting God

Doubting God

James 1:6 addresses the issue of doubt, which is a common challenge in our faith journey.

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

The Challenge of Doubt

Doubt is described like a turbulent sea, tossing us around in the storms of uncertainty. When we approach God with doubts, it can hinder our prayers and create instability in our faith.

James reminds us that to receive answers to our prayers, we must believe without doubting.

Belief in Action

Belief is not simply an intellectual exercise; it’s a conviction that will manifest in our actions. When we pray, we must do so with a heart that believes in God’s goodness and faithfulness.

Our prayers are not empty words but expressions of trust in a loving God.

Overcoming Doubt

Overcoming doubt is a journey. It involves nurturing our faith through the study of God’s Word, prayer, and seeking the counsel of fellow believers.

When doubt creeps in, we can combat it by reminding ourselves of God’s past faithfulness and His enduring promises.

Anchored in Faith

As you ponder James 1:6, let it serve as an encouragement to anchor your faith in God. Doubt may arise, but it doesn’t have to define your faith journey.

By believing without doubting and actively seeking God’s wisdom, you can navigate the challenges of doubt and experience the peace and stability that come from a deep, unwavering trust in God.

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Power of Confession

Power of Confession

Have you ever wondered what it means to believe in your heart and confess with your mouth? The book of Romans offers us valuable insight into the power of confession in our faith journey. Romans 10:10 says;

“For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

This verse highlights the importance of both the inward conviction of our hearts and the outward expression of our faith.

Believe in your Heart

Believing in the heart goes beyond mere intellectual assent or acknowledgment of certain truths. It involves a deep, personal conviction and trust in God and His promises.

Belief in the heart encompasses a surrendering of our entire being to God, recognizing His sovereignty and embracing the truth of His Word. It is through this heartfelt belief that we are justified—made right with God—through the saving work of Jesus Christ.

Our faith is not just a set of doctrines or rituals; it is a transformative, life-giving relationship with God.

Confess with the Mouth

Confession is the outward expression of our inward belief. It is an essential part of our faith journey.

When we confess our faith with our mouth, we are publicly declaring our allegiance to Jesus Christ and acknowledging Him as Lord and Savior. Confession is more than just a verbal statement; it is an act of obedience and surrender.

It is a way for us to bear witness to the work of God in our lives and to encourage others in their own faith journey. Confession serves as a powerful testimony of God’s grace and love.

Power of Salvation

Romans 10:10 reminds us that both believing in our heart and confessing with our mouth are integral to our salvation.

Our faith in Jesus Christ and the profession of that faith work together to bring about our reconciliation with God.

Salvation is not earned through our own efforts or good works; it is a gift of God’s grace received through faith. When we believe in our heart and openly confess our faith, we experience the transformative power of salvation—a new life in Christ, forgiveness of sins, and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.

Belief and Confession

Romans 10:10 challenges us to live a life marked by genuine belief and heartfelt confession. It invites us to continually cultivate our relationship with God, deepening our trust in Him and embracing His truth.

It also calls us to boldly profess our faith, not only in our words but also through our actions; living authentically, reflecting the love and grace of Christ in all that we do.

Your faith goes beyond intellectual agreement; it requires a heartfelt conviction in God and His promises. Confession is the outward expression of your faith, publicly declaring your allegiance to Jesus Christ. Both belief and confession are essential in our relationship with God, leading to salvation and the transformation of your life.

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On Being a Christian

On Being a Christian

I have often heard it said that being a Christian is really hard to do. As I have pondered this for some time, I have concluded that “trying” to be a Christian is very, very, hard to do . . . in fact, it is impossible to do! Since it is impossible, I wonder why so many try to do it.


Perhaps it is that they want to have entrance into heaven, or perhaps have sins forgiven; who would not want that . . . right? Maybe they want God to bless them with good things, or to hear their prayers; perhaps they want some sort of eternal life insurance policy.


Whatever the case may be, there sure are many people trying hard to be a Christian. The unfortunate thing is this; how good they are, or how upright, nice, or generous they may be, no matter how hard they try, they will always come up short.


The truth is simple; you see no one is born a Christian.


I know, I know, there are those who believe that if we are born in a certain country, are members of a certain church that you are, by birth, Christians; well the Book, which Christianity is based on; the Bible says differently.


Jesus, the One who should know about these matters came right out and told a churchman (Pharisee) the true nature of becoming a Christian. The person’s name was Nicodemus; here is how it went down . . .


Nicodemus; not wanting to be seen by others, came to Jesus at night. When he saw Jesus, Nicodemus starting telling Jesus that he believed that he was from God, because no one could do the stuff Jesus was doing unless that was true.


Then Jesus rocks Nicodemus’ world by saying this;


“I’m telling you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless he is born again.”


WHAT!        I am sure that is what old Nicodemus thought! He says to Jesus; “How can a man go back into his mother’s womb to be born again?”


Jesus then goes on to tell Nicodemus that this is not a physical rebirth, but a spiritual one. The Holy Spirit of God touches the heart of a man or woman and the spirit it reborn; that is the moment a person becomes a Christian.


It is kind of like this; the Bible says that we all have been “created in the image of God;” that means that there is a certain something of God, which is resident in us, a seed perhaps. It is significant that Jesus uses the illustration of being born again to describe what happens to us when we believe.


In the natural world, a seed from a man, finds its way to the female egg, when the two meet, in an instant, a new life begins. All the genetic information to produce another human being is locked up in those two parts; and when they meet . . . new life!


We keep seeking, searching and looking; we get closer and closer


In the spiritual world, our spirit is drawn to God by His spirit. We can sense it and it is real. We begin to explore the whole idea of God; we look at all that He created and we intuitively know there is more; something is missing, but it is hard to put our finger on it.


We keep seeking, searching and looking; we get closer and closer until we realize that we really need Him; we desire Him and with our whole heart and mind, we reach out to Him; and he reaches back.


When our spirit touches His Spirit; BAM new life; a spiritual life that is, and we are born again; it is new and it is exhilarating!


The Bible, that used to be dry and hard to read, now leaps off the pages into our heart; we begin to understand it. We start to see things through the eyes of God and we desire to be even closer to Him. We realize that he is our best friend and develop a relationship with Him and our life takes on new meaning.


Finally, when you are born again in the spirit; it is not hard to be a Christian; you realize that you are one; not because of what you do, but rather it is because of whom you know.  It is ALL about Jesus; about what He did, His sacrifice, His great love for us!


Nope, being a Christian is not hard; it is what you have become; you were born into it spiritually. Living life as a Christian will be difficult, there WILL be trials, hard times, and just because you are a Christian does not exempt you from living in a dangerous world.


Here is one final illustration to help make the point. Imagine a farmer comes and plants an apple tree. He puts in the seed, waters it and it sprouts and grows into a huge tree. After a few years, it begins to produce fruit. The big, beautiful apple grows to maturity.


Now if the apple could talk; it probably would not say; “boy, it sure is hard being an apple.” Of course, not, it is what it is . . . an apple, and it does not have to struggle to be one, it was born that way.


Now to be sure; with lots of people eating apples these days, being an apple is rather dangerous, but being one . . . well, that comes naturally; so it is with those who have been born of the Spirit!

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