Living in the Land of Doubt or at The Foot of the Cross this Easter?…& a Link Up!
It’s so easy to doubt, isn’t it? We all go through times of fretting and fearing the outcome of our lives at one time or another, don’t we?
Will the Lord provide for me?
Will He heal me?
Will my marriage get any better?
Will my husband ever get a job?
Will my children be okay?
What if I never get married?
What if we never have a child?
The list could go on and on.
And our fleshly fears win out.
We begin to doubt that He cares for us.
We begin to doubt that He has our backs.
We begin to doubt that He delights in us.
And when life becomes excruciatingly difficult we even begin to doubt that God wants to do us good and not evil.
So we live in the land of doubt.
Definition of doubt:
4. To suspect; fear.
So I process all of this and think:
- Am I undecided or skeptical about the Bible?
- Do I tend to disbelieve or distrust the Lord?
- Do I think that the Lord won’t or can’t take care of me?
- Do I fear that He’ll let me down?
- Do I believe that God is just paying me lip service when He says:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV
My answer is no to all those questions, yet, sometimes I still doubt. I don’t purposefully think that I am doubting the Lord’s existence or His Word, yet when disbelief, fear, and skepticism rear their ugly heads in my mind, then the reality is, I am doubting who God says He is and I am doubting the Word of God. It’s in those moments that I become like doubting Thomas.
The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he (Thomas) said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:26-29
The enemy loves to put questions in our minds. When things are tough and hard, we second-guess ourselves, the decisions that we have made and sometimes even the Word of God. That’s why it is so important as Believers to take every thought captive.
We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 2 Corinthians 10:4
Pray to have faith the size of a mustard seed, and even when life does not make sense, put your trust in the Lord anyways.
I KNOW this is not easy but choose to use your faith muscles rather than your worry ones. 🙂
So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. Luke 17:6
God does not want His children living in the land of doubt! Instead, He wants us living our lives at the Foot of the Cross knowing that our Savior is with us in ALL aspects of our lives.
My encouragement and challenge to you as we head into Passion Week is to not stop at believing in Christ’s death and His resurrection, but to go one step further believing that Christ is with you 24/7!
Do you sometimes live in The Land of Doubt too? How do you get out of that despicable place? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Live a poured out life for Christ,
I’m linking up with: To Love, Honor, and Vacuum, Women Living Well, and The Better Mom.
Now bloggers, it’s time to link up your posts!
I’m looking for posts on any and all things related to being a wife, i.e. homemaking ideas, ways you minister to your husband, dating ideas, and/or hearing what the Lord is telling you about your most important earthly relationship!
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Your post is so true! I am a type-A personality trying to learn to be God’s woman as He meant me to be, but today, as usual, He had to remind me “it’s not by works I am justified, but by faith.” This message came through you and a woman’s seminar over the radio. Not too long ago, I shared this with a sister-in-Christ who is a baby Christian who shared with me her sin load. I was quite honored God had given me this message to share with her. I will be sending her this blog post and the link to Alabaster Jar for her continued encouragement. In fact, I think I will send this to all the women God has blessed me with!!!
Thank you, Jolene for having the faith to be obedient!!!
Nancy, I’m so blessed to hear that what I shared ministered to you! May the Lord be glorified by His daughters!
Your email could not have come at a better time! I am currently a part-time resident in the land of doubt! But I would love to move away permanently! I doubt that God is truly healing my husband, that he won’t die young like his mother did, that my daughter will overcome her ADHD, that we will get out of debt….you name it, I can doubt God’s truth in it. Each day, each hour even, I am trying to reset my mindset and walk in God’s Truth that He is with me and His promises are true. He is with me no matter what. I will overcome worry and doubt and walk in God’s freedom! Thank you!!
So glad to hear you’re going from a part-time resident to one who is walking in God’s freedom!
What a great post. I tend to doubt and think that the Lord can’t do all the things that I believe need to be done but He is constantly reminding me that His way is the perfect way. His timing is perfect. He is perfect. I doubt and He is perfect. Why do I doubt? Why do I think that He won’t heal, fix, provide a way, etc. He is very faithful to show me miracle after miracle and yet I still doubt. I guess that is the flesh talking!! Anyway, great post and I will purpose to try daily to NOT doubt!!
Blessings dear Sister,
Yep, His ways are perfect! But of course our humanness will cause us to doubt from time to time! Yet, God is always faithful even when we’re faithless.
Jolene, I absolutely love this post! I get so caught up in worry sometimes that it’s hard to remember what faith is like, but I choose to use my faith muscles… knowing that even when I am faithless, He is faithful. Beautiful message to reflect on this Easter week.
Thank you, Hannah! Have a beautiful Resurrection Sunday.
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