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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Doubt vs. Faith

Jean Oathout begins our
thoughts on doubts and faith
today, with some questions
that should get us considering
how the one tends to take
down the other.

When troubling thoughts come,

are we going to realize them
as from the evil one?

Will we remember to recall the words of faith that we've received, and will we take action to come against the doubts bombarding us?

Knowing that our faith is being tested on what we're trying to accomplish, will we take the effort to build our hopes up enough to keep on with what the Lord has directed us to do?

You'll find that the Lord brings a word of encouragement 

soon after the doubting thoughts come. 

I experienced this recently. I'd read the posts on  

Discernment vs. Criticism Part 1 and 
Discernment vs. Criticism Part 2 to my friends 
at our writers meeting, when doubting thoughts 
came to me that I'd failed to do a good job, and 
that I'd have to make many changes! 

I failed to speak out about what I was thinking to the group, and just accepted the thoughts as "true."

Thankfully, the Lord moved on someone there before 

I left, to give encouraging words, which renewed my 
faith that I'd done right, and the approval the Lord had
told me in my journaling time was the real truth.

What is something to not believe? 

   1. Negative thoughts and words

   2. When what we've heard makes us discouraged
   3. When we doubt what God's told us

These cause us to focus on the problem, which takes our 

mind off what God can do.
Take depressive thoughts captive and realize they are lies,
and were meant to destroy your faith. Don't spend any 
time being in allegiance with them! Don't make them 
your own.

Many negative thoughts originated in our younger 

years, and need to be broken from their hold on us. 

Someone said that we 
should read three chapters 
in Palms out loud daily for 
a week, if they have such
a hold on us, to help break the doubting thoughts 
that we have to deal with. 

This helps us to combat the depressive thoughts. What we 

say has a great effect on what we believe!

Say this:
 I break all allegiance with lies I've believed, 
and give the hurt of them all to Jesus.

"The Truth will set you free!" John 8:32

When times of serious illness 
come, depression can hit pretty hard. Our thoughts may not be on positive things, unless we make an effort to read, think, say, and hear what God has to say.

Meditate on God's Word. Believe it! Confess 
your needs to Him. He is not surprised, and is 
pleased in your honesty. He is not moved by 
your need, but is moved by your faith!

Let’s pray:

   "Dear Lord, help me 

choose my words wisely, 
for tomorrow I may have 
to eat them. 

   Help me speak life 

into those around me 
today-to be a source of 
encouragement rather than discouragement, of hope rather than hurt, and of love rather than pain.

   In Jesus’ Name, Amen."
Sharon Jaynes

 “How oft in the conflict, when pressed by the foe,
   I have fled to my Refuge and breathed out my woe;
   How often, when trials like sea billows roll,
   Have I hidden in Thee, O Thou Rock of my soul." --   
Today’s Bible verses:  Eph. 6:16, 17 NIV "In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one."

Matt. 21:21 KJV "Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not..." 

Today’s quote: Rev. Phillip McClelland - "When we 
struggle with God with our own doubts, God uses the 
struggle for His good purposes. Our doubts cannot 
overcome God, but those same doubts do not overcome 
us either. Through the struggle, God remakes us, gives 
to us a deeper understanding, a stronger trust in Him.

When you struggle with God, He is holding on to you. 

If you ever think God has left you, just remember it is 
then, during the struggle, that God is holding you tight 
and pressing you close to His heart."
Some thoughts today: Continuing faith is built over time. Take Gideon for example: He had his faith built to where he believed God for the impossible. You can do the same. Get your directions from God, put your feet to the ground, and run with it!

- Jesus habitually prayed and fasted at times to be ready 

to take care of any need. Seems as though He'd like us to 
do the same. We can have influence on those around us 
when they find they can relate to us.

     What to do every day when you wake up... 

    by Danica Sinclair Dunpheyfrom the sermon 
    series on Ephesians by Richard SinclairListen 
    to the messages on

"Wake up and remind yourself that your greatest pleasure is found in bringing glory to Him, and that your greatest delight will be in hearing the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord.”
Wake up and remind yourself that this world is passing, and the momentary and light affliction that you might be facing now is producing for you an eternal reward. And that your focus will not be on the temporal, that which is passing; but your focus will be on the eternal, that which will never pass away."

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