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[Devo.] Doubting Into Faith

within1-41“I do believe but help me overcome my unbelief…” (Mark 9:24)

I have to say, if there is a scripture that makes me breathe a sigh of relief, it’s this one above!

I know I’ve been in those situations where I’ve come to God believing He is able to do what I’ve asked Him, yet a part of me that still had a grip on my own understanding—causing me to still have that ounce of doubt. Just like this man we find in Mark 9, who goes to Jesus in desperation because his son needed healing from being demonically possessed since he was a little child and he says to Jesus, “If you can do anything, please have mercy on us.” Then Jesus replied, “If I can? Anything is possible to those who believe.” The man responds: “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief“(Mark 9:14-24).

Such a powerful moment of transparency. Perhaps it’s something that we need to confess to God more.

Doubt isn’t looked at too fondly in this walk of faith. But could it be that doubt holds an integral part of our faith? Could it be that this walk with God is not about reaching a specific destination that guarantees to rid doubt completely, but about taking this wild adventure where doubt rides along side once in awhile yet is confronted when we choose to take it to the Father rather than having it take us away from Him?

Could it be without doubt—our faith cannot be proven?

As I get closer to the heart of God, this journey becomes so beautiful to me. Why? Because I realize that it’s not a prim and proper path that God has asked me to walk on. It’s a path that guarantees pain, discomfort, and falls while at the same time offering comfort, guidance, peace and grace pits that keep us moving forward.

That’s what this journey with Christ is about. Faith doesn’t mean we have it all together. Faith simply means you are choosing to place your doubt in something and someone more all knowing than you—God!

We are always going to have questions. We are always going to search. And I believe there in the search lies the power of our faith. The search is proof that we can never rely on ourselves. Our questions and our searching will point us to the one and true God and His infallible word. We don’t have to quench the beauty of this journey by focusing on what we don’t know. We have the opportunity to take it to someone Who does. Just like this man was honest and real with his unbelief, God calls us to the same transparency.

We can say to our God, “Father—I believe…but can you help me overcome the unbelief that is still in me? Can you keep showing yourself to me?” And God delights in answering those prayers.

I believe this quote sums it up perfectly…

“If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles with evil, how can faith know its own power? In my own pilgrimage, if I have to choose between a faith that has stared doubt in the eye and made it blink, or a naive faith that has never known the firing line of doubt, I will choose the former every time.”

Peace, love, and blessings,

[Devo.] Am I OK With It?

within1-42Are you OK with God’s will for your life?

It was a question that was asked to me that made me think….hmm…am I truly OK with God’s will for my life if I never got what I desired? Have I resolved the true statement of a surrendered life, “Not my will but yours be done, God?”

Every so often, there comes an incident in our life that brings us back into that place of uncertainty with what God is doing in our life.

Things may seem to be going great in your faith in God, then all of a sudden, something doesn’t go the way it was planned and we find ourselves crying out to God, “Why?” We are left wondering if God really knows what He is doing and how come we don’t understand.

Am I really OK with the will of God for my life? As I meditated on that question, I faced the reality that it is scary at times to genuinely say “Not my will, but yours be done God.”

It’s hard to connect the knowledge of that statement in the head with the true feeling and engagement in the heart. As I came and sat quietly before God, He took me on a journey of my life and all that He had brought me to and through and simply asked me, “Do you really think you did that on your own? Have I let you down?”

A completely surrendered life to God comes in knowing the heart of God towards us. I believe that resolving in our hearts to know the character of God will help us trust the circumstances of our lives and accept God’s will for our lives.

He is always good. He will never leave or forsake us. He is perfect in ALL He does. He is trustworthy. He is not a man that He should lie. And above all–He is teaching me that I can’t afford to disconnect Him from the character of His Sovereignty.

There is freedom to live in the now when we are convinced and persuaded that God sees the future—where He is leading us and taking us. It helps us not miss what He’s saying and teaching us in the moment. I’ve learned that He is always speaking—we must always be listening.

There is freedom in Christ when we truly embrace His sovereignty. Not as a dictatorship but provision and guidance into His purpose for us so that with a persuaded heart we can say, “Yes God, I am OK with your will for my life.”

Peace, love, and blessings,