Haunted by Doubt

What is Doubt?

Doubt is to be uncertain of, to question the truth of, to lack confidence in or to consider unlikely.

Doubt is the lack of confidence or assurance that God will keep His promises. Faith is an active confidence that God’s promises are always true.

– James MacDonald

How do Doubts Haunt us?

Doubt rises in our insecurities
Doubt leads us to be inactive
Doubt interrupts our trust in Christ
Doubt invites the negative into our mind
Doubt intensifies during difficulties

Issues with Doubt

Doubt can undermine our faith
Doubt is based in uncertainty
Doubt is always unreliable
Doubt can unbalance our hearts

Having faith does not mean never having doubts or questions: It does mean remaining obedient.

– John Ortberg

Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

– John 20:24-29

Thomas had deserted Jesus

Doubt puts us in downward spiral
The desertion led to a delay
The delay led to a denial
The denial led to a demand

Thomas is given a specific demonstration

Thomas is becoming desperate
Jesus deals with the issue
Jesus addresses the doubt

Thomas gives a dynamic declaration

Thomas makes a new decision
Thomas has a dynamic transformation
Thomas declares his faith

How do we handle doubt?

Admit that you have them
Allow Christ to move your heart
Accept the leadership of the Spirit
Advance with a Dynamic Declaration