Top Ten Tuesday: D is for Doubtful

Top Ten Tuesday: D is for Doubtful

Top Ten Tuesday

In Nicole Nordemon’s song “Fool for You,” she sings these words:

I admit that in my darkest hours I’ve asked what if,
What if we created some kind of man made faith like this,
Out of good intention or emotional invention,
and after life is through there will be no You?

Doubt has plagued Christians ever since Christ walked the earth.  Since we cannot visibly see or audibly hear God, many people wonder if He is even real.  Even born-again Christians doubt the security of their salvation.  We doubt that God will fulfill His promises.  We wonder if Christ will ever return to earth.

God anticipated our doubt, and He speaks to it in His Word.

10 Verses For When You Feel Doubtful

1. 2 Timothy 2:13

if we are faithless, he remains faithful—

First and foremost, it is comforting to know that our doubt does not change God.  He is faithful even when we are full of doubt.  With that in mind, let’s consider why we do not need to doubt God.

2.  Numbers 23:19

God is not man, that he should lie,
    or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
    Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

We can trust God because He is not human.  He is perfect, holy, divine.  He is the source of truth.

In John 3:16, Jesus promises that everyone who believes on Him will have eternal life.  Yet, many Christians wonder if their faith in Christ is sufficient for them to enter Heaven.

3.  1 John 5:13

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.

We can know that our salvation is eternal.  The next few verses use the words sealed and guarded to describe our current position in Christ.  The old man is completely gone, and nothing can remove us from Christ’s grasp.

4. Ephesians 1:13-14

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

5.  1 Peter 1:5

who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

7. John 6:39

And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.

8. John 18:9

This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.

The thing is, some aspects of Christianity can be hard to swallow.  As we chew through the meat of Scripture, we encounter truths that seem unfair and cruel.  In our limited human understanding, some things just don’t seem right.  I think most of us can relate to the words spoken in Mark by the father of a demon-possessed child.

9.  Mark 9:24

Immediately, the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

There comes a time when you believe that God will keep His promises, you cling to the assurance of eternal life, and you accept that some aspects of Christianity must be left to faith.  Yet, one of the hardest parts of believing in God is that we cannot see Him.  Consider the words that Jesus says to Thomas in John 29.

10.  John 20:29

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

That’s us!  We are the ones who believe without seeing.  In the future, our faith will be realized, and we will finally behold our risen Savior.

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