What to Do With Doubt

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. —James 1:5-8 

You are not at the mercy of every doubt that comes to your mind. Like the waves of the sea, doubts will come. However, you do not have to let them undermine your faith. Doubts can actually drive you back to God’s promises, rather than cause you to back away from Him. The key is taking your questions directly to the Lord.

Here are two definitions to help you identify doubt and respond to it with faith:

·       Doubt is a lack of confidence or assurance that God will keep His promises. The more you pay attention to doubt, the less you can see of God. Doubt can’t diminish God, but it can limit your view of the One who has promised to be for you. Doubt undermines wisdom.

·       Faith is an active confidence that God’s promises are always true. It is a glimpse of the majesty and awesomeness of God that obliterates the nagging unbelief of doubt. Your faith may not be huge, but it affirms your tiny, mustard-seed confidence that God is more than enough to meet the challenges in your life. Wise living is living by faith.

James, familiar with sailing on ships at the mercy of stormy waters, described doubt in those terms: “The one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”  Winds make the sea unstable. Waves move back and forth in a constant state of disruption. What wind does to water is what doubt can do to faith. Doubt will keep your life in stormy turmoil.

James 1:6 says we should pray with faith—with no doubting. He has just told us that trials and testing are God’s preferred method of training us into maturity. Then he lets us know we’re going to need wisdom in order to exercise joy as the training unfolds. We’re going to have to ask for it, expect it, and rely on it. If we don’t get God’s wisdom, we will end up “double-minded [and] unstable in all [our] ways.”

So ask God for the wisdom to identify doubt and turn away from it. Ask with the humble faith of the man who said to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24), and step forward with confidence and the promised presence of God.

We are less than 48 hours away from VBS – 2017.  It all kicks off – Saturday around 8:30 sign up —- ending with a hot-dog cookout before 1:00 PM.   Jackie and team have created a setting which will challenge our young people to honor – worship – and adore God and His Son Jesus Christ.

            What most people remember about their VBS experience was being with other children – crafts – and food…..these blessings have been prepared – as our volunteers will be sharing bible stores at age appropriate levels – and some will be doing crafts throughout the morning

            Toward the end of the program – we will listen to a visitor who will tell his story.  He lived as a Judge of God’s people – and his story is found in the book of Judges 13-16. 

Our congregation has certainly been mobile this summer – it seems each weekend up to a dozen are out of town….be so glad when the gallivanting days are over and everyone is back in their place…..it is good to get away – to visit family/friends – etc.  Please know you are missed……what is encouraging to hear is that when people are gone – they have attended different Christian churches —- I heard 3 reports this week of what the services were like in Washington D.C. – Wichita – and Branson…………..So happy to report Ross Steelman won the Club Championship at Old Hawthorne last weekend – think he shot 8 under par for the tournament……………Sylvia Ryan flew to D.C. last week to spend time with a couple of her daughters — she has a daughter living in Serbia who was able to join the family….we can only imagine the joy of the spirit – flutter of the heart – and laughter of the soul that occurred the time these ladies spent together…………Keyon, Kiki, Ysabel, and Lillie took Wednesday off – and spent the day in St. Louis – shopping and attending a movie….sure they had great fellowship and again it’s good to just get away…………It will be good to welcome Ashley Decker Farrens back – she and her husband spent their 15th anniversary riding their motorcycle to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and back………….Our hearts were blessed to worship with Sammie Myers — she worshipped with us the past two Saturday evenings……………What a God-Send our Blessing Box has been to numerous people – Bro Doug is in charge of keeping it full – and it seems he fills it up every other day…..This is another effort to touch our community with the love of Jesus – by giving free food to those who need it………..Hope being together with the Family of God is in your plans for this weekend….see you Sat/Sunday at Discovery.

·      Successful V.B.S. – desiring to make a difference in the lives of our volunteers as the Spirit will do in the life of the children

·      Kiki Marshall will be seeing a special DR. tomorrow (Friday) at 1:00 PM  For those who have followed and prayed for Kiki these past few months – this is BIG…..please lift up this consultation at 1:00 in your every prayer during the next 24 hours.

·      The message on James 2:14-26 will find lodging in all hearts – and everyone will understand what Scripture meant by faith and works – and how they must interact in the life of the Christian

·      Those who are using the Blessing Box – will one day grace our presence in worship

·      Please lift up one or two whom you know that have lost their first love. The church and worship of Jesus is no longer “front-burner” – regardless of the reason for their inactivity – please pray the Holy Spirit will challenge…encourage…and convict them to not forsake the assembling of themselves together as the manner of some are (Heb 10:25)…

·      Dele and Victoria – our precious ladies from Nigeria

·      Kent Faddis – dealing with a kidney stone

If we don’t bring non-perishables to church this weekend – the blessing box will be empty by Sunday…..From the beginning it was decided the me & you would bring the items to go into the Blessing Box.  Please bring what you can this weekend – and place your sack beside the others at the right of the table on the East wall.  Thank you.

 

James 3:1-12  Dear brothers and sisters,[a] not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.[b] People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.[c]