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Knowing Vs. Doubting

Knowing verses Doubting
Confidence Properly Placed

Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. Matthew 22:29 (NKJV)

I think perhaps one of the greatest treasures given to us by our Lord and Savior, is that of confidencethe ability to know with absolute assurance.  

Q:    What types of things should we, as Christians, have confidence in?

  • Confidence in His promises contained within His Word - the bible (2Cor. 1:20).
  • Confidence in His provisions given to us to sustain our lives - provisions for resources, wisdom, and power to do His will (Matt. 6:33).
  • Confidence in His protection against anything or anyone coming against us to do harm (Ps. 91:11)
  • Confidence in His finishing the work He started in us at our profession of faith (Phil 1:6).

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

To know means, "to be familiar with."

  • To hold the information in mind
  • To be certain about it
  • To comprehend it
  • It carries the idea of an absolute

Jesus gave us a promise with regard to knowing the Ways of God when He said,

If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. John 13:17 (NKJV)

We can see a promise of blessing given to us here as well.  In contrast, when we dont believe something, or when we distrust something, we will begin to doubt.

To Doubt means:

  • To think something unlikely
  • To not trust somebody or something
  • It carries the idea of mistrust, or distrust of someone or something

I find the temptation to doubt to be one of the greater temptations from Satan and his emissaries, which means;
  • To doubt the provision of God
  • To doubt the protection of God
  • To doubt the promises of God

Q:    What does this mean to us as Christians?

A:    It means we can either choose to put our absolute trust and faith into God and His Word, or we can begin to pick and choose what we want to believe; choose to act on our feelings, and emotions while discarding the truth.  When we do this, we will find ourselves doubting the promises given to us from our Creator, and we will fail miserably in our Christian walk.  We will be filled with anxiety; worry, fear and eventually we will stop walking in faith.

The other option is to know Jesus, and His Word - to know His promises and be confident in our walk - full of faith.

I'll bet you have never really figured yourself to be a person who distrusts God - but this is exactly what is happening when we doubt His Word, when we stop walking in faith, when we take our eyes off of Him and we choose instead, to focus on our circumstances and our lack of provision.  

Q:    So, what should we do when we find ourselves doubting?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8 (NKJV)

As we draw near to God and get to know Him, by reading His Word (Rom 12:2), and talking to Him in prayer (1Thess 5:17); we will begin to understand Him and love Him in a proper light, as He begins to draw close to us and reveal Himself to us in amazing ways.  As a direct result, we will begin to trust Him and abide in Him (Prov. 3:5-6; John 15:1-10).  We will begin to walk in faith regardless what we are facing - knowing He is in control, and He is with us, and will never leave us, nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5).  

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to get to know Your Lord and Savior.  Get to know His Word, and His will.  Get to know His promises and plans for you (Jer. 29:11).  As you do, you will begin to have a properly placed confidence in Him, and you will find yourself reacting in truth when the temptation to doubt and become anxious comes upon you.  This is why the Apostle Paul could say with confidence, these words:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7(NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to knowing God, and His Word?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you taking time to know God?  Are you taking time each day to read, study, and meditate upon His Word?

APPLICATION: Make a schedule allowing yourself ample time to study the Bible - get to know God.

Father, Thank You for allowing me the ability to approach You and to get to know You.  Thank You for Your Word to guide my actions and to lead me in all understanding.  Help me today to know Your will for my life and to never doubt Your provision for my life.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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