Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 17, 2016
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1
Satan’s first goal is to get you. If he is unable to get you, his next step is to get you to doubt God. After all, what good is faith that is watered down by doubt? This isn’t to say we may not go through seasons of doubt as disciples of Christ. But doubt is not the ongoing pattern of a serious and faithful follower of Jesus. Thomas was a doubter for a time, but when he came face-to-face with his resurrected Savior and Lord, his doubts fled like an exposed bandit. Do not underestimate the enemy’s endeavors to get you to doubt God. If he is successful in planting and growing seeds of doubt, your faith will be stunted. Your faith will be choked to death by the weeds of worry, by the crabgrass cares in this world.
In some ways, it was easier to trust God when you first believed. Now that you have aged in years as a Christian, you may have formalized your faith to the point where the miraculous has been replaced by the mundane. Questions and doubt have replaced God’s promises of assurance.
Did God really say my relationship with Him is based on my belief in Jesus Christ as His son and the only way to heaven (John 14:6)? Did God really say that those who believe in Jesus go to heaven, and those who reject him are separated from God eternally in hell (Revelation 20:15)? Did God really say that I am to pay my taxes that are due the government as an example of good citizenship (Mark 12:17)? Did God really say I am to honor my parents, even if they are undeserving of honor (Ephesians 6:1-3)? Satan may be seducing you with these subtle messages of doubt. Did God really say to volunteer in the church, start tithing, stay in this marriage, forgive my friend, invest in my family, and help my neighbor? Did He really say to trust Him, even when I don’t feel Him? Am I to obey Him when I don’t understand why or how? The answer, no doubt, is yes.
Just say yes to God’s Word in opposition to the enemy’s subtle and sometimes not so subtle questions of doubt. Answer the devil’s leading questions of doubt with a resounding vote of confidence in what God has told you to be true. Satan will try to convince you that God is somehow holding back on what’s best for you. He may be holding back, but only for your good, not for your detriment or frustration. Be aware of Satan’s schemes. He is determined for you to doubt God and thus doubt yourself and others. But you know better. Replace his temptations to doubt God with God’s assurance of faith.
God has given you eyes of trust to see the unseen (2 Corinthians 4:18). Your Lord has proven Himself time and time again as faithful and dependable. Even when we have strayed, our Savior has been there for us when we made the turn back to truth. Christ is totally trustworthy. There is no need for any inkling of doubt in Him or His word. Believe His warnings as His protection; believe His promises as His assurance; believe His principles as His rules for living; believe in His track record as His promise of provision; believe His truth that sets you free from the dregs of doubt. Doubt the doubter. Remind him of what God really said. Faith flourishes in a doubt-free environment. God can be trusted beyond the shadow of a doubt. Doubt the devil, yes. Doubt God, no!
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