Signs of Belief

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016

Doubt that Deepens Faith

Key Bible Verse: “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.  Keep on seeking, and you will find.  Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)

Dig Deeper: Luke 11:5-10

[God’s Word contains] certain evidences of true belief.  The first is repentance.  If I, as a believer, go through a time of unbelief, my response should be that of repentance, of turning from my sins back to belief and obedience.  Then, in God’s grace, I set out in a different direction, away from my old self and toward a Christ -honouring life.

A second key evidence is the response of prayer.  Christians who forthrightly can pray “I believe; help my unbelief” about their struggles show their need for God and a belief that he can help them.  Prayer, at its most basic level, is an acknowledgement of God’s reality and deity, and that is a first step toward real belief.  When we reach out to God, he reaches back and makes himself known.

Both repentance and prayer are essential ingredients (and results) of humility, another greater evidence of God’s grace.  Through repentance, prayer, and humility believers move away from unbelieving doubt and grow in holiness.  As long as we live in this world, we, as sinners, will doubt in both good and bad ways.  We will question and wonder.  If we can do so anchored in relationship with God and in the teachings of his Word, our belief will be strengthened.

– Barnabas Piper in Help My Unbelief

My Response: When I feel doubts creeping in, I will remember the power of repentance, humility and prayer.

Thought to Apply: Humility, that low, sweet root from which all heavenly virtues shoot. – Thomas Moore (Irish poet)


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