“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? – Jesus Christ of Nazareth
Day 6 of #LAST70DAYSOF2013 is here, fresh and hot! I am excited about the feedbacks from friends who found time to read the previous five editions of this journey. Sure you are now full of passion after reading yesterday’s piece. Like I said earlier, I am hopeful that the best is yet to come as we journey together through these last days of 2013. I believe that you will put everything you read here to use as we all prepare for greater 2014. Today, I’d like to share with you a few things about addressing doubts in your pursuit toward a successful and excellent 2014.
Our attitude towards life is just a thin line between our natural self and the supernatural that is in us. In several situations, our perspectives about our experiences are defined by that natural aspect of our being. The claim that “a true believer never doubts” is false and doubt does not necessarily or automatically mean the absence of faith. To insist that only doubt-free faith can be counted as genuine-faith is to misunderstand this subject. That is why at some points in life, we find ourselves in doubt even in the midst of the highest faith. It is important that you understand that whenever you step out in doubt towards any venture, you syphon yourself of the potential to win.
It is usually common, especially among Christians to set aside the last day of every year to gather together and pray to discern God’s mind for the New Year. At that moment, all kinds of dreams are birthed and believed to be possible. But because nobody is immune to doubts in life, long before you know it, all the vigour and faith obtained from the New Year’s Eve declaration disappears and doubt then sets in……. then we:
│Doubt God and his promises│Doubt the abilities and possibilities in us│Doubt the good that is in other people and their intentions│Doubt the possibilities that change can happen
When we doubt, we lose the sense of right judgement about our pursuit in life because of fear of failure. When we doubt our own ability to get something done or our potential, then we are actually setting limits on ourselves, often subconsciously. Living in doubt can keep the strongest persons from reaching their potential, from accomplishing things that are well within their abilities. More negatively, though, the doubts can keep anyone from even trying something, so they’ll never know whether they can do them or not. Simply put, to doubt is like cooking a nice dish and then pouring a poison into it.
Here is what James, the Just said “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
However, the truth is we can all address our doubts and move on in life to achieve God’s plan for our life and the year ahead of us But overcoming doubt isn’t just about feeling better; it’s about getting back into faith that only comes from the Word of God.
To address doubt in your life in the coming year:
-First of all, pray about it and ask God for direction when you feel doubtful
-Mind what you hear and who you listen to
-Mind who is your friend and what company you belong to
-Mind what you think in your heart about every situation
-Mind what decision you take that they are not based on uncertain reality
-Then talk to someone you trust his/her judgement about it
Prayer: As you prepare to walk into in 2014, may God’s word dissolve every doubt in your heart concerning His plan for your life. May faith continue to grow in your inside until you win! Amen.
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