By Series - Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend

Friday

April 1, 2016

The Potential of Doubt

Read

“Then Jesus told him, ‘You believe because you have seen Me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing Me.'” John 20:29

Think

Doubt is something we all deal with. At some point, everyone will question the soundness of Scripture, the reality of the resurrection, or even the legitimacy of our Lord. But doubt doesn’t have to be destructive. In fact, doubt has great potential to draw us closer to God and our relationship with Him.

When you doubt, remember that you are in good company. Even some of Jesus’ closest followers had their questions. The presence of doubt unveils something more than we think. It reveals our faith. Doubt is a field that lies in the middle of belief and unbelief. That reality shows us that we have potential to grow stronger in our belief in God through our doubt. We just have to come to a point where we rely more on faith based on the evidence we have discovered. After all, faith is what brought us to salvation in the first place. Are you relying on that faith in times of doubt?

Pray

Thank God for His understanding and patience. Pray through your doubts. Don’t be afraid to ask God the hard questions!

Act

When you doubt, write them down. Journal the questions you have about God. Then, as you discover the answers, write them down as well. Keeping a log of those doubts and questions will eventually help you as you face new doubts!

 

Thursday

March 31, 2016

He is Faithful

Read

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Think

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness“ is an old hymn that talks about God’s great, unchanging faithfulness. It never fails and will always be there. The amazing thing about this faithfulness is that we didn’t have to do anything to earn it. It’s a gift. That is just His character.

But sometimes we ask, “Is He really always faithful - even when I wasn’t having anything to do with Him or when everything was falling apart?” The answer is YES! Can He say the same of us, though? Can we say that our motto in life is FAITH: “Forsaking All I Trust Him”. Or do we allow doubt to dog us and questions to keep us in the quagmire? The reality is that we can have amazing confidence in this fact – He is unshakeable. Stand on the foundation you know will not be shaken. Be full of faith because He is faithful!

Pray

Thank God for His faithfulness in your life. Ask Him to make you aware of those times when you didn’t recognize how faithful He truly was. And then thank Him again.

Act

Make a timeline of your life. Note God’s faithfulness - how He protected you, provided for you and guided you…even when you may not have been anywhere near the path He had for your life. Use those times to strengthen you when you begin to doubt.

Wednesday

March 30, 2016

Doubt and How to Conquer It

Read

“’…Everything is possible for him who believes.’ Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’” Mark 9:23-24

Think

We all experience doubt. We doubt our chances of winning the lottery. We doubt bad things will happen to us, until they happen. We doubt certain people will ever change. We doubt our faith at times. And we question the Lord’s power and ever-presence. God knows this. Thus, He gives us the freedom of choice: the ability to believe in or reject His love.

We can overcome bouts with doubt by applying the 9:24 Principle. In Mark chapter nine, Jesus encountered a boy possessed by an evil spirit and a father desperate to cure his son. Initially, the man was skeptical of Jesus’ healing capabilities. Soon, though, he felt the magnitude of the Lord’s presence and his doubt began to dissipate. You see, the desperate dad still had doubts, but he willingly took a step forward in faith. Before Jesus healed his son, the man trusted in what he had not yet seen. And not only did the father believe, he asked for help with his unbelief. Jesus wants us to do the same. The Bible promises that in our failures and doubts God’s grace prevails. Therefore, doubt your doubts and feed your faith, knowing all things are possible through Christ.

Pray

Confess your recent doubts to God, and profess recent evidence of faith. Then apply the 9:24 Principle by saying, “God, I believe; but help me conquer my unbelief”. Conclude by thanking God for His constant presence and provision.

Act

Read Mark 9:14-32. Then consider the following:

  • How does my lack of faith relate to the nine disciples' disbelief?
  • How does my doubt correlate with the desperate father?
  • Why did Jesus publically rebuke His disciples?

 

Tuesday

March 29, 2016

An Icy Field

Read

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

Think

When you think about the opposite of belief, what comes to mind? For many, the answer is, “That’s easy. It’s doubt!” But the fact is, the opposite of belief is unbelief, not doubt. Doubt is like an icy field between the two. When someone doubts, that isn’t evidence that they are unbelieving; it is evidence that they are questioning. In reality, it’s evidence of faith.

If you doubt God, the Bible, or the claims of Christ, that’s a good place to be. But it’s not where God wants us to stay. Make sure you do the work to investigate your doubts and seek out the true answers to your questions. Don’t live on the icy field between doubt and unbelief!

Pray

Ask God to help you through your doubt. Pray for the wisdom and discernment you need in order to discover the answers to your questions.

Act

Remember today that you are not alone in your doubt. Don’t isolate yourself in your doubt. Instead, reach out to the local church and get involved in a community of fellow doubters!

Monday

March 28, 2016

Doubt Your Doubts

Read

“Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” John 20:27

Think

Have you ever thought about the claims of Christianity and had doubts? If you’re honest with yourself, the answer is “yes.” Everyone, at some point, doubts. But does that doubt disqualify us from the full life God has for us? The answer to that is a resounding, “no!”

God is bigger than any of our doubts. He is big enough for our questions. If you have questions about what Jesus claims, what the Bible says, that’s a good place to be. But make sure you don’t get dogged by doubts. Instead, do the work to honestly seek the answers. Because when you honestly seek, God will reveal Himself to you in ways you never imagined possible!

Pray

Even if you have doubts about God, try praying to Him. Simply say, “God, I’m not sure about what the Bible says. But I want to know your Truth. Help me to discover it.”

Act

Read the account of “doubting Thomas” in John 20:19-29. See how he moved from dobut to trust. Begin to seek the answers, and make your own move as well!