John 20:25, “So the other disciples told him, [Thomas] ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe’.”
Is it sinful to doubt? Is it considered a personal affront to God when we question His presence in times of trouble? No! God is bigger than every question or circumstance causing disbelief. And God is so great, that He even welcomes us to speak out in uncertainty as we seek Him and desire to be heard. In fact, if every person that doubted God were eliminated from the Bible, it would be a very short book. Why then, are we so afraid to admit such feelings? Every believer has dealt with moments of doubt—and to say otherwise is untrue. Doubt left unaddressed can spread like mold throughout our hearts and minds. Therefore, the most ineffective way to deal with doubt is the failure to share it with others.
If you are currently in the throes of doubt and feel too ashamed to admit it—don’t be! You are in very good company. John the Baptist, after being unfairly imprisoned and awaiting execution, began to question if Jesus was truly the Messiah. Did he keep it to himself? No, he sent his disciples to ask Jesus directly if He was the One. Poor old Job, in the midst of immense pain and suffering, conveyed his doubt to his four uninformed friends for twenty-seven chapters. Even King David, whom God called a man after His own heart, cried out in Psalm 13 saying, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?” And we can’t forget to mention the most famous doubter in all of history—Thomas. Within the presence of his fellow disciples, he expressed unbelief that Jesus had risen from the dead. Therefore, doubt your doubts and confess them out loud. Ask questions within the power of community, allowing trusted friends to speak the truth to you in love. And become an encourager for others to do so as well.
Father God, You are faithful and true; I know this even in moments of doubt and confusion. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You no matter the circumstance and guide me to share my feelings with others.
Memory verse: “But I am trusting You, O Lord, saying, ‘You are my God!’ My future is in Your hands.” (Psalm 31:14-15)
“Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:5
Lasting, significant, and powerful change is something everyone wants to experience. But the kind of change we usually experience is simply superficial. Some people change hairstyles or wardrobes in hopes of discovering real change. Others think a change of career, or address, or even relationships will bring about lasting impact. But the kind of change we all want—and that God wants for us—isn’t just a temporary fix. It’s supernatural. And that kind of change only happens when we realize one powerful truth: we cannot change on our own!
To experience the kind of change God has in store for us; the kind of change that goes far beyond superficiality, we need to start with one thing: CONFESSION. We need to agree with God about our sin condition. Because the reality is that only God has the power to do anything about it. When you admit to God that you can’t change on your own and that you need His help, then you discover the catalyst to the kind of change we all want!
Take this time to simply confess to God your need for His forgiveness and His power in your life. If you’ve never stepped over the line of faith and begun a relationship with Him through Christ, begin that foundation right now. It’s not complicated, but it’s comprehensive!
We all have something we need to confess. Don’t try to hide it any longer. Confess it to God. You’re not going to surprise God by admitting it. But you will discover the key to experiencing lasting change!
“Everyone who acknowledges Me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before My Father in heaven. But everyone who denies Me here on earth, I will also deny before My Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33
An “all in” life is one of obedience, one of purpose, one of confession. It’s a life that has direction and meaning. But that kind of life cannot happen without first acknowledging and declaring our need for a Savior.
When we make others aware of our decision to follow Jesus, we are essentially putting all the cards on the table. We are setting ourselves up to live an “all in” life. And that kind of obedience brings with it a promise from God that He will continue to go “all in” for us. Have you made that “all in” decision for God?
Thank God once again for going “all in” for you through Jesus Christ. Pray for opportunities to share that reality with those in your life.
Help others in your life understand what God’s “all in” decision for them is. Point them to the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) where they can read all about how Jesus was all in for them. And invite them to Fellowship Church with you this weekend where they can experience a community that is “all in” for them as well!