Hope After Doubt
Romans 15:1 - We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Hope – Elpizo (Greek), Mibtah (Hebrew). A person – Jesus the Christ; A place – Heaven; A promise of future good (inheritance) and future benefit (glorification); the eager anticipation of coming good things; confident expectation in the certainty of God’s promises.
Doubt – Distazo (Greek), Dubius (Latin). To be uncertain or undecided; to waver in opinion or in belief; show lack of trust, to hesitate; to waver between hope and fear.
Welcome back Saints of God! Our hiatus is over and it has been the longest hiatus that we have ever had – Seven months. It is the time of the New Fiscal year, and the New School year is beginning and there is just as much doubt now about the Covid-19 as it was back in March.
A common enemy whether seen or unseen needs to be overcome by unity and togetherness. The Bible says we overcome them by kindness – (1 Sam. 26:18-21). By not cursing them – (Job 31:29-30); Feeding Them – (Romans 12:20); Loving Them – (Luke :27,35); Forgiving Them – (Matthew 6:12-15); and Praying For Them – (Luke 23:34). Now these are for the ones that refuse to follow the CDC guidelines and wear masks for all of our protections.
But; What guidelines should obedient and faithful Believers take to ease their doubts during these troubling times?
I. Take your doubts to God in Prayer and confess your doubts as sin. As true Believers, we know that doubt is unbelief in God, in Jesus’ sacrifice, and in God’s Word. He will understand.
II. Study the scriptures to strengthen your faith, (2 Timothy 2:15). Wisdom is living a Godly life using the words and ways of God (James 1:22).
III. Know that you are saved and act accordingly. Our Bishop always says that “Saved people do Saved Things.” Always examine yourself for your Belief (2 Corrinthians 13:5). Trusting in Jesus will eliminate all doubts. Amen.
As Christian Believers we know that certain things in this life are unknown. But as Faith Warriors, we live in Hope and not in doubt. No we do not know the future personally; but we do know who holds the future. And we trust and have confidence in our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Let us then Feast on more Teaching, Instruction, and Preaching of the word so that Doubt is no longer a problem. Praise The Lord!