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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS

BELIEVE AND NOT DOUBT

JAMES 1:6-8

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. 7That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.


1: 6-8   If you have ever seen the constant rolling of huge waves at sea, you know how restless they are subject to the forces of wind, gravity, and the tide. Doubt leaves a person as unsettled as the restless waves. If you want to stop being tossed about, rely on God to show you the best path. Ask him for wisdom, and trust that he will give it to you. Then your decisions will be sure and solid.


1: 6   To “believe and not doubt” means believing not only in the existence of God but also in his loving care. It includes relying on God and expecting that he will hear and answer us when we pray. We must put away our critical attitudes when we come to him. God does not grant every thoughtless or selfish request. We must have confidence that he will align our desires with his purposes. (For more on this concept, see the note on Matthew 21: 22.)


1: 6   A person who doubts is not completely convinced that God’s way is best. Such a person treats God’s Word like a merely human source and reserves the right to follow it or not. He or she vacillates between allegiance to subjective feelings, the world’s ideas, and God’s commands. If your faith is new, weak, or struggling, remember that you can trust that God’s words to you are accurate, final, and best. To stabilize your wavering or doubtful mind, commit yourself wholeheartedly to whatever he says.

Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.


ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and make sure that your faith in CHRIST is 100% pure and 100% inline with GODS will and his ways, so that he can show you and others his faithful strength in dealing with our trials and temptations.

onthewayhomeministries.org by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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