Pastor's Weekly Encouragement

We just finished our sermon series; “I Got Problems, You Got Problems but Jesus has Answers”.  For the past couple of weeks we have dealt with some problems like worry, temptation, depression and anger.  This past Sunday we dealt with the problem of doubt.  Our text was taken from the New Testament book of Jude vs. 17-23.  I found it interesting that Jude expressed that the main cause of doubt was not from sickness or difficult times   but from difficult (scoffers vs.18) people.  But in light of all this, Jude also expresses how one can overcome doubt.  He states four ways to deal with doubt.

     1. We need to dwell on the love of God.

  • Vs. 1-2
  • Vs. 21
  • John 3:16
  • We need to focus and dwell on the positive and not the negative.

     2. We need to be familiar with the Word of God.

  • Vs. 17-18
  • Vs. 5ff
  • 2 timothy 3:16; “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
  1. We need a time of daily devotions.
  •  Vs.20 
  •  We need to constantly and continually build ourselves up.
  •  Romans 12:2; “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be      transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
  • It is easier and better if we have daily devotions.

    4. We need to share our faith.

  •  Vs.22
  •  This helps others but also ourselves. 
  •  Romans 10:17; “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”
  •  Revelation 12:11; “They overcame the devil by the blood of the lamb and             word of their testimony.”
  •  We need to share our faith.

When it comes to doubt, I always enjoyed the saying “Doubt your doubt, not your faith.”  Let us work and strive to overcome the doubt that we may have and replace it with a stronger faith in Jesus Christ.  

God bless,

Pastor Jeff 

 

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