Doubt will plague you whenever you allow it. The enemy wants you to doubt God’s promises to you; he ultimately wants you to doubt God’s power. Satan will whisper in your ear, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1. “Did God actually say, ‘You should wait’?” “Did God actually say, ‘You will get through this trial’?” “Did God actually say, ‘You will succeed’?” “Did God actually say, that He will break the generational curse(s) in your family through you?”
Doubt is the enemy’s first line of attack. If he can get you to doubt God, he can cause you not to trust God, which will result in you questioning God’s love for you. The snake will whisper, “you will surely not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4 Satan wants you to believe that God has lied to you and is holding out on you because He doesn’t really love you. LIES, ALL LIES!
This is why a personal relationship with God is necessary. Eve had to depend on Adam to tell her God’s instructions. And Adam did not reassure her of God’s Word or love when she doubted. Instead, he participated in her doubt and disobeyed the directions that God gave him. Fortunately for you and I, we do not have to depend on a person to impart God’s word upon us. Through divine revelation God has made it possible for each one of us to know His Word–by reading the Bible. Through divine intervention God has made it possible for each one of us to have a personal relationship with Him–the veil was torn when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. See Mark 15:38.
Having a personal relationship with Christ does not mean that we will be free from the temptation to doubt. However, having a personal relationship with Christ does mean that we (1) have God’s word to stand on, and (2) have a helper–the Holy Spirit–Who will help us to stand firmly on God’s Word, and remind us of God’s heart for us and of God’s power.
King Artaxerxes, who was not a believer, believed in the power of God. He believed in the power of God because he had seen what God had done in Ezra’s life, and he knew the history of what the God of Israel had done in the Persian Kingdom, bad or good. King Artaxerxes believed in the God of Israel’s power so much that he gave the Jews all they needed to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and to sacrifice to their god. He even gave them extra to do whatever seemed good to them according to the will of their God. See Ezra 7:18. The king of Persia, a non-believer, said, “whatever is decreed by the God of heaven, let it be done in full for the house of God of heaven, lest His wrath be against the realm of the king and his sons.” Ezra 7:23. The king did not worship the God of Israel yet he believed in God’s power because he had seen God’s power in action. Wow, that is so powerful! It is so powerful that a non-believer would believe so strongly in the power of God, a god Whom he did not worship, yet many believers doubt the power of their God.
I challenge you to recognize your doubt and fight it using the Word of God. You have seen God’s power in action, you know exactly what, but not all, He his capable. You know that God loves you and wants what is best for you. Do not forget that! Do not allow the enemy to break up your relationship with God because of unnecessary trust issues. Also, do not be like Adam by participating in the doubt of others; reassure your brothers and sisters of God’s love and God’s Word.
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