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It is not Always Easy to have Faith

Faith in GodIt is not always easy to have faith. As a Christian, there are times when it seems I am plagued by doubts in various areas of my life. Many people have doubts about their faith in God. Some begin to doubt if the Bible is really the Word of God. Some believe there is a God, but have doubts that He is personally concerned about them. It is easy to doubt when you see evil men prosper and good men tortured by injustice. It is easy to doubt when it seems that the whole world is running in the opposite direction from God. It is easy to doubt that the Christian way is the right way, when the culture tells you that your irrational selfish desires are all that matter in life.

James spoke rightly, when he said, “He who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” (1:6) The troubled soul has many doubts which keep him from communion with Christ. If you doubt, you must run to Christ for the remedy. You will be strengthened there. Charles Spurgeon directs this question to each of us: “Where do you live? Many a believer lives in the ‘cottage of doubt,’ when he might live in the ‘mansion of faith.’”

Paul reminds Timothy, “O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called ‘knowledge’. . . .” (1 Timothy 6:20) We must ever be on guard against the doubt, which destroys faith. Jesus describes what happens to the good seeds of faith when not tended properly: “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22) The thorns of doubt are planted by Satan and they grow quickly when the garden is not weeded.

Therefore, guard your faith through regular communion with Christ. Pray and study that your heart would be full of the Scriptures. This will enable you to fight the doubts of dark times through confidence in the Word God.

Samuel at Gilgal

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