A Journey From Doubt to Faith -Trusting God No Matter What!
When God gives a Promise…regardless of the circumstances, even in impossible situations, we should never find ourselves asking "WHY GOD," but put our trust in Him. Although, I am confident in the truth of God’s Word; I still have days as to where I feel like I am in a battle alone getting outnumbered ten thousand to one. I'm struggling to keep a spirit of weariness from pulling me underground like being buried in a grave. On these type of days, I’m fighting the enemy who desires to end the faith that keeps me, gives me hope in frustrating time with the everyday struggles that seem too much to bear.
While some days the will to keep the faith and fight seem unlikely but remember one thing the promises of God assures his children the strength to fight on and Christ has already won this battle for us. As his children, all we just need to do is hold onto him so, we can reach the finish line where the glory begins. The Bible shares “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1: 4. (KJV). There are times when it is easy to trust in God's word. Then there are times when we are overwhelmed with doubt because it seems like all life have to offer is different kinds of suffering.
Something to think about, how are we to face unbearable situations, should we face them head on with overcoming faith in God or doubt and ignore them with the hope they go away. However, despite the arguments of logic and the reasonable doubt enter our mind, we can still trust in the faithfulness of God…and His promises in spite of the circumstances. God has provided us with a guide to our journey of faith; titled the Bible. It will assist us in taking the correct path to the journey of faith through fasting, praying and reading the Bible and trusting in Him through his word no matter what life throws your way.
Taking a Journey from Doubt to Faith; Trusting God No Matter What
Thinking back on the journey I’ve traveled to overcome doubt to faith; it started at an early age. However, being a curious child, I felt that I was only exploring life. A journey is taking single steps to begin recovery to overcome all issues. My journey from doubt to faith start when I found myself loving to read and write at an early age of seven; that when I found myself being remarkably impressed after reading so many examples of doubt in the Bible.
I remember thinking for the bible to include so many examples of double in it, that must be evident that God has more tolerance of doubt than most people in churches. By the age of twelve, I was a committed Child of God. However, despite my commitment to God and my involvement in the church, I still began to have doubts about my faith's walk with Him.
Instantly, I believed 1 Thessalonians 5:10 that Jesus died that we might live through him, but I was still haunted by questions like, Am I living for God? Does God love me? Did God give his son that I might live? Moreover, did Jesus die for my sins? Alternatively, did someone make this all up? Being a young babe in Christ, I did not understand how I allowed doubt to enter my faith's walk with Christ. Especially, since doubt was not an acceptable part of being a Christian in my church.
The first time I shared my uncertainty with an authority figure in the church I was told, “My dear, you just need assurance.” I did not feel that what I need in finding the answers to my questions. Nonetheless, what did help me in the search for solutions was experiencing God’s real presence being with me in many ways during my worst of times.
Thinking back to a time when my life took a detour, shaking my faith and leaving me unsure, afraid, of what might happen to me, however, despite how helpless I felt; I am never genuinely incapable, and I am so safe and can rest in his reliable hands. An incident that helped me to transfer doubt to faith; one of my darkest time of crying out to God. I was in my early twenty; I made a big move to relocate many miles from my childhood home without a job depending solely on my husband. I did not like the location; it was small and quiet, annoying, I felt lonely and afraid, nothing for me to do, I did not know anyone, my husband spent much time hunting; it was like a hobby to him, and he knew almost everybody.
However, He fails to realize the loneliness and emptiness I felt inside. As a result, one day He was out hunting when my sadness overcame me; so I begin to cry out loud to God; as I cried, I can remember feeling the warmness of His presence coming and comfort me within minutes. My faith was formed from me crying out to Him on my knees and on that very day God begins to heal me from loneliness. I start to trust God, treasure Jesus and I no longer felt empty inside; my emotional wounds were healed, He freed me from codependent, and I became my own self-made God fearing woman. Shortly after, I begin working to support myself, which assist in helping me to develop healthy boundaries.
From that experience, I learn no pain, sadness, or distress is outside of God’s control and power to heal. There are ways to turn doubt to faith: Doubt can be an agonizing tug of war with the heart and the mind. Nonetheless, uncertainty is something almost every person has experienced at some point or time. The big question is “how does a person turn doubt to faith in preventing him or herself from missing a window of opportunities?” I am no expert, but I can recommend some of the things that have been helpful to me in my journey from doubt to faith.
First, I want to encourage those who are in doubt by saying, God, is not like people in the most churches, He truthful to His children. For those who question God, He believes in you, even when you do not believe in Him. To share an example how God, keep His promise that most would not consider possible; He promised Sara a son in her old age, even Sara herself laughed at the oath God pledged to her. Sara smiled and doubted because she thought she was too old to give birth to a child. Although Sara doubts, at first, that did not mean God would not keep his promise. God kept his promise and Isaac was born.
Is there a threat of not facing our doubts?
Although I’ve found myself struggling with doubt more time than I care to remember; I learned that it not sinful but it is dangerous, and it can prevent spiritual growth. If a person does not take the time to face and solve the issue, it will become toxic in their life. As a child I was taught if you doubt, it is a sin. It was hard learning how to overcome doubt attending a church that had little room for questioning. Nonetheless, I learned to adapt, as you must from growing up participating in a church like that. The People with the significant title would say, “Don’t doubt, just believe.” My journey to turn doubt to faith has taught me, an individual who does not resolve doubts, allow it to reappear in a new toxic form; questioning the foreseeable parts of the life of faith.
People who have given religion (faith) a try, but have become disappointed. What have I to say to them? Hope is a journey; it does not happen overnight. It takes much time and it best to talk openly about all doubts. Growing up in the church from a child showed me that most Christians tend not to speak publicly of their doubts because they feel it is a sin; that is the reason most Christians struggle with doubt. To resolve unresolved issues, one must talk openly about their doubts and know the danger of not facing doubts. Also, he or she must know what role to play in faith and be true to oneself. Some people live on the borderlands of faith. To be true to faith; practicing real faith means learning to ignore what you see. The Bible states that “But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrew 11: 6 (KJV)
To have faith and trust that God will always be there for you are for people who is real about their entire spiritual walk. The only way to take such a claim seriously is through fasting, praying and reading the word daily. Also, examine the one who will assist in making faith possible: Jesus. Study and read the bible to know what kind of person he is. The Bible states that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1. (KJV). To have faith you cannot be a Borderlands person or wonder whether faith in an unseen world of wishful thinking. Individuals in the borderlands spent much time thinking faith exist in a world no one can see, but faith does not delude us into seeing the world that doesn’t exist. Take into account this verse: “For we walk by faith, NOT by sight” 2 Corinthians 5: 7 (KJV)
My journey of faith has taught me when God ready to give someone a new beginning; it starts with an ending. Often the conclusion is the terrifying challenge that will be hard to get through. However, that when we find it difficult to articulate why we should continue to believe. When doubt enters my mind, I read the Bible that deals with the issue of uncertainty in various scriptures like —Ecclesiastes, Job, Lamentations, Habakkuk, Ruth, and Psalms. Maybe some people learned faith as part of their upbringing, or perhaps because they unquestionably find church an inspiring place to visit every Sunday. All the same, if they were asked to give reasons for their faith to others, they would not know what to say.
The thought hit me if I were prompted with an opportunity to give reasons for my faith to another: “What would I say?” After taking into consideration what to say, I want to answer the question as if I wrote a book titled; “A Doubter’s Guide to Faith.” Starting by sharing, there are two kinds of doubts that Christian people struggle with the most. First, spiritual doubt; the type of uncertainty that of those inside the church; doubts like — should I believe, should I feel guilty if I do not think so, Am I a real Christian, why isn’t prayer working, and why did God forsake me?
Second, circumstantial doubts, the type of uncertainty that deals with all the “whys” of life. Why is my life, such a mess, why do good people have to die before evil one, why am I struggling so hard when I know I am God’s child, why did God take my mother so early in my life, why did my sister hurt me when I trust her more than life. On my journey of faith, these are the tough questions I asked God. Also, these are the most common questions; asked at the connection between biblical doctrine and the pain of living in a sinful world. Be that as it may, I learn to talk to God about my spiritual doubts, and they ultimately become knowledgeable doubts. I arrive at an uplifting place; as a result, all my misgivings coevolve and all my questions were answered.
We must know how to find faith in God during the worst of times. Even when we find ourselves wondering where God is leading us, if we follow, trusting him when nothing makes sense at the time, we will be able to look back and see his devotion even when challenging things threatened to destroy us. If we prepare ourselves for the hard road, He can scale the most significant weight in our life, especially when we are down.
How we choose to exercise faith during the most challenging times will assist us in how to reach the end of our journey. There are two ways we can embrace faith when everything in life goes wrong; we can choose to wait patiently for God even when we are afraid. Alternatively, else, we can decide to reject God with many questions. On the contrary, instead of running away from God with problems, I recommend, you pray that God will lead you to a place where you can seek him with all of your heart and learn to trust him.
The Strength God Gave While Walking the Journey from Doubt to Faith; Trusting Him No Matter What
The journey from doubt to faith was a challenging one, but in the midst of trying circumstances; I had to learn how to find strength in God, not in my ability or resources. To deal with the trial further on, God made my feet steady and surefooted, so I may be able to travel the journey ahead. For my end trip to be a journey from doubt to faith; trusting God, no matter what I had to keep seeking Him; even during traveling the path that was manifest by much sorrow and suffering along the way.
In the course of seeking God over and over from beginning to end, I finally learn how and when to leave the Valley of Fear; fear prevents you from during what needs to be done, but through faith, I embark upon a new journey. A journey that leads to higher roads where I could walk in trust and depend on God to find strength in Him alone the way. The path that I traveled that is marked by much sorrow and suffering force me to trust God so He could lift me up when I am down. Also, I learn to trust God when there was nothing; I was no longer believing in materials things that I have but learning to trust him no matter what. Because I know, my blessing is on the way.
A journey from doubt to faith; trusting God, no matter what is a beautiful voyage. It is not an easy one, but a worthy one that God has open to all who will seek Him with all of their heart. Whether you are finding your own personal journey or not, let me encourage you to look into any visible signs of God’s presence or favor through a journey from doubt to faith. Although it is not an easy journey, I traveled the noble path, and I know for a fact if you will make time available to talk to God about all your struggles. You will learn God is not weak; he can handle all tough battles. By staying attached to the more substantial body of Christ, it will lead you to where you can trust God no matter what life throws at you.
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The Hebrew leader Abraham founded Judaism around 2000 B.C. Moses gave the Jews the Torah around 1250 B.C
Jesus Christ, who was crucified around A.D. 30 in Jerusalem.
Siddhartha Gautama, called the Buddha, in the 4th or 5th century B.C. in India.
Hinduism has no founder. The oldest religion, it may date to prehistoric times.
Muhammad, who was born in A.D. 570 at Mecca, in Saudi Arabia
How Many Gods
None, but there are enlightened beings (Buddhas)
Many (all gods and goddesses are considered different forms of one Supreme Being.)
The most important are the Torah, or the first five books of Moses. Others include Judaism's oral tradition, the written form of which is known as the Talmud.
The Bible is the main sacred text of Christianity
The most important are the Tripitaka, the Mahayana Sutras, Tantra, and Zen texts.
The most ancient are the four Vedas.
The Koran is the sacred book of Islam
Jews believe in the laws of God and the words of the prophets. In Judaism, however, actions are more important than beliefs.
Jesus taught love of God and neighbor and a concern for justice.
The Four Noble Truths: (1) all beings suffer; (2) desire—for possessions, power, and so on—causes suffering; (3) desire can be overcome; and (4) the path that leads away from desire is the Eightfold Path (the Middle Way).
Reincarnation states that all living things are caught in a cycle of death and rebirth. Life is ruled by the laws of karma, in which rebirth depends on moral behavior.
The Five Pillars, or main duties, are: profession of faith; prayer; charitable giving; fasting during the month of Ramadan; and pilgrimage to Mecca at least once.
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