Susie Mc

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Verse and Message (Week of Oct 18-24, 2009) October 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — susiemc @ 12:44 pm
James 1:6
But when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
We all know people who waver back and forth in everything they do. I think we have all had seasons in our lives where we have found ourselves slipping into that anxious position of uncertainty. 
Doubt is the uncomfortable place when uncertainty torments us, and we are unable to do anything but “straddle the fence.” Somehow, straddling the fence appears to be a safe place. However, that place can be a miserable place, because we are fearful to make a decision. We are afraid we might choose the wrong side of the fence.
We are all capable of moving forward in faith, even though we may be threatened with doubt. However, doubt can paralyze us and keep us from realizing God’s blessings. It’s important to recognize when our heart is divided. God may clearly define the next step He desires for us to take, and yet, we may delay that action, because we are bound in fear. Delayed obedience equals disobedience.
Here’s an acrostic I created with the word DOUBT:
D – Double Mind which may cause Delayed Obedience
O – Over analyzing until we are utterly exhausted
U – Under Satan’s Deceptive Spell
B – Belief smothered until faith is small or nonexistent
T – Tormented with confusion
I have learned that the more we understand the unconditional love of Jesus, the more apt we are to place our faith in Him, thus, diminishing all the remnants of doubt that keep us unsettled. True peace is provided when we listen to the VOICE of TRUTH and claim victory in His promises. When we stand on His promises by meditating on His Word, and when we take time to communicate with Him daily….fear and doubt run the other direction ie Satan flees.
Another miraculous way to drown fear and doubt is to make it a practice to come before the Lord with thanksgiving, adoration, and praise. When He floods us with the knowledge of His presence, the other voices desperately attempting to plant seeds of doubt will be banished.
When we seek to discern the VOICE of TRUTH amidst the chaos, distractions, and confusion bombarding us, we are able to stay steady in our Walk and Work for Christ. When we don’t waver, we can be confident with each step we take.
Nonetheless, it doesn’t come natural. We have to be intentional in our focus on Christ. Everything in the world around us is competing for our attention.
Most of you are familiar with the “The Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns. I had not heard the song in a while, and then I heard it last night on XM Radio.
Here’s a video of “The Voice of Truth” with clips from the movies Bruce Almighty and The Truman Show. Check it out when you get a chance….
“Faith is a desperate dive out of the sinking boat of human effort and a prayer that God will be there to pull us out of the water”…Max Lucado

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