Honest thoughts about Doubt.

Chilly —  June 27, 2013 — 15 Comments

Do you ever wrestle with overwhelming doubt? I do.

neverdoubtWe know God’s got a plan and that His timing is perfect, but we begin to wonder IF we’re the right person for His plan and IF we missed or ignored His promptings. In times like this, I bombard my brain with questions like: IF this is God’s will, why do we still struggle with finances? Why don’t more people get excited about it? When will we catch a break? Who can I contact to help? Am I what’s hindering our progress?

It often seems like people love what we’re doing but only from a distance. If you push for more involvement, commitment or support; they disappear into the shadows. Face it, we need more than Facebook friends or Twitter followers — we long for genuine relationships right in the trenches where we do war. We need people standing with us not pointing at us. Doubt says they don’t exist (or at least not for you)…

Doubt is a punk! He’s a hater, poser and crippler. He causes you to focus on your feelings and fears. He distracts you from spending time with Jesus and reading God’s Word. Doubt causes you to withdraw, take fewer risks and entertain depression. I HATE DOUBT!

On Tuesday night, I engaged in a twitter discussion about “doubt” with those connected with People of the Second Chance (POTSC). I thought I would share a few of my tweets from the discussion:

  • Right decisions are simply acts in obedience to the purposes of God. He will lead us right through doubt & on to destiny!
  • When I doubt myself I feel disconnected from God. Because I know He has no doubts (even in me).
  • Doubts are stepping stones across the river of defeat – certainty awaits on the other side… so, MOVE!
  • “Do all things without grumbling or questioning” Philippians 2:14… of course, this was spoken to single focused believers.
  • Selfishness & insecurity are constantly trying to replace faith with flesh. We want to feel everything NOW.

I’m learning to doubt my doubts!

Q: Where are YOU at with doubt?

stepping on & over my doubts,
Chilly

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15 responses to Honest thoughts about Doubt.

  1. You were actually on my heart this morning, Pastor. Lately I’ve been brought back to Romans 4:18 quite a bit:

    “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations…”

    It’s hard to believe against all hope, but the truth is that we do have hope. There’s hope for Detroit. There’s hope for us.

    Praying for doubts to be removed and God’s continued guidance and provision.

    • Thank you Rebekah!
      (I type that with tears)
      – I KNOW that God is working and I take delight in standing upon the very doubts that the devil meant to sink me with… like Peter, I fix my eyes on Jesus, climb over the side of the boat and WALK! Miracles come through faith in Christ and refusing to look at the waves or listen to the wind! ROAR!

  2. Kimberly Connell June 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    It is really good that you wrote about this and shared your personal thoughts and feelings regarding doubt because about two weeks ago, I was very discouraged about some things (people) I have been praying for, for a long long time now. Doubt was filling my mind and heart, and I thought to myself, who am I kidding? Things aren’t going to change. Not when people’s choices and freewill get in the way. That father’s day weekend, something hugely significant occurred! God opened my eyes, and suddenly my faithless, doubtful, skeptical and critical self was so clear to me, and I was so painfully aware of the condition of my heart and mind, and it was not a pretty sight. I was so grieved, and I believe I was feeling what God was feeling. What’s worse is my doubts were causing me to think there was no hope, and I was going to act on that hopelessness by giving up the fight. When my eyes were opened, I just raised my hands up to the sky and cried and prayed, God forgive me. I surrender this to you. And I literally felt and knew that God had given me a renewed sense of purpose and a new fresh strategy for prayer and how to pray. It was awesome! And I am so grateful! Now every time I see the opposite of what I am praying for, I turn it around and thank God in prayer for what He shared with me and showed me. I use His Stategy in prayer and pray what He instructed me to pray! My faith is renewed and I am fighting the good fight! FTW!!!! I will pray for you and Courage Church, Pastor Chilly. Thank you for your blog post today. Doubt is an insidious and subtle thing the enemy uses to try and bring down the body of Christ and he is a liar! We are More than Conquerors through Christ Jesus.

  3. This is awesome. I was struggling with doubt earlier this year, and I came to the conclusion that doubt is a form of disobedience, and disobedience is seen in the eyes of God. I no longer doubt what God can do, and I’m learning not to doubt myself either. Great thoughts and thanks for sharing.

  4. I let doubt make me question my own qualification and ability to do what God has called me to do.

    But I know that since God has called me He will give me the ability to do it and do it with excellence. My doubts are now my encouragement that I can’t do it without God and He is in control!

    Thank you for sharing this Pastor. So often people talk about how doubting is natural but few take it the next step to talk about how to defeat it. Thank you!

    • Austin, as you begin to walk upon your doubts, you’ll see Jesus like never before! Then anointing and miraculous will begin to happen in and through you! I’m cheering already!

  5. A timely post to encourage me as some battles are heating up. I wish Detroit were just a few miles closer. My heart is with your ministry. I sense on on the edge of some drastic changes and am excited, family is doubting and the atmosphere tries to bring me down. I read we need to smile with what we are doing because of who we are in Christ. When I’m out with my ministry, I’m smiling and loving on my old people and the staff, but it is harder at home. Posts like this, along with many other sources buoy me. The joy of the Lord is my strength.

    • Home can be a doubt-killer or doubt-builder environment… I wish people would see the damage in negativity (rather than hiding behind, “just being real” statements)…

      keep finding & spreading joy!

      • Thank you, Chilly for that word. Would you pray that my family know the power of words? Our pastor preached a sermon series on that many, many years ago about blessings and curses. I even gave the notes away to a family where I was taking care of her mother and wished I had just made a copy (that was 7 years ago, so you know how long it has been since that was preached). I have been doing spiritual battle this morning. I know God is going to honor my prayers, we are on the cusp of something great, why the attack has intensified so much this week- but has always been going on. The devil doesn’t like intact, whole, loving families, we know that. It is no surprised. I know I serve a greater God-Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world. God uses many sources to encourage us. You are one of mine .

        • I’m so honored to be a blessing and encouragement to you! Thank you for being such a faithful friend & encouragement to me and Courage Church. Your prayers reach Detroit – we feel them & need them!

  6. Doubt is a punk! He’s a hater, poser and crippler. He causes you to focus on your feelings and fears. He distracts you from spending time with Jesus and reading God’s Word. Doubt causes you to withdraw, take fewer risks and entertain depression. I HATE DOUBT!

    Whoa, I love this. I was totally having a moment earlier today where I doubted. So often I doubt the love of God, and go through this whole process of trying to understand his love and realizing I can never earn it. Eventually, after lots of prayer and crying, I move past it and remind myself of scripture, which speaks about God’s love for me. I also doubt his calling, whenever I struggle to take control of my life and work toward the “better, more stable” path ←According to the world. But when in doubt, I force myself to have perspective…remember what He has done in my life, how I’ve experienced his love and shared it with others, the passions he has put on my heart, the doors he has opened up, and the ways he has provided, etc ☺ I am so thankful God helps me through these moments, and brings clarity quickly. I refuse to wallow in self-doubt and be ruled by fear.

    Praying for wha God is doing in Detroit and Hamtramck.

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