Doubt is a terrible companion. It is not like any other emotion. Generally speaking, emotions create a specific response. When sad, we cry. When mad, we yell. When happy, we laugh. When frustrated, we complain. What do we do when we doubt? We don’t believe.
Doubt creates unbelief. Unbelief strips away hope and wonder replacing them with skepticism and uneasiness. Unbelief causes us to not believe what we should. It moves us to question truth, ignore honest people, and not accept a good thing.
I get that we live in a world that puts a spin on everything. Therefore, we have been conditioned to doubt, but doubt should not be an option when it comes to reading God’s Word, accepting His truth, or trusting His promises.
The writer of Hebrews warns us…
So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. (Hebrews 3:12)
We cannot believe everything we see on the news, read on the internet, or hear on the radio. We must use discernment with all the information being dumped on us, but clearly there is an evil unbelief that we should avoid.
What is “evil” unbelief? It is believing God will not do something that he said he would do. Apparently, evil unbelief can be just lying around in our hearts and mind. When we come across it, we are to remove it from our thinking. If we don’t, it will turn us off to the living God.
Here is what God has said if you have placed your faith in Jesus and received his grace offered from the cross…
“I am with you. I have an unfailing love for you. I have a plan for your life. I can only do good to you. I will forgive you. I will help you. I will answer your prayers. I will not allow you to be tempted more than you can bear. I created you to do good. I accept you. I will work everything out for your good. I will give you grace and mercy everyday. I will not condemn you. I will not abandon you. I will welcome you into heaven.”
Do you believe this, or have you found some unbelief? If so, get rid of it.
Here is a song that has been encouraging me. May it encourage you.