A Struggle to Have Faith
This is part 3 of the four part series about dealing with doubt.
Key Scripture Mark 9:20-26.
- Have you ever been so desperate for something--like when you're hungry or thirsty and are desperate for anything that will fill it?
- Our doubt can come from disappointment, but it can also desperately drive us to search for answers and help.
- In the story in Mark 9, we find desperation, hope and healing.
- The father in the moment believed that Jesus could perform this miracle, yet he struggled with doubt.
- When disappointment becomes the norm, doubt may be your natural reaction.
Can God handle our questions and struggles?
- You just need to have mustard seed size of faith in order for God to work.
- Don't feel guilt or shame when struggling with doubt.
- Jesus never said you wouldn't struggle with doubt.
Jesus didn't reject the father when spoke of his struggle with belief.
- The man believed but also knew that his faith was weak.
- His faith was mixed with unbelief. So in a display of honesty, he asked Jesus to help him overcome his unbelief.
Christian and doubt.
- How we treat others within the family of God affects their connection to God.
- How do you treat another believer who is struggling with doubts as a Christian.
- You can either encourage them or discourage them.
- Think about that for a moment.
- How do you treat someone who isn't a believer and struggling with doubting God?
- How you react to their doubt is crucial.
- You could help them turn to God or go further away from God.
- God shows compassion to those who have doubts.
- We as a church have an opportunity to show others that same compassion.
- "It is possible to go to heaven with a lot of doubts, and it is possible to go to hell with a lot of certainty—people do it every day.” Dallas Willard