“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind.”
James 1:6 NIV
Believing is a big thing in the Christian faith. In the NIV translation of the Bible there are 448 versions of the word believe, not including all the times it uses synonyms like the words trust or faith. Have you ever asked, “Are they a believer?” to find out if someone was a Christian? The term used to describe people who follow Christ holds a fundamental assumption that ‘we believe’. But if that’s true, then why does James address doubt?
The reality is that we all struggle with doubt in varying degrees.
In this portion of Scripture, James is encouraging believers to ask God for something and then he tells us we need to believe and not doubt. Verse seven warns us that anyone who doesn’t believe and doubts what they asked God for won’t receive it. OUCH! James calls doubters ‘double-minded’ people and says they are “unstable in all they do”. OUCH again!
Sounds a little harsh doesn’t it? So, was James just being mean or was he showing the ultimate concern for his fellow believers when he penned this portion of Scripture? This “come to Jesus” message is James’ loving wake-up call for us all. He’s trying to jar us out of the numbness that doubt causes and challenging our hearts to trust God will fulfill what we’ve asked of Him.
Let me ask you, “Is your believer broken?”
If the answer’s yes, then let’s work to build up your faith in the promises and faithfulness of God. Read through the 10 VERSES TO HELP YOU KEEP BELIEVING listed below and join in this prayer with me.
Father…Today I choose to believe in You! In those areas where my believer is broken I ask you to put a spiritual cast on and heal up my doubt. Help me not to be double-minded. I ask for boldness to speak out faithful words of confidence trusting you will do all I ask that’s in line with Your will. If You said it, You WILL do it, and I BELIEVE IT! In Jesus Name…Amen
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YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community – Barbara Bradford Ottinger
FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell