Sword Fighting Class – Cut out the Doubting

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

We are doing a great job of memorizing James 1!  Keep it up!James 1 2-5

As the verses grow, my prayers to God asking for his help have also grown 🙂

This is a God thing.  We know it’s his will for us to write his word upon our hearts and minds.  We know he’ll help.

Asking for his help is a wise thing.

And listen to our next verse- verse 6:

But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he would doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

Love that verse!  We must believe and not doubt.

When we ask for something that is in God’s will for us, we always receive it.  Always. He has promised us.  We should have no doubt about that.

And when we’re not sure if something is in God’s will for us, this verse tells us we should be praying expecting an answer.

Watching for an answer.  Not doubting that God will answer.

Praying expectantly.

This verse changed how I pray.  After I really understood this, I started praying and immediately watching – expecting an answer.

And God always answers.

Sometimes its ‘no’, other times its ‘yes’ and he often uses the ‘wait’ answer with me. That’s a hard one.  But a very cool one.  Because when I see God move and answer those requests at the right time, it’s a glorious thing.  Worth the wait.

Doubt causes us to be blown and tossed by the winds of life.  The winds of emotion.  The winds of confusion.  The winds of disappointment and anger.  The winds of despair.

We’ve all been caught in those winds.  It’s not a fun place to be.

Dear Father God, Please help us remove all doubt we have about you.  We want to be anchored securely in you..today…always.  When the winds of life blow at us and tug at our spirit, draw us closer to you.  Thank you for helping us to memorize your word, hiding it deep within our hearts, renewing our minds and setting us free.  In the redeeming name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

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