Joyce Meyer - Dealing With Doubt
I want to talk tonight about "Dealing with doubt". Because if you're going to trust God, then we have to do something all the doubts that come against us.
How many of you experience doubt from time to time or a million times every day in your life? Okay. Well, doubt is a very close relative of fear, it actually is a type of fear. And so, if we're going to live without fear, then we've got to learn to live without doubt.
But when I say live without doubt, I want to be very clear upfront that I'm not telling you that you're never going to have a doubt come to you. I'm not telling you the devil's not going to lie to you because he will and probably almost every day. But what I am going to tell you is that there's a deeper way to live than just off the top of our heads. We absolutely, more than anything, we need to stop living by these random thoughts that rush through our mind and how we feel. Amen?
So, doubt is going to come. But we can live deeper. Think with me for a minute about an ocean. I don't know if you've ever been on the ocean, but if you haven't, I'm sure you've seen it or you've seen pictures of it. And the top of the ocean, the surface of the ocean can just be wavy, and tumultuous, and roaring, and it just looks like everything is just all stirred up. But if you go down deep enough, it's just as still as it can be down there.
And I think that's the way God wants us to learn how to live. I think we have to learn to live a little bit deeper. And I'm not going to stand here and tell you that you're not going to have times when you're going to have to deal with doubt because you are.
None of us are ever going to be at a point where we just have this perfect faith, and we just never ever doubt. Because we can have all kinds of faith in God, and then we see a circumstance that seems to be against what we're believing, and the first thing we're tempted to do is doubt. So, when you find yourself in a battle with doubt, I want to encourage you to turn your brain off for just a minute and just go a little bit deeper and see what's in your heart, amen?
I'll give you an example. You know, I think anybody that's going to teach the word, you have to settle it for yourself that whatever message you show up with at the pulpit, if you've done your due diligence to hear from God and to study, then it's the right message for the people at the time.
But don't think for one minute that Bible teachers and preachers don't stand up here and from time to time doubt that they've got the right thing. Because if I start looking at how everybody's responding or not responding, the enemy will make sure that I see the two on the front row that are asleep, and the two behind them that keep looking at their watch every two seconds, and the five that are playing with their phones, and the others that are getting up and running in and out of the room. And you have to make your mind up that you're not going to believe anything except what's in your heart, amen?