Devotional: ‘Fear or Faith?’

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This week we have been studying about doubt and fear. I suppose that we could also add to this list the sin of worry. We worry because we doubt God and fear what might happen to us. How can we defeat these three sins in our life?

Someone has said that fear and faith cannot coexist together. If we fear, it is because we do not have faith. And if we have faith, we will not fear. How can we deepen our faith so that we will not fear? There are at least three factors involved:

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Devotional: ‘I Do Believe; Help Me Overcome My Unbelief’

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Doubt is an experience common to all people. Even those who have great faith in God can sometimes be tempted to question what God is doing. Yesterday we saw how John the Baptist doubted. While in prison he sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus, Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?” (Matthew 11:3)

John was not the first person to struggle with doubt. Consider what happened to his father, Zechariah.

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Devotional: ‘People Who Persevered in Prayer’   

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Persistence in praying is found throughout the Bible. This week we have been studying The Parable of the Persistent Widow. (see Luke 18:1-8) But there are other examples as well.

For instance, consider the prayer life of Elijah.

“Elijah climbed to the summit of Carmel, bent down on the ground, and put his face between his knees. ‘Go and look toward the sea,’ he said to his servant. So the servant went and looked, and he said, ‘There is nothing there.’ Seven times Elijah said, ‘Go back.’ On the seventh time, the servant reported, ‘There is a cloud as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea.’ And Elijah replied, ‘Go and tell Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’ ” (1 Kings 18:42-44)

Notice that Elijah had to pray seven times before it rained. Even though he already knew what God’s will was, he still had to be persistent in his prayers.

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