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 Vol. 6, No. 7 

July 2004

Priscilla's Page *Editor's Note*

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Enemies of Our Faith:
Doubt, Fear, Worry, Guilt

By Marilyn LaStrapeImage

Where in the Bible does it say, do not doubt unless "this" happens and then it will be all right to doubt? Where in the Bible does it say do not fear unless... Where in the Bible does it say do not worry unless... Where in the Bible does it say do not bear guilt unless?

Doubt is defined as a lack of conviction or certainty, to be perplexed to the point of despair, a lack of faith. This is God's answer to doubt: "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God... but let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind, for let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways" (James 1:5-8). When Peter took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink after he had bid Peter to come to him on the water, Jesus asked Peter, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" (Matthew (14:31).

Fear is defined as a feeling of alarm caused by the expectation of danger, pain or disaster. One of the first emotions we experience is fear. It is said as babies we have two "inborn" fears -- the fear of falling and loud noises.

"Do not be afraid" is a statement Jesus made over and over and over again to his apostles and disciples. Paul states it this way, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)

In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), fear was one of the "reasons" the one talented man offered for not doing anything with the talent his master had given him. The master's response was not understanding or sympathy, but anger!

Did you know that the fearful are the first group of people that are listed that will be spending eternity in hell? "But the fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8).

Worry is defined as feeling uneasy and troubled about some uncertain or threatening matter. Worry is always an "inside" job! Worry is a form of unbelief! Worry is a sin because Jesus says three times in Matthew 6:19-34 we are not to worry! The biblical answer to worry is: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians. 4:6-8).

Guilt is defined as a remorseful awareness of having done something wrong, to be at fault. The Bible is full of examples of those who disregarded God in order to go their own willful ways. Over and over again we read of their guilt. Adam, Eve, Cain, Jacob, Saul, David, Solomon, Peter and Judas could begin the list of literally hundreds throughout Scripture.

The good news is we are made free from doubt, fear, worry and guilt through the love, mercy and grace of God. "He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities, For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him, For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust" (Psalm 103:10-14).

Jesus told his disciples on one occasion if they had the faith of a grain of mustard seed, they could remove mountains. The mountains of doubt, fear, worry and guilt can be removed based on our obedient faith and commitment to the truth.Image

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