James 1:6 - Faith vs Doubt.

James 1:6: Faith vs Doubt.

James 1:6 (NJB) But the prayer must be made with faith, and no 
trace of doubt, because a person who has doubts is like the waves 
thrown up in the sea by the buffeting of the wind.  

James 1:6 (TEV) But when you pray, you must believe and not 
doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven 
and blown about by the wind.  

James 1:6 (NLT) But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is 
in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as 
unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.  


The Dungeon of Doubt
   Some time ago, I took my family to the bicycle store to 
purchase a bike for 5-year-old Jenna. She picked out a shiny "Starlett" 
with a banana seat and training wheels. And Andrea, age three, 
decided she wanted one as well. 
   I explained to Andrea that she was too young. I told her she 
was still having trouble with a tricycle and was too small for a 
two-wheeler. No luck; she still wanted a bike. I explained to her that when 
she was a bit older, she would get a bike, too. She just stared at 
me. I tried to tell her that a big bike would bring her more pain 
than pleasure, more scrapes than thrills. She turned her head and 
said nothing. 
   Finally I sighed and said this time her daddy knew best. Her 
response? She screamed it loud enough for everyone in the store to hear: 
"Then I want a new daddy!" 
   Though the words were from a child's mouth, they carried an 
adult's sentiments. 
   Disappointment demands a change in command. When we don't 
agree with the One who calls the shots, our reaction is often the same 
as Andrea's-the same as John the Baptist's. "Is he the right one 
for this job?" Or, as John put it, "Are you the one? Should we look 
for another?" 
   Andrea, with her three-year-old reasoning powers, couldn't 
believe that a new bike would be anything less than ideal for her. From 
her vantage point, it would be the source of eternal bliss. And from 
her vantage point, the one who could grant that bliss was "sitting 
on his hands." 
   I can't believe that God would sit in silence while a 
missionary is kicked out of a foreign country or a Christian loses a 
promotion because of his beliefs or a faithful wife is abused by an 
unbelieving husband. These are just three of many items that have made their 
way onto my prayer list - all prayers that seem to have gone 
   Rule of thumb: Clouds of doubt are created when the warm, 
moist air of our expectations meets the cold air of God's silence. 
   If you've heard the silence of God, if you've been left 
standing in the dungeon of doubt... you may learn, as John did, that the 
problem is not as much in God's silence as it is in your ability to 
hear. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


   Whatever we do, we must not let any lurking doubts go 
unchallenged. Pascal said: "Doubt is an unhappy state, but there is an 
indispensable duty to seek when we are in doubt, and thus anyone who doubts 
and does not seek is at once unhappy and in the wrong."  
   How do we go about resolving doubts? One way is to bring them 
to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to help us overcome them. If 
prayer does not dissolve them, apply the tactic which Nehemiah adopted: 
"So we prayed to our God and stationed a guard" (Neh 4:9). Take a 
verse of Scripture that is the opposite of your doubt and hold it in 
the center of your mind, repeating it to yourself many times 
throughout the day. Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones once said: "Have you realized 
that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are 
listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? We must talk to 
ourselves instead of allowing ourselves to talk to us!"  
   In listening to our doubts instead of talking to them, we 
fall prey to the same temptation that caught Adam and Eve off guard 
in the garden of Eden. The order of creation was stood on its head 
when the first human pair allowed themselves to be dictated to by the 
animal world (in the form of the serpent), when, in fact, they had been 
put in a position to dictate to it.  
   Don't let your doubts dictate to you. Turn the tables and 
dictate to them. Talk to them with words from the Word of God.  
   Father, help me never to be nonplussed, for in You there are 
ways to overcome every problem. Drive the truth I have learned today 
deeply into my spirit so that I may apply it whenever I am faced with 
doubt. In Jesus' name. Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn 
Hughes devotional re Heb. 4:12] 

   I woke up in one of those dreadful moods, already prejudiced 
against the day ahead. I spoke to the Lord about it - asked Him to 
jump-start my spirit and help my attitude shift. Nothing. I still felt like 
the day was out to get me.  
   Sometime later, I decided to pull out some index cards with 
Scripture verses on them, words that God had used to speak encouragement 
to me at critical moments in various situations. I read through 
each one, remembering the power I felt when they impacted me at those 
moments. Little by little, my attitude shifted. The day wasn't out to get 
me; I was sent into the day by a powerful God who had already 
ordained my steps. Whatever happened on this day, I would overcome.  
   The Spirit of God is always with us and in us, but sometimes 
we can sense His practical Presence only in the Word He inspired. 
God is present when we read His Word and affirm its truth, when we 
let the living power of the Word sink into us and shape us. It's 
entirely possible to read and study the Bible without experiencing this 
living power - plenty of Pharisees, philosophers, and skeptics have 
done so throughout history, and so have we at times. But when the 
Word lands in the fertile ground of faith in our hearts, things 
change. God goes to work. He inhabits the words He has spoken, and they 
take on a vitality that transforms.  
   If you're in need of God's Presence, you can always find it 
one way or another in His revelation. Don't just read His words; let 
them speak. Let them change your day - and your life.  
   Lord, I need to experience the living power of Your Word. 
Whenever I thirst for You, lead me to the verses that reveal Your voice 
for that moment. Use them to shape me from within. [The One Year 
Experiencing Gods Presence Devotional by Chris Tiegreen re Heb. 4:12] 




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or testimony on this 
passage of Scripture, either personal or otherwise, I would be 
interested in hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep uplifting 
Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred Gibbs  


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