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Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
Bodily form, immortality, intellectual capacity all incorporated in this one made in GOD’S image. While man has the inherent capacity for faith he also had another force within that was activated when Satan queried; hath GOD said? At that point doubt came alive from its dormant stage.
It pleased GOD to give man this power for it enabled him to have the power of choice as to his belief in GOD.
An interesting example of this force is in the case of John the Baptist. He had the revelation that Christ was the messiah and yet while in prison he questioned.
Matthew 11:2-3 Now when John had news in prison of the works of the Christ, he sent his disciples; To say to him, Are you he who is to come, or are we waiting for another?
He had previously said; John 1:34 This I saw myself and my witness is that he is the Son of God.
Doubt has many faces and takes many forms. It can be helpful or destructive and is a powerful force in ones life. Doubt is a constant issue being manifested always. It is as a coin with two sides, doubt and belief that we carry at all times.
Doubt isn’t all negative for at times it can keep us from making big mistakes. The opposite can be said about belief for believing something is true when it isn’t can also be harmful.
In the Bible GOD has given us instructions as to what we should believe and how we must act. Just like Adam and Eve we are often pressured into acting contrary to what we know what is right. We develop a belief system that we trust to keep a stable relationship with our Maker, but when put into practice we find that doubt attacks us at one point or another.
This is most notable in ones prayer life. As we believe God’s promises and try to apply them to a situation, doubt enters and we may feel defeated. What to do when this happens? The answer to that is extremely important for that is where the rubber meets the road as the saying goes.
There is a third element that enters in at this point and it is FAITH in the person of Jesus Christ; In believing in His words, and that they are true.
You can't believe for things in prayer without a full confidence in the one who can answer your plea.
The misuse of scripture as a basis for answered prayer is all too prevalent and mass confusion is the result which leads to a loss of faith and confidence.
What we are dealing with is the fact we are all human and have to deal with human weakness. Doubt, unbelief, and a lack of faith are ever present and few have gotten beyond this problem.
There is a position that one can take in the midst of all of the spiritual struggles that is, “though He slay me yet will I trust Him” in the mist of the worst that life throws at us we can stand unmoved if we have this trust relationship with Christ Jesus.
When we trust, fully, there is nothing that can shake us even though the circumstances we find ourselves in are beyond our strength for we are more than conquerors through trust in Him.
Linking today at “A Pause on the Path” at http://www.shandaoakleyinspires.com/2011/10/satans-tactics.html There are many good words at Shanda’s site, but do not miss her own post on “Satan’s Tactics”