Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hello Y'all, 
     I'm so excited to share with you a discovery that was new to me, but first I'd like to ask you a question: Have you ever doubted or questioned the Lord? I am growing up in a Christian home, and up until a year or so ago I NEVER thought for myself in terms of my personal faith. If your story is similar, have you ever wondered why that is? Let me put it simpler: as a homeschooled student I tend to think about public schools, and how the teens attending them often are exposed to peer pressure and often they "go with the flow." Living out my life and experiencing regular Sunday school, Bible classes, youth group, and confirmation class, all my questions were answered; weren't they? See, in the past few years I have begun to find answers myself, re-affirming those answers I received in Sunday School. I am finally beginning to understand so many more things for myself, like baptism and the Lord's Supper. 
     Maybe I went "with the flow" for some years, but I am so grateful for my Christian parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, Sunday morning church, Bible studies, the list goes on. By the grace of God I am a Christian, but God certainly used those previous things to shape and strengthen my faith. Obviously though, my faith is not perfect, so when I start doubting I automatically feel terrible, feeling as if I have betrayed my Father in heaven. But is doubt really bad? That's what I'm excited to share: doubt is not bad!
     Read Job. Job doubts, questions, and even mocks the Lord. I began reading the book of Job,  and when I was halfway through I thought to myself, wasn't Job supposed to be a faithful man? Why does he question his Lord? Read it yourself and come to your own conclusion. What I realized is that the Devil often places doubts in our minds, and many Christians push them away, refusing to acknowledge them. I pushed them away, I didn't want to doubt! But isn't that being dishonest with God, hiding your heartfelt feelings? It is SO important to acknowledge those doubts and questions so that the Lord can use them to strengthen your faith! Don't hide them away and let them torment you, that's what Satan wants! Talk to the Lord and honestly spill everything out, then listen. 

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