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I'm Doubting My Faith 2

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If you're hanging from the cliff, the guy hanging from the branch next to you isn't going to be much help. You need someone above on firm ground to throw you a line and pull you up. That's the kind of Christian friend you need—someone who's on solid spiritual ground. If you don't know anyone like this, start praying that God would send a strong Christian into your life who can help you.

I'd also encourage you to read the Psalms. This part of the Bible is packed with real, deep and intense emotion. And the feelings expressed in the Psalms aren't always pretty, either. Along with praise, the writers also express emotions like frustration, anger and fear. I'd encourage you to pick up a copy of The Message: Psalms Pocket Edition by Eugene Peterson (NavPress). Written in today's language, this wonderful version of the Psalms really captures the feelings of both the firm believer and the serious doubter.

No matter what's causing your doubts, remember this: You can doubt and still be a person of deep faith. Just look at Job. Even during a time of intense doubting, he was someone God loved and listened to (Job 42). God wasn't turned off by Job's doubts. He will not reject you because of yours. He wants to help you through them, and he wants to be your God and your friend in spite of them.

With that said, don't let your doubts move you away from reading your Bible or from praying and worshiping. Like the Psalm writers, let both your doubts and your praise be a part of your prayers and your worship. And don't neglect service. As we see the needs of others, we tend to spend less time thinking about ourselves—or our struggles and doubts. As we allow God's love to flow through us to others, our questions, while still there, may not seem quite as important as they once did.

When your doubts seem overwhelming, remember this story from Mark 9. A man came to Jesus with his demon-possessed son. After begging Jesus to chase out the demon, he says (in The Message version): "If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!"

Jesus responds: "If? There are no 'ifs' among believers. Anything can happen."

And the father cries out: "Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!"

Let this be your own heart's cry, too. Seek God each day and tell him your struggles and your doubts. He wants to help you through them. He also wants to be your friend and Lord, even, and especially, during your times of doubt.

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