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faith; it is based on the promises of God   21) because he knows God’s Word is more
        and the finished work of the Lord Jesus.   powerful than anything he can throw your
        It is actually more an understanding – it   way. Do not give Satan “a foothold” into
        all comes back to the simplest of truths:   your mind (Eph 4:27). Scripture is the anti-
        “I was a guilty sinner, but Jesus died for   dote for the fallacies of liberal philosophy
        me.” That is all any Christian has, and all   and secular humanism.
        that is needed.                         “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2Co
          Another common cause of doubts is   5:7). We need no faith for that which is
        testing our own faith against our fail-  naturally seen. But it is also wrong to base
        ures. If you do this, read Romans chapter   our faith on feelings; this stumbles many
        7. Here, the Apostle Paul struggles in   believers. Many days we just don’t “feel
        wretched misery, battling by himself   saved.” Discouragements, depression,
        the old sinful nature that is still present   difficulties and distress all affect us emo-
        in every believer. He states it is a daily   tionally, and when we are “down,” doubts
        struggle. But in the next chapter, he shows   can easily come. When this occurs, go to
        how victory is obtained: by living one’s   the Rock. The poet has said, “Often on the
        life under the guidance and control of the   Rock I tremble, faint of heart, and weak of
        Holy Spirit. These two chapters should be   knee; but the mighty Rock of Ages never
        read every day by any who are struggling   trembles under me.” Never trust your
        with doubts. Understand this: no matter   feelings. Instead, go back and rest on the
        how great a failure you may occasionally   promises of the Word of God. He never
        think you are, this is not a surprise to your   fails, and He always keeps every one of
        Heavenly Father. Eternities ago, He knew   His promises.
        all about you, loved you with an everlast-
        ing love, and chose to reveal His Son in   Not hiding Scripture in your heart is a
        you. You have never disappointed Him,   root cause of doubts. Better knowledge
        nor will you ever, since He knows the past,   of God’s Word builds stronger  faith.
        present and future. You may disappoint   God lamented through Hosea that His
        yourself, but this does not change your   people “were destroyed from a lack of
        standing with Him nor your salvation.  knowledge.” This is a great problem to-
          Satan is the universal expert in messing   day – biblically illiterate Christians. We
        with minds. His mind led to his downfall   have many Bibles, but how well do we
        – he only sinned with his thoughts. He   know them? How much time do we re-
        knows how to induce people to doubt.   ally devote to getting to know God better
        He did this expertly with Eve, and she   through His Word?
        fell. He blinds the minds of the unsaved   The old hymn reminds us that we are
        (2Co 4:3-4). And he will affect your mind if   “standing on the promises of God.” When
        you let him. This is why it has been stated   you doubt, go to His promises and rest
        that “the mind is the Devil’s playground.”   there. Finally, when doubts assail your
        Three times he tested Jesus to try to get   faith, realize that you are giving more
        Him to fall. Three times Jesus resisted   importance to the doubt than to the object
        him successfully with the use of God’s   of your faith. Instead, when you doubt,
        Word. Satan hates it when you fill your   trust God, go back to His Word and doubt
        mind with the “words of truth” (Pro 22:   your doubts!

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