Marriage and Family: Overcoming DoubtNovember 01, 2013
I am sitting here in Colorado Springs, Colorado, overwhelmed at how the Spirit moved in our midst during this women's retreat. The lady who organized the event had never met me, but was given a recommendation from another to ask me to speak (I paid her!!! just kidding). Towards the end of the retreat, this lady confessed that she was skeptical of me because she was just not sure if I was what they needed.
Skepticism: "given to doubt"
Why was this sweet lady skeptical of me? Because she didn't know me. She was in the dark about who I was and what I was about. Why do any of us doubt? Because we are in the dark. We don't know about that for which we doubt. And so we question the validity until we have proof.
As we read Chapter 3, "Ankle Deep" from my book Living Deeper, we found that many of the next generation are skeptical about if God is real and if He can really make a difference in their lives. If you are going to be able to disciple them, you must overcome their doubts...but HOW?
In the book of Numbers, Moses is dedicating the Tabernacle and instructing the people as to how to live together in love and justice towards one another. In Numbers 8:1, I stumbled across this phrase that the Spirit caused to jump out at me: "God spoke to Moses, 'Tell Aaron, Install the seven lamps so they will THROW LIGHT IN FRONT OF THE LAMPSTAND.' (The Message)
I pondered that phrase for a long time. Light was meant to be thrown. It was meant to illuminate beyond itself. And God commanded Moses to tell Aaron to make the light throw forward, or out in front. Was it to symbolize illuminating the path before them? Or was it meant to symbolize a piercing of darkness? Or both?
May I suggest to you today that the way to overcome skepticism is light.....light that illuminates the dark places of unbelief.
In Matthew 8:12, Jesus said, "I am the Light of the world." He overcame the doubt of the people as He shined forth the Light of truth in the dark doubts of God's people. He illuminated the path that Christ followers are to tread. He pierced through the darkness of deception to shine the truth of the gospel.
In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus told His disciples, "YOU are the light of the world." God has created us and Jesus has sent us to be LIGHT in the world. Not just a light that illuminates our little area, but rather a light that is THROWN IN FRONT to a world who is skeptical about if God is real and if God's ways really work. YOU are the light that can overcome all unbelief and skepticism.....YOU!
Because of this, it's imperative that we allow the Holy Spirit to live in and through us. When He does miracles in and through us, gives us peace in difficult times, when we sacrificially give of ourselves, unconditionally love others, and are used by God to help others find their freedom, we are THROWING LIGHT.....we show proof that God is real and that walking with Him does absolutely make an incredible difference in our lives.
So THROW YOUR LIGHT FORWARD today! The only way the next generation will find the proof they need to walk with God is if we give it to them!
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Mother On Thursday, October 10 at 10:32 AM
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. Don't let satan or doubt or fear blow it out, NO!! Let it shine!! Let it shine 'til Jesus comes, YES! I'm gonna let it shine!!