Doubt

 

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“6 But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all.  Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. 7-8 If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord.”

-James 1 : 6 – 8 (GNT)

Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. Meaning, whoever doubts no longer has control over his thoughts, behaviors and attitudes, but rather, is controlled by the thoughts, behaviors and attitudes of those surrounding him. Most people probably wouldn’t think twice about the verbiage in this passage, but if you take a minute to comprehend the magnitude of these words, they are truly breathtaking.

Doubt, as defined by dictionary.com:

  1. to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.
  2. to distrust.
  3. to fear; be apprehensive about.

Using the first line of this definition, consider the following:

  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that God created man from the dust of the ground, breathing life-giving breath into him, in order to bring him into being; I doubt God’s creation of man.
  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that by God’s commandment alone, He created the very earth on which we are living; I doubt the power of God.
  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that angels are capable of existing alongside man, even in a realm beyond the one we know to exist, and despite repeated mention of their existence throughout the Bible; I doubt the word of God.

There may be things that we as humans will never be able to comprehend.  Things like the existence of UFOs or the mathematical dimensions of the universe, are pretty vast, and sometimes vague, subjects.  However, if we accept the fact that we are not going to understand everything we encounter in life, and move forward with the open mindset of “what-if?”, then we are already ahead of the game! 

If you find that the mention of any of the above statements, plants a seed of doubt in your heart or mind, then seek out the truth as it applies to your own beliefs, and clear it up! The things we don’t even consider being a hindrance to our faith, are probably the most prominent obstacles we will face. Do not accept things just because someone told you to.  For the love of God, please – UNDERSTAND WHY you are supposed to believe what you are told. Have the answer to any question that might come your way, seek to understand the big picture.  If you get stumped during the process, just ask God for guidance. If you ask, you will receive; if you seek, you will find; if you knock, the door will be opened.  However, do you know what must be done prior to receiving, finding, and having the door opened for you? A conscious and consistent effort on your part for knowledge.

With Love,

nikki | mytwisteddream

“The beauty is there, but you cannot doubt it when you see it.”

The Faith of a Child

faith of a child

In Capernaum, near the Sea of Galilee, Jesus was speaking with his disciples about heaven. When the disciples inquired about who was the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven, Jesus welcomed a child into their presence and replied, “I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child.”  (Matthew 18: 3-4)

After reading this, I began to think.  How does one humble himself and become like a child?  What child-like characteristic(s) must one possess in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?  In writing my list of “necessary” traits for the faith of a child, three stood out:

  1. Curiosity
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Untainted by Emotion

If we are not curious, we will never learn.

If we cannot forgive, light-stifling darkness will slowly begin to consume our hearts and minds, as our subconscious [unbeknownst to us] secretly dwells on the resentment that remains as a side effect of harboring negative feelings toward another entity.

And finally, if we allow these negative emotions to control us without conscious knowledge of the darkness that is gradually building inside our minds over time, we will begin to weaken and bend until we are no more useful than the keyboard I am typing this on.  We become like puppets, or ‘robots’ as I like to say, our minds being manipulated by the world around us.

All of us have “robot-isms” – it is our human nature.  However, unless you are able to recognize this fact and routinely acknowledge its presence, all while maintaining enough curiosity about its existence, in order to consistently seek out knowledge with the intent of continuously bettering yourself – you just might not enter the Kingdom of heaven (per Jesus).

Face your fears and find the beauty in them!

Adam And Eve


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article via Adam And Eve by Jack Kelley @ <http://www.gracethrufaith.com

Let me first begin by praising the clarity in which Jack Kelley composes his interpretations of the Bible stories we’ve been repeatedly taught throughout the course of our lives – especially those of us living in the Protestant-rich Bible Belt down south.

In this article, he gives readers the clearest depiction of The Fall of Man I’ve ever heard, and answers the tough questions, further clarifying how the scenario might have actually gone down.  By sharing the cultural and known historical context present at the author’s time of writing, and cross-referencing the original Hebrew and/or Greek translations with present-day Bible versions, we are shown how and why human beings have gotten to where we are today.

I believe that every story, word, parable, lesson taught in the Bible can and should be interpreted as literal.  I believe that the scientific evidence to prove a literal translation exists, we just have to look for it.  You see, I am the type of person who must always test everything in life before I can accept it as “fact,” seeing religion and my self-purpose no differently.  I feel that with enough research and cross-referencing, even the most adamant non-Christians would come to believe that Jesus Christ was sent to our planet to save God’s creation, and give us the eternal life we were originally intended to have.

My journey to this point has taken almost two years, so trying to get it out on paper may take some time.  However, I am happy and willing to do so, and fear no question thrown my way.  In the midst of my “creative revolution,” I have found the Word of God to be the most inspiring and highest motivator when determining the direction in which my path should go.  I hope that by reading this article, or any of my posts to come, light may be shed on any doubt that might be dancing around your heart and soul, keeping you from moving forward.