Presenting ...

Net Profits - Dwight Hill

... a weekly letter of encouragement.

August 9, 1993

Good Morning!

DOUBT...A hush word we Christians wouldn't dare utter among fellow-believers.

But if we are honest with ourselves - and with God, we probably harbor secret doubts about our faith.

Jesus is not so hard on us as we are on ourselves. In fact, He honors doubters:

John the Baptist - After courageously blazing a trail in preparation for Christ's arrival

on the scene, John is imprisoned. In his dark moment of doubt he sends emissaries

to Christ inquiring, "Are you the Coming One, or should we look for someone

else?" (Matthew 11:3 Berkeley)

Christ's response: "...There has not arisen anyone greater than he." (Matthew 11:11)

The father of a convulsed mute doubts Christ's ability to heal: "If you can do us...I do believe; help my unbelief."

Christ's response: The immediate healing of the boy. (Mark 9:22,24-27)

Thomas - Thomas doubts the veracity of the disciples' claim to have seen the risen

Christ by declaring, "Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put

my finger the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."

Christ's response: He appears to Thomas and says, "Reach here your finger, and see

My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not

unbelieving, but believing." (John 20:25, 27)

The difference between DOUBT and UNBELIEF centers in the WILL:

The unbeliever faces the facts and stiffens his will with a resounding "No!"

The doubter struggles with the evidence and prays, "Help me to trust You."

Christ can work with us honest doubters. The hardened unbeliever is another story.

Have a great week!

Dwight Hill

Copyright 1996 Dwight Hill. Unlimited permission to copy or use is hereby granted subject to inclusion of this copyright notice.

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