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Choosing Faith Over Doubt

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March 8, 2020
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As we continue the series focusing on the godly choices that guide us in life; Dr. Jack Graham takes a look at “Choosing Faith over Doubt.” Dr. Graham tells us that we all deal with doubt at some point or another. But a good way to get rid of doubt is to fortify our faith.

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  • What we consider today isone of the most important, which
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  • is to "Choose Faith over Doubt".I didn't say faith over
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  • unbelief, but faith over doubt.And there is a difference in
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  • doubt and unbelief. We do notdoubt what we do not first
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  • believe. And as Christians welive with a sense of assurance
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  • and certainty and confidence. Isay with the Apostle Paul [2
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  • Timothy 1:12], "I know whom Ibelieve, [and am] persuaded that
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  • He is able to keep that which Ihave committed unto Him against
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  • that Day... (until we meetChrist face to face.)" As
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  • Christians we live with thatkind of assurance but not
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  • without doubt. If you live, youwill live to doubt. There are
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  • hard questions that the worldasks and we ask as well.
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  • An earthquake, anatural disaster of some kind
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  • strikes the earth, we wonder:God, what is this? Why is this?
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  • How can so many seeminglyinnocent people be hurt? People
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  • try to explain these things andit ends up in the ditch trying
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  • to explain these mysteries ofthe creation. We ask questions
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  • and the world is askingquestions like: Can it really be
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  • true that Christianity... theChristian faith... that Jesus is
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  • the only way to heaven? How canyou... how can we claim that
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  • Jesus and Jesus only is Savior;that His name and His name only
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  • saves? What about other peoplewho have never heard the name of
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  • Jesus? What about people ofother religions who may be just
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  • as sincere and even more devotedthan some who profess the name
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  • of Christ? God, what about that?Or Christian, what about this?
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  • Or questions that have beenraised even among some
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  • evangelicals today: How could aloving God... or would a loving
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  • God send someone to judgment andto hell? How can a person resist
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  • the love of God and end upseparated from God forever? How
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  • can it be possible that peoplesuffer? That they have cancer,
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  • and little children withunexplained illnesses, young men
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  • and women struck down in theprime of their lives. Dads
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  • and... well you know; becausewe've all asked these kinds of
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  • questions. If we're honest weask the hard questions, and
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  • we're willing to not only ask,but to seek in God's Word to
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  • answer those questions. On apersonal level maybe you've
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  • doubted when you prayed and youprayed, but nothing seemed to
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  • happen. And the one you prayedfor died or is still sick. Or
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  • perhaps a prayer for yourmarriage and it still blew
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  • apart! On and on we could gowith questions... these kinds of
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  • questions that... that we cannotignore. In fact, the Scripture
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  • says that we are to be ready togive a reason for the hope that
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  • is in us. Certainly there isevidence to believe. There is
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  • reason to believe, and we canbelieve confidently but in order
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  • to do that we must be willing todeal with our doubts. Because
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  • our doubts can become thedoorway... Listen to me! Our
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  • doubts can become the doorway toa deeper faith, a more mature
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  • faith, a more powerful,fortified faith. So in Proverbs
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  • chapter 1, verses 22 and 23, wemeet some individuals who are
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  • skeptical, because I believefirst and foremost in our
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  • culture... this world ofcynicism and this world of
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  • skepticism and unbelief anddisbelief, we're dealing with
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  • exactly what we find in verses22 and 23 of Proverbs 1: 22) How
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  • long, O simple ones, will youlove being simple? How long will
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  • scoffers... And there are manyscoffers today, and unbelievers
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  • today... mockers... ...and foolshate knowledge? You see, there's
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  • a difference between an honestdoubter and a dishonest doubter,
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  • an honest skeptic and adishonest skeptic. An honest
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  • doubter... skeptic, doesn'tknow, but wants to know. "Lord,
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  • if you're real, show me Yourtruth." "God, if your word is
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  • literally true, teach me Yourtruth." "God, show me the way."
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  • The Bible says if you seek Him,you will find Him. If you
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  • sincerely seek Him, you willfind Him. That's an honest
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  • doubter. And God is not afraidof our doubts! God is not
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  • intimidated [pastor chuckles] byour hard questions, so ask your
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  • questions of God. But thenthere's the dishonest doubter.
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  • Someone who... who ah... doesn'tknow and doesn't care to know,
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  • doesn't want to know. So oftenit's a smoke screen... a bogus
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  • excuse for a life without God...lived without God. So often the
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  • problem with unbelief or doubtis not a mental exercise or a
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  • mental problem, but it is amoral problem. Jesus spoke of an
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  • evil heart of unbelief. Butunbelief and doubts are
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  • different in that unbeliefrefuses to believe and respond,
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  • but doubt is questioning, doubtis wondering. And so the
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  • Scripture says: "If you turn atmy reproof... (verse 23 of
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  • Psalm... Proverbs 1) 23) If youturn at my reproof, behold, I
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  • will pour my Spirit to you; Withall of our arguments, with all
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  • of our rational, with all of ourevidences that we should present
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  • to an unbelieving, skepticalworld, we need to remember that
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  • ultimately salvation...conversion is the work of the
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  • Holy Spirit! That the HolySpirit is given by God to
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  • convict, convince, convert, toconvict the world of sin,
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  • righteousness and judgment,because they believe not! And
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  • the Scripture says: 23) ... Iwill make my words known to you.
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  • There it is! So to theskeptic... to the doubter we
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  • simply ask, "Do you want toknow? Are you willing to do the
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  • hard work that it will requireto truly believe?" One of my
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  • favorite characters...personalities in the Bible is
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  • Thomas. Oh, I know him! DoubtingThomas. Well, he had some
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  • doubts, but mainly he had somequestions. He was a sincere,
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  • reflective doubter. He was apart of the inner circle of
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  • Jesus... disciple of Jesus. Andthanks to Thomas, and to his
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  • questioning the Lord, even attimes interrupting the Lord, at
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  • times rejecting the words ofothers so that he would know
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  • himself, thanks to Thomas wehave two of the most powerful
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  • affirmations of faith in all theWord of God! John chapter 14...
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  • Jesus is explaining that He isgoing away to prepare a place in
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  • the Father's house. And Jesussaid there in the dark night of
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  • that upper room, as He is on Hisway to the cross, preparing His
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  • disciples for His death,speaking of His resurrection and
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  • yet there the disciples... theydon't seem to get it. Jesus said
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  • [John 14:4], "And where I go youknow, and the way you know!" [A]
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  • Hand shoots up in the air! It'sTom. "Thomas, you again?" Yes,
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  • Thomas, I've got a question."Lord, we don't have a clue
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  • where you're going or how to getthere!" And thanks to that
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  • question we have one of the mostfirm foundational truths of our
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  • faith: the words of Jesus inJohn 14:6: "I am the way, the
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  • truth, the life! No one comes tothe Father except by Me." It's
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  • not your cause, it's not yourcreed, it's not your church,
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  • it's Christ! And with thatsincere doubt and hard question
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  • comes our opportunity to believein the One who said, "I am the
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  • way." Jesus answers the ultimatequestions of life, how we live,
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  • how we die, and what comesafterwards. And I believe in
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  • Jesus! No, I mean, I reallybelieve in Jesus! I haven't seen
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  • Him. I will one day. But whileI've not seen Him, I love Him!
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  • You're looking at a man who isnot ashamed! I love [strike]
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  • Jesus! If I had ten thousand...ten million lives, I would give
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  • every one of them to follow Him.That's how I believe... that He
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  • died for me and rose again, andin His resurrection, that is the
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  • ultimate evidence and I don'thave time in the brief time that
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  • we have this morning, to answerall the objections. Others, like
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  • Josh McDowell and ... and somany apologists for the
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  • Christian faith have writtenreams of material. You can go to
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  • the Internet, and I challengeyou to do that if you're a
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  • skeptic... if you're adoubter... if you don't know but
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  • want to know, regarding theresurrection, regarding who
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  • Jesus is and why He came andwhat He did in the Christian
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  • faith. You see so many peoplereject the Bible who have never
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  • even read the Bible! That'sdishonesty! You reject what
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  • somebody told you about Jesus orwhat someone said about the
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  • Bible, but you've never givenyourself to a personal
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  • investigation of the claims ofChrist... the case for Christ in
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  • your life! That is dishonestdoubt, and I challenge you if
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  • you are a doubter to sinceredoubt and a willing response to
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  • the Gospel and the message ofChrist. A small faith is better
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  • than a superficial faith, if inyour small faith you seek to go
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  • deeper. Some people have ashallow faith and so God may
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  • send doubts in order to proveHimself strong in our behalf.
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  • That's what Proverbs 4:18 says,one of my favorite verses in all
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  • the Bible. I think about it mostmornings. Where it says: "The
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  • path of the righteous is likethe light of dawn which shines
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  • brighter and brighter until fullday." And contrast that to
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  • [Proverbs 4:19]: "The way of thewicked is like deep darkness and
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  • they do not know over what theystumble." My son, be attentive
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  • to my words; incline your ear tomy sayings. Let them not escape
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  • from your sight; keep themwithin your heart. (Speaking
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  • here of the Word of God, thewisdom of God.) For they are
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  • life to those who find them, andhealing to all their flesh." I
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  • like to get up early these days.I never believed I would
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  • actually say that. [laughter] AsI've told you before one of
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  • life's cruel jokes is when youget a little older and maybe you
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  • have the opportunity to sleep ina little bit, you can't do it.
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  • And ah... now I've gotten usedto getting up early and I really
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  • like it when it's... it's stilldark, Just quiet, nothing much
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  • moving in the neighborhood.It's... it's before the world
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  • rushes in and the demands of theday. There's a reason we call
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  • the devotional act a quiet time,and everyone needs one to rest
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  • your soul, and to be still andknow that He is God. It's often
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  • in those quiet reflectivemoments that the peace and the
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  • very presence of God... Hisliving presence fills our lives
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  • the most. And so when you get upin the morning it's dark. And I
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  • don't know about you, but I... Istumble to my coffee pot, I get
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  • the coffee going, and... and Iget my Bible, I get my cup of
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  • coffee and try to get my headclear a little bit. And before I
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  • turn on the television, before Iget the newspaper, I open God's
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  • Word and... and it's dark and...And then as I look out my back
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  • window I begin to see, now itturns a little gray, you know
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  • what I'm saying? It... it...it's a gray dawn, and then
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  • before you know it as you lookto the horizons these beautiful
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  • colors of orange and purple andyellow start appearing as the
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  • sun is on it's way. Andultimately the sun is up and
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  • ah... it becomes about noonday,a perfect day, a beautiful day!
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  • That's what the Scripture isteaching us here regarding
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  • faith... choosing faith overdoubt. When it is dark and you
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  • cannot see, just wait becausewhen you stumble in the darkness
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  • ultimately the dawn is coming.Jesus, the Light of the world,
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  • will show Himself beautiful andpowerful to you, and ultimately
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  • in the perfect day... what dothe old-timers sing? "We'll
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  • understand it better by and by."In the perfect day we see
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  • clearly! The pathway of the justand the way that we live and the
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  • way that we walk is like thebreaking of the dawn, shining
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  • brighter and brighter andbrighter and brighter until the
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  • perfect day when we know even aswe are known! I've told you
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  • before that the most commonsaying of heaven will be,
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  • "Ah-ha! That is what was goingon in my life! That is why that
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  • tragedy happened! This is why Ihurt so deeply!" And so on! In
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  • the pure light of eternity, inthe perfect day eternal we will
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  • see Him face to face and Hisglorious light, and the pathway
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  • of the dawn. But the opposite istrue to choose unbelief as
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  • compared to faith is a way ofdarkness and stumbling and
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  • ultimately separation from Godforever. Proverbs 14:6 say: "A
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  • scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,but knowledge is easy for a man
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  • of understanding." Christianityis not this complicated thing
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  • that some have made it. Oh,there are the deep things of
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  • God... we understand that. Butthe Proverbs say: A wayfaring
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  • man, though he is a fool willfind his way. The smallest
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  • child, the simplest person onearth can know and love Jesus.
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  • Suffering, of course,produces doubt, especially among
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  • believers. When we hurt so badlywe... we begin to question our
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  • faith and question ourselves. Wemay even say, "God, what on
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  • earth are you doing in my life?God, why would you take my
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  • child? This is not right; it'swrong. God, why is there this
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  • injustice!" And so on. When wesuffer and when we are
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  • emotionally distraught anddisturbed, move into a dark
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  • period in our lives, doubt andfears may rise. It's been said
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  • that we would never doubt in thedark what God shows us in the
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  • light. And I know in times ofpersonal struggle and suffering,
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  • I hung on to that principle thatGod's light is true even when I
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  • can't see it. And when wesuffer, while there are
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  • questions that we cannot answer,we run to Him. Sometimes we hurt
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  • so badly that we don't run fromHim but we, of course, need to
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  • run to Him, whether it is adiscipline from the Lord, when
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  • God is improving us or pruningus that we may bear more fruit.
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  • Whatever the cause or reasonsometimes we will not know, as I
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  • said, this side of eternity, butone thing we will know. Thomas
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  • on another occasion after theresurrection he was absent the
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  • first time the disciples metJesus on Sunday. So he wasn't
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  • there. And some of the disciplessaid to him later when they
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  • caught up with him, inviting himto church next week, and said,
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  • "We have seen the Lord!" Andremember Thomas? He said, "I'm
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  • not going to believe that untilI see Him and put my hands in
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  • His side... the spear wound inHis side, the prints of the
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  • nails in His hands and Hisfeet." Those disciples were
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  • convinced enough that they said,"Well, come on, brother." And he
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  • did. And so he came with hisquestions and immediate...
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  • immediately when he saw Jesus,Jesus said, "Come on, Thomas.
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  • You asked for it; here it is."And Thomas gave us, as a result,
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  • one of the greatest affirmationsof the Christian faith ever
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  • given. He fell on his face andsaid, "My Lord and my God!"
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  • John, chapter 20 [-28]. Jesusreceived that worship. If anyone
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  • doubts that Jesus claimed to beGod or accepted deity as His
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  • title, read John 20 [:28], andwhen Thomas said, "My Lord and
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  • my God," he was confessing faithin Christ, and Jesus received
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  • that, because that is who He is!But it was doubt that became the
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  • doorway to his faith. I saydon't exchange what you don't
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  • know for what you know. Thereare many things that we know.
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  • Job in the midst of his darknesssaid [Job 19:25], "I know that
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  • my Redeemer lives and at the endwill stand upon the earth." The
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  • psalmist said, "Know that theLord is God!." The psalmist
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  • said, "But know that the Lordhas set apart the godly for
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  • Himself!". Deuteronomy 7, Mosessaid, "Now therefore... Know
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  • therefore that the Lord your Godis God!" That who is He? "The
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  • faithful God that keeps Hiscovenant and steadfast love!" He
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  • promises to do it! He neverlies! You can shelter your soul
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  • in the promises of God and thesecurity of who He is! That's
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  • what we know! John 6, "And wehave believed and have come to
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  • know that You are the holy Oneof God." "We know (First John)
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  • that when He appears we will belike Him." He's coming again! We
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  • believe that! You know that"He's appeared to take away
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  • sins, for you know the grace ofour Lord Jesus Christ, that
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  • though He was rich, yet for yoursakes He became poor so that
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  • through His poverty you mightbecome rich." "And you will know
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  • (John 8:32)... You will know thetruth and the truth will set you
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  • free!" And that man who came infaith to Christ, who was a blind
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  • man, when questioned and proddedby those who were hysterically
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  • opposed to Jesus, he said, "Idon't know, but one thing I
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  • know; I was blind but now Isee!" "I know whom I believe!"
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  • Sometimes we misquote thatverse. We said, "I know in whom
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  • I have believed." [It] Doesn'tsay, "I know in whom..." Paul
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  • didn't want even a prepositionbetween himself and Jesus. He
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  • said I know whom... I know Him!I know Jesus!" You need to know
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  • that you're a believer. "Thesethings are written (1 John 5:13)
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  • that you may know that you haveeternal life." That you may
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  • know... concerning these thingswhich are written... Since we're
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  • in Proverbs, Proverbs 30:5 and 6says: "Every word of God proves
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  • true. He is a shield to thosewho take refuge in Him. Do not
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  • add to His word lest He rebukeyou and you be found a liar." In
  • 00:22:36.244 --> 00:22:40.816
  • other words, God's Word... God'spromises are true. And His
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  • promise of salvation is: Don'ttrust in your feelings, don't
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  • wait until you get this allfigured out. These things were
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  • written... the Word of God whichis pure and perfect... it is
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  • written that you may k-n-o-wknow that you have eternal life.
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  • If you wait till you get it allfigured out, you'll never come
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  • to Christ. For some faith may bean easy thing, a simple thing.
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  • For some it is harder. Werecognize that. Maybe your
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  • temperament... your personalitydrives you to doubt, but don't
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  • wait until you have everyquestion resolved to give your
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  • life to Christ. You come as youare by faith in His grace, and
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  • let God work those things out inyour heart and your mind. Let it
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  • be as "the gray dawn movingtoward the perfect day". And the
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  • Word of God will guide you andinstruct you. And if you want
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  • more faith... let me tell youhow to get more faith. Exercise
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  • the faith that you have. Take asmall step of faith, take a
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  • singular step of faith. Beginstoday... for some of you take a
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  • first step of faith to followChrist for a journey of a
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  • lifetime that leads eternitywith Him. Choose faith! For some
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  • of us who are dealing withdoubts, you know a good way to
  • 00:24:04.199 --> 00:24:06.167
  • get rid of doubt is to fortifyyour faith. And the way to
  • 00:24:06.201 --> 00:24:08.803
  • fortify your faith... strengthenyour faith is to exercise your
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  • faith! If you want a muscularfaith, then exercise your faith!
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  • Start believing God forsomething even if it's something
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  • small; Faith is not about a
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  • dogma or a system of belief ormental assent; it is about a
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  • personal faith... a faith in aPerson, and His name is Jesus!
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  • Because Thomaswas willing to ask some of the
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  • tough questions, the answersthat came from Jesus were
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  • foundational to our faith. Forexample, Jesus said, "I am the
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  • way, the truth, the life and noone comes to the Father except
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  • though me," because Thomas askeda question. When Thomas doubted
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  • in fact to have questions, whenyou truly want answers to those
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  • questions and when you actuallygo to the Lord and ask him or
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  • want to encourage you and themto seek the Lord, to truly seek
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