BCL Grow: Do Not Doubt — James 1:5-6

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James 1:5-6 (Faith)

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Bible Passage

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. — James 1:5-6

Quote

"The marks of grace that you can see are about spiritual works of God that only He can produce. When these evidences even begin to show themselves in your heart, they are proof of the Holy Spirit’s work. Don’t accuse yourself bitterly before God because you don’t have as much of the Spirit’s gifts and graces as you would like or as you should. But thank Him first of all that they are there at all.” — Joel R. Beeke, Knowing and Growing in Assurance of Faith, p. 182.

Steps to Take

1. Reflect: We all have doubts. Think about from where your own doubts come—what are their causes, and what can we do when doubts assail us?

2. Remember: The Bible tells us not to doubt God. He tells us because he knows our weakness. He tells us because he knows many things in this world can shake our faith—worldly distractions, temptations, and suffering. Therefore, God plainly entreats us not to doubt when we come to him in prayer asking for his wisdom and asking him to strengthen our faith. Even the smallest faith we have is evidence of his work in us, the gift of faith.

3. Respond: When you doubt your faith, turn to prayer and ask of God who generously answers. When you are suffering know that suffering produces steadfast faith. Be assured that your faith, even if small, is from God—his gift to you. Thank him and praise him for it.