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Fan the Faith, Diffuse the Doubt

One would call me an eternal optimists. For the most part I see the good in life. I choose to look at the positive. For instance, what should I do if the big contract we are waiting on does not come through? No need to kick the dog or scream at the wife or throw something, it’s time to ask the Lord what’s next? If He’s been faithful to this point and the thing you are waiting on does not happen, then there is a reason. The hardest thing, accepting that we may never understand why it did not happen.

In that moment, doubt in our Lord can and will creep in, it happens, it’s normal. When I find myself in this place, I’m reminded of all the things the Lord has done for me. Where He has brought me from, where he is taking me to and all of the promises He has made to me.

The enemy will attack you, especially if you are having impact for the Kingdom. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us the enemy is like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. We must be ever vigilant to his tactics. Recognizing the enemies attacks is half the battle, choosing to have faith in the Lord’s plan for your life is the other.

We make choices every day, what will you choose when life doesn’t happen the way you think it should?


Fan the Faith, Diffuse the Doubt
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by Charis Hillman Brown

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” -2 Timothy 1:6-7

Have you ever noticed the dichotomy between faith and doubt? Doubt is dull, lifeless, and cold. It’s rain on a parade, a needle that pops a balloon, a wet blanket, or a party pooper. Nobody likes a wet blanket, or a party pooper, but there are doubters and haters nonetheless. Some people cover up their doubt by saying they’re being “realistic”.

Sometimes we have to make a conscious effort to diffuse the doubt in our lives – whether it’s coming through our enemies, our friends, or even our own mouths. Just like clouds, doubt is everywhere. But we shouldn’t let it deter us or cause us to feel hopeless. We should let it be an indication that God is working in our lives. We should let it cause us to let our faith grow stronger, and make adjustments where necessary.

Although the reality of some situations exists, our faith is something no one can take away from us – unless we let them. Living in faith is not about living in a false reality – it is about living in God’s reality – that anything is possible.

The cool thing about things that are truly God-birthed is that no one can squash them – unless we let them. We are the guard of the God-given dream, while God is our protector. We don’t need to let other people trample our dreams or our faith so easily.

Discern the difference between faith and doubt. Are you “fanning your faith” today?

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