Doubt And Despair

November 14, 2015


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SCRIPTURE

John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”

~Matthew 11:2-3, NLT

QUOTE

It is not unusual for great spiritual leaders to have days of doubt and despair.

~Warren W. Wiersbe

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There is a huge difference between doubt and unbelief: Doubt is a matter of the mind–we cannot understand what God is doing or why He is doing it. Unbelief is a matter of the will. We refuse to believe and obey God’s word. John’s disciples kept him informed, Jesus was healing the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead. The passage that Jesus quoted to John’s disciples comes from Isaiah 29–“Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” But other passages in Isaiah were a part of the Messianic expectation like Isaiah 61–The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners. John must have wondered why Jesus did not set him free. I wonder myself but God is never obligated to explain to us what He is doing but it is during these times when we don’t understand why God is not intervening that we get discourage and that leads to doubt and despair.

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  • Ministry project this morning at Mrs. Edith Sandlin’s–Yard work.
  • Normal Schedule Tomorrow and we do have a baptism.
  • I think I mentioned yesterday that Bill Wilbourn was upgraded to room 522 and Tracey Luker had a knee replacement, I think she is at DGH.
  • Life can be a struggle when you take your PM meds in the morning. Who’s is that stupid? I want call names but I know one guy who has done in three times in the last 6 months.

Gary, Keri and Kane

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