Doubts Are Normal
How do you know if Jesus is Real?
Have you had doubts about Jesus? Are you struggling with your faith?
I have struggled with my faith from time to time, especially when something bad happened. I mean, why do bad things happen to good people? Why can’t Jesus prevent pain, disease, and suffering?
Are you asking these same questions? It is really okay if you are. These questions are normal. Doubts about Jesus are normal. He can handle it.
I watched a movie last night called “The Case for Christ”, where Lee Strobel, a devout Atheist, went on a mission to prove that Jesus didn’t exist.
He strongly believed that Jesus was a nice fairy tale people made up to make themselves feel better. He also felt the need to save his wife from her belief in Jesus because he feared she was delusional.
Lee had doubts about Jesus’s existence because he was estranged from his father, which caused a distance between him and God. By the end of the story, the evidence of Jesus’s existence was so overwhelming, he came to believe. Jesus is God, in the flesh.
He also encountered God’s love, which only proved Jesus more.
I had doubts about God because my father is distant from me as well. What has happened in your life that caused you to doubt Jesus is real?
Not Jesus’s Fault
I discovered, through working out my faith, it isn’t Jesus’s fault that my father is distant. He didn’t cause it. Ultimately, it was never God’s plan for my father to abandon me. It was my father’s choice.
My dad has a free will and he used it to hurt me instead of loving and protecting me.
This ‘father wound’ compelled me to seek love in addiction, promiscuity, and dysfunctional relationships. This behavior created a God-shaped hole in my heart.
I was bitter toward God. I doubted Him because He didn’t prevent my father from leaving me.
How can I be bitter toward someone who doesn’t exist?
But then, I encountered the love of Jesus. His forgiveness and grace melted my heart of stone and turned it into a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)
He washes my doubts away with His Word and His faithfulness.
Plus, Jesus has great compassion for orphans and He has definitely proved His compassion toward me.
He has loved me through my worst moments. Suffering isn’t Jesus’s fault. In fact, He suffered for us.
I know from the bottom of my heart that if you or I were the only people left on earth at the time of His crucifixion, Jesus would still choose to be nailed to the cross without hesitation. He loves us that much!
Working Out Our Faith
In Phillippians 2:12-13, Paul describes working out our faith. He says,”continue to work out your own salvation. Do it with fear and trembling. God is working in you. He wants your plans and your acts to fulfill his good purpose.”
Paul didn’t mean we should always be fearful and full of anxiety about our faith in God. He meant, we are to work out our faith with reverence, respect, and awe. And our weaknesses drive us to depend on God and to obey Him because He is inherently good. God always has our best interest at heart.
He doesn’t desire to cause us pain or suffering. At least that has been my experience.
So, it is with “fear and trembling” that I work out my faith to press on toward the goal of being more like Jesus.
The bible dictionary describes working out our faith like this,”people are sanctified when they are used for the purpose God intends. A human being is sanctified, therefore, when he or she lives according to God’s design and purpose.” (Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. “Entry for ‘SANCTIFICATION'”. “International Standard Bible Encyclopedia”. 1915.)
So, how do we know Jesus is real? Below I will list 5 awesome reasons.
Five Awesome Reasons Why You Need to Know Jesus is Real
- God gave us all a purpose.
- We love others because Jesus first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
- Jesus bears all of our pain and sufferings. He suffered in our place, so we didn’t have to. Jesus doesn’t cause pain and suffering for anyone.
- Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being sure of what we don’t see. (Hebrews 11:1)
- Our doubts and weaknesses will drive us to need Jesus.
Share your faith struggles in the comments below…. I would love to hear your thoughts and reflections!
© 2017, Rhonda Marie Stalb. All rights reserved.
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