Battle for Your Faith
There’s a battle for your faith going on right now.
Without a belief in your mission, you’ll give up and be defeated. Too much doubt, disillusionment, and discouragement—and you’ll give up.
Doubt, disillusionment, and discouragement are three obstacles that can block our prayer life.
If you find yourself defeated in this battle, Satan receives glory, for your unbelief will affect others. Your faith can strengthen others, just as your unbelief can weaken them. Our spirituality, or lack thereof, is contagious.
The book of Jude tells us “… urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people”. (Jude 1:3). We must keep our doctrine pure, and we must grow in our faith in the truth. In fighting this battle, it helps to know our enemy and to recognize his tactics. He’s a master at using doubt, disillusionment, and discouragement to tear down our faith.
Doubt can arise from two sources. Some people are troubled by intellectual attacks on biblical truth.
The other source of doubt is more personal. When things don’t go as we’d like, we sometimes lose confidence in God’s providential control.
What to Remember When You Lose Confidence in God: Doubt comes naturally. It may be momentary questioning. It may be logical fear. But these are human responses that, though natural, are unworthy of faith. Though they’re logical, they are only logical if we forget the power and promises from our Heavenly Father. If we allow these doubts to linger, they will grow into disillusionment.
Disillusionment is a terrible state of mind to be avoided at all costs. Just look at the term itself. When we become disillusioned, it implies we once had a great dream or love or passion or goal. Now we’ve decided it was never real to begin with—it was an illusion. We were tricked or fooled, and we are giving up on the illusion. We are disillusioning ourselves.
This often happens in a marriage. When a couple falls in love, it’s a great dream coming true. It’s the culmination of a lifetime of searching for the “right person.” For a little while we’re carried along by the euphoria of “being in love.” But as time goes by, we see one another’s faults. We doubt the love we once felt. We become disappointed with the other’s behavior. How many marriages have collapsed because people didn’t know how to turn disillusionment into determination; their disillusionment turned into discouragement and defeat.
The same can happen to our Christian lives. God moves in mysterious ways, and sometimes He doesn’t respond as we expect. Our prayers aren’t answered as we’d planned. We begin doubting our Lord, and the doubt grows into disillusionment. That leads to discouragement.
Discouragement is the collapse of our courage. While everyone goes through discouraging periods, the Bible takes an unusually hard line against giving in to discouragement. We have to fight with the words of Scripture.
“The Lord is the One who will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged…. Haven’t I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go…. Don’t be discouraged, for your work has a reward…. So then I ask you not to be discouraged….” (Deuteronomy 31:8; Joshua 1:9; 2 Chronicles 15:7; Ephesians 3:13, HCSB).
In your battle of faith, stay focused on the basics. Remember your basic training: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Keep your eyes focused on the hope we have in Christ and keep meditating on His Word. There’s a tremendous force to faith, and when Satan pulls out his big guns of doubt, disillusionment, and discouragement, we can bring out the weapons that prevail.
Remember the battle cry of 1 John 5:4…”For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.”
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