Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday's Thought

"The Cross in the Chapel"
(c) Allen Pearson
It's Sunday, my favorite day of the week.  I look forward to going to church, Centreville Baptist Church, then to my Community Group, the Bereans, each week.  It's kind of an escape from the pressures and stress of the world to worship God and study His Word.

Seems every day, there are deliberate challenges to my faith and beliefs.   I'm not one for "shoving" my Christian beliefs down someone's throat, but I will stand up for what I believe when I need to do so. However, sometimes doubt kicks in and I wonder. When doubt comes my way, I'll think about it and contemplate what I believe in.  I am not one for believing or doing something, just because everyone else is believing or doing.  Nor, am I one to follow current trends and fashions.  I have to decide and determine or reason things out for myself.

What I have found is interesting though is what challenges my faith or beliefs is someone, or possibly something, that is not happy or is always grouchy.  May not sound like much, but it does have a lot to do with it.  They or it will challenge me, perhaps because I am in a good mood or am whistling a "happy tune."

For me, I see myself and life as happy and peaceful. But it's a happiness and peace that comes with having faith in God- believing in Him and His Word.  Though I don't believe in "robotic" faith, which is following things because you are told to.  It comes from spending time with Him, going to church, attending a Sunday School class, asking those questions your been wondering about.  And, contemplating what you've learned.  And, as I like to say, "going from there."

First, you need to determine your belief in Him, accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, and begin your journey of faith and belief.

As for my doubts? Doubt usually happens when Satan wants to mess up plans God has for me. My faith often goes through a time of question, which isn't weakness, then grows stronger in those times.

The Scriptures which have helped me in times of doubt or struggles with faith, are these:

[1] Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, 
the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 ESV

[7] For we walk by faith, not by sight.
[8] Yes, we are of good courage,
and we would rather be away from the body
and at home with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:7-8 ESV

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