Wednesday, December 4
29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
The greatest things of God are on the other side your doubt. A lot of people live under the assumption that “If I have doubt God can’t use me.” The truth is that your doubt is the reason He is asking you to get on board with Him in the first place. If you’ll take the time to look at each account of the Christmas story in the Gospels, you’ll see that every person involved had to deal with doubt when the Lord revealed His plans to them. The fact that they were facing doubts didn’t disqualify them from being someone that the Lord wanted to use. What you must understand is that faith is not the absence of doubt, rather it is the means by which you overcome your doubt. You see, faith is believing what God says to be true and acting accordingly, in spite of what your eyes and ears are telling you. External circumstances should never be the measuring stick by which possibility is determined. Doubts and fears are a part of life, everyone deals with them. Those who walk by faith simply allow what they know to be true about God and His promises to take precedence over what those things that may tell you. On the other side of your doubt await the promises and blessings of God. Which one you choose to take hold of will determine what comes to pass. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff