by Dr. Charles Stanley
Friday September 17, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
Once we have made up our minds to obey God, we gather our courage around us like a cloak and proceed . . . that is, until something causes us to hesitate and question the wisdom of our decision. Our faith is wavering. What do we do now?
Ask yourself questions about God. Has God promised to meet all my needs? Has God given me the Holy Spirit to dwell in me, guide me, and equip me to obey Him? Did God promise to be with me at all times? Is anything too hard for God? Search Scripture for answers, and let God's truths fill your mind.
Meditate on God's Word. Ask God to help you find a Scripture passage that relates to what you are facing. Then study it and apply the lessons to your personal situation.
Recall God's past faithfulness. God by His very nature is faithful, and He always acts true to His character. The Enemy would have us forget all that God has done for us.
Assess the situation. Ask, How critical is this decision to myself and others? Is this one of those forks in the road in which my unbelief could cause me or another person a lifetime of regret?
Choose to trust God. Decide to believe God and obey, no matter how you feel.
As you take a step of faith, God will strengthen you through His Spirit to continue on. Before you know it, your faith will become steady, joy will return, and you will be moving ahead once again.
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