That means his army is .9% the size of his original forces. In other words, as the father did in answering Jesus, we can acknowledge that yes, we believe, but even so, there still are doubts. God’s indictment is on those who refuse to trust. Unfortunately, life hit you hard and you began to have doubts. It is doubt that plagues Gideon. Our feelings come and go—but the facts remain the same. But not always. Live life big through the doubt. For that, I propose we look at one of my favorite Bible stories: Gideon. After the resurrection, Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, had the same facts the other disciples did, but unlike them he refused at first to believe. Over and over, I was invited to experience God. I know my own selfishness and pride and anger. Ask yourself these questions. Abraham doubted he would have a child. But when he saw Christ, his doubts vanished and he immediately exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). And I believe they can co-exist, and I believe they should co-exist. I want you to know today the truth about great people: Great people don’t let doubt stop them from doing. Jesus will come to me when I run from him with my doubts. Of course, God obliges and waits for Gideon to do so. Gideon tells his men that anyone who is scared can go home. By Billy Graham   •   Begin by asking Christ to come into your life—and He will. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The same is true with salvation. He is so scared of the Midianites, he is found threshing wheat in a winepress. Adam and Eve doubted the consequences God had set for doing bad. May 31, 2005 How do I know for sure? I believe it is time for the church to admit that we all have doubts. Gideon though still isn’t convinced. Then make it your goal to grow closer to Him by reading His Word, the Bible, and praying, and having fellowship with other believers every day. Let me just describe my experience a little bit so that maybe the reader or listener will be able to handle his own doubts. I don’t know why we continue to shame people with doubts, whether believers or not. So God will prove his existence one day, but now he simply provides strong evidence so people have the opportunity to believe him in faith (2 Peter 3:9). I have heard messages about how God relieves our fears and burdens. We consciously set our doubts aside with the hope that they will eventually be resolved. So once Gideon gets enough courage to finally conquer the task, God depletes his army by 2/3. Ultimately, our story ends with the Israelites defeating the Midianites big time. You don’t even have to believe the Bible to open it up and read it. For example, I identified with the man who told Jesus, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). God doesn’t condemn us when we question him. Read it. To let our faith and trust in God outweigh the power of those doubts. Because with that many men, Gideon could have easily claimed victory for himself and Israel instead of knowing that God had won the victory for them. The Midianites just ravaged them. I have been a Christian for a while now and I do believe God is real but for some reason I have this feeling that he's not listening. The Meaning of ‘Lord, I Believe; Help My Unbelief’ in Mark 9:24 What the man says here can sound contradictory. We will always have doubt. You have doubt for a reason. Make sure you are committed to Jesus Christ and have given your life to Him. The Bible says that you can't please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6) and that a person who doubts shouldn't expect to receive anything from Him (James 1:7). I have heard it preached that God removes doubt from our minds. Let it simply serve as your source of research. In fact, the Midianites were so defeated that they were turning their swords on each other. Some time later, Gideon gathers the troops (under the influence of the Holy Spirit) and prepares to take down the Midianites. So now Gideon is ready for battle. The Israelites finally cried out to God for help so God told them he would do so. “You want to believe in God. Your doubts grew and your faith shrunk. You see, often our faith is based only on our emotions; sometimes we feel God is near us or we feel we believe in Christ—but other times we don’t feel that way. Unbelief is the opposite of faith. Privacy So when we start doubting God’s existence, the proper response is to start with faith and then look for answers. However, the doubt just isn’t done yet. They are not the same thing. The very first act of the serpent (Lucifer) in the Garden of Eden was to cast doubt upon God’s Word to Adam by regurgitating those infamous words, ’ Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ (Genesis 3). Contact Us. I'm a skeptic by temperament. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Despite my doubts, God met me in all those ways, and more. All the men and women of faith that we preach every week, the ones we read about in our Bibles and hear about on the news, have doubts, but they don’t let those doubts keep them from moving and doing. It is time for us to accept that doubts will come and are a natural part of faith. God tells him to attack, but throws in a loophole: “if you are still afraid, take your servant and go listen in the enemy camp. Believe in Your Beliefs and Doubt Your Doubts. This Young Chess Champion Knows the King of Kings. It is okay to have doubts. One of the reasons I know this is because I’ve seen people with more reason than me to doubt his goodness hold onto faith. Ask God to open your mind to understand it. Gideon’s 32,000-man army is now down to 300. ( Log Out /  When you do, your faith will grow and your doubts will flee. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. 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