Shake Off Your Doubts

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“And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.” —Mark 11:22-23 (AMPC)

There’s a poster in my office that reads:

Shake off your doubts and then go for it. Check out your options and act.

Find an approach to the future, and turn today’s dreams into fact.

Take a first step to tomorrow. Start on the course of your choice.

Look at what life has to offer, listen to your inner voice.

Don’t live a life of regretting, stifled by negative force.

Think of what you can accomplish. Steer an affirmative course.

Build on activities positive. Work with abundance of heart.

By making the best of the present, change is the process you start.

Even though problems may surface, problems don’t have to prevail.

As long as you are one who is trying, and never just waiting to fail.

—Bruce B. Wilmer

We’ve divided our lives into one-year segments. They begin at a certain time and end at another. The problem is we tend to categorize our successes and defeats within these one-year slots and weigh them at the beginning of each New Year, usually focusing on what we DID NOT accomplish.

Each year, I see the same people go up for prayer again, determined to make that year’s resolutions work. What they don’t realize is that their new set of rules, basically the same set of rules as the previous year, are just done differently, and will give them the same results.

What they need is A CHANGE OF HEART.

We need to learn to live each day as a gift. The Bible says the Lord’s mercies and loving kindness are new EVERY morning. Every morning He is willing to give me better than I deserve and love me regardless. This thought alone should make me a glad person. Each day has a new silver lining. One quote I read says: We miss the silver linings of each day because we are too busy looking for the gold ones.

Proverbs 15:15(AMPC) says: All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].

When we look back on our mistakes, our days become evil because we become despondent by anxious thoughts and forebodings. We need to learn to have a glad heart.

Here are a few points from the above poem to help you be glad—regardless of your circumstances.

SHAKE OFF YOUR DOUBTS – The Oxford Dictionary defines doubt as an uncertainty about something or being undecided. James says a double-minded person cannot receive anything from the Lord. Make up your mind what you want to do and then go for it with God. Remember, YOU must decide to move on.

LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE – You cannot decide what you want without listening to your heart. Define your greatest heart’s desire, not what anyone else wants. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. He is your friend.

DON’T LIVE A LIFE OF REGRET – Regrets always bring negative forces into play. They make you dwell on the past and forget there’s a future that you can change. Put regrets behind you. You cannot change history, but you can mold the future.

MAKE THE BEST OF THE PRESENT – Consider the blessings and abilities you already have (no matter how small) that can benefit you and others, and build on them.

PROBLEMS DON’T HAVE TO PREVAIL – Problems are part of life. Without them, we don’t grow, but they don’t have to prevail. Use them to help you keep trying. Jesus said we will have trouble in this world, but He has overcome it. There’s always help.

Don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will have enough trouble of its own (Matt. 6:34).

I don’t believe Jesus was telling us to bury our heads in the sand like an ostrich but was saying that worrying and being anxious will mess up our hearts and minds.

If we spend our time thinking on His kingdom and righteousness and what He achieved, then we will be able to see the opportunities of each day, knowing He is with and for us no matter what.

Trust that each new day will be filled with joy and peace because of the finished work of Jesus. Live each moment fully aware of your blessings!



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Arthur Meintjes

Arthur teaches the grace of God in a practical way that highlights the dignity and value of every individual in God’s sight. This emphasis creates an atmosphere of restoration—restoring our relationship with God, with our families, our neighbors, and ultimately our nation. It’s practical Grace for extraordinary living!