Stress is an indicator of a lack of faith. Too harsh? Just ask yourself the question, “Do I trust God in [insert thing you’re stressed about]?” Your answer may surprise you. We’re not called to blind faith. We have many examples of God’s faithfulness to observe and base our faith on. This should eliminate doubt. We discuss James 1:5-8 and Mark 9: “I do believe, help my unbelief!”
James 1:5-8 “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to everyone generously without a rebuke, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without any doubts, for the one who has doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. Such a person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all he undertakes.”
Evan says it’s good to ask if your relationship with God is going OK? Liz thinks stress is an indicator of doubt.
Matthew 6 is the “don’t worry” passage. The lilies and the birds have everything they need and God cares for us more than He does for them.
Liz is saying anywhere there is stress, that means you’re not trusting God to take care of whatever.
Doubt is a shaky foundation. Evan still thinks it’s good to start with the self-examination question about ‘do I trust God in this?’
We’ll get into some of that tomorrow.
Today we’re going to focus on stress. Where is God in all of this?
Hard to get out of the cycle because the only way out is believe. And we’re not called to blind faith.
But there is a trap there if we only brain storm what circumstances need to change to fix the problem—if we neglect our heart issue.
Focusing on the solution is like a mirage—it always stays just out of reach when you pursue it.
Evan talks about how he used to only absorb the faith and feelings of those around him—and he felt tossed around by those waves.
Taking doubts to God is the only way to process them—to work through them.
In Mark 9, a man’s son is possessed by an evil spirit. The father says “I do believe, help my unbelief!”
We may think faith means having so much certainty that nothing can move us—but faith is about actions.
it’s about not acting on our doubts. it’s about acting in the truth we understand about God’s faithfulness.
Baby steps. We may not be able to change an entire system of unbelief overnight.
Also take note of what is changing—how God is faithful, so you can look back on it later.
Liz talks about Hebrews 11—the hall of faith. Some of these characters seem a bit shady.
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