The Polar Express – All Aboard #1
In the clip of “The Polar Express” the conductor makes a bold statement. “It sounds like this your crucial year if I were you I would think about climbing on board.”
I also believe this is a crucial year for all of us in the room. I want to encourage all of you to climb on board. But what do we do with the doubt?
11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
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.
20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
All the main participants of the Christmas story had to deal with doubt. These verses all addressed fear. But where there is fear, doubt is always a predecessor or successor for fear, if not both.
Let’s address the elephant in the room! We ALL haves doubts.
Every time God speaks to me, gives me a message to preach, every time He asks me to go pray for someone… for every “one” time there seem to be “20” doubts that follow.
Doubt - (transitive verb) to call into question the truth of: to be uncertain or in suspect of
(transitive verb - characterized by having or containing a direct object)
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 the train in the first place.
Faith is the absence of doubt. Faith is the means to overcome your doubt!
Many people stand at the door of their destiny, but never turn the doorknob because of doubt.
Doubt is not bad, it’s actually very normal.
Many times, the doubt is more about your inadequacies than His abilities.
The struggle we have is that we do not see a way through. When we can’t see a way through usually our first turn is inward and not upward.
We look inward at our inadequacies, but the victory of my faith is to trust him in the midst of the greatest doubt.
Do it in spite of the doubt.
When I read the Bible I see more doubt than faith. I see all the great leaders God called on dealing with doubt.
Do not assume that faith is the absence of doubt, it is power to overcome it.
When we deal with doubt our response is to ask God for proof.
True Belief is not the absence of doubts. True belief is the recognizing doubt, then lifting your eyes to the deliverer.
James 1:6 “6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
The word doubt means: to separate thoroughly, i.e. (literally and reflexively) to withdraw from, [Strong’s Concordance]
James is saying I have to make a choice when I pray. I can believe my doubt, or I can believe the One who will deliver me.
I am going to trust Him when I can’t see it, feel it, explain it and there is no proof of it… He is still God.
I have decided to follow Jesus!
According to Paul in Romans 12:3 “God has given to each believer the measure of faith.”
Do it with doubt.
God has already assigned to you the amount of faith you need to make the decision that you are facing right now.
Will you decide to follow Jesus? (with that nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach) Follow Him with questions, with disqualifications, with inadequacies and doubts?
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