Secretly, I had entered a season of doubt in the existence of God.
I cried out to Him and felt as if He was NOT present. I was angry. He is HOPE & to no longer believe in His existence meant that life was HOPELESS.
I wanted to BELIEVE, however, doubt had presented itself to me and faith & doubt can NOT co-exist; we either believe or we don't!
Friend, we have a real enemy and his name is Satan!
Satan wants to get us to doubt the goodness & love of God, and if he can he’s won a great victory.
Satan is not looking for the unbeliever, he already has them. He’s looking to devour Christians; this is a battle for our souls. Satan wants to get at us in this life because as Christians we are headed for GLORY!
Satan would love for us to turn our backs on God & curse Him to His face. He would like us to believe that God is holding back on us and that He’s not a good God.
Satan is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 (NIV)
When Satan attacks time after time after time, don’t turn your back on God; there is no HOPE without Him.
If doubt shows it’s ugly face REFUSE to give into it! Dive deeper into God’s WORD, gather together with other BELIEVERS, PERSEVERE & STAND FIRM until the end! God’s word says if we draw nigh unto Him, he will draw nigh unto us. James 4:8 (KJV)
Satan comes only to steal and kill and destroy and Jesus has come that we may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV)
I don’t know WHY God allows Satan to attack believers, it’s a mystery to me.
When we are faced with what we don’t know, go back to what we do know and that is God is a God of LOVE, a God of HOPE, a God of ENCOURAGEMENT and a God of RESTORATION.
I share my journey of FAITH with you for the purpose of encouraging those of you who may be living a life of hopelessness, due to your doubt of His existence, to NOT give into Satan, instead choose to BELIEVE! Fully SURRENDER your life to Him and He will reveal Himself to you!
God has revealed Himself to me in undeniable ways; STAND FIRM in your FAITH and BELIEVE that JESUS LOVES YOU!
“Now may the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 (ESV)
Additional Scripture references:
Jesus said even the elect would be deceived by Satan. (Matthew 24:24)
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:16 (NASB)
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIV)