Doubt can feel like a dangerous fault line in the bedrock of our faith. This week, Gary Wilkerson takes a more measured look at doubt and its place in the Bible and our lives. How do we take care of our hearts so that when doubt springs up, it doesn’t hurt us? Is it possible to have healthy doubts and questions about our faith? Gary talks about how believers can use doubt as a tool to help our relationship with God grow.
Doubt can promote a greater revelation of God. We can see more of the glory of God when we are willing to wrestle with our conflicts and come at the other side with a more solid faith and a greater revelation of God. – Gary Wilkerson
Don't be afraid to be honest with God. Again, just be careful how we talk to him. He is to be revered, but he is our father as well, and he's not afraid of our questions. – Gary Wilkerson
It's not uncommon to face some doubts. Don't beat yourself up. Don't allow condemnation. Where God could use our doubts, the righteous type of doubt for good, the enemy will use it for evil and bring a lot of condemnation and shame. – Gary Wilkerson
Doubt can keep us from false doctrine. If you believe everything you hear in a church, you're going to get led into some false doctrine. Be a Berean (Acts 17:11). – Gary Wilkerson
Fire used in the wrong way will burn your house down but used in the right way it can keep you warm. Doubt is similar. Used incorrectly it can wreck your faith but used wisely it can strengthen your faith. – Gary Wilkerson
…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. – John 8:32
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” – Mark 9:24
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” – Psalm 14:1a
And have mercy on those who doubt; - Jude 22
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. – Acts 17:11
Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.