Freedom’s Fireworks for July—Part II
Last week we talked about freedom from fear. This week –– freedom from crippling doubts. Synonyms of doubt: hesitation, reservation, uncertainty, misgiving, and mistrust. Doubts can harden our hearts. #FreedomsFireworks4July #donnalhsmith #IndependenceDayJuly4 #DoubtYourDoubts #KerriAdamic
We’ll be told something, and with our 21st century skepticism, we say, “I doubt it.” Doubts can hinder our growth. Doubts can paralyze us into fear.
We doubt truth, wondering if someone is lying to us. Lies are all around us. And we choose to believe many of them. Little voices inside us say, “You’re no good. You’ll never amount to anything.”
Or maybe, the voices are from our loved ones. Or authority figures, likes teachers, coaches, bosses. “You can’t do that! You’re not trained! You’re not educated! You’re too young! You’re too old!
Last year, I told you about finding my biological relatives. I had to overcome the fear (which we talked about last week), of rejection (which has been considerable in my life) in order to get to know them.
One of those I’ve gotten to know only recently, is my cousin Kerri Adamic. Something happened when she was a baby, and she stopped breathing. When she started again, she was paralyzed and can’t speak. But she has a sharp wit and a quick mind. I haven’t met her yet, but we’re hoping to set up a joint book signing in Arizona next year. Yep, she’s a writer, too.
Her book title tells it all: Doubt Your Doubts. I love that title, because that’s precisely what we need to do. Doubt our doubts. It’s in the publishing process. You can pre-order it from her website: www.kerriadamic.com.
Jesus said, “Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe.” John 20:27. It’s after the resurrection, when he told Thomas to put his hand in his side, and his fingers in the nail prints. Can you imagine how Thomas felt? He probably really wanted to believe, but since he hadn’t been there when Jesus showed up post-resurrection before, Thomas found it hard to accetp Jesus was really alive. That his body was truly alive and human, and he wasn’t just a spirit.
That’s why Jesus told Thomas to go ahead and prove it to himself that Jesus was real. And that’s when he said, “Don’t be faithless. Believe.”
We live in a doubting world. And we need to be wary of “fake news” these days. But when we discover the real, the fake fades away.
Did you know that’s how government agents can spot counterfeit money? They study the real so carefully and closely, that they just know when they see something that’s counterfeit.
Study the real God. The real Jesus. The real Holy Spirit. Get to know them, and you’ll come to doubt your doubts, just as my cousin Kerri has.
Doubt your doubts. Put your hand in Jesus’ side, place your faith in Him. He’s waiting for you. #FreedomsFireworks4July #donnalhsmith #IndependenceDayJuly4 DoubtYourDoubts #KerriAdamic