By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
Faith is an abstract concept we cannot touch it, feel it or taste it. At least not in the normal sense. This makes it easy for doubt to creep into our Christian walk. But as natural as this process is, we must fight it with everything we’ve got. Why ? Because as we will see doubt is one of the chief enemies of faith !
Lets begin with what the Bible says about the nature of faith itself at Hebrews 11:1 “ Now faith is substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” From here we see that while doubt may ask for proof, faith demands trust. But it is the very fact that faith demands trust that opens the door for doubt.
Now look at what Christ himself had to say about doubt in the following story from Matthew 14:29-31 “ And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Jesus makes it clear in this passage that doubt can take control only if your faith is little.
Look next at what he said at John 20:29 “ Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Here we Christ talk of the special blessings reserved for those who believe without seeing. In other words those who believe based on faith.
So where does our doubt come from ? Consider what A. W. Pink had to say on the subject, “ Satan is ever seeking to inject that poison into our hearts to distrust God’s goodness – especially in connection with his commandments. That is what really lies behind all evil, lusting and disobedience. A discontent with our position and portion, a craving from something which God has wisely held from us. Reject any suggestion that God is unduly severe with you. Resist with the utmost abhorrence anything that causes you to doubt God’s love and his lovingkindness toward you. Allow nothing to make you question the Father’s love for his child.” So we see here that the Devil himself is the on who sows doubt in out lives. It is actually one of his favorite weapons against us. So part of the reason we need to fight doubt is by doing so we are fighting the enemy, and reducing his role in our lives.
What effect can doubt have on our lives, and our Christian walk ? Joyce Meyer has this to say, “Battles are fought in our minds every day. When we begin to feel the battle is just too difficult and want to give up, we must choose to resist negative thoughts and be determined to rise above our problems. We must decide that we’re not going to quit. When we’re bombarded with doubt and fears, we must take a stand and say: “I’ll never give up! God’s on my side. He loves me, and He’s helping me! I’m going to make it!” and then add that to the words of Watchman Nee, “In order for the inner man to be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit, the children of God must discharge their responsibility. They need to yield specifically to the Lord, forsake every doubtful aspect in their life, be willing to obey fully God’s will, and believe through prayer that He will flood their spirit with His power.”
So doubt is a weapon of the Devil that interrupts out ability to tap into God’s power. Doubt and faith can never completely coexist, because doubt causes us to deny the very nature of our faith, and distracts us from its proper target.
Company delivers eco-friendly products that are ‘good for the soul’
NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Carving out a niche in the recent subscription box trend, Faithbox is encouraging Christians in their daily walk with spiritually and ethically focused contents, curated specifically for the faith-minded consumer.
After a soft launch late last year, Faithbox has already shipped more than 10,000 boxes to customers. Each box includes a daily devotional book with reflections, Bible verses or suggestions for acts of kindness. Faithbox partners with quality companies to include handpicked products included in each box that are socially-responsible such as, SoapBox Soaps, Smiles for the People toothbrushes, Blue Planet sunglasses, THX coffee and Mitt Scoots socks.
“Faithbox delivers Christian inspiration to your doorstep every month,” said Willie Morris, founder and CEO of Faithbox. “We want to help fellow Christians grow in their faith and positively impact the world.”
For every box purchased a hungry child is fed through a partnership with Rice Bowls. Already the partnership has provided 30,000 meals and is estimated to contribute 10,000 meals per month moving forward. In addition, many of the companies whose products are featured in Faithbox make one-to-one charitable contributions. This combination makes Faithbox inspirational, practical and philanthropic.
Faithbox also works with high-profile ministry leaders to allow them to handpick items that they love. Joyce Meyer teamed with Faithbox for the September box and included her new book and products she personally chose and felt would bless those who received them. Bestselling author and YouTube sensation, Jefferson Bethke, and VOUS Church Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. will curate October and November’s box contents, respectively.
Research shows consumers are becoming more educated and aware about the products and companies they support. A 2015 study by Good Must Grow found that 32 percent of Americans are planning to spend more with companies who are socially responsible, and 64 percent confirmed the importance of buying from socially responsible companies.
“The American consumer has already shown it appreciates the monthly box service; we want to take that a step further to give them the sustainable products about which they care,” said Morris. “We also pay attention to underlying reasons they want those products, which is to be a better world citizen and to respect God’s people and His creation.”
Morris was raised in the Catholic Church, became an atheist during college, and found his way back to God while working with a non-profit organization and seeing its work and impact. Morris started Faithbox to make a positive impact through simple actions and help others enrich their faith. For his complete bio, visit: medium.com/@morewillie/how-the-hell-did-i-get-here-5f46df38b572.
Faithbox offers month-to-month, three-month or one-year subscriptions. The company made its soft launch in late 2014 and has seen steady growth since its inception. This unique box was recently featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg and Fox and Friends. For additional information, visit www.faithbox.com.
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder and Editor FaithInspires.Org
Recently while doing my usual research I came across the following quote by C. S. Lewis, ” Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.” Afflictions can be physical, mental or emotional. When our world gets tough it can be easy to start to believe that God has forgotten us. We might even wonder if we are somehow being punished for something. Both thoughts are more likely the tricks of Satan, than truthful.
But as respected as he is C.S. Lewis is just a man, and his opinions are those of a man, although a learned one. What does scripture have to say to us on the subject of our afflictions ?
Consider what the Bible says at 2 Corinthians 12:7, “ I was given a thorn in my body because of the outstanding revelations that I’ve received so that I wouldn’t be conceited. It’s a messenger from Satan sent to torment me so I wouldn’t be conceited. I pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me alone. He said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness’ S o I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me. Therefore I’m all right with weaknesses, insults, disasters, harassments, and stressful situations for the sake of Christ, because when I’m weak, then I’m strong.”
So scripture tells us plainly here that afflictions in our live are most often messages from the Devil (Satan.) they are meant to deceive us, and to distract us from God’s way. This passage also tells us that God’s grace is sufficient for any affliction that we may face. We also see that the proper role in our life or our struggles and afflictions is for us to allow God to make us stronger.
Afflictions don’t just attack our belief and faith in God. They are also meant ti distract us from God’s way, and his work. This is true even if our “work” for God is as simple as our example to those around us. Consider these words from noted Christian Author Joyce Meyers, ” The only way to repay the devil for hurt and devastation in our personal lives is to aggressively and vehemently do the works of Jesus.” In this short quote Meyers points out again that the source of our afflictions is the Devil. There’s an old saying “ Success is the best revenge. “ This is also what she is saying. The best way to combat the afflictions in our lives, is to succeed in our walk with Christ. Now I’m am not saying this will necessarily be easy. In fact the value in what I am saying lies in the fact that it will likely be hard and require significant effort !
So when afflictions and struggles wage against you, first of all pray ! The more it hurts the harder you should pray. Seek the support of other like minded Christians. Do something for Christ no matter how small it may seem. Fight back with Christ and God himself as allies.
TULSA, Okla., Feb. 1, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Since Jan. 24, 1996, Golden Eagle Broadcasting (GEB) continues to fulfill the vision of the late Chancellor Oral Roberts through the presentation of quality Christian television. The network celebrated its 16th anniversary last week.
Exciting new programming will be coming to GEB this year. Owned and operated through Oral Roberts University, GEB is a national Christian television station that helps viewers Live Well. GEB can be viewed on Tulsa TV 53, DirecTV 363, Sky Angel and live streaming at www.goldeneagle.tv.
Program highlights for 2012 include Joyce Meyer, Rod Parsley, Keith Moore, Dr. Charles Vance, Joseph Prince, Ezra Int’l, Mark Hankins, Barry Segal Vision for Israel, Sid Roth, Ed King, Dr. Todd Coontz, Tom Leding, Deborah Sweetin, Int’l Fellowship of Christian and Jews and Jim Bakker. Viewers will see exciting new programming added to GEB in the coming months.
GEB is the only television network that broadcasts live ORU chapel services and ORU men’s basketball games each week. Next week, ORU men’s basketball team vs. IUPUI will air at 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 as well as the ORU men’s basketball team vs. Western Illinois (Homecoming) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. The games are streamed live online at www.goldeneagle.tv.
- Oral Roberts player honored for performance (mysanantonio.com)