Doubt The Doubter (9/20/13)

Read: Isaiah 33:10-36:22, Galatians 5:13-26, Psalm 64:1-10, Proverbs 23:23

This is what the king says: Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you. He will never be able to rescue you. Don’t let him fool you into trusting in the Lord by saying, The Lord will surely rescue us. (Isaiah 36:14-15)

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. (Galatians 5:25)

Doubt the Doubter

Relate: Poor Charles Duell gets a bad rap. I’ve been told over and over again about the guy who at the beginning of the twentieth century made his famous statement, “everything that can be invented has been invented.” He didn’t actually say it, to my knowledge nobody knows where the quote first originated but it has been put in his mouth so many times it will be forever linked with him. A similar statement was supposedly made by Julius Sextus Frontinus, “Inventions have long since reached their limit. I see no hope for further developments.” The problem is, he supposedly made the statement (10AD) thirty years before he was born. (40AD)

We love to mock the skeptic in hindsight. When the Yankees first decided to take this pitcher they acquired and stick him in the outfield a former teammate now playing in Cleveland said, “Ruth made a grave mistake when he gave up pitching. Working once a week he might have lasted a long time and become a great star.” Poor Babe Ruth. What was he thinking trying to make his mark as a hitter rather than a pitcher. He should have stuck to what he was good at.

React: What are your dreams? What does the vision you have for what God is going to do through you look like? About a year ago, I was still dreaming of doing a daily devotional called the River Walk for church. This domain was bought and paid for but my first post wouldn’t appear until October first. When I first was sharing the dream with a well meaning friend they said, “You should really look into whether you can still get your money back. This will never work.”

Please, just slap me in the face instead. That would probably hurt less than your words and your doubts. Well meaning people will always be around to try to stifle your dreams and visions. That is because it is a dream God gave you, not them. When Hezekiah said “God will protect us” the king of Assyria, with his army of hundreds of thousands laughed from the wall. Surrender would have been the wiser choice, but we are to follow the Spirit’s leading not man’s wisdom. Had I listened to my friend, rather than God’s leading maybe I could have gotten my money back. But yesterday the River Walk passed eighty thousand views. There are just over a dozen nations where it has not yet been viewed. How could I ever take back that kind of impact?

Two things will always happen when we are obedient to God’s leading. 1) He will always do far greater and far more than we can ever ask or imagine. 2) There will always be skeptics. Sometimes they will even be well meaning and well intentioned people. But it is time we start trusting in God and doubting the doubters.

Respond: 

God, help me to trust in You. Help me to shut my ears to those who will doubt or question Your calling on my life. Dear God, please don’t let me be that voice of doubt into someone else. More than anything, help me to listen to You. Greater things are yet in store. Help me to dream big dreams with You. Help me to expect things from You. Then blow away my expectations. You are a big God and You can do far more than I can ever imagine.

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14 thoughts on “Doubt The Doubter (9/20/13)

  1. I SO Agree with your message! Many said the same about my Recovery Blog when I first started it. No one cares about Addiction, Recovery, Mental illness, Blah Blah Blah…..They were wrong. WHY where they WRONG???….Because it wasn’t MY idea, it was the lords Calling on ME. He called to my Heart first in late 2011 to Write my True story of where I’d been, starting as a Little girl, share what I’d been through with Childhood trauma, abuse, and how it shaped my CHOICE’S to go down a Dark Path many won’t ever know or experience in there life time. It was to let people know that GOD….and his SON DO still perform “MIRACLES” today. I’m one of their Miracles.

    From where I was almost 7yrs ago, riddled with a compulsive gambling addiction, suffering undiagnosed Bipolar 2 and Anxiety & Panic disorders, 2 FAILED attempted suicides, and Crisis Center stays, stealing, arrested, jailed, community service, ……On and On……Then HE Entered My Life….the lord. He made VERY CLEAR to me what MY PURPOSE here on earth was supposed to be……AS I entered into Recovery, he helped me every step of the WAY. He answered my prayers of taking the CONSTANT Triggers & Urges to gamble away. AND Showed me HOW I CAN help Others do the Same! AND….SO much more to my Experiences, but that is what I do everyday. He truly WORK THROUGH ME to help others in or reaching for Recovery, and Advocate about Mental & Emotional illness for those who can not. With the Lord by your side, and the Spirit in your Heart,
    All things are Possible!
    Author, Catherine Lyon 🙂 “-)

  2. That’s awesome. Not the post, that was really good though too!
    What’s awesome is that this morning as I was about to get going I thought I wanted to finally comment rather than just be a blurker. I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate this devotional blog as a part of my routine! I am so very thankful that you did being this blog even though I haven’t started reading it until just recently. What you’ve got here is Holy Spirit led and has a sweet impact, not just for me, but also to several of my friends who have read the posts I’ve shared on Facebook. Thank you! 🙂

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  4. Thanks for your candor. And perseverance. I’m glad to see that once in a while you run across another blog that’s so good it has to take the place of your blog–like a few days ago. Shows openness to the Spirit. Takes off pressure, too.
    But most of the time, you just keep doing what you’re doing.

  5. I’m so thankful you didn’t listen to your dissenter. Any time someone thinks spreading the Good News is a bad idea that makes them suspect in my mind. 😉 I enjoy reading your posts…even when I don’t take time to respond (or like lately when WP isn’t delivering post updates to me via e-mail. :().

    Continue to reach the world – make disciples wherever you go, and may the Lord bless the labor of your hands and heart, and grant you a great return for your work!

    \o/

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