Sunday, June 15, 2008

Scripture Challenge {Week 24}

For our 24th week, you will not find a lot of verses containing our word but I think it is something we need to look at. As I studied, I referenced many devotionals. One was really good, and I will quote it for you here this week. I hope you will enjoy looking at this difficult word, and I hope you will grow in your studies as you do. Now, you are probably wondering what this word is. Well, it is:

Week 24 Challenge Word: Doubt

All Christians face difficulties and sometimes doubt. How does doubt make you feel? Probably uncomfortable or even guilty that you could be doubting God. Let’s look at what doubt is. A devotional in my Zondervan Mom’s Devotional Bible says,

Doubts are different from unbelief. To doubt is not to reject. A doubt is an uncertainty of belief, a suspension of judgment. Doubt is a temporary attitude of questioning whereas unbelief is a prolonged attitude that rejects something or views it as impossible. Don’t be afraid to doubt. Don’t be afraid to question. God is big enough and powerful enough to handle our doubts and answer our questions.”

I think that is such a powerful sentence: “temporary attitude of questioning.” We can tell Him the questions we have but don’t give in to your doubts. Focus on Him instead. Give it to God and trust Him to keep you from falling. Be careful where you share and spread your doubts. Giving them to God is what we should do but as our teaching leader in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) said this year as we studied Matthew, “Doubt is contagious. So is belief! What are you spreading?” What an amazing statement to remember! Think about what you are spreading as you speak to family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers.

One of my favorite passages in Matthew is Matthew 14:25-33 when Peter walks on the water. Read that passage. Notice as Peter focuses on Christ, he is safe and walks on the water. But as soon as he looks at the terrifying circumstances around him, he begins to sink. If we focus on Him, He will keep us from falling!

For my card this week, I kept it simple with the June kit from Create My Keepsake. I used two scriptures.

Matthew 14:31 "Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. 'You of little faith,' He said, 'Why did you doubt?"

James 1:6 "But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt. . ."
I hope you enjoy your study this week looking at doubt and how we should handle it. And please join our discussions at Create My Keepsake, The Scrapping Spot, Scrapjazz, and Faith Sisters. Blessings,


Ally0005 said...

Love this, especially since DH is still out of a job, but know we need to trust him.

Debbie Olson said...

These cards are beutiful, and your scrapbook pages are too!

Stephanie said...

Good study word, Patter. We're going thru a couple situations now where we too need to remember to just keep trusting the Lord and remember that NOTHING takes Him by surprise.

angela magnuson {mag-na-son} said...

Good Morning, Patter. This was JUST the words I needed to read on this beautiful Monday morning as I prepare for my BUSY MONDAY! Thank you for following your guidance and posting this beautiful insight. Have a FABULOUS day!

ChickenNDumpling said...

Once again I want to say thanks so much for all your work that you put into this challenge.. You are agreat inspiration to me... i' can't wait to reunite with my scrapbooks tuff to do the hard copyies.. digital is good foor now but i' lovehands on.. thanks for all the inspiration....barbara

Anonymous said...

What a great word to study! I love how you used a question mark for this. I may just have to lift that!

Sarah M

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