The battle in our hearts between faith and doubt will be decided by our focus.
Our lives are only overwhelming when we view them through the lens of doubt. Difficulties are only as powerful as we allow them to be. They gain this power through our thoughts and words. When we’re constantly thinking about them and giving voice to our thoughts, we are magnifying our problems. This is a scheme of the devil, and it’s one that people fall for every single day.
The devil didn’t invent this idea, though. He stole a principle from the Word of God and twisted it in order to feed doubt in the sons and daughters of God. In fact, this is always how Satan operates. He’s a counterfeiter. He doesn’t create anything; he lacks the power to do so. Satan turns the promises of God upside down and seeks to use them against us. When we become wise to his strategies, we can successfully stop them. So, he tries to strengthen our doubt by magnifying our problems.
But we are meant to strengthen our faith by magnifying our heavenly Father.
“I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30 (NASB)
Magnifying God doesn’t make Him any stronger or more capable. It increases our ability to see Him as strong and capable. We place a magnifying glass on His infinite ability to handle anything life tries to throw at us.
“The Lord will accomplish what concerns me.” Psalm 138:8 (NASB)
We magnify the Lord when we thank Him for what He’s already done, and what He’s promised to do even though we haven’t seen the manifestation.
Thankfulness will shift our focus and keep us awake and alert to the grace of God working on our behalf. Simply put, the more thankful we are, the stronger our faith will be.
If we struggle with finding something to be thankful for, we should start with the simple things. Thank God for your family, your house and your health. Then you can move on to deeper things like your salvation, Jesus dying on the Cross for you and God’s perfect plan for your life. Surely if God provided for your salvation He is able to provide for whatever you are facing now.
As we continually thank God and become more conscious of His love for us, our doubts will be sapped of their strength.
They will try to have a voice in our heads and creep back into our thoughts, but the voice of God will drown them out.
Always remember that when your life seems like too much to handle, Jesus Christ has already given you an overwhelming victory.
“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37(NASB)