“DOUBT” The need for Self-Validation
5 “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will will be like God, knowing good and evil Gen. 3:5
Adam and Eves disobedience gave man a “Conscience” Discernment Knowledge of Right from Wrong-Freedom of Choice. Our flesh will always be at war with our spirit (Pneuma vs Sarx)
This dilemma will forever plague un-believers, and seasoned believers alike.
INSTANT GRATIFICATION, Immediate Fulfillment of Carnal Cravings: We want it, When we want, and We want it now!
SELF-EDIFICATION, Validation; “Ostentatious” Webster’s: Pretentious, attempt to impress- 5 As they were talking about the complex, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, He said6 “These things you see-the days will come when not one stone will be left on another that will not be thrown down Luke 21:5-6
Instant gratification; succumbing to depravity: Don’t always think of consequences
Self-edification: False sense of identity, forever putting on aires; Need to be like God.
Know the difference:
Condemnation; Dealing with Consequences of actions (Doubt)-Counter-intuitive to God’s will, Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry
Conviction; Holy Spirit of Contention ; Hope,Trust, and Faith: Foresight of danger
The “Anti-dote”: Re-aligning our will with God’s:
SUBMISSION (Complete surrender): We cannot win a war that is not rightfully ours. *15 and he said, “Listen carefully, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat. This is what the Lord says:’Do not be discouraged because of this vast number, for the battle is not your’s but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15
ASCRIBE TO THE GRACE OF THE CROSS (Believe without question);Remain steadfast in His promise and sovereignty: (Psalm 34:4) I sought the Lord. and He answered me; He delivered me from my fear . (Deuteronomy 5:10) And showing mercy and steadfast love to thousands and a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments, (Exodus 20:6) But showing mercy and steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments