When Godly Men Doubt

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December 14, 2008

Luke 1:5-25

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There is a very important overriding theme of this passageit’s one of the primary things going on here that affects many of us today in our walk with God. It is that even very godly men can struggle with doubt. The story is about the priest Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth. The passage says they “were both righteous in the sight of God, and then it says they “walked blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.” Not that they were perfect, but they would absolutely fit the definition of the most upright, honest, godly person you know! Even so, when an angel appeared to Zacharias to tell him his prayers had been answered, he doubted. It should comfort us that if Zacharias doubted, then doubt may come to us as well. God, however, is bent on restoring those who doubt—back to faith in Him.

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    3 Responses to “When Godly Men Doubt”

    1. December 17th, 2008 at 12:24 pm Shiran Cheslak wrote:

      I so enjoyed your sermon. I have never heard a minister talk about even godly men doubting and it is exactly what i needed to hear because it reminds me that it is only normal and that I’m not a bad christian to feel this way sometimes. when I feel doubt to just remind myself that he’s always there for me and to get through those emotions with the knowledge of his love and never failing attempt at bringing us closer to him. Thank you so much!

    2. December 17th, 2008 at 9:19 pm Arthur Paul wrote:

      I think this Bible passage also shows how important the words we speak are.I believe that Zacharias was silence until his son was born so he would not continue to speak of his doubts. We must all choose are words wisely because life and death are in the power of the tongue.

      I think it is an excellent idea to put the sermons on the web site so we can listen to them again if we choose.

    3. December 23rd, 2008 at 9:02 pm David Porter wrote:

      We were in Michigan visiting family, on the 14th, and missed this message. What a very special treat to have this available on the Internet.

      It seems to me that one of the ways that we doubt our holy Creator is to allow selfishness and pride into our lives and put our foolish pride before his holy will, thereby allowing our lives to demonstrate doubt and a real faith in God.

      The last 8 months of my life have been a period of “having my mouth put shut”. In the beginning, it was very difficult, but the most precious of all is that when my mouth is shut, I am able to listen to God.

      My life has changed as a result.

      Thanks Jamie for your faithful teaching.

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