8 Reasons Our Faith May Falter

Why We Doubt

By Charles F. Stanley
  • June 26, 2015

Faith is essential because it’s required for our salvation. However, even after accepting Christ, believers are to continue living by faith. Some of us may have great faith while others have only a little. But we can also have wavering faith—up one day, down the next. Genuine faith is the confident conviction that God will do what He has promised.

However, if we take our eyes off Him and start looking at our circumstances, our confidence in Him will start to wobble. Even if we’ve trusted the Lord for many years, certain conditions may cause our faith to waver:

  1. A situation goes against our human reasoning.

  2. We allow feelings to overcome our faith.

  3. We don’t see God in certain circumstances.

  4. We listen to negative counsel.

  5. We focus on our circumstances.

  6. We may be ignorant of God’s ways.

  7. We might feel guilt over past sins.

  8. We could be listening to the devil.

The Lord understands our struggle and wants us to come to Him with our pain and confusion. We may have to take time to pray, listen, and evaluate before we know what He’s saying. Sometimes God has to sift our thinking by reminding us of His truth or His past faithfulness to us in a similar situation.

How would you describe your current faith? If you find it lacking in any way, ask God to show you His will, His ways, and lead you into a greater faith.

This article is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley’s message, “Why Do We Waiver in Our Faith?” airing this weekend on TV.

Related Topics:  Faith  |  Doubt  |  Spiritual Life
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