Believe Your Beliefs and Doubt Your Doubts

Believe Your Beliefs and Doubt Your Doubts

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I’ve been guilty of this myself. How about you?

You go to a Christian church service or small group or a Bible study. Someone needs to pray to start the meeting. They might select someone, or have a pastor do it, or you may be the one to offer the prayer.

The prayer may go something like this:

Lord, we’re gathered here in your name. We ask that your presence be with us. Visit this place, Lord, with Your Holy Spirit. Invade this place with Your glory. When we leave this place let us say it’s been good to be in the presence of the Lord.

Now, that is a made up prayer. Some of those sentences would not be used all the time, but the premise would be the same: God, come here and be in this meeting.

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Believe Your Beliefs and Doubt Your Doubts

Christians believe that God is omnipresent. Let’s learn more from AllAboutGod.com.

Dr. Normal Geisler explains the omnipresence of God this way:

    “It means that all of God is everywhere at once. As the indivisible Being, God does not have one part here and another part there, for He has no parts. God is present to but not part of creation. God is everywhere, but He is not any thing.

J.I. Packer wrote:

      “God is not a body—therefore, he is free from all limitations of space and distance; and is omnipresent. God has no parts—this means that his personality and powers and qualities are perfectly integrated, so that nothing in him ever alters.”

Charles Ryrie writes:

      “Omnipresence means that God is everywhere present with His whole being at all times…

In Psalm 139:7-10, David asks the question if there is anyplace one can escape from the presence of God. His answer is no, for His omnipresence is unlimited by space (v. 8), undaunted by speed (v. 9), and unaffected by darkness (vv. 11-12).”

Believe Your Beliefs and Doubt Your Doubts

So, if we believe and say that God is everywhere all the time, why do we go through the motion or the rhetoric in our houses of worship of pleading with God to show up and probably most importantly to “show out.” (that means, answer your prayers, heal people, save people, let people feel revived and encouraged for being there)

Don’t we believe what we believe? I think a lot of people are skeptical. Probably because most people have been disappointed by others, maybe their earthly fathers, and let down from time to time. That thought is oftentimes transferred to God and we wonder if God will actually honor His word and be with His people in their church building.

Here is what Jesus said in Matthew 18:20: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

So, I believe that Christians should start believing their beliefs, and doubting their doubts. I heard that for the first time from Rev. Rouintree when I was at the Shepherd’s Field near Bethlehem in Israel.

If you don’t then you are no better off than other cults and  religions who “invoke” their god or spirit to enter their place of worship. The term invocation comes from that. Some religious peoples will cut themselves with knives and blades. Others, like in the Old Testament, will scream, holler, and plead for their god to make an appearance and do what they wish.

Come on, Christians. Even Jesus said in Matthew 28.20: Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

Start living like it. Start praying like it. And start having your church meetings with the mindset that God is Omnipresent.  You don’t have to invoke His name or His presence. He’s already promised to be with you. Now, accept it.


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Believe Your Beliefs and Doubt Your Doubts — 1 Comment

  1. This is one of the most inspiring thoughts I’ve heard in a long time. Thank you so much for sharing this Chuck. You day bomb !

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