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Dealing with doubt

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Uncertainty may be remedied by gaining assurance from God’s word, remembering God’s past goodness, reflecting on his power and appealing to his unfailing love. Believers should help the weak with the patience and encouragement that reflects God’s own compassion.

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Doubt dealt with by holding on to God’s truth

Gaining assurance from God’s word

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Receiving correction and understanding through God’s word

2 Timothy 3:14–17 NKJV
But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
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Avoiding idle speculation

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Doubt dealt with by meditating on God’s works

Remembering God’s past deeds

Psalm 77:10–20 NKJV
And I said, “This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God? You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples. You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were afraid; The depths also trembled. The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about. The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook. Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known. You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron.
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Commemorating God’s deeds

Religious festivals such as Passover provided a permanent reminder of God’s past goodness to his people.
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Reflecting on divine power

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Doubt dealt with by trusting

Trusting in God’s unfailing love

Psalm 6:2–4 NKJV
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O Lord—how long? Return, O Lord, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!
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Trusting in God’s presence

Genesis 28:15 NKJV
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”
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Trusting in God’s strength

Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
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Remembering God’s concern for the weak

God’s compassion for the weak

Ezekiel 34:16 NKJV
“I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”
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God’s grace to those with doubts

God responds to Moses’ uncertainty by promising a demonstration of his power.
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Pastoral concern for those who doubt

Being patient with doubters

Jude 22 NKJV
And on some have compassion, making a distinction;
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Encouraging those with doubts

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