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Nature of doubt (2)

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Doubt leads to insecurity and lack of trust concerning God’s willingness and ability to deliver his people. It also leads to a fear of people and situations.

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Doubting God’s truth

Doubt as a questioning of God’s words

Genesis 3:1 ESV
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
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Doubt as lack of faith

Matthew 21:21–22 ESV
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
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Doubt as wavering

James 1:6 ESV
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
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Doubt as double-mindedness

James 1:8 ESV
he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
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Doubt as insecurity about relationship with God

Doubting God’s compassion

Psalm 77:7–9 ESV
“Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable? Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah
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Doubting God’s concern

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Doubting God’s desire to deliver

Jeremiah 45:3 ESV
You said, ‘Woe is me! For the Lord has added sorrow to my pain. I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.’
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Doubting God’s ability to deliver

Psalm 78:18–22 ESV
They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved. They spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness? He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?” Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; his anger rose against Israel, because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power.
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Doubting God’s justice

Jeremiah 12:1 ESV
Righteous are you, O Lord, when I complain to you; yet I would plead my case before you. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
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Doubt as fear of people and situations

Matthew 14:30–31 ESV
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
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