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How Doubt Helps You Overcome Spiritual Hurdles 

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Doubt is a natural part of the spiritual journey. Far from being a sign of weak faith, it can be a catalyst for deeper understanding and a stronger connection with God. Doubt can play a pivotal role in helping you deepen your faith and overcome spiritual hurdles.  

Doubt, in a spiritual context, is the feeling of uncertainty or skepticism about one’s beliefs. It can arise from many sources such as personal struggles, unanswered prayers, or conflicting teachings. While doubt is often viewed negatively, it can serve as an opportunity for growth and exploration in your faith journey. 

Common Sources of Doubt 

  • Personal Struggles: Life’s challenges often prompt questions about God’s presence and purpose
  • Unanswered Prayers: When prayers seem unheard, it can lead to feelings of abandonment. 
  • Conflicting Teachings: Exposure to different interpretations of Scripture can create confusion. 

Biblical Examples of Deepened Faith

Throughout history, many have faced doubt and emerged with a deeper faith. The Bible provides numerous examples of individuals who grappled with doubt and ultimately found solace in their trust in God. Consider these two biblical characters who experienced—and overcame—doubt: 

  • Moses: Expressed doubt in his ability to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, yet God assured him of His presence (Exodus 3:11-12, ESV)
  • Job: Questioned God’s justice amidst his suffering but ultimately deepened his understanding of God’s sovereignty (Job 38, NIV)

Historical Examples of Overcoming Spiritual Hurdles 

  1. C.S. Lewis: Transitioned from atheism to becoming one of the most influential Christian apologists. 
  1. Mother Teresa: Despite experiencing long periods of spiritual dryness, continued her mission with unwavering dedication. 
  1. Martin Luther: Faced significant doubts which led him to question and reform the practices of the Church. 

Doubt can serve as a bridge, taking us from superficial belief to a more profound and resilient faith. By confronting and wrestling with doubt, we engage more deeply with our beliefs and often emerge with a stronger, more authentic relationship with God. 

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How Doubt Leads to Deeper Faith 

  • Encourages Exploration: Doubt prompts us to seek answers, leading to a deeper understanding of Scripture and doctrine. 
  • Strengthens Resilience: Overcoming doubt builds spiritual resilience, preparing us to face future challenges with greater confidence. 
  • Promotes Humility: Acknowledging our doubts can foster humility, reminding us of our dependence on God. 

Navigating doubt requires intentionality and trust in God’s plan. Here are five steps to help overcome spiritual hurdles: 

  1. Prayer and Meditation: Spend time in prayer and meditate on Scripture. Verses like Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) remind us to present our doubts to God with thanksgiving. 
  1. Study Scripture: Dive deeper into the Bible to understand God’s promises and character.  
  1. Reflect on Past Faithfulness: Recall instances where God has been faithful in the past. This can provide reassurance and perspective during times of doubt. 
  1. Consult Trusted Leaders: Seek guidance from pastors, mentors, or spiritual advisors who can provide insight and support. 
  1. Practice Patience: Allow yourself time to wrestle with doubt. Trust that God will reveal His truth in His perfect timing

Now listen to a short segment of this Abide meditation based on Jude 1:22. Let God speak to your heart about your doubts and His grace.

Doubt leads us to a deeper, more meaningful relationship with God. By embracing doubt and seeking God’s guidance, we can overcome spiritual hurdles and grow in our faith. Let Abide come alongside you as you seek to overcome spiritual hurdles and deepen your faith. Our more than 1500 biblical meditations all exist to help you draw closer to God. Download the app and start a premium subscription. This unlocks our entire library of content. Use this link for 25% off.

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