(ANON QUESTION RECEIVED FROM GodfirstGodalways)
Do you ever doubt that there isn’t an afterlife? I never thought I would but lately I have been and it’s giving me terrible anxiety.
This is so late, I apologize! 🙂 I’ve doubted it maybe twice or three times before but not to the extent that it gave me terrible anxiety, because I believe I prayed about it several times. God loves each and every one of His children because He created them. Remember that when your spirit is not right it’s a sign that you aren’t in harmony with God. You have to identity where that doubt came from and how it started. God is the Creator of the afterlife and if you doubt the afterlife, then you also doubt God. It’s the same as doubting yourself as well because He created you and doubting yourself can also give you terrible anxiety. That is a direct disobedience to Him. All you have to do is get right with God and you do that by expressing your fears/worries/anxiety to Him through prayer. Give up this doubt that has been building up inside you. It will only keep giving you anxiety so long as you aren’t doing anything to gain more faith in God.
The message I received from church yesterday was awesome. Satan will attack your weakest points and after you’ve gotten stronger in those areas, he will come up with even clever ways to attack your strengths. That’s why you must abide/grow/stay connected/live in Christ (John 15:4). Satan intends to separate you from God. He wants us to doubt. You’ll know you’re growing when you sense that Satan is on his way to shake you. You’ve got to be prepared and in order to stay strong, you must be weak. (2 Corinthians. 12:7) So good news to you, because whenever you are weak it’s the perfect time to gain strength, and that’s only done by humbling yourself. Just remember that whenever we doubt so much, it will always be followed by a lot of hope and faith and confidence and the cycle goes on. Being a Christian is not easy, but the knowledge and strength you gain is worth it. You want to be prepared than not because your endurance will shape your character. So express this doubt and how it’s been giving you terrible anxiety to God. Pray, pray, pray. Surrender every second. You know the song, Touch The Sky by Hillsong United? The famous lines go, “My heart beating, my soul breathing, I found my life when I laid it down, upward falling, spirit soaring, I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground”. There is an incredible sense of joy and freedom when you surrender every bit of yourself to the Heavenly Father. The life of a Christian will always be under attack and so will the life of someone who doesn’t know Christ. They will more likely numb their pain with the use of substances or any activity that will help them try to forget, but ultimately it will only lead to anxiety and therefore more suffering and struggling. But if you’re a Christian, you will confess not only your sins but your emotions and the things that bother you, and by abiding in Christ you will avoid and prevent such attacks and even if God willed for you to go through them, you should have the faith to withstand any trial.
Doubting makes us weak, weakness makes way for trials and temptations. Trials and temptations are the same in a sense that they are struggles, but trials come from God and temptations come from Satan. You must be aware when Satan is tempting you to doubt. Your doubt came from Satan, it’s never from God. If you doubt about the afterlife again or about anything else that has to do with God’s promises, believe the best you can that instead this is a trial from Him. So pray to God and humble yourself, give up, surrender again, because there’s an abundance of peace when you confess and stay connected. YOU BECOME SAVED WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO STOP STRUGGLING. Let God’s grace be sufficient, let go. Again to become strong, you must humble yourself, let go of your pride. Your pride is any belief that has come from your natural way of thinking. God encourages us to have faith in His supernatural powers. He wants us to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Don’t quit. Learn endurance and perseverance. Those who don’t humble themselves never learn how to be stronger because they give in to their natural way of thinking instead. You only grow in faith when you acknowledge the One who is the maker and perfecter of it. Jesus is the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). I know I sound like I keep repeating myself but humbleness is the key. You’re in my prayers tonight. 🙂 God bless you!
James 1:2-5 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faithproduces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
By His Grace, Sheela (Via godfirstgodalways)