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How Do I Overcome Doubt?

The disciples thought it was over. Jesus, the Messiah, was dead and buried. But, then Jesus is resurrected and appears to people, walking down roads, chatting with travelers, and showing up at dinner parties.

When the disciples heard Jesus was alive they dismissed it. Somewhere between His arrest and death, the true believers became skeptics. Even when Jesus appeared to them, they still didn't understand. The disciples were in the room with the risen Son of God. And, they doubted.

Jesus invites them to “‘Look at my hands and my feet...Touch me and see...’” and they still doubted (Luke 24:38-39). After three years following Jesus, when He fulfills His mission to die for our sins and three days later He comes back to life, His closest followers don't have the faith to believe it.

How much more do we struggle with our own doubts? We can't see or touch Jesus. He's probably not appearing in your kitchen, asking you to make Him a plate of fish sticks. So, we seek Him where He's found—in His Word.

But, we need more than just knowledge. The knowledge of God without revelation from God is incomplete; it's ignorance parading around as wisdom. The Bible is a supernatural book and we need supernatural means to comprehend it. Someone has to “[open our] minds so [we] can understand the Scriptures,” like Jesus did for His disciples (Luke 24:45).

In the same way that we need Jesus to save us, we also need the Holy Spirit to help us understand the Bible. We can't overcome our own limited understanding. But, God gives us the Holy Spirit to guide us in wisdom and truth, so we can comprehend His Word and have courage to apply it.

God sent His Son and His Spirit to stand in our place and do what we can't—save us, and help us understand—not just in human knowledge, but divine revelation.


  • Is there an area in your life where you have trouble trusting Jesus?
  • Have you asked the Holy Spirit to help you in that area?
  • Have you received the gift of salvation from Jesus? If not, what’s holding you back? Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

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