Crush Your Spiritual Kryptonite

Doubt is spiritually lethal. It thwarts any hope of a Christ-like outlook in your life and quenches the work of the Holy Spirit. According to Wesley Duewel in Mighty Prevailing Prayer, “It darkens your horizon, distorts your spiritual vision, and numbs your spiritual vitality. It robs your prayer of its power and effectiveness. In short, it dishonors God.”

One of my favorite comic book heroes of all time is Superman. He was “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” Expose him to Kryptonite, however, and he was rendered powerless. Doubt is spiritual Kryptonite. It creeps into our souls like a dense fog, severely hindering the vision God has placed before us.

I love the Gospel account of Jesus walking on water to rescue His disciples in their storm-tossed boat, especially the part where Peter jumped out and joined in on the miracle. He got off to such a good start. “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’” Reaching out to rescue him, the Lord said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:29-31). Faith kept him afloat until fear and doubt clothed him like a heavily weighted vest.

Doubt prefers the low-road, temporal, natural, unattainable perspective. Faith takes the eternal, supernatural high- road that teems with opportunities and possibilities. Duewel also writes, “Faith focuses your eyes on God and His promises, faithfulness, and availability. Faith sees God present, deeply concerned, and active. Faith looks at the problems and needs from God’s perspective.”   

One hundred years old and married to a woman with a dead womb, Abraham embraced God’s promise that they would have a son, through whom nations would be blessed. From a logical, biological standpoint, this was impossible. “Yet he did not waver through unbelief, regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he promised.” (Romans 4:20-21).

Because of his faith, “it was credited to him as righteousness” (Romans 4:22). And the good news is that the words “credited to him as righteousness” applied not only to Abraham, but to all who believe in the resurrected Christ (see Romans 4:23-24).

Take a moment to jot down any doubts, fears, or anxieties that hinder you. Visually nail that piece of paper to the cross. Now, rip it into little pieces, throw them into the trash can, and begin living the realm of forgiven sin and increased faith.

 

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