How many times have I introduced a post starting with “My favorite Christian blogger, Carl Middleton…? Quite a few, including today. Carl posts a weekly column on faith. His banner says:
This blog is intended to be used as a source of help for believers such as myself, who when believing God for a need facing them, prayed and didn’t receive the answer they needed. The unanswered question is always … why? I don’t have all the answers, but if there is an answer, it’s in the Word. I’ll try to find it with you.
This week’s discussion is on the understanding that, when we do something, doubting it might not be the right thing to do, we are sinning, and the result is our own conscience condemning us . Perhaps this is why so many…probably all of us, fail to sleep well at times when our conscience takes us back to the memory of that thing done in “doubt.”
Romans 14:22 – 23:
…”Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned … for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”
My interpretation … “Whatever is not done with a full conviction that it is right, is sinful; whatever is done when a man doubts whether it is right, is sin.”
The whole scope of this scripture requires us to understand the Apostle Paul is simply saying that a man should not do a thing doubting its correctness; that he should have a strong conviction that what he does is right; and that if he doesn’t have this conviction, it is sinful. In all cases, if a man does a thing which he does not believe to be right, it is a sin, and his conscience will condemn him for it.
This week’s study covers several points of “doubt,” and “unbelief.” Having the confidence that we are doing what God wants us to do, and knowing that as we do everything, we are in the presence of God, deserves giving thought and prayer to. How can we make a habit of listening to our own doubt? Mine speaks loud and clear when I pick-up the Tostito bag too often. Not important, you say? I know it’s important, and I do it anyway.
Carl uses scripture to show that even things clearly not a sin, can be a sin, and he reminds that we way we hear God, is in our heart. It’s not rocket science, it should be ‘habit.’ How can we train ourselves to face our doubt or examine our conviction? Read the entire article here and don’t miss the last four lines.
Readers, please don’t take my words for Carl’s. While I try to express what he is saying (as well as my own thoughts), I might get his wrong, so reading his articles will benefit you much more than paying close attention to how I interpret what he is saying. Don’t blame him for anything I say!