Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Doubt the Love of God?

Today will end the series on Jonathan Edwards' Resolutions. Imagine this man weekly examined his life carefully to see if any one thing in him could cause any doubt of God's love for him. A few weeks ago I did a series on pain. The words of Elisabeth Elliot and Tim Hansel encouraged me to know no matter what, God's love is always for us, His children.

I have a friend going through a severe debilitating crippling disease. She's a young wife and mother. Her entire life is drastically changing. She's reading these posts and God is blessing her here and with others who know God's love is forever, always, in all situations. When the doubts of His love emerge we know who the real culprit is. . May we all have Edwards' commitment to never let the enemy's whispers erode our faith. In order to thrive, doubt of God's love has to be dealt with quickly or the cost is great.

May we come to such nearness to God that we like Edwards can resolve...

25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.

Rejection and betrayal were major problems for me in years past. When people disappointed or hurt me I would begin to doubt God as well as the individuals. R.T. Kendall has written books that were the most helpful for me on these issues.
I recommend every believer read his 2 books: Total Forgiveness and God Meant it for Good .
You can find these books in any major bookstore but his website is
. He has many sermons and free offerings on his website.

Jonathan Edwards' sermons would move the most incorrigible sinner and the coldest religious pharisee to fall on their faces in conviction of the Holy Spirit; and desperately they would come humbly seeking the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. What gives? Maybe his commitment to affirm and seek weekly to fulfill his 70 resolutions. I decided to only share a few of them, because I'm guessing that the attention appetite of most readers wouldn't care for all 70 written in a dated English wording. But to any of you who have a desire to read the "rest of the story," go to this website to read all 70:

What tempts you to doubt God?


Red Letter Believers said...

I am most tempted to doubt God when i refuse to see him in the little things. I only want the big stuff and yet, there he is, silently stalking me with cosmic blessing


Isaac Fineman (Greenville, SC) said...

Very timely messages Kay, especially as we go into the end of the year as most people are thinking of their "New Years' Resolutions."

May we resolved, like Brother Edwards to see Christ for who He really is and then pattern our life after that in a practical, tangible way that others may see Him and be changed for His and their sake.

Romans 8:28!!!

For Christ,
Isaac Fineman :: Greenville, SC

sailorcross said...

Good Morning, Kay!!

I think I'm going to put these two books on my wish list. You know where I've been, where I've come from and where I am now.

But, still those old tapes replay from time to time--you're not good enough, you're NEVER going to be good enough, look what you've done NOW!!

I can replace these old tapes with new tapes of love from God, but it all comes down to the issue of forgiveness.

Rejection and betrayal--two biggies for you and me!!

Have a blessed day,and thank you for being so open, honest and sharing!! How we learn from one another--God working in us--love it!!


Kay Martin said...

Your comments has expanded my understanding on these resolutions of Edwards. I love tto read the old classics of the Christian greats, but sometimes I find I'm in a small group of people who cherish these writings.

You young people blessed me more than I can express by getting into this descussion over Edwards' words xome 300 years later.

Be blessed.

Kay Martin
Thrive Christian owner/author

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.