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Have you ever stopped to think that what isn’t true isn’t real? In this context, “real” is any person or idea that will last forever and is neutral to positive about God. Biblical ideas are real. They will last forever and you have a positive use for them. God’s words always produce what God intends them to accomplish (see Isaiah 55:11).
Is there anything you believe, at least partially, even though you know it can’t be true? Maybe you struggle with one or more of these doubts:
- I am not important to God.
- I am not lovable.
- God does not accept me as I am.
- God does not have my best interest in mind.
- God does not care what I do with my life.
- My life’s work is not significant.
- I am not sure if I will make it to heaven.
Do Not Doubt What is True and Real
Ideally, you have grown your relationship with God enough to refute these. But if you can’t, you’re not alone. If you read your Bible and think about it long enough, you probably could say you know the Bible teaches the opposite. Despite this, it is possible to doubt.
The Bible says that we should think about whatever is true (Philippians 4:8). We should do this to strengthen our faith. God wants us to know who He is. That way, when we approach Him with a request, we will have confidence that what we are asking is something God wants to give to us.
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. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.James 1:5-6 NIV
The phrase “when you ask” is important to understanding faith. Christians are going to struggle with doubt to some degree some of the time. But believers need to approach God believing in His goodness for the relationship to work well (see Matthew 7:11).
What is False is Temporary
The next time you struggle with doubt, remind yourself that falsehoods aren’t real. If you’re a believer, you’re going to outlast all false ideas, deceptions, and evil spirits. Don’t give falsehoods any more credibility. You have God’s Spirit within you. You don’t have to submit yourself to wrong ideas.
Most of creation as we know it is temporary. Even many created things, despite being positive and useful, aren’t as “real” as you are. You will outlive most of what you see. You will certainly outlive evil and falsehood. You will even outlast some of the beauty of God’s creation! You are more important than most of creation.
Look how the wild flowers grow! They don’t work hard to make their clothes. But I tell you that Solomon with all his wealth wasn’t as well clothed as one of these flowers. God gives such beauty to everything that grows in the fields, even though it is here today and thrown into a fire tomorrow. Won’t he do even more for you? You have such little faith! Don’t keep worrying about having something to eat or drink.Luke 12:27-29 CEV
I’m not saying you should ignore the parts of life you don’t like. I am saying cling only to those things that are real. Everything else isn’t going to last.
My friends, what I mean is that the Lord will soon come, and it won’t matter if you are married or not. It will be all the same if you are crying or laughing, or if you are buying or are completely broke. It won’t make any difference how much good you are getting from this world or how much you like it. This world as we know it is now passing away.1 Corinthians 7:29-31 CEV
Cling only to what is real. Ask God to help you know the difference between real and fake.