Doubt is a pretty powerful emotion.
Doubt is a pretty powerful emotion. Have you ever turned out a light, locked a door, or put the lawn mower away, only to return ten minutes later to check to be sure? I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that so many Christians who have accepted Christ as their personal savior and asked Him to come in to their heart, sometimes question whether the Holy Spirit is actually with them. If you have faced this doubt, you’re not alone. If you bring this up with a Christian friend, I’ll bet they would say, ‘I’m glad you said that, there are times I have felt that way too!’ Many consider the greatest Christian writer and teacher since the first century was Charles Spurgeon. He is like the Billy Graham of the 19th century, and I have quoted him many times in my blogs. In his autobiography he wrote, “I felt at that time very weary, and very sad, and very heavy at heart; and I began to doubt in my own mind whether I really enjoyed the things which I preached to others…It seemed to be a dreadful thing for me to be only a waiter, and not a guest at the gospel feast.” So for this blog, let’s turn to the Scriptures and see what is written about how we can be assured of the presences of the Holy Spirit:
- The Holy Spirit opens our minds to understanding the Bible – I Corinthians 2: 14
- He guides our thinking — Romans 9: 1
- He causes an inner sense of assurance without words. – Romans 8: 15-17
- He draws us to meet with other Christians. – I John 1: 6-7
- He draws us to love other Christians. – I John 3: 14
- He makes us aware of our sins. – I John 1: 8, 10
- He helps us in this world. – I John 2: 15
- He helps us live in conscience obedience. –I John 2: 3-5
- We long for the return of Jesus. – I John 2: 2-3
- We always try to do the right thing. – I John 3: 7-8, 10
I think it is important for us to remember that as we try to live a Christ like life with the help of the Holy Spirit, we are being pulled in the opposite direction. The great Apostle Paul wrote, “…When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being, I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.” (Romans 7: 21-23) So while we struggle in this world, we should not expect perfection. For instance, you know you are supposed to love your fellow Christians. But there may be someone in your church that you just have a really hard time liking. The fact that you’re concerned about it is a pretty good sign!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Dan is a graduate of Otterbein College (now University). He graduated with a degree in education. From time to time Dan still substitute teaches. His interest in history led him to investigate the historical accuracy of the Bible. This, in turn, led to a full investigation of Apologetics.