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What To Do When You Doubt God



Jesus has come to set you free.

How many of us really are living in the truth? The truth is that long before we were born our fight came to an end. Are we walking in the reality that Jesus won the war, that our chains are broken and dealt with, and that we are truly free? What do you do when you doubt God?

In the first message of our Chain Breaker series, Louie Giglio looks at the chain of Doubt and the One who is able to break this chain along with every other, Jesus.

Key Takeaway

My default is not doubt; it's a framework of faith. When I lean toward God and away from the world, it shifts my perspective to know that in any situation, I have faith that God is good, in control, and made me victorious through Him.

Many of us go to church every Sunday, raise our hands in worship, and read our Bibles, and the enemy is fine with us participating in God's Kingdom as long as he still has a hold on our lives somehow. We feel like we have certain chains wrapped around us that we will never break free from, but the war is over! Jesus is victorious. He has set you free to walk in his truth.

Mark 9: 14-29

A little boy is demon-possessed and instead of immediately healing the boy, Jesus turns to the father and invites him into the story. Jesus does the same thing with us. The father replied, "If you can do anything...". Jesus asks, seemingly a little aggravated, "If I can?"

Jesus is not aggravated by the power of the enemy over the little boy, He's aggravated by the unbelief of the people around Him. He answers, "Everything is possible for those who believe." Not who reads their Bible the most, who has perfect church attendance, who gives the most, or who has it all together. Those things are great, but what really matters is belief.

A little rewind of what led up to this passage.

Jesus heals a blind man at Bethsaida. Mark 8:22-25

Jesus feeds 4000 people. Mark 8:1-13

Jesus heals a deal and mute man. Mark 7:31-37

Jesus honors the Syrophoenecian woman's faith. Mark 7:24-30

Jesus walks on water. Mark 6:45-56

Jesus feeds 5000 people. Mark 6:30-44

Jesus heals Jairus's daughter and the bleeding woman. Mark 5:21-43

Jesus heals a demon-possessed man. Mark 5:1-20

Jesus calmed a storm. Mark 4:35-41

Jesus heals a paralytic. Mark 2:1-12

Jesus heals a man with leprosy. Mark 1:40-45

Jesus heals many people. Mark 1:29-34

Jesus drives out an evil spirit. Mark 1:21-28

So, that's why after he has done all these things and word about him has spread, He is aggravated at the unbelief of who He is and what He can do.

Our default a lot of the time is doubt, but the root is unbelief. It's deeper than negativity, glass half empty, or pessimism.

Jesus has come to set you free and give back to you what the enemy has stolen from your life.

Isaiah 45:1-3

This is a prophecy during a time in which Nebuchadnezzar had taken the best off to Babylon as captives. They are having to use the gifts that God gave them to build up a kingdom that is opposed to the kingdom of God. However, God sees them because He is committed to His people and always has a freedom plan in place. It looked like the plans and purposes of God had been destroyed, but He was still working.

Cyrus is the ruler of Persia and will take on Babylon. God is choosing to work history in such a way that His people will know He has a freedom plan. Cyrus wasn't signing up for a Jesus mission. He happened to be king in power in a world where God is sovereign. God is in charge of the world. God is going to cut through iron bars and bring us home. He is foretelling what Jesus will do.

Ezra 1:1-11

God fulfills His word that he gave to the prophets and not only has Cyrus declare that God's people can return to Jerusalem, but he rebuilds their Temple and returns the articles for it that were taken to Babylon.

Mark 9:24

The father recognizes what Jesus is saying and gives a real and vulnerable answer, "help my unbelief." He's saying, "God, I believe in you, but in this particular area, I'm struggling."

How does Jesus break the chain of doubt?

By His Triumph- conquered death, Hell, sin, and the grave.

By His Truth- You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

There's no magic formula. It's an empty tomb and a risen Lord.

King James Version uses "prayer and fasting" in Mark 9:29

The disciples weren't told of a seminar they needed to attend, an app to fix everything or a text that would clear stuff up. Jesus told them that only through prayer and fasting would they be able to take authority.

Prayer is a lifestyle of leaning toward God. It's not giving God a to-do list or giving him all the information. The Greek word for prayer is "proseuche". The preface of "pros" means "lean toward God". We do that in 3 ways: lean into who God is, who we are in Him and who He is in us, and what God says is true about our lives.

Romans 12:2 says to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Your freedom is not about the size of your bicep, your freedom is resting in your brain. Change your way of thinking

Fasting is leaning away from the voice of the world. You can't breastfeed off the world and then expect to grow up like Jesus. You're not a child of this world, you're a child of God. It's taking a break from what is distracting you and from being preoccupied with the world. It's a practiced rhythm, not a once-a-year or once-in-a-lifetime thing.

Mark 1:35- part of the rewind

"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed." Jesus was constantly leaning into His Father and leaning away from the world. So, in the congested crowds, He had clarity.

How can you tell if you are leaning toward God and away from the world?

Pay attention to your leading phrases. "I feel..." and "I think..." We have been duped by the enemy to think that we have the wisdom to break this chain in our own strength, yet whether we slept well or not, or had a decent meal or not will influence how much we "feel" we can trust God. Our feelings are like jello. Instead, we should lean into God and tell our feelings to get on board. We should lean away from the world and tell our feelings to catch up.

You know you are leaning toward/away when you replace those leading phrases with "I know..." and "I believe"

Our default is not doubt: my framework is faith. Faith that in the end, no matter what, He is good, in control, and gives victory through Jesus.


Our default a lot of times is doubt, but it's much deeper than negativity or glass half empty, it's a root of unbelief."

Louie Giglio

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Scripture References

  • Mark 9:14-23
  • Isaiah 45
  • Romans 12:2
Louie Giglio

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Louie Giglio Louie Giglio is the Visionary Architect and Director of the Passion Movement, comprised of Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, Passion Publishing and sixstepsrecords, and the founder of Passion Institute.