A blog by Oliver Debayle

Do Everything in Faith-Overcoming Doubt in Decision-Making

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"One person esteems one day above another; another es­teems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind” (Romans 14:6).

There are many things in scripture that are indisputably clear concerning what is right and wrong, but there are other mat­ters that are left up to the convictions of the individual believer. Romans 14 speaks to this truth concerning such matters as what foods to eat, whether to drink wine or not, what day to observe the Sabbath, etc. Paul says in this chapter that we are to make our own conclusions in these matters in a way that is “unto the Lord” and not a “stumbling block” to others.

God has not created us as robots. He allows us free­dom to draw our own conclusions in many aspects of life. Our beliefs will differ from others. Two believers could have contrary convictions on a matter, but both could be right in God’s eyes.

Romans 14 ends with “whatever is not from faith is sin” (verse 23). The opposite is also true. “Whatever is of faith is blessed.” In the things where scripture is not dogmatic, the ques­tion is not “what does God think about this?” but “what do I think?” For instance, if I buy the “wrong car” in faith, it has a greater likeli­hood of being blessed than the “right car” bought in doubt. Identi­fying and removing doubt in ourselves is one of the most impor­tant things we can do.

"Let each be fully convinced in his own mind." This has in­credible potential for power in our lives — if we harness what Paul is talking about. I speak wisdom over you to apprehend this.