Handling Doubt

I was once introduced to the idea that there is a difference between soul doubt and spirit (heart) doubt. I am well acquainted with soul doubt and how the soul now and then panics. In increasing degree I have been empowered to discern between soul and spirit and am thus enabled more often than before to press through soul variations to the core which is without disturbances. Admittedly, wrestling with soul doubt has more than once cast long shadows of condemnation on my path.

Jesus famous words in Mark 11 concerning the word of faith and prayer have stood before me more than once as something almost outside my reach – not least because of these recurring seasons of doubt. In verse 23 Jesus says something very comforting: “….and does not doubt in his heart….” The heart is the key. In other words those who do not doubt on the spirit level will say to this mountain be thou cast into the sea and it will happen according to their word.

At this junction a most vital issue is brought to light: Does there exist spirit (heart) doubt? We are all familiar with soul doubt and how it plays out, but what about heart doubt? How does it play out?

Before I proceed l have to stress that I have made the Spirit my only teacher in all matters totally relying on Him for enlightenment and for explaining unresolved matters that are still shrouded in dimness. And that was how I approached my problem concerning heart doubt. I asked Him for an explanation.

The answer was most staggering and liberating. “How can there be spirit doubt when your spirit is joined to my Spirit?” “How can such a thing exist when we are one person and Christ is your life?” “The answer to your dilemma is again faith. You simply say that you do not have such a thing as heart doubt. And this is a faith resolve everyone has to make for herself or himself.”

But, what is the point of having soul doubts, we might ask. Our souls are go-betweens between this world and our spirit/Spirit union and can thus we tempted in both directions. I am constantly tempted upwards to see this thing as from God, but I am also tempted downwards seeing myself as if I am doing this thing apart from God. In this tension field of soul emotions and doubt faith is exercised and developed. These soul disturbances are meant to press us into faith. They are our springboard to God’s faith which He has freely given us and which we now can exercise with divine boldness.

Boldness not understood as we are addressing a God apart from us, but a God that speaks out of us in like manner as the voice of God spoke out of the burning bush.

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10 Responses to Handling Doubt

  1. Fred Pruitt says:

    Great, Ole Henrik! I like this. I had never had considered it as you have brought out, about no such thing as spirit doubt. I suppose another way to approach it is out of our oneness, and as we say, we “will one will with God,” and it would then follow that we speak one voice with God, that we live in an unshakeable faith out of the eternal, the faith OF God, which cannot be thwarted.

  2. Donald Konick says:

    Ole, You only write when the Spirit speaks to you. I love the fact that you went & talked & asked Papa what’s up with this Spirit doubt thing? And Praise God He gave you the answer to your question… which in turn has helped us. That is what Papa is all about other love! Thank you Ole… Well said!

  3. Matt Dickson says:

    I am so grateful for your struggle. What you have shared has been so similar to my recent struggle with doubt. I have been looking to what I have perceived as a roadblock and I appreciate that you are sharing the Lord through your personal experience. I have been encouraged through you to embrace my struggle/weakness as a platform to move me into the Spirit/Union by believing in what I cannot see in the natural! Thank you

    • Ole Henrik says:

      Dear Matt, you are always such a huge blessing. Thanks for taking the time to comment and share your own struggles. What a great thing God is doing in your life, and I am so grateful I can be a part of it. Blessings!!

  4. sunray7 says:

    Ole, this is such an important understanding. Since my spirit is actually my identity, not my soul. I don’t doubt, even though I may struggle with doubt at the soul level. The way I see it, it’s not a matter of what I think or how I feel. I can choose to step out in faith, knowing that I am at one with Christ and my spirit is joined with the Holy Spirit. Thanks for sharing your revelation, which helps brethren to renew their minds to the truth of the Living Word, growing in soul more and more close to who we are in spirit, from glory to glory.

  5. allison choice says:

    Another needed word, God Bless.

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