In the summer months and during youth camps, there are various activities and events taking place. It is delightful to see all of you here. I was reflecting on the message and the theme that God has for me this morning while we were singing that song about adoring the Lord. As you know, we are currently in a sermon series focused on doubt. Today’s topic will be doubt and confusion. Let me pose a question to all of you: Have you ever noticed that when you praise or adore God, it becomes exceedingly difficult to doubt Him? In fact, it seems nearly impossible, doesn’t it? When you express your adoration and acknowledge God’s might, you don’t find yourself saying, “Well, Lord, I adore you, but I don’t think you can do anything.” Such a notion simply doesn’t occur, does it?
I want to emphasize that when we sing these songs, some of you might perceive them as merely Steve’s creations and consider it a form of entertainment. However, these songs hold a deeper significance, as they help us connect with God and dispel doubt.
You know, they often say that a significant issue in a church is when a worship leader preaches and a preacher sings. So, as we noticed, Steve got a little preachy today, didn’t he? Just a tad. Yeah. But let me tell you, I have so much love and respect for Steve. Folks, you need to understand that the singing we do isn’t just a warm-up to the service; it’s adoration and worship, man! When we sing about praising God and all the blessings He bestows upon us, that’s what it’s all about. Because I’m going to tell you, it’s tough to be confused, doubtful, or angry when you’re adoring the name of Jesus Christ. Amen, church? That’s what truly matters.
Now, let’s delve into the Word of God, the final part of our series on doubt. Have you ever noticed how doubt causes anxiety? Anyone here ever experienced anxiety at times? Come on now. The earlier group seemed a bit low on caffeine, Ryan. They didn’t talk back to me, but I’m counting on some verbalization from you all at the right moments. Alright? Now, some of you might be thinking, ‘I’ll give him verbalization.’ Alright, no, not that. Michael, when I want it, not when you think I need it. Okay? So, yes, we all experience anxiety, fears, and worries, right? And here’s a seemingly obvious question: How many of you have found yourselves confused or doubting something in your life? I’m sure everyone can relate to that. Doubt tends to make us wonder and question ourselves – should I or should I not? Right, bro?
We all experience moments of confusion, and today we will discuss this topic in more detail. I believe that every one of us, as Christians, has faced the struggle of feeling confused and doubtful from time to time, haven’t we? We may find ourselves asking, “Lord, what do you want me to do? What steps should I take? Lord, what are you doing?”
Lord, I don’t understand this. Are you with me? And at times, I’ve also started doubting, Lord. Are you listening? Do you understand what I’m going through? I’ve been in that place many times, but it’s very difficult to experience doubt when we’re wholeheartedly adoring Jesus Christ. That’s precisely why we need worship, my friends. This is more than just attending church when we feel like it; we should come to church because we need to adore Jesus Christ. It helps us combat doubt and confusion in our lives. This is why we value our life groups and fellowship together.
I had the immense joy of spending some time with our senior adults on Thursday. That’s what we need, and it’s essential now more than ever. We had about 30 individuals present on Thursday. The most we’ve had yet, and I apologize for the timing of that statement. Nevertheless, it’s great feedback, and we appreciate it. Praise God for that turnout; that’s exactly what we hope to see, and we need that time together.
Now, I want you to listen very attentively to what I’m about to say, and that doesn’t mean I don’t want you to listen closely to the rest of the sermon.
I don’t appreciate when preachers say that because it implies, “Listen to this part, but you can ignore the rest, Tom.” Okay, but this particular part, I really want you all to pay attention to. I firmly believe that one of the most significant issues we are witnessing in our nation today is people standing up and demanding, “Stop lying to me; just tell me the truth!” There is an overwhelming amount of confusion and doubt in our world, and it has led to a prevailing sense of cynicism among us, hasn’t it? We have reached a point where it’s hard to trust anyone. People lie to us to sell their products, to manipulate us, and even politicians lie to secure our votes. Unfortunately, there have been instances where pastors and church leaders have also resorted to lies to gain converts or money. Frankly, people are fed up with all the deception and are yearning for the truth, don’t you think? This constant dishonesty creates doubt and confusion, and it’s wreaking havoc in our world.
When that happens, we become very suspicious or cynical of people, don’t we? Anybody else in the House of the Lord today, like your pastor, has experienced someone starting to talk to them, and if we’re not feeling particularly spiritual at that moment, we start thinking, “What’s your angle? What do you want from me? Just get to the point. Come on, man.”
In the old days, you would hear a knock on the door, and you would happily think, “Oh, one of the neighbors is over. We’re going to visit and have a good time.” But nowadays, you might find yourself thinking, “Which politician is it? Who’s trying to sell me something?” Even when the phone rings, and it’s from an unknown number, what do you do? You hang up or don’t answer because you assume someone is trying to sell you an extended warranty for your car or something similar.
Your insurance is up, or something like that, right? And they just get you on the phone, and even if you say you’re not interested, they keep talking. It feels like they might get paid by the minute or something. All of this has created confusion and doubt. We must recognize that confusion is not from God. It’s not how He wants us to live. Take a look at the screen with me for a moment. We’ll get to the text soon, but I want you to see this verse from the New King James Version. In 1 Corinthians 14:33, it says, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” Do you hear me, my friends? When we experience confusion and doubt, we need to understand where it comes from. It is not from God; it is from the enemy. Satan wants us to be confused, and he wants us to live in doubt.
So, today, we will discuss what we need to do about doubt because doubt has a profound effect on us, doesn’t it? It’s amazing how doubt can make our minds wander. We’ll delve further into this topic shortly. We must recognize that confusion is not aligned with God’s plans for us. The same goes for doubt in our lives. Doubt is a normal human experience, and in some ways, it can even be beneficial because it can lead us to humble ourselves before God. However, when doubt starts controlling our lives or obstructing our relationship with God, it becomes harmful and is not from God.
James talks about seeking wisdom, but he also addresses the issue of doubt and how it impacts our relationship with God. Take a look at the screen again and see James 1:6, which says, “But let him ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
Have you experienced this, my friends? Doubt can truly sway us back and forth like the relentless waves driven by the wind.
Have you lived that life, my friends? One moment, you feel like everything is going well, and the next moment, you’re feeling the opposite, just pushed around by your doubts, fears, and confusion. It’s like being on an emotional roller coaster. And you know why that happens? It’s because Satan wants to paralyze us, to freeze us in our tracks. He wants us to doubt God, doubt ourselves, and doubt those around us. He’ll do everything in his power to destroy us.
So, the title of today’s sermon is “Escorting Doubt Out the Door.” When we look at the text, you’ll see how perfectly it fits the current situation. It amazes me how God directed me to this sermon series at this specific time while I was working in Lincoln City, praying about what I needed to preach.
What I’m going through with my mom and other things happening to me, it’s remarkable how amazing God is, isn’t it? He knows precisely what we need, when we need it, and how we need it. He’s always on time, isn’t He? Have you ever noticed that about God? I know, John, you might accuse me of being passionate, but I can’t help it. I truly need God. I’ve experienced doubts and confusion in certain aspects of my life, which is why we must escort doubt out the door. Satan has won many victories over God’s people through doubt and confusion, and it’s essential to get rid of those negative influences from our lives.
There’s a powerful passage of scripture that shares valuable truth when it comes to dealing with the voice of doubt and unbelief. If we can grasp the simple truths contained in these verses today, we can walk in the light and the power of God’s word with unwavering resolve, and our faith will remain strong enough to move mountains. You see, my friends, we need a fresh movement of the Holy Spirit in our churches and throughout America today.
We need to once again become Christians who truly believe that God can do anything. It has happened to us; our faith has been tested, and doubts have chipped away at it over time. But we must remember that greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. We need to start believing in this truth, standing firmly upon it. When we come to sing, Steve, we should genuinely adore God for all that He has done. We can praise Him and surrender ourselves before His voice, acknowledging that He is still on His throne, all-powerful and majestic.
Now, let’s delve into our text. I adore this passage, just like I love all the texts. This particular story has ministered to me and provided guidance. Look at Acts 9:36 in Joppa, where there was a disciple named Tabitha, also known as Dorcas. She was consistently engaged in doing good works and acts of charity.
She was an incredibly kind woman, as you’ll see in this passage. She loved the Lord and she loved the people. Let’s continue on. In those days, she fell sick and eventually passed away. After washing her body, they placed her in an upstairs room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was there and urgently sent two men to him, begging him not to delay in coming to them. It was an emergency, as Lydia had died. Oh my goodness, what were they going to do? Peter immediately got up and went with them. When he arrived, they led him to the room upstairs, and all the widows approached him, weeping and showing him the robes and clothes that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
Then, comes the key verse. Peter sent everyone out of the room, and he knelt down, prayed, and turned towards the body, saying, “Tabitha, get up.” And she opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her to stand up. After that, he called the saints and widows and presented her alive. This miraculous event became known throughout Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. Peter stayed in Joppa with Simon the leather Tanner for many days.
Isn’t that an amazing story? Now, I want to share with you that I’ve served the Lord for a long time.
I’m going to be completely honest with you. I have never experienced a moment where I prayed over someone who was dead, and they came back to life. Now, that’s not to say it’s impossible; I don’t doubt that if God wants to do it, He can. However, in our Christian walk, because we don’t often witness such miraculous events in our normal lives, we can start to doubt God, can’t we? We might begin to think that it’s just an impossibility, something that will never happen. These doubts can lead us to question the truth of God’s Word. But let me assure you, folks, the Word of God is true. It is inspired and infallible. We must either believe all of it or none of it. As for me, I choose to believe it. When it tells us that this woman was resurrected, that she was dead and now alive, that’s resurrection. And why does God have the power to do that? Because Jesus, listen to me, Jesus said He had power over life and death.
He said, “Nobody takes my life; I lay it down.” He was the one who died on the cross, yet was resurrected three days later, and He can do that. What does all of that mean for us? Listen to me, what does all that mean to get this? We should never, and I mean never, feel like there’s no hope for us if we have Jesus on our side. You hear me? Even in the situation with my mother, as much as I love her, there should be rejoicing. Yes, there was sorrow, weeping, and crying over Dorcas. Oh, how they loved her. I don’t think Peter was upset with them for showing emotions. He didn’t lecture or reprimand them in this text. Instead, he simply sent them out of the room, prayed, and believed that God was going to do something.
We need to believe in new life. We must always have faith that God is going to do something extraordinary. Otherwise, we might as well shut the door and sell the building. When we stop believing that God is in the miracle business, He can’t continue to work wonders. So, what’s the first point I want to share with you here? I know I’m getting quite passionate about this, but I need it because Satan keeps messing with my doubts. Does he mess with yours too? Number one: doubts that chip away at your faith. Have you noticed that about Satan?
He doesn’t just come and chip away at your faith a little bit; it’s our faith in others, our faith in the Word of God, our faith in Jesus, our faith in pastors, deacons, or whatever it may be. He chips away at our faith, doesn’t he? And here’s how he does it. Some little thing happens, something mundane, like thinking, “That person doesn’t like me.” Something similar happened this morning, which was rather amusing. Ryan Smith, can I throw him under the bus? He’s not here this morning, but he was at the earlier service. I love Ryan, so I’m standing by the back door, talking with Sean Sprecher. Ryan walks by, and I signal to Sean to look, then I turn and extend my hand to greet Ryan. You know what he did? He just walked on by without shaking my hand. Doesn’t he realize, Vince, that I am the pastor of this church, and he should have stopped to greet me? Of course, I say this in jest. It was all in good fun, but Sean, being Sean, couldn’t let it slide. He turned and said, “Gee, Ryan, just ignore the pastor and everything.”
Ryan was like, “What? He didn’t even see me? He didn’t recognize it.” Now, I share this funny story because we all laughed about it. But do you see how Satan operates? He starts chipping away, sowing doubt, and then something like that happens, making us think, “Wait a minute, he just walked by. He really doesn’t like me.” You see how Satan chips away at our faith?
“Nobody’s talked to me today. Nobody welcomed me here this morning.” These are some of the different things he does, slowly chipping away at our confidence. Listen, one of the most consistent attacks of our enemy is doubt. It can manifest in various ways: doubting the Lord, doubting that our prayers will be answered, doubting others, or even doubting ourselves. If you find yourself thinking, “Why do I have some doubts in my life? How do I respond to these doubts?” Let me offer some encouragement.
Can I just share a story with you? I want to tell you about a man named John the Baptist. Anyone familiar with him? He was an incredible figure in the Bible, the forerunner of Jesus, preparing the way for Him. He was the wild man out in the wilderness, dressed in camel hair and eating locusts and honey. His preaching was so compelling that even religious leaders and others came to witness this seemingly crazy guy. Do you remember what happened when he was in prison? Rocky, I’m sure you recall the story. He was about to be beheaded, and he sent some of his disciples to ask Jesus one question. Can anyone remember what that question was? Somebody say it out loud for me. “Are you the one? Are you the Messiah? Or should we look for another?” Even John the Baptist, who had baptized Jesus Christ in the water, had doubts about Him.
He’s the one who says, “Behold the Lamb of God.” And as he witnessed that special moment, do you guys remember something amazing happened? I love this. A voice from heaven descended like a dove, and the Lord God said, “Behold, this is my Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Now, folks, can I just tell you, if John the Baptist had a little bit of doubt, don’t sit there this morning and think you’re beyond doubt. You know what I’m saying? Don’t beat yourself up. That is the enemy chipping away. Doubt and unbelief, like fear, can be a demonic spirit. It’s those subtle lies of the enemy that come through a variety of sources to chip away at your faith. And I’m sure you can identify with that.
I particularly like verse 40 in our text, but I want to read it to you from the New King James Version because of the phrasing. It says, “But Peter put them out of the room and knelt and prayed.” Listen to me, people. Sometimes you need to put everyone out in order to get alone with God. You know what I’m saying?
Sometimes you need some alone time with God. It’s not that you don’t need distractions; you need to seek God earnestly. Don’t join in with the voices of doubt and unbelief, weeping and crying because you think your prayers were not answered. Those voices of doubt and unbelief may try to encourage others to join with them, but that’s when you need to usher them out the door.
The disciples were weeping over Dorcas’s death, forgetting that God can resurrect. There’s no end to it, folks. You must understand that for us, as believers in Jesus Christ, we are never out of hope. You get what I’m trying to tell you? We have to get Christians to start believing, acting, and living like that, including your pastor. Because I want to tell you, there are times when Satan chips away at my faith, at my belief, and he makes me think, “Well, you know, this world is just too evil.” But we’ve got to start believing otherwise.
You know what? If He can resurrect the dead, He can change those around us. There will always be people nearby who say things like, “Well, I knew that would happen. It would end up that way.” Don’t we have enough of those in our lives today? Or they’ll say, “Well, you might as well face the facts. It’s not going to happen.” Why do we doubt? Because it didn’t happen in our time frame. Listen, and please hear me. You should examine the company you keep. If they are only doubters or naysayers, you may need to escort them out and get down to pray for God to move.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t walk among sinners, but folks, we need to be very careful because they can influence us. Have you ever had somebody drag you down? Come on, Amen. Count me in on that one. Because if you hung around me long enough, I’d drag you down. You guys are going, “Yes, I do have somebody last Sunday. You know, the pastor dragged me down.”
No, but it happens to all of us, right? I think sometimes we’ve got to be careful. Sometimes we’ve got to separate ourselves from individuals that are living in that area. It doesn’t mean we don’t love them. It doesn’t mean that we’re rude. It doesn’t mean we walk up or send them a card saying, “I don’t like you anymore.” What is that Facebook thing? “I unfriend you.” And what is that? I don’t have Facebook or TikTok or any of that kind of stuff. But I’m just telling you, the unfriending thing, you know, a lot of hurt feelings over that. Cyberbullies, is that what they call them now? They’re cyberbullies.
I like what one author says: “Words that wear on you become the words you wear.” Can I say that again? “Words that wear on you become the words you wear.” We need to be careful because there are a lot of naysayers out there. Number two, we need faith to flourish in an atmosphere that’s filled with God’s praises. Folks, that’s why I need to be with you guys.
That’s why I cherish. You guys think I’m just kidding? Well, if anyone here thinks I’m doing this because it’s an occupation, you’re crazy. Jake, can I just tell you that I do this because I need to feel and sense the presence of God, just like you do. I need to. I need to be around you. Oh, this is scary, as much as you need to be around me. We need each other. Don’t separate yourself from the presence of God. We need to be encouraged by one another. We need faith that flourishes in an atmosphere that’s filled with God’s praises. God is for you. He’s not against you. Remember that. Don’t go negative. Don’t feel like God is against you. He loves you. Doubt and hopelessness will keep chipping away at you as long as you let them. You have to determine not to let negative thoughts come through. Remember, there is nothing negative about God. I challenge you to think about that. Just think about everything about God. Come on right now. Just do it. I know I’m asking you a lot, but just think about everything that’s good about God, and you will not find yourself going negative. Trinity loves me.
You know what I’m saying? It just doesn’t happen. Too much grace. Can you believe that? Bruce, I think, and he forgave me. I can’t stand a man that shows grace. Right? We don’t do that. I think somebody’s good about God. Man, he’s all-knowing. And he still loves any soul. Keep it going. Yes. And he loves us. And we don’t sit there and go, “He knows everything about me and he still loves me. I don’t even love me when I know what about me.” You know what I’m saying? What else is good about God? Come on, people. His love, his mercy, his grace, his attention, his forgiveness. And I’m going to tell you, you don’t stop one point and go, “I’m negative about that.” And did I do that right or is it just one hand? I don’t know. Yeah, I’ve got to get that down. But we go negative, don’t we? Oh, we like to go negative. We like to think negative about others. We like to think negative about even God’s people. Folks, I want to tell you, we need to be around where it flourishes. Your faith is fed when you have people in your life that speak faith-filled words over and to you, people that speak faith-filled words to you and over you.
There’s a lot about my wife that I love, but there are a few things that grate on me, baby. You guys wanna hear about one? Yes, you do. A couple of things my wife does. Tom, pray for me, brother. It’s not easy. I’m in one of my moments, Pam, of confusion and doubting. I go to my wife for comfort and agree, and she says, “What does the Bible say?” I don’t want to hear what the Bible says. I don’t want to be preached to about that moment. There’s a disconnect, but she’s right, isn’t she? Don’t we need to hear whatever is going on in your life? What does the Bible say? How does the Bible say to react to that? How does the Bible say that God is able to do? What does the Bible say? You know, the other thing she does distress me crazy. Young gals that aren’t married yet, let me just encourage you not. She’ll tell you to do this. No, she does. We have a discussion. Any of the other married couples have a discussion. Do you guys follow me here? Come on. Do I need to go down to it? Maybe. I disagree. And here’s what my wife does to me. “You know, if you do this, it’s gonna be right on.”
You can go back and watch this on the old YouTube. We get done with our discussion, and she says, “Well, I’m gonna pray for you.” No, Stephanie, not Amen. Because I know what that means in her book. That means you’re wrong, and God’s gonna straighten you out. Hey, man. She could have said, “Amen,” and the promise she learned this from my mother. Cause my mother has done this kind of stuff to me. “Well, I want to pray for you, son.” No, don’t. Because now I know what God’s gonna do. Some folks, I’m telling you, we need people in our lives that are willing to say, “I’m gonna pray for you that God will show you the truth.” We need people in our lives that say, “You know what? What does the Word of God say? What does the Word of God say?” We need that in our lives for it to flourish in us. Because if we don’t listen, listen. If we don’t have that atmosphere around us or if we don’t have those kind of friends around us, we don’t have those kind of people that really love us. Men, if they’re not doing that, they’re not helping us. Look what it says in Galatians 1:6 in the New Living Translation.
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path and be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Then we need to gently and humbly pick those up. Not only should we have a faith that flourishes, but listen, people of faith will have signs and wonders following them. People need to see us as believable. They need to see us that we are truly men and women of faith. People need to see a believable God. Therefore, we need to be believable Christians. I like what Tim Tebow’s father says. Maybe you’re not familiar with Tim Tebow, a former college and pro football quarterback, and they’re devout Christians. They have served on the mission field. His parents have, and his dad said this in a conference once: “If you aren’t laying it all on the line for God, then you’re not doing ministry.” Folks, that means laid all online. The Bible says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul.” As a church, we need to be believable. We need to meet people where they are.
See that we really believe in what God has called us to do and what He’s called us to be. I mean, you understand that God’s people are saved by faith. We’re healed by faith. We’re strengthened by faith, and therefore, we are to walk by faith. Look at Galatians. I don’t look at it. We did that at the early one. But let me just remind you of Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” You guys understand what that means? Listen, I have a life now, and that life belongs to Jesus Christ. In fact, I am dead. I’ve given my life up. So you understand? I know you have jobs. It’s important that you have those jobs. They feed your family, but they’re just vocations. You understand our calling is that we live for Jesus Christ on the job and here. And so folks, we are called to do what God has called us to do, to be a people that are believable. The people will see a legacy of people who truly believe, and we’re not giving that to the world today. We’re defeated when we walk in. We’re discouraged before we even start. We only go halfway, folks.
Let’s rise up and be Christians who are truly people of faith. And if God says do it, we’re going to do it. We’re going to lay it on the line because Jesus Christ laid it all on the line for us. Peter, living like Christ, had learned from the Master real quickly. We’re going to look at one more set of verses here and then wrap this up. I want you to look at Luke chapter 8, it’ll be on the screen. But where did Peter learn to do stuff like this? Well, Mark, he learned from his Master Jesus Christ. And we’re reminded of a certain story. Jesus went through the same experience, even asking people not to be there. But let’s begin at Luke chapter 8, verse 40. Beginning at verse 49, it’s still speaking. Someone came from the synagogue leader’s house saying, “Your daughter is dead. Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” So this leader was going to Jesus, saying, “Hey, you need to come. My daughter’s sick. My daughter’s sick.” And now they’re saying it’s too late. Night. And when Jesus heard it, he answered him, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe, and she will be made well.” And after he came to the house, he let no one enter with him except Peter, John, James, and the child’s father and mother.
Everyone was crying and mourning for her. But he said, “Stop crying, for she is not dead but asleep.” They started laughing at him because they knew she was dead. So he took her by the hand and called out, “Child, get up.” Her spirit returned, and she got up at once. Then he gave orders that she be given something to eat. Her parents were astounded, but he instructed them to tell no one what had happened. Where did Peter learn? He learned from the Master. Where are we to learn from the Master, folks? We cannot stop believing that God is mighty and powerful. I don’t care if you have never seen it happen. That doesn’t mean that God can’t do it. That doesn’t mean that it’s over. There’s not anybody that is way beyond God’s reach. There’s not anybody that’s too much for God’s touch. There’s no sin that he cannot forgive. There’s no church that he can’t resurrect, and there’s no preacher that he can’t change. So, therefore, we need that faith in God. People of faith should have signs and wonders. What does that mean?
People should be able to look at your life and go, “Wow, they believe, they’re trusting God.” Lastly, and probably the most powerful, I would say, is that we should never forget that it’s God who will resurrect you. Do you hear me? In both of those stories of Jesus and Peter, it wasn’t Peter who did the resurrection. It was God. There are times when even those closest to you won’t encourage you to trust God like that. They’ll laugh at you. But understand that God has given you the power to take authority over every thought and make it subject to Him and His will. It doesn’t mean it’ll happen all the time, but we have the authority over every negative thought, over every fiery dart of doubt, over every spirit of fear, over every panic attack. I get it, guys. You’re gonna be like me sometimes, and man, you make a stand against that doubt. You make a stand against that fear. Men, you usher it out the door, and you shut the door, and it’s not 5 minutes later.
You open that door back up and let it back in, yes, I don’t care if it takes 200 times. Keep shutting that door until finally you overcome. Hand it over to Jesus Christ and escort doubt out the door because with God, all things are possible. Get this, John, it’s not over for us as Christians. I don’t care what you’re facing. You’re not at the end when you have Jesus on your side. Is that beautiful, guys? Now, does that make us able to stand and say, ‘I adore you, Lord, I praise you, God’ because even in the darkness of my life and my sin, I feel defeated and discouraged? I feel like there’s no hope for us as Christians. As long as we have Jesus, there’s always hope. Let me read this prayer to you that a man prayed when he found himself in desperate situations and thought he had ruined his life. ‘God, have your way. Heal me, save me, fill me. Lord God, touch and restore me. You alone can resurrect this situation.’ Shouldn’t that be our prayer today? Let’s stand, let’s sing, and let’s bring our doubts and fears to God.