The Devil Words: Doubt

After distraction takes command of your time, doubt will likely follow. According to the dictionary, doubt is a form of disbelief or distrust that gives rise to uncertainty, hesitation in moving forward, and indecisiveness. It is the opposite of faith. In fact, doubt, it seems, is ever present in the absence of faith.

Lack of action is the seedbed of doubt. Dale Carnegie once said:

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Likewise, John Kanary said:

If doubt is challenging you and you do not act, doubts will grow. Challenge the doubts with action and you will grow. Doubt and action are incompatible.

So what if you are faced with doubt? What should you do? Take positive action! Action is your best defense against doubt.

In Lectures on Faith we read:

Faith is…the principle of action in all intelligent beings…it is faith, and faith only, which is the moving cause of all action in them.

If you are exercising faith and taking action—and taking action is the essence of faith—you will move forward in life. For example, if your understanding of the scriptures is weak, and you set them aside saying, “I can’t understand the scriptures,” what will happen? Your understanding will get even weaker. But if you take time every day to read them, study them and ponder them, and you keep it up over a period of time, what is going to happen? Your understanding will get stronger and stronger. The Lord said:

That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. —D&C 50:24

Don’t let doubt be your counselor. We all experience doubt at one time or another. It is a normal part of life. But the antidote to doubt is taking positive action. The only way to truly engage our faith is by taking action. From the epistle of James we read:

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?James 2:21–22

Make your faith perfect by doing something about your doubts. Don’t leave spills on the floor; you will step in them later when you least expect it. Clean them up. Answer doubts with faith and they can have little power over you. Just as temptations and trials will never leave us in this life, doubts will linger like a bad smell unless we take faithful action.

One thought on “The Devil Words: Doubt

  1. Patty Ann April 13, 2010 / 1:46 pm

    Love this subject! Too many times we have a habit of doubting ourselves, doubting our leaders, doubting the church and doubting the Lord. If would would only trust and follow as if everything were alright, our eyes would be opened and we would find the answers we need. Doubt always leads us away from what we need.


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