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Doubt: The Pesky Mosquito

Mosquitoes are pesky and bothersome. They know how to ruin a good party by landing on your food or in your drink during a summer backyard BBQ. They make a conversation difficult as you spend most of your time focused on swatting, dodging, or spraying away from the small annoyances. Not to mention, if you are the unlucky one that it scopes out and lands on, you can expect to see a tiny red bump that will leave you scratching for days, or worse, a longer-lasting disease from their nasty bacteria.

Doubts are much like mosquitoes. If you let them swarm, they will pester you. If you let them land, they will eventually bite, leaving you wounded. They will invade your thoughts, words, and actions leaving lasting effects that can cause anger, bitterness, fear, anxiety, and hopelessness. Between the two, I would rather fight off a mosquito.

However, over the course of time, I have learned that no matter how strong we are in our faith, no one is immune to doubting thoughts just as we all are not immune from those troublesome mosquitoes. In fact, even many of the greatest men and women of the Bible had to deal with doubtful moments. Let’s take a brief look at their stories.

First, there is Abraham who doubted that God would fulfill His promise to become a father of many descendants. After all, decades of infertility probably created this doubt. And Abraham’s wife Sarah? She laughed at the idea. Wouldn’t you after being told at the age of 90 you would give birth? Then there is Thomas who doubted when Jesus had risen from the dead. Zechariah, a priest, a Godly man, voiced his doubts about becoming a father after an angel of the Lord appeared and proclaimed that despite being old and barren, he and his wife would have a child. Even the amazing John the Baptist, while in prison, doubted if Jesus was the Messiah.

As you can see, doubt happens even to the best of us, but it is what you do with the doubtful thoughts that matter in the end. You can either let them swarm and land, therefore causing destruction and stealing your joy, peace, hope, and faith. Or you can get out your fly swatter, bug spray, and Citra candle to fight them off so that you can receive all the blessings God has for you. What are you going to do?

Below I have listed several bug repellents that I often use to fight off those pesky mosquitoes’ doubts before they land, causing far more destruction than I have time for. Cause ain’t nobody got time for bitterness, despair, and hopelessness while on this journey towards hopefully (and happily) changing poopy diapers, waking up at all hours of the night, and having your favorite shirt ruined with spit-up.

My Fly Swatters, Bug Spray, and Citra Candles

Doubts about becoming a mother:

  • He settles the barren woman as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord. Ps. 113:9
  • I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. Lev. 26:9
  • The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity in the fruit of your womb. Deut. 28:1
  • Blessed is she that believed the Lord would fulfill his promises to her. Luke 1:45

Doubts about God’s goodness and that He will bless you:

  • Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him. Ps. 67:7
  • For God does not show favoritism. Rom. 2:11
  • The blessings of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22
  • The Lord is good to everyone and His tender mercies are over all His works. Ps. 145:9
  • My God will liberally supply me every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19

Doubts about God’s faithfulness:

  • God is not a human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Num. 23:19
  • The Lord is faithful and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thess. 3:3
  • The LORD is trustworthy in all his promises and faithful in all he does. Ps. 145:13
  • Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Heb. 13:8

Doubts that your situation looks too impossible for change: 

  • Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matt. 19:26
  • I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13
  • For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37

Doubts about healing for your body:

  • By His stripes I am healed. Isa. 53:5
  • LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. Ps. 30:2
  • Let all that I am praise the LORD: may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins AND heals all my diseases. Ps. 103:2-3

Doubts that your prayers are heard or will be answered:

  • The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. Ps. 145:18-19
  • He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Ps. 40:2
  • I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Ps. 34:4
  • I ask and keep on asking and I receive. I seek and keep on seeking and I find. I knock and keep on knocking and the door is opened unto me. Matt. 7:7-8

What are some mosquitoes you need to destroy?

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47 thoughts on “Doubt: The Pesky Mosquito”

    1. I am so glad you liked it girl! I wanted to have something in writing for those days when the doubts become too much for me. I know that on those days, I can just go back to this old post 🙂

      1. Today is definitely one of those days for me. Everything I see around me is just eating away at me. It is so hard to focus at work today. I am trying to just keep my head down and get some work done. This post has helped bring me back to reality.

      2. That puts a huge smile on my face!!! In my devotional today it said…”Gaze at God; glance at your problems.” Too often we gaze at our problems but only glance at God. That simple line has really stuck with me today.

  1. Great collection of “bug repellents”! Those mosquitoes have gotten me pretty bad in the past. I’m gonna keep this collection of verses to turn to next time. Thanks 🙂

    1. Amen! The Word is the only way to keep solid hope alive and doubt away. That’s why Jesus often said, “It is written…” He knew what could shut the devil up! lol!

  2. Love love love!! Scripture keeps me sane. Lol. I have them everywhere. As my phone screen saver. On my mirrors. Flash cards. I will probably screen shot these to refer to when needed. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Excellent post! Riddle me this, I prayed Sunday night for a successful work week, one where no one cancelled their appointments and one where I would get all the work hours needed and I got a cancellation for the next day an hour later. Then three more the next day. I have never had that many in a day! Am I being tested?

    1. Possibly…? Or maybe God see’s the bigger picture while we just have a limited perspective and so He didn’t answer your prayer in the way you would have liked at the time. Usually when something like that happens I literally say out loud, “I don’t understand but I trust you God.” I trust that either He knows something that I don’t know or that He will make all things (the bad) work together for my good (Romans 8:28).

      1. My thoughts were that He will make the work week productive, just not in the way I wanted and I have to trust that He will make it happen. Very similar to the biggest thing I’ve been praying for.

      1. It simply by the grace of God and that’s not a cliche…I seriously pray for His ability to love and be joyful. I also pray continually for Him to fill me with hope to keep me going and saying the words, “I’m Next” whenever I hear of yet another announcement.

  4. I have had many doubts on my journey, especially when AF arrives, no matter how many times I swat those pesky mosquitoes away they always come back! Thanks for sharing this post today, I know it will come in handy when doubts fill my mind 😉

    1. I hope it comes in handy too! The bible says that the only weapon we have against the enemy is His word…so speak it girl! 🙂 xo

    1. I have learned that the more I speak scripture and think about His goodness and faithfulness when the doubt starts to come, the easier it becomes to kick the negative thoughts. It wasn’t easy for me two years ago or even one year ago. In fact, I was the one laying under the covers with a box of Kleenex FOR DAYS when my period would come. But today, by the grace of God, I don’t have those moments near as often. Speaking them and thinking about them really does work 🙂

  5. Thank you for this blog post. I will be rereading it and printing out the scriptures. Very good and inspiring. Some scriptures I currently use and some I will be adding to my arsenal.

  6. Wahoo! Talk about putting on the armor of God – These are GREAT verses!!! Thanks for typing all of this up! This is awesome!! Dang mosquitoes!!! We command you to FLEE!

  7. So funny since DH woke me up last night after getting bitten 5 times. I had to find and squash that mosquito for him 🙂

    Doubt definitely is the hardest to overcome… wondering whether you are doubting yourself or God and then start feeling guilty. But then your logic sets in – is blind faith also good? Sometimes God does say ‘wait’ or ‘no’ to our prayers and I cried a lot during the whole process asking God if I missed his answer and I’m just praying for nothing. But i KNOW he hears us and sometimes I know God also changes his mind.

    1. The one thing that I cling and hold on to is that God can not go back or change His mind regarding the promises He has made through His word. Numbers 23:19 says that He is not human that He should lie or the son of man that he should change his mind. He does not speak and then not act. He does not promise and then not fulfill. I cling to this verse often.

      Also, in regards to what God has promised in the Bible, believing in those promises is not blind faith because you already know the ending because of what His word proclaims. You can walk in full faith that He is faithful and will fulfill every promise that He has spoken. This gets me excited to keep pressing forward and believing only good things are coming when all hope seems lost or those doubts start whispering in my ear. Thanks so much for commenting and I’m hoping your hubby isn’t scratching too bad today 🙂 hehe

  8. This is a great collection of great verses! What a peace there is to be found in countering our fears, doubts, and hurts by reciting the Scripture!

  9. What an wonderful and encouraging post. I certainly feel armed and dangerous to destroy those pest of doubt. Thank you for sharing. BTW I will be praying in agreement with you regarding your baby bird;=) Can’t wait for the miraculous testimony!!!!

    Be A Blessing!

    LaTrice

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