only help my unbelief

How to get out of Doubting Castle
June 15, 2008, 9:00 am
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I’ll be honest. I think I’ve got a direct line to Doubting Castle. I find myself there almost every day. But in listening to Pilgrim’s Progress, I was so encouraged by how the Lord provides a way out:

Now a little before it was day, good Christian, as one half amazed, brake
out in passionate speech: What a fool, quoth he, am I, thus to lie in a
stinking Dungeon, when I may as well walk at liberty. I have a Key in my bosom
called Promise, that will, I am persuaded, open any Lock in Doubting Castle.
Then said Hopeful, That’s good news; good Brother pluck it out of thy bosom
and try.

Then Christian pulled it out of his bosom, and began to try at the
Dungeon door, whose bolt (as he turned the Key) gave back, and the door flew
open with ease, and Christian and Hopeful both came out. Then he went to the
outward door that leads into the Castle-yard, and with his Key opened that
door also. After he went to the iron Gate, for that must be opened too, but
that Lock went damnable hard, yet the Key did open it. Then they thrust open
the Gate to make their escape with speed; but that Gate as it opened made such
a creaking, that it waked Giant Despair, who hastily rising to pursue his
Prisoners, felt his limbs to fail, for his Fits took him again, so that he
could by no means go after them. Then they went on, and came to the King’s
High-way again, and so were safe, because they were out of his jurisdiction.

The Lord has given us a key called Promise: His Word. When we find ourselves in Doubting Castle, don’t languish around wondering how you will get out. Cling to God’s promises.


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