GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE REALITY OF THE RESURRECTION
John 20:24-31 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
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PERCEPTION // What I see/hear God saying/doing:
Jesus, You met disbelieving followers with undeniable evidence for their faith development, even though physical proof was not essential for courageous faith. Apparently, You especially affirm and reward those who believe without seeing.
PLAN // What I am going to do about it:
A few areas that challenge my wholehearted believing in Jesus are: the apparent delay in healing my son, the apparent delay of inner transformation of my signature sin, and the apparent delay of Kingdom breakthrough in our Diablo Valley. I will lift each of these believing-dilemmas to you in prayer this week trusting you will increase my faith.
PRAYER // Seal the deal:
Jesus, I want to believe (even if there is no tangible change), help me overcome my challenges of unbelief!