“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.” John 20: 25
You know, if Thomas had been a resident of the United States, I think he would have wanted to live in Missouri, the Show-me state!
Thomas is a doubter. He refuses to believe until He sees and touches.
Jesus appears, accommodates Thomas’ request, and then says, “Stop doubting and believe.” John 20: 27
To doubt is to stiff-arm faith.
To doubt is to refuse to believe.
By its very definition, faith means we don’t know all the details. We just know the one who does. Faith means making choices today because of my confident hope about what comes tomorrow.
Oswald Chambers said, “Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.”
Do you love Him? Do you know Him? Then follow Him! Trust Him! Have faith in Him!
Allow His presence to transform your doubt to believing faith as it did for Thomas who finally declared, “My Lord and my God!” John 20: 28
Is that your declaration today? Is He your Lord and Your God? Has your life been transformed from living in doubt and discouragement to living by faith in the living God?!
The woman of God sees doubt transformed to FAITH!
How is faith being lived out in your life? What choices, attitudes, actions are different because you are choosing to walk by faith and not by sight?
There are those who tell you to follow your heart. But God’s Word tells us the heart is deceitful. Don’t follow your heart. Follow HIM. Give Him your heart – -and your mind and your to do list, your stack of bills, your medical report…and your fears and your hopes and your dreams!
Let’s join with the Apostle Paul in declaring, “The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2: 20b
You can access the complete audio teaching for John 20 here: http://fbcsiloam.podbean.com/e/the-gospel-of-john-chapter-20-lesson-20/