John 20:27 Stop Doubting & Believe

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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.” John 20:27

Many of the disciples had seen Jesus after his death and resurrection, however, Thomas had not. Thomas had stated that unless he could put his hands in the holes in Jesus’ hands and feet, he would not believe.

Jesus appeared to the disciples and told Thomas to put his hands in the holes. Then He said to stop doubting and believe.

Doubt is something that runs high among people all over the world. People doubt many different things. This is not surprising since the devil is a liar and lies bring about doubt. People cannot always know for certain whether what someone is saying is true or not. There is a lot of falsehood in this world, under many different disguises.

Sadly many people doubt that Jesus rose from the dead or is the Savior of the world.

What is more sad, is that many believers, those who claim to believe in and follow Jesus, often doubt His words.

Throughout the bible God has made many promises to those who believe in Him. Jesus promised to meet the believers every need; to remove all sin; to save for all eternity; and would never leave or forsake the believer.

Yet, when things are going rough, many stop believing His words and begin to doubt the bible. Many believers begin to worry about how things are going to turn out, because they are doubting God’s word. Fear and anxiety trouble many believers.

Although a believer cannot reach out and physically touch Jesus, he can look at God’s word and see what God has already done in His life and in the lives of others. When he sees that, he must stop doubting and start believing.

When you begin to doubt God, stop and look at your own life. Take note of how many times God has provided for you or His promises are seen in your life.

Now stop worrying about what is happening, and start believing the words of Jesus. Hide His word in your heart to remember what He said. Refuse to follow the ways of this world and doubt the truth.

Know the truth about Jesus and stop doubting. Stop doubting and start believing that God is with you and for you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will believe that Jesus is alive; that you will believe all the words of God; and that you will no longer have any doubt in God’s promises. 

Ezra 8:22 Acting In Trust

I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.” Ezra 8:22

The king of Persia gave Ezra money and permission to take some people with him to go and build the temple of God. The journey home would take them on long deserted roads, where many bandits would be found. He chose not to ask the king for protection on the road, because he had already told him that God would protect them. Ezra stepped out in faith trusting God.

It is very easy for people to believe something, but it is more difficult to actually act out in that belief. There was a story told about a tightrope walker who walked across a rope high off the ground with a wheel barrow several times. All the people loved seeing it and saw that he was good. Then he asked if anyone would be willing to ride in the wheel barrow with him going across the rope. No one would do it.

Many believers say that they trust God and believe all of His words. However, very few will actually step out and act in faith upon those words. Most will have some type of back-up plan available, or a ‘just in case’ plan set up.

As you are going through life, there will come times when your faith in God will be challenged. You will have to choose to either follow God by stepping out in faith, or you will have to back down and do things your own way or the way of the world.

Ezra could have easily asked the king for protection, and would have been seen as wise in doing so. He did not, because he already made a statement of trusting God for protection.

Who are you trusting today? God? Or this world?

Now are you willing to step out in faith, trusting God and His word to you?

I pray today that you will know God’s words to you; that you will trust God’s word to you; that you will act upon what you believe in God; and that you will seek God and His protection for your life.