"Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, Thomas, do you now believe (trust, have faith)? Blessed and happy and to be envied are those who have never seen Me and yet have believed and adhered to and trusted and relied on Me." John 20:29 AMP
Like Thomas, most believers have encountered moments of doubt at one time or another. Thomas refused to believe in Jesus’ resurrection until he had seen what had happened with his own eyes. The doubt Thomas experienced in the heartbreaking loss of the One he loved is not unlike our own when facing a loss, despair, heartbreak or exceeding sorrow.
The theme in the story of Thomas is the relationship between seeing and believing. Thomas wasn’t denied his request to see the risen Lord in order to believe. Although Thomas did doubt the Lord’s resurrection, once he saw the risen Christ, he proclaimed faith (John 20:28). Jesus commended him for his faith, even if it was based on sight.
We should be thankful for God’s example of ‘doubting Thomas’ because it provides both instruction and encouragement. When Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed”, He meant once He ascended to heaven, He would send the Helper, the Holy Spirit, to live within believers, enabling us to believe that which we do not see with our eyes. Although we have the Spirit within us, we may still experience doubt. By the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word, we can overcome doubt, and like Thomas, be prepared to follow our Lord and Savior and give all for Him (John 11:16).
The main responsibility for Christians is to believe in Jesus and to trust His presence in our lives. One of the greatest revelations is as I believe, so it is done unto me (Matthew 8:13). Jesus gave the truth about life… BELIEVE! It is not that we, as Christians, don’t have enough faith or belief in God. But we need to have the right faith response in order to produce amazing results.
The first step to applying faith is taking what Jesus said and making it personal (Hebrews 4:2). The power in saying so must be based on God’s say so. What do you say after you hear what God says? Jesus said, “Didn’t I tell you, if you would believe, you will see the glory of God?” The glory of God is you and me as believers in Jesus Christ; we are containers of His glory to produce amazing results!
Paul said, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2. When we know that Jesus Christ is our personal Savior, we discover an urge to learn more of God and to develop a relationship with Him. It is important to act on the truth based on God’s Word and the teaching of the Holy Spirit. Applying the truth based on God’s Word to our lives allows more of that truth to be unfolded. The truth is to believe on Jesus Christ and practice His sayings.
Train your renewed mind to be a stronghold of faith that works by love. We are meant to be a doorway of God’s love and riches to others.
1. Accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and confess His name by saying so (Romans 10:9, Acts 4:12). “Would you go to heaven if you died today?” Any doubt or confusion is removed by calling on the name of Jesus Christ. This is a supernatural shift on the inside that changes the answer of doubt or confusion to an answer of delight and a confident ‘yes’! Salvation is voice activated. You cannot truly say “Jesus is Lord” without the Holy Spirit in you (I Corinthians 12:3).
2. Rejoice because your name is written in heaven (Luke 10:20). Train yourself to be aware of the great privilege of knowing Jesus as Savior. Thank you Lord that I know You and You know me. Thank you that my name is written in heaven.
3. Train your renewed mind to think right so that you speak right. Create guards at the door of your mind. Affirm the Old Testament promise made to Israel (who we are now in Christ), “…I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26. This promise is our potential for perfect health today. If someone tells you about a symptom of an illness or disease, say, “Not possible for me!” or “Maybe not. It can’t stay on me!” Believe what God says in His Word, speak God’s Word out loud and allow His truths to replace the world’s beliefs. God’s Word is our stronghold of faith.
Thank you Lord, my youth is renewed. Thank you Lord, my strength is renewed. Thank you Lord, I have sufficiency for all things. I believe it, I speak it and I experience it. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.