From Fear to Faith - Part 1

Opening Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, let me see the impossible through Your eyes today so that I can grow in my knowledge of You and be more effective in building Your kingdom!

 

Read: John 20:24-27, NIV

“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.”” 

 

Reflect: 

As John writes his gospel and comes to the story of “Thomas” you can almost sense a feeling of disappointment over the doubt expressed by Thomas. After all, Thomas was with the other 11 disciples all through the remarkable three-year ministry of Jesus, witnessing His miracles time and again. How could someone so close to the Son of God later make such a pointed statement that he would not believe unless he could first verify the wounds of Christ himself? How could Thomas show such contempt for his fellow disciples, who had literally become his brothers, and not trust their testimony? The reason may have been because Thomas witnessed the death of the man he loved, who he felt would one day rule the world and now felt hurt and abandoned. Whatever the reason, the Story of Thomas connects with each of us in two different ways:

First, we may be someone who wants to “see the evidence.” In this day and age, we are exposed to many deceiving spirits and influences. The world tells us to live like we want and not worry about consequences. With the internet, we are inundated with false claims and incorrect stories on a daily basis. We often need evidence to be confident in what we are being told. Undoubtedly, Thomas “witnessed” many miracles of Jesus. However, when He was crucified, Thomas “saw” the death of his master and felt all was lost. You may feel “let down” or disappointed in God at times when your prayers do not generate the results you expect. It is okay to doubt at first. But it is only when we surrender those doubts and fears that we can begin to experience faith and God’s victory for us!

Second, we may feel as one of the disciples who first saw Christ after His resurrection, filled with excitement and hope! John 20:20b says: “The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.” We may be starting 2018 full of faith and anticipating great answers which we have brought before the Lord in prayer. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” We walk in faith when we truly trust Jesus Christ to fulfill His promises in our lives!

 

Apply: 

Consider what Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 – “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Consider what your mountain to move is today and stand in faith for it to move!

 

Closing Prayer: 

God, give me the heart and patience to trust in Your plans for my life. Use me to demonstrate Your faithfulness to the world so that You might be glorified through my life.

Terry Schneiderrestore