Don’t Be An Unbeliever But A Believer

“Then He said to Thomas, Put your finger here and observe My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.”  John 20:27

Greetings fellow sojourners!

What if we were impelled to truly walk by God’s faith and not by mere common, frail, human sight What if we were driven by the priority intuition of the Spirit and not led by the ordinary revelation our senses and intellect provide?  Jesus did not unbraid or reproach Thomas for not believing the testimony that had been given him by his comrades but insightfully said, “Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.”

Thomas desired to be led by the revelation of his senses and his own intellect regarding the disclosure of the Resurrection.  So by this same method, Jesus told Thomas to employ his sense of touch and sight to prove the testimony Thomas had heard about Him was true.  Jesus then said if we don’t need our senses to substantiate our faith then we are blessed.   Also, if we do not press forward in faith, we will not be pleasing to Him.  “But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him.”  (Hebrews 10:38)  Sweet things, we are to make our way by God’s faith, not by the appearance our senses reveal to us.  We live in the body (where our senses are useful) but we also live by the spirit (therefore, we walk by faith).

Jesus was addressing the general spiritual condition of Thomas. Thomas was in danger of passing from the state of a believer in Christ to that of an unbeliever. His demand for the evidence of his senses was a step backward, a depending on the less, not on the more, certain.  Jesus would have him retrace that step and become one who depends upon the powerful intuition of the Spirit.

Thomas was given the luxury of having his fleshly eyes bolster his faith when Jesus presented Himself to him but if we refuse to live by faith and not by sight we will surely miss what the Spirit will reveal.

Can you hear Jesus as if He were speaking the words to you right now? “Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.”  Lay down your doubt and be a believer and not an unbeliever. If you err, decide to err on the side of faith, not insisting on witnessing the miraculous with your own fleshly eyes in order to allow your heart to be moved in awe.

 

In His grace,

Amanda

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What Are You Filling Yourself With?

“She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.”  Proverbs 31:27

Greetings all!  I hope you know you are ALL valued and immensely relevant to the cause of Christ.

I learned a valuable lesson today.  I pray that as we progress in our lifelong journey of becoming more and more like Christ we resolve to NEVER stop growing and knowing we must change if we want to be more like Him.  I witnessed an appalling behavior by someone which would have immediately turned me off, never desiring to say two words to them.  But I was shocked when the person then went out of their way to be helpful to us and I realized I was shutting myself off from ministering if I was going to continue to allow someone’s brashness to decide if I would engage with them or not.  Lord, help us to always see beyond our own point of view.

Let’s check out the verse above.  The word ‘idle’ here literally means ‘does not eat the bread of idleness’.

What I personally don’t care for much in the 2 Timothy 3:6 verse is when it describes how ungodly people will “worm their way into households and “capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions.”  I so dislike the implications of this verse that I organized a prayer group meeting intent on beseeching the Lord to revive us to His purposes.  I pray we honor the Lord in such a way that He does just that…REVIVE us.  Help us, Lord, to see YOUR point of view, Your will, Your heart.

The word ‘passions’ in 2 Timothy means, ‘desires, craving, longing, or lust’.  If we allow these ‘passions’ to lead us we can expect to be corrupted and polluted by them.  But there is help.  The divine nature equips us to escape this corruption (2 Peter 1:4) and the desires of the flesh that pollute (2 Peter 2:10).  If we wish to progress further with the Lord we must not possess this sort of folly (2 Timothy 3:9).

We are even warned about the iniquity of Sodom which was pride, their fullness with bread, and their abundance of idleness (Ezekiel 16:49).  And 2 Thessalonians 3:6 tells us to keep away from those who are idle and disruptive and not live according to the Word.

There is good news.  We will fill ourselves with something so instead of foolishly filling ourselves with the ‘bread of idleness’ we unreservedly can fill ourselves with the bread of life (John 6:22, 35, 48).

We absolutely can be people devoted to God’s purposes in the earth as opposed to being devoted to momentary folly which has no eternal purpose.  Help me Lord to not be burdened down with sin, led along by passions outside of Your will for my life, and filled with my own opinions which can hinder me from Your purposes.

In His grace,

Amanda

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Confidence in God’s Readiness to Reveal His Will

Greetings fellow sojourners!  Would you agree there are countless things in this life we daily put our confidence in? We believe we can rely on our homes to be constantly furnished with electricity, our grocery stores to be well stocked, our supply of water to never run dry, our cars to effortlessly start each day, our employers to still need and value us, our health to maintain, our loved ones to always be around, our decisions to turn out right, the list can be quite lengthy.  And most likely the most gargantuan thing we put our faith in is the all-consuming self.

When these ‘comforts’ we put our confidence in fail us, we get agitated, restless and maybe even panic.  If we trust in anything else but God it will prove to be fragile, like a spider’s web.  If we lean on the web it will not stand firm.  If we grab it, it will not hold up.” (Job 8:14-15)  Be confident in the Lord alone.  You can lean and grab on to Him as His foundation is absolutely firm.

When we move outside our daily routine and into the more complexities of life we often wonder what God’s will is in our complicated situations.  I am so thankful the Word instructs us we can be confident God is ready to reveal His will to us!  Are you faithfully seeking His will in your difficult circumstances?  Are you praying, submitting, and humbling your soul to Him?  He is faithful to His word so don’t hesitate to fill your mind with His truth.  This is what He tells us:

“The Lord is good and upright; therefore He shows sinners the way.  He leads the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.”  Psalms 25:8-9

“I will praise the Lord who counsels me — even at night my conscience instructs me.”  Psalms 16:7

“Who is the man who fears the Lord?  He will show him the way he should choose.  The secret counsel of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He reveals His covenant to them.”  Psalms 25:12, 14

“This God, our God forever and ever — He will always lead us.”  Psalms 48:14

“Yet I am always with You; You hold my right hand.  You guide me with Your counsel.”  Psalms 73:23-24a

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

“For your people will live on Zion in Jerusalem and will never cry again. He will show favor to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears, He will answer you. The Lord will give you meager bread and water during oppression, but your Teacher will not hide Himself any longer. Your eyes will see your Teacher, and whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: “This is the way. Walk in it.”  Isaiah 30:19-21

“This is what the Lord says:  The wise man must not boast in his wisdom; the strong man must not boast in his strength; the wealthy man must not boast in his wealth.  But the one who boasts should boast in this, that he understands and knows Me — that I am Yahweh, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for I delight in these things. This is the Lord’s declaration.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24

Let’s remember that above all else He desires for us to focus on our love for Him rather than on tasks we do on His behalf.  If His will is not clearly discernable, perhaps He is seeking the transformation of your mind and in doing so, it may require that your path is not so easily discerned.  Our love for Jesus will show in the decisions we make.  We will increasingly love what he loves and we will be transformed by renewed minds.

Lord, may YOUR instruction and love escort me.  I desire to meet the conditions in Your word, help me to do so.  You promise to lead, teach, counsel, reveal, and guide me.  In You alone, I will put my confidence.  You alone are my stable foundation that WILL NOT BE MOVED for all else is shaky ground.  Help me to see that when I become agitated or fearful it is because I have put my confidence in things outside of You.  I seek Your will that is revealed in Your word and am confident You are ready to reveal it because You help your people in Your sovereignty.  I wait for you Lord.  My affections are on You.

In His grace,

Amanda

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