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This Sunday, May 1st, 2016, Pastor Kris White continued our series REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus

For the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at the encounters, or appearances, of Jesus after the Resurrection leading to His ascension and then to the day of Pentecost. This Sunday Pastor Kris unpacked an amazing message about the disciple Thomas.

“Now Thomas (also known as 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.’ 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.'” (John 20:24-27, NIV)

What is faith? Faith is defined as believing in the unseen. What is trust? Trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something. From the beginning, in the garden of Eden, the devil has tried to use doubt and unbelief to weaken our faith. 

When you think of the disciple Thomas, you probably remember him as “doubting Thomas” due to his weakness. Thomas ran like the others that day after Jesus’ Crucifixion, but because he ran, he had missed out on seeing Jesus, and he messed up. What do you do when you’ve missed out and messed up?

Cynicism is doubt expressed. It is an attitude of scornful or jaded negativity – a sneering disbelief. Thomas was moving into cynicism and into a dangerous place. The kryptonite of unbelief was sapping the strength of his faith.

But then Jesus walks through Thomas’ wall, and He spoke peace. Jesus did not rebuke Thomas for questioning, but instead He boldly challenged him to move past his doubts. Doubts and questions will come, but the attitude of our response makes all the difference.

We can doubt without having to live a doubting way of life. Doubt encourages rethinking. Its purpose is more to sharpen the mind than to change it. Doubt can be used to pose the question, get an answer, and push for a decision. But doubt was never meant to be a permanent condition. Doubt is one foot lifted, poised to step forward or backward. There is no motion until the foot comes down. (Life Application Study Bible)

Would you let Jesus walk through the walls of your heart today and speak peace into your life? We can’t touch His scars like Thomas did, but we can let Him touch ours. We all get stuck in doubt sometimes. What will your response be? Will you retreat and regret? Or will you choose to return to Him and let Him start to redeem your weaknesses?

We know Thomas not only returned in words, but he also returned in his deeds. History tells us that Thomas took the gospel to India, where he saw many people saved, including kings, and he was later martyred for His faith.
NOT A DOUBTING THOMAS!

God is in the business of turning around our missing out and messing up. Don’t let your doubt be your downfall. Act in faith!

“And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength.” (Hebrews 11:32-34)

Find out more on how to walk out in faith by watching the full message here:

 

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