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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, December 18, 2014
When we put our faith and trust in God, we can erase our doubt(s) because He will take care of everything.
I want to share some of the words Karyn Schumpert’s (Colorado) wrote for The Upper Room with you; Karyn titled her story “LOVING DOUBTING THOMAS.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Our doubts and struggles can strengthen our faith and commitment.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to use our doubt as an opportunity to seek your word and to strengthen our love, life, and faith. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH DOUBT
To read the entire story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
Have you ever wished you could actually see Jesus, touch him, and hear his words? Are there times you want to sit down with him and get his advice? Thomas wanted Jesus’ physical presence. But God’s plan is wiser. He has not limited himself to one physical body; he wants to be present with you at all times. Even now he is with you in the form of the Holy Spirit. You can talk to him, and you can find his words to you in the pages of the Bible. He can be as real to you as he was to Thomas.
Jesus wasn’t hard on Thomas for his doubts. Despite his skepticism, Thomas was still loyal to the believers and to Jesus himself. Some people need to doubt before they believe. If doubt leads to questions, questions lead to answers, and the answers are accepted, then doubt has done good work. It is when doubt becomes stubbornness and stubbornness becomes a life-style that doubt harms faith. When you doubt, don’t stop there. Let your doubt deepen your faith as you continue to search for the answer. (NLT)
John 20:24-29 – One of the disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”
Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”
My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.”
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. . . . By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. – Hebrews 11:1, 3 (NRSV)
For more Helpful Inspirational Material:
DOUBT, DOUBTS: http://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress. com/doubt-doubts/
DECEIVE, DECEIT, DECEPTION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/deceive-deceit-deception/
ETERNAL LIFE (HEAVEN): https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/eternal-life-heaven/
HARDENED HEART: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/hardened-heart/
PROMISES, PROMISE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/promises-promise/
SCRIPTURE, SCRIPTURES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/scripture-scriptures/
UNDERSTAND, UNDERSTANDING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/understand-understanding/
STRENGTH, STRENGTHS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/strength-strengths/
BELIEVE, BELIEF: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/believe-belief/
CONFLICT, CONFLICTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/conflict-conflicts/
CARE, CARING, CARED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/care-caring-cared/
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