SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/11/15- “Believing Is Truly Seeing!” (Hebrews 11:1)
Premise Question: Seeing is believing; or, believing is truly seeing; which thought and statement is most authentically appropriate for those of us who are believing members of The Company of The Redeemed?
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)
Now concerning our Rock Solid unshakable faith, which is the sure foundation upon which everything in our existence is built on, for faith is what gives us the supreme confidence, being fully convinced, that what we hope for, in this life and beyond, even though we can not actually see it, with our physical eyes, we still have the absolute assurance of our strong convictions; therefore, our faith is all the evidence that we need, in order to believe in what we can not see with our physical eyes. (Hebrews 11:1 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Near the end of The Gospel according to The Apostle John, Jesus had an encounter with The Apostle, known as “The Twin,” and who has since been referred to as “Doubting Thomas” and who, on a personal level, had some serious doubts about whether or not Jesus had actually, in fact, really risen from the grave. He even struggled with the eye witness reports of his closest friends and associates, boldly and definitively declaring that he was not going to believe their report unless he was personally able to see with his own eyes and then, place his fingers in the actual holes of The LORD’s hands and feet, thus the thought and statement, “seeing is believing” rather than the thought and statement of faith of “believing is truly seeing!” In this encounter we don’t see The LORD rebuke Thomas for his doubts, but The LORD surely encourages Thomas to take a look, feel and then, see and believe that He is real and that He really has risen from the grave. I don’t feel, nor do I think, The LORD is put off by our doubts, for it is us that are actually put off by our doubts and unbelief; so, just as Thomas was encouraged to see and believe, but was encouraged to have a greater faith, which is to believe, being full of assurance and expectant hope, confidently seeing with the eye of faith, He is now encouraging us to believe and truly see! We should therefore, take a firm grip upon our faith, but even more important, is allowing our faith to take a strong hold upon us! For whether it’s in the past time, present time or some future time, the concept of “now” always applies and should be a continuum for all time, when we consider our faith! So, when evaluating our own faith, “seeing is not believing,” but, “believing is truly seeing;” confidently, with the eyes of faith, while being fully assured, with a heart full of expectant hope!” Blessings…
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