“Out of This World”

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 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 7:7

I have a confession. I can relate to people who’ve struggled with believing the Bible. There. I said it.  I mean let’s face it; some of the accounts in that Book sound other worldly.

Because they are (Eph. 6:12,13 KJV).

It’s easy to see why the Bible might be placed next to the mythical good reads. Maybe you struggle with this too. Are you trying to walk the Christian path but you just aren’t sure what to think?  Add to that the mixed up signals of today’s world and it’s no wonder we paint ourselves into the corner of qualms.

God understands.

Allow me to introduce Thomas. I was happy to meet him even though our commonality is an attitude of, “seeing is believing.” He was a real guy’s guy…a disciple of Jesus, practical, loyal and courageous enough to die for Jesus (John 11:16 NIV). He was also a tad bit skeptical. After Jesus’ death on the cross some of the disciples gathered behind locked doors but Jesus appeared amongst them in the flesh (John 20:24-31 NIV). Thomas wasn’t there the first time this happened and when told of the account, didn’t believe it. I don’t mean to make light of this but can you honestly imagine his reaction? Be honest…what would your first thought be? Thomas stated that he wouldn’t believe until he could touch Jesus’ nail scarred hands and riven side (vs.25). Jesus’ response when He did see Thomas (vs.29), leads us to a crucial point of faith. Jesus isn’t likely to waltz through the walls of our room so we can see His hands, feet and side. Not that He couldn’t. But He does waltz through the walls or our hearts. We’re blessed when we believe without seeing. How? By Faith.  So what is Faith?

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Heb. 11:1 NIV)

 It’s inexplicable, invisible and intrinsic. It starts small, small as the tiniest mustard seed (Luke 17:6 NIV).  It’s like one of the obscure, undeletable programs that come in a computer. You can’t see it…but you know it’s there…but you never use it. Then something comes up and you think, I have a program for that. You try to pull it up but it’s buried under a myriad of other things and slow coming to the surface. But once you start utilizing its features regularly it comes right up without hesitation. Faith grows when we ask the Divine Programmer for the full version. Asking…that’s all it takes! We can ask our Creator God for more faith and for more belief! (Mark 9:23-25 CEV)
(Luke 17:5 NIV)

Faith ceases to work only if you choose to not use it.

God knows we doubt…this is why He gave us Thomas’s account. Those were radical times for Thomas and the other disciples. Today’s issues are the same as yesteryears. Christ and His church are still being persecuted. It’s okay to ask questions, it’s okay to not have all the answers. Keep reading the Bible, it leads to growth and understanding. Go to God and ask for more faith and more belief…He will not let you down. You’ll see the Bible isn’t so otherworldly after all.

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About pdhemphill

I'm married to a wonderful man, we share two grown sons and two grandchildren. I love to write, crochet, bird watch, rv, hike and bike and I dabble with piano. Above all of this I love spending my mornings with God and being in His word. My goal is to share some life experiences and perhaps reach someone going through similar things and offer hope.

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  1. Of all the disciples I always hated that I relate to Thomas the most. A former preacher of mine used to say we had to put on our faith goggles when we read the Bible because if we don’t we will have a hard time believing. That’s the truth!

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