Faith

To Believe… Thomas Do You Believe Who I Say I AM?

Good Morning Encouragement Block Family!!!! This morning inspirational reading is about Thomas and Jesus. Many, or should I say all of us resemble Thomas from time to time. No matter how spiritual we may be. No matter how we attempt to be the example that God has called us to become. We still run into those seasons when we might doubt. Become unsure, or even for a second come unraveled in our faith. It’s ok to be normal, to say that we are human.

Understand that Thomas was apart the twelve disciples that followed Jesus, seen all that Jesus has done and even witness to everyone else about the great news of Jesus Christ. Now doesn’t this Thomas sound like the person you see in the mirror? Be encouraged in knowing that there is a reason for every season you encounter and a purpose for everything you go through. Trust that Jesus is with you through everything you experience in life. Even when spiritually, your vision impaired… Believe.

JOHN20:29 (KJV) “Jesus said unto him,”Thomas, because tho hast believed. Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.”

Another version of this scripture says…

JOHN20:29 (AMP) “Jesus said to him,”Because you have seen Me, do you now believe? Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, and favored by God] are they who did not see [Me] and yet believe [in Me].”

To Believe(MSG)

“19-20 Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side.

20-21 The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.”

22-23 Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?”

24-25 But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.”

But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”

27 Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.”

28 Thomas said, “My Master! My God!”

29 Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”

30-31 Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.”

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When Was The Last Time You Pressed Your Big Red Button?!

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I remember there use to be a commercial for Office Depot back in the day and everytime someone was in need of a quick fix for supplies some how they would always end up in Office Depot. There would always be a calm employee there to help out the panicking customer and the employee would ask what did the customer need help with. Soon as the customer was finished telling them what they needed the employee would never go running through the store like a chicken with their head cut off panicking just like the customer was. The employees always had a big red button that would fix, or supply everything that the customer was in need of. The funny thing about this now that I think about it! The supplies would sometime fall right out the sky sort a speak and fall on the customers depending in how light the supplies were.

Isn’t it funny that majority of our lives we are in search of this easy to fix it red button to apply to all our situations, or even circumstances when we experience something that is out of our control. We walk through life sometimes full of pride right until the minutes we have to deal with a part of life that we can’t easily fix by pressing a big red button. Ask yourself this question. With all that you have experienced and gone through in your life, if you had this big red fix it button wouldn’t you had pressed it?! For some people they probably would had to start giving a limit on how many times you could press it within a day. But are you glad that you made it? Are you glad that you made it through those tough times?

Understand we may not have a big red fix it all button to press whenever we are going through something. However, we are able to pray over our problems, situations, or even circumstances. Whether if your praying by yourself, with family, church family, friends, or those of the same faith over the problems you experience in life. I believe God will give the direction, guidance, and wisdom needed to handle that problem. You see, your prayer life is the action that presses the big red button, God is the part of the big red button that says Easy and when your prayers are answered that is the supplies that fall right out of the sky. He is the solution to every problem we experience. God is who will fix it because there is nothing to hard for him to handle and He will provide what is needed.

In the bible in Genesis 18:14  the Lord asked this one question to Sarah, “14. Is anything too hard for the Lord?”. In Jeremiah 32:27 a word came to Jeremiah from the Lord and the Lord asked again the same question, “27. Behold, I am the Lord came the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” The answer to that, there is nothing too hard for God. In Philippians 4:19 The Apostle Paul said this, “19. But my God shall supply all your need(s) according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” This is a confirmation that God will provide.

So the next time you’re experiencing a situation that is making you feel like one of the customers from the Office Depot commercial, remember to press your own big red fix it all solutions button and watch closely on how God will fix that situation for you. God Bless & Be Blessed…Peace.

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White Out Doesn’t Work

mistakesHave you ever used whiteout? There are different types of white out but they all seem to serve the same purpose: cover up a mistake. The liquid whiteout has a soft spongy tip and goes on wet but then dries up quickly and you’re able to write over the mistake. The whiteout tape is another type of white out that is used to cover up mistakes. It is a device that allows you to roll over the mistake and quickly cover it up, no drying takes place. And then there is white out exact liner for the precise cover ups and quick application.

The thing about white out, regardless of white one you use, is that it really is just “correction tape”. It is a quick cover up for a mistake that was made. But if you use the liquid white out and only put one layer, you can still see the mistake, as you put more layers it gets coddled up and you can’t write over it. The white out tape is handy and quick but it doesn’t always make a straight light, you have to be very careful and take your time to cover the mistake up. And the white out exact liner is a quick straight cover up but it cost more money.

Regardless of which white out you use, they can all be scratched at, picked it, and rubbed until the mistake underneath is exposed once again.

Isn’t that like life? We make mistakes in life and try to get in a new relationship, move to a new city, get a new job, cut or dye our hair, lose weight, even start going back to church. But all of these are just “types of correction tapes” used to cover up a mistake. Until you actually take the time towork through the mistake, it will still be there.

One of the ways I’ve known to really move forward from a mistake, is to just acknowledge it (scratch over it), leave it where it is, and get a new piece of paper (accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or renew your life).

You see, scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (NIV). Rather than seeking correction tape, new things to cover up the pain, the hurt, the anger, the mistakes, look for the new slate from the inside out.

But remember, you can color your hair, get in a new relationship, move to a new place, get a new job, but everything inside of you, your spirit will still be the same. You will eventually continue doing what you’ve done in the past, looking for more white out to cover it up. And if anyone scratch, pick, or rub at you, your mistake will be exposed, then where will you turn?

With Jesus, you can standbolding, “9Don’t lie to each other. You have taken off those old clothes—the person you once were and the bad things you did then. 10 Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of theone who made you. You are becoming more and more like him. (Colossian 3:9-10 ERV).

Leave behind the white out, the correction tape, don’t seek the quick fixes. The quickest fix I know is Jesus and He fixes you from the inside out, making you a new creation rather than a cover up that is vulnerable to be exposed of past mistakes at any time.