Believing, but Not Seeing

Hello everybody! I hope you all are doing well.  As my little sister says, everyday is a big day.  Let’s go a little farther and say everyday is a big day for The Lord, amen?

Today I would like to open up with a very basic question.  What do you believe?  I noticed that Christopher and Collin posted a Statement of Faith a while ago.  I hope you’ve had a chance to read it because it stated very clearly what I believe as a Christian.  I believe that we are sinners, in desperate need of grace, and because of God’s love for us, he sent Jesus to die on the cross “that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16]   

Let me now state the real purpose of this post; what we believe as Christians is based on faith.  It takes faith to believe that Christ died for our sins.  It takes faith to believe that he rose from the grave and conquered death.  What we believe requires faith.

Allow me now to quote to you one of my favorite passages when it comes to believing by faith and not by sight –  John 20: 24-29: ”Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Our entire faith rests on believing that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Even when you become a Christian, one of the requirements is to BELIEVE that Jesus died for our sins.  Consider the following verse:  “For which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12)      

The writer of Timothy clearly portrays in the verse above that he has confidence in what he believes.  He doesn’t just act like a blindfolded animal who has no choice but to follow.  He chooses to believe and have confidence in Jesus as The Lord of his life.  He doesn’t just follow blindly; he knows.

The last statement I would like to make is this:  With true sincere faith, we have free and unlimited access into God’s grace. Let me quote to you Romans 5:2: “ By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Isn’t it awesome to know that because of our faith, that was made possible through the sacrifice Jesus made for us, we have access to God’s grace?

Jesus did so much for us.  All we have to do is believe the things that we can not see and He blesses us even more. [John 20: 29]  Let’s have confidence in what Christ did for us.

Toodles!

– Solomon