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Tuesday November 21, 2017 1:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Annually on November 21

Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian

Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. (John 20:29)

We are all familiar (If you are not, read John Ch.20) with the story of Thomas- disciple of

Jesus- called Doubting Thomas by some. Thomas took a decision- “Unless I see the nail

marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side,

I will not believe it.” He needed a triple confirmation to believe. He wanted to see the nail

marks, put his hand where the nails had pierced and put his hand into Jesus’ side. Well, it

takes much for some to believe. I guess the other disciples must have said, “Suit yourself.”

 

The problem that we face when we say words of unbelief is that it’s heard by the Lord too

and that’s what we see in the case of Thomas. A week later when Jesus came and stood in

their midst again, He knew He had to deal with Thomas’ doubt and He didn’t mince words

when He said, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into

my side. Stop doubting and believe.” In plain words Jesus was saying, “Do you need any

more proof, brother.”

 

Abraham’s story is one that should bolster a believer’s faith. Regarding him, Paul writes to

the Romans,

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations,

just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." Without weakening in his

faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead - since he was about a hundred

years old - and that Sarah's womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief

regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,

being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (Romans 4:18-

21)

And Paul also writes,

This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness." The words "it was credited to him"

were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness -

for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. (Romans 4:22-24)

Yes, God will credit righteousness for all who believe that God is able to deliver in

whatever matter they are praying for.