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There’s Joy Down In My Heart

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy… I Peter 1:8 NIV

If Jesus is risen, then I think it is safe to say that I’ve got lots of reason for joy. In fact, I would say that there’s joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart!

That’s because the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is not just a truth I believe. It’s the truth that has changed me. It has taken my sin and washed me clean. It has healed my hurts, satisfied my longings, filled the darkness with light, and turned my sorrow into joy!

Friends, believe the good news, with Jesus comes joy!

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Stop Doubting & Believe

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”John 20:27 NRSV

MP900435912[1] This was the moment for which Thomas became famous. He firmly refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. He wanted to put his hand in Jesus’ side before he would let himself believe. Thomas required tangible proof. He had no interest I believing the ravings of bewildered men having what seemed like grief-triggered hallucinations.

Of course, Jesus knew exactly what Thomas needed, and he gave it to him. Then Jesus called Thomas to faith. In that instant, Thomas stopped doubting and started believing. His faith drove him to proclaim Jesus as Lord.

Faith puts doubt to rest.

Thomas is best known for his doubting. But Jesus told him to stop doubting and believe. That was Thomas’ whole problem. He didn’t really need to put his hand in Jesus’ side. He needed to stop doubting and start believing. MP900422224[1]

Jesus knows that as long as we doubt, we can’t believe. Doubt and faith are opposites. They make up an either/or proposition. We are either doubting, or we are believing. We simply can’t do both at the same time.

As long as we doubt, we can’t believe.

Doubt fills our minds with questions. It wraps our heart with the feelings of uncertainty. It casts a shadow across our path and blinds our eyes to the truth. Doubt suffocates faith. As long as we make room for doubt, there will be no room for faith.

But it works the other way too! Faith pushes away doubt. Faith floods the mind with truth. It opens our eyes to God, and our ears to God’s voice. Faith connects us to the Spirit’s power. Faith overcomes obstacles. Faith pushes us in new directions. Faith activates action!

So how do you stop doubting? Begin by doing what Jesus said to do, believe! As long as you are believing, you are not doubting. As long as you are believing, doubt can’t get a grip on you.

MP900422834[1] It’s time to let go of doubt and embrace faith! We face the same choice as Thomas did. We can cling to the doubts that lurk in the dark corners of our minds, or we can believe in Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth, and he is alive!

Greet Jesus with a heart of FAITH, today!

 

Prayer:

Jesus, I struggle with doubt too. Without seeing you, it is sometimes hard to be sure. But I know the truth, and the truth is you are alive. Live in me today, and help me to continue believing in and responding to your word each and every day!

Amen.

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Our Chatter: God’s Truth

…I lay down my life in order to take it up again. John 10:17 NRSV

MP900427673[1] I imagine there was a lot of chatter in Jerusalem during Jesus’ trial and execution. There must have been whispers of wondering, spoken by those who didn’t understand why the man they hailed as king was being treated like a criminal. Then there were the shouts of the angry mob, that echoed across the stone courtyard outside Pilate’s headquarters. There were also the rumors that flew up and down the city streets, spoken by onlookers watching a beaten man, wearing a crown of thorns, carry his cross.

So much chatter. But Jesus had only a few words to say. “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.”

MC910216396[1] There is chatter, and then there is the word of God. God always has the last word, and that word is always good. Of course God had the last word after Jesus was crucified. That word was very good. In fact, it was the best word of all: “He is not here, he is risen!”

Today’s video contrasts our chatter with the truth that continues to transform the world. To watch it please click here.