John 20:29 (NIV2011) "29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
If we only ever believe what we can see and prove, we exclude faith from our lives."
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV2011) " 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,"
Thomas needed certainty. Jesus calls us to live by faith. Faith is:
• Challenging v24-25, Hebrews 11:1
• Risky v26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:8
• Rewarding v28-29, 2 Corinthians 4:18
Living by faith requires courage, but the benefits will transform us and change the world. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV2011) "6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."
How are you exercising your faith today? How are we as a church exercising our faith?
1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV) " 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."