Do You Now Believe?

 

“Because of this we believe that you (really) come from God. Jesus answered them, do you now believe?”

John 16:30

Although the disciples were with Jesus for three years and were witnesses to multiple miracles, signs and wonders. They even saw Jesus walk on water! They still had doubt in their hearts about who he really was.  Up until this point they ate, slept, fellowshipped and even celebrated life with Jesus. Yet despite all this there was a question mark looming over their heads.  Why is this?  It may be that even in our human nature we gear towards doubt due to life circumstances, even when the answer is smack dab in front of us?  I believe this is why Paul said we have to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12).  We as believers must set aside all our human reasoning and take on the mind of Christ, literally.  We do this by meditating on his Word day and night so that it penetrates through our minds and circumvent our thoughts to the point that our thoughts become His thought and the only thing we can think on is whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things (Phil. 4:8).”  Then we will be able to doubt our doubts and move forward in Christ as we put doubt to rest and remain in perfect peace as our minds our steadfast on the one who loves us.  The disciples knew of the prophets that had done miracles, but Jesus did them frequently and more readily as he fulfilled the prophecies. But when the disciples finally understood, it was only by the revelation of God.  Just like with us, as we abide in the Word and are dictated by the Holy Spirit, revelation will come which will help us to believe without question.  It takes a habitual walk in the presence of our Lord to receive the manifestation to come forth by faith. God wants us to spend time and build a relationship with him. It seems to me that this is the reason we don’t have instant revelation of his entire Word.  But gradually the wisdom of our Lord will abound in us as we put our trust in Jesus and believe in his precious promises.

 

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