John 20:29

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Seeing is not believing. Believing is not seeing

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Seeing is not believing. Believing is not seeing.As humans, we are more or less governed by our five traditional senses: touch, smell, hearing, taste, and sight. The fifth sense is arguably the most powerful and most valued. Losing your sight is perhaps one of the most expensive losses seeing as it is the most used sense of the body upon which most rely to function daily.

A famous idiom says ‘seeing is believing’ which means ‘only physical and concrete evidence is convincing’. To the carnal man, this couldn’t be any more true. But to those who are of the Spirit, this couldn’t be anymore untrue. There is constant friction between the flesh
and the Spirit: they are strictly opposites and it is impossible for both to agree (Galatians 5:17). Thomas, one of Christ’s devoted disciples, battled with this fact when he received news that Christ had been raised from the dead (John 20:25). Until he received convincing tangible evidence he did not believe and Christ deemed his actions faithless and highlighted that blessed are they that believe the unseen (John 20:28-29).

To believe the unseen is not an easy task. In other words, to have faith can be a battle – I mean, even Apostle Thomas battled with it so it is not a novel situation when we battle with it too. I sometimes find myself in challenging situations where I am not satisfied with God’s word and need something tangible for assurance. Then God shows up and actually fulfills His word and gives me my desired outcome. Then I feel totally stupid and embarrassed.

Faith is the evidence of the unseen. I have come to the conclusion that it is the only evidence needed and without it, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:1,6). To truly
believe in God and everything concerning Him means to believe the unseen – what you have
not seen. Not what you have already seen.

For those who genuinely have a desire to please God, I encourage you to believe the

Author: Rachel Orebote

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