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Know God in a Year #251 Choice is Power

When Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room, Thomas wasn’t there.
He hears they have all seen Jesus, and he is bitterly disappointed, determined not to believe until he sees Jesus alive for himself. He is wounded that everyone but him has seen his Lord, and broods for a week. He repeatedly tells them, “Unless I see the wounds, and touch his hands and feet and side, I won’t believe.”
Many disciples are using the upper room as their temporary home, and at evening all, except Thomas, gather here.
Finally after six melancholy, disillusioned days they convince him to go with them instead of going home.  Dragging his pessimistic feet, he sits with them, listening to their joy, feeling more dejected. But that night, though doors are locked, suddenly Jesus is there.
“Peace to you,” says Jesus, just as before, and then walking straight to Thomas, “Reach out your hand and put your fingers in my scars and on my side, and don’t doubt, don’t choose unbelief, but believe.”
Tears well up, Thomas realizes Jesus came just for him. His heart leaps as he stands and falls at Jesus’ feet, joyfully tears stream as he exclaims “My Lord and my God!”
“Thomas,” Jesus reproves gently, “you believe because you have seen. Happy are those who believe without seeing.”
If you wait for your doubts to be removed, you could get stuck in unbelief. Thomas chose to be miserable. Doubt trains your brain to look for the negative–the downside of life. And then when confidence and faith are required, you find yourself powerless to believe. You haven’t built brain structures for it.
Start now.  Choose to believe. Choose to see the good. Choice is power.
Luke 24:33-48,  John 20:19-29

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