by Christina Farris
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Ever had doubts, I sometimes wonder how many doubts I have had over the years of what God was speaking to even my heart to be true. I still not use to God speaking to my heart even after over forty years. I am probably the worst skeptic when it comes to God's word spoken to my heart. I believe and yet, I to doubt what I see, hear, and think. I want to be able to hold to that word so tight not to doubt but in truth it is our human nature to doubt. When I think on this, I look who also doubted but Gideon, who had to put a test for reassurance to God concerning a fleece(piece of wool) whether it be wet or dry with the dew or no dew on the ground. When I think on this, I see myself as the sort of the wait and see doubter. The one without the fleece, but one looking for the evidence of what is to be. It is not enough of prophetic word coming to pass sometimes it is seeing it pass. We got eleven disciples meeting Jesus in the mountains of Galilee to see their risen Lord, and some doubted, they needed the evidence of Jesus being alive, but they were not so unwilling to go see for themselves, but went to see for themselves whether it be true that Jesus was alive.
The prophetic word coming by the disciples, but it was also the repeated words of Christ by those that clung to his feet after the resurrection that he was alive and left instruction for them. These disciples touched him and beheld him. He was not aparition but someone tangible and seeable. Not someone that looked like him, but someone that spoke not only with his voice but had evidence on his body, the sword scar in his side and the nail prints in his hands. Thomas in John 21 was the biggest doubter of the disciples, because he said he had to see these things to believe in Jesus. Yet when he seen Jesus he no longer need the evidence. How much do we doubt the word of God only to have the evidence be seen. With that evidence what do we do, but hopefully rejoice in our heart.
I had so many things happen to me in life that doubt should never be there, but it is a reality of life, we all are consumed by doubts of the reality of God, of Christ with the negativity of the world around us, through tv and media, and the only way for it to be dispelled is for God to speak to the individual heart, for evidence of his word, to be either spoken or writen for all of his saints, the same way he has through out the ages passed. The out pouring of his Spirit is a preparation for us not to doubt his word in difficult days and weeks in our life and in our world. He prepares his people by his Spirit and he calls unto all of us not to doubt but to a deeper faith in him. What you experience in your walk with God will not be able to be completely described by words but sometimes by the Spirit of God. We can not contain all the ways God speaks to us, but this passage is Christ in the flesh, in his incorruptible flesh with the scars still as evidence before the disciples.
What is our evidence today. When we ask Jesus for a new job and the door opens for us, when we seek his will in a situation and God speaks to our hearts of what to do and we do and God's will happens has he declared to the heart. When we walk through the doors he tells us too and not always the door that looks more attractive in our life. When we walk humbly before God and the evidence of his power is in our world. When I see religious leaders declare an election and the vote appears to be different then their declaration, I wonder who are they working for, and then I realize something else there been evidence of a fall in past few years of going against God. No man perfect, we all sin and all fall short, but in reality we see something coming to pass, leaders having to fall for Christ to rise in the heart of the believers who follow not man's direction but the Spirit of God. They walk in true humbleness before the Lord.
It is not enough to believe in God's word, as far as Christ coming, dying for sin and rising again, but receiving the prophesy of his will in our daily life and to follow his direction and leading. It okay to be doubter, the disciples definitely were. Even with an earthquake and the rising of the dead walking into Jerusalem. I think of all that was seen on the day of crucifixion and how many could take it all in. An Earthquake happened, eclipse of the sun, for it was darkened. Christ ability to cry "Father forgive them", his ability to tell Disciple John that his mother was now his mother and he was now her son, to comfort them at his cross. Jesus would not remain after his appearing, but his resurrection tangible by his appearance to 500 people appeared too. Yet He first appeared to his eleven disciples, Judas the betrayer, had hung himself for he found no mercy for he sought the one that could give mercy.
Jesus tells them go and make disciples teaching them to observe all things he taught them. He even taught them how to die, not just about faith. He taught them how to live. It is the continual word that continued in their hearts and instruction from God that continue to see miracles after the ascension of Jesus into heaven. Peter had visions, Philip was told to go, and each disciple obeyed the will of God in their life unto the death and some to be mayrters. That doubt ended with the reality of Christ before them after the cross.
That same faith testified to each person that decides to follow Christ that Jesus is risen and not dead, that he paid the price of sin on the cross for our salvation of eternal life. No one being perfect no not one. But Christ being real, even today, but the prophetic word of God in the human heart, not something that can be declared by man but by God alone. His Spirit testifying of the truth of his word to the individual.
Dear Heavenly Father, let your word hold us in the palm of your hand. To hold us in the truth of your word and Spirit. To direct our path even when we struggle with doubts of the reality of what we hear and see. Let your word be the evidence to our hearts of your prophetic word is still alive and well. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Thanksgiving Day Countdown day four: Thank you Lord for your prophetic word.
Continual Scripture Study:Revelation 19:10 KJV
10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
John 20:26-31 KJV
Hebrews 11:1-3 KJV
Judges 6:36-40 KJV