The Holy Spirit And The Incorruptible Seed Part 03

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. (John 20:25)

Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection. Thomas was not present when this happened. He refused to believe without visual evidence when they told him they had seen Jesus. Many Christians follow the same mentality regarding the miraculous power of God.

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (2 Corinthians 5:7)

We examined Jesus’ statement regarding the signs that would follow believers in the last chapter. Most Christians view their circumstances through a lens clouded by religious traditions, life circumstances, physical symptoms, etc., and refuse to believe. The only ones that will break the seemingly endless cycle of powerlessness are those who make a quality decision to live by God’s Word regardless of any evidence contradicting its promises.

God is looking for those willing to break tradition and step out of the proverbial boat. A storm raged to the point that the disciples thought their ship was sinking when Peter answered Jesus’ call and stepped out to pursue the Lord. He did not let this stop him and could successfully walk on water as long as his sights were on Jesus. He began to sink when he allowed himself to be distracted from the Lord by the waves crashing all around.

The Holy Spirit desires to help us get loose and walk free from the devil’s traps. Religious traditions are one tool used by the enemy to keep this from happening. Freedom will only come to those who commit to God’s Word, their first and only source of truth. Christians have depended on their ministers and friends for guidance on Scripture when they should be looking to the Holy Spirit. He is waiting to teach us, but we will never look to Him without first acknowledging His presence.

God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. (Romans 3:4)

I once heard a minister say the key to miracles is obedience without question. God desires for us to take Him at His Word. We must choose to look to Him alone for guidance regardless of whatever storm is raging around us. Jesus did not leave us alone. He sent the Holy Spirit to be with us, and now the Spirit is standing by to help us in this journey.

People are afraid to step out in faith because they fear failing. The possibility indeed exists we might fall flat on our faces trying to follow God’s Word. I have come to a place where I would instead fall flat following His plan instead of sitting on the sidelines, never attempting to do anything for Him.

It is not too late if you are one of those sitting on the sidelines. You can get up, dust yourself off, and enter the game. The Holy Spirit is waiting, and the only ones who will fail are the ones who never answer His call. My question to you is whether you are willing to answer Him.

Over the years, I’ve heard people question what will happen if they lay hands on a sick person and nothing happens. They do not believe Jesus’ words in Mark 16. The only cure for this is to spend quality time meditating on the promises of God found in His Word and fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit. We are all growing and will make mistakes, but these do not invalidate the Word of God. If things don’t work, our fault is not God’s.

Can you imagine what would happen if little children learned to walk the way Christians approach their walks with God? The child would quit after their first failure and refuse ever to attempt walking again! How would their parents react if every time they tried to get them to walk, the response was, “I tried that, mommy, and it did not work?” Picture a bunch of adults sitting around sucking on bottles and refusing to walk. What you visualize is probably close to the state most Christians are in today.

Jesus told us we would do the same works He did (John 14:12). Doing so will require us to become wholly reliant on Him. We have a wrong attitude toward what it means to believe, which is why so few people are doing the works of Jesus. I once heard a minister define a belief as having a firm persuasion built on knowledge. Over time the Holy Spirit has led me to expand this to say that it is knowledge birthed in a relationship with Him that matters. He is the one who will open the eyes of our spiritual understanding, but only if we first acknowledge His presence and are willing to look to Him for guidance.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)

We must renew our minds regarding what it means to “believe.” People often make statements such as “I believe it is going to rain,” using natural input from sources such as the weatherman. They are not referring to a Scriptural belief based on God’s Word alone. Are you willing to commit to trust and lean on the things God has told you regardless of what other inputs you receive? Only then will you see the power of God begin to manifest in its most full measure.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)

God spoke, and light came into being on the first day of creation. It was not until the fourth day that He created the sun, considered by many to be the source of light. God believed, spoke, and creation came into being. In this, we have an example of what it means to believe from His perspective.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)

Walking by faith requires us to first commit to renewing our minds with God’s Word. We use phrases like “I believe it is going to rain” or “I believe I’ll show up” without thinking about what we are saying. To believe as God has called us to will require a purposeful commitment. Many have “tried” to walk by faith based on other people’s testimonies and failed. Success will require us to develop a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and the incorruptible seed of God’s Word.

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