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Volume 1 Issue 2

Faith That Goes Beyond the

May 16, 2011 Limitations of Appearance
A nd Thomas answered and said
unto him, My Lord and my God.
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas,
Jesus was upset because Thomas new belief
was solely based on the evidence of his
senses. Mind you,
because thou hast seen me, thou hast be-
lieved: blessed are they that have not seen, • Thomas had walked with Christ, seeing
and yet have believed. (John 20:28-29 KJVR) him heal the sick and raise the dead.

In this particular portion of scripture Jesus is • Thomas was on the boat in the storm
speaking to Thomas, one of the twelve disci- when Jesus came walking on the water.
ples. Thomas after receiving the report of eleven
• Thomas was one of the Maître d’s that
of his closes friends that Jesus had been resur-
assisted in feeding the five thousand
rected said, “Except I shall see in his hands the
with two fish and five loaves of bread.
print of the nails, and put my finger into the
print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his • Thomas was there at the tomb of Lazarus

side, I will not believe.” when Jesus called him that was DEAD
four days; and he came forth bound in
For many in the body of Christ this is the area
Sage Martin Wilson

grave clothes. He may have even been

in which their faith dwells; unless I can see it I
one of the ones that Jesus gave the com-
want believe it. However, when Thomas sees
mand loose him and let him go.
Jesus he is taught a timeless lesson that should
bring much clarity to all of us as it relates to our Yet when the eleven men that walked with
faith. Thomas, eat with Thomas, slept where Tho-
mas slept, saw what Thomas saw came and
When Thomas sees Jesus he speaks forth a great
told Thomas that Jesus has resurrected Just
truth by calling him, “My Lord and My God”.
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like he said he would, what does Thomas’

Without going to deep into the theological rami-
do? He gets real deep and spiritual like many
fications of his statement, Thomas has now re-
in the church; “Except I shall see ... I will not
ceived the full understanding of the Oneness,
that Jesus was truly the Emmanuel, God with
us, God manifested in flesh, & not a second John 20:29 MSG Jesus said, "So, you be-
person of a trinity. The importance of this was lieve because you've seen with your own
echoed by Jesus himself all through out scrip- eyes. Even better blessings are in store for
ture. Jesus claimed to be God, not a second per- those who believe without seeing."
son of a triune deity.
What a great and precious promise to us!!
John 14:8-9 MSG Philip said, "Master, show Jesus says that there is a far better blessing
us the Father; then we'll be content." (9) coming to those that can believe on him as
"You've been with me all this time, Philip, the scripture has said and have not seen a
and you still don't understand? To see me is thing!
to see the Father. So how can you ask, 'Where
is the Father?' In the area of true biblical faith that produces
results, it will not be based on anything that
When Jesus hears Thomas declaration of truth your five senses can perceive.
he says, “... Thomas, because thou hast seen
me, thou hast believed:…” One commentary 2 Corinthians 5:7 KJVR (For we walk by
says that these were words of measured com- faith, not by sight:)
mendation, but of indirect and doubtless pain-
fully - felt rebuke. Why would Jesus be dis- One translations says it this way, “It's what
pleased with Thomas acknowledgment of Him we trust in but don't yet see that keeps us
being God manifested in flesh, his Lord and His going”. If your going to truly be affective in
God? this walk with Christ it will not be about
what you can see. There will be times in your walk were by all Speaking
appearance God is not on the scene and you will feel like your all
alone. The thing you have to remember is your faith is not based Secondly this verse deals with what we are speaking. Faith &
on a feeling, or what you can see. We have to allow our faith to what you believe comes as a result of what you hearing. It is very
become our sight. In spite of what it looks like, in spite of what it important that we understand this principle so that we see that
feels like you have to have it made up in your mind I am going to all doubt must be dealt with on a thought level so that it is never
trust what God has already said over what my circumstances are verbalized.
showing me. What you speak is impotent if it is not spoken in perfect harmony
Always remember Satan is the father of lies and a master of illu- with what you believe.
sion. When you are going through difficulties you have two ene-
Isaiah 55:11 MSG So will the words that come out of my
mies that you face. Those two enemies are Satan the accuser of
mouth not come back empty-handed. They'll do the work I
the brothering and your own carnal belief system. 90% of the sent them to do, they'll complete the assignment I gave them.
time what your going through is never as bad as it appears in the
natural. We have to guard our perception of the situation so that This is a very important verse. We have to understand that God
we don’t project, in word thought and deed, more negativity into has placed his word in our mouth and we become the mouth
an already bad situation. pieces of God in the earth.

It is very important that you understand that your faith is exer- Isaiah 51:16 KJVR And I have put my words in thy mouth,
cised in three ways- …

1. What you think. Whatever you say positive or negative, because you are created
in the image and likeness of God, will manifest in your reality! In
2. What you speak. the same manner that speaking positive words will remove the
3. What you do. mountains, negative and fearful words have the power to pull
those same mountains and others out of the sea to hinder your
Mark 11:23 KJVR For verily I say unto you, That whosoever life.
shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou
cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall Doing
believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he James 2:20 KJVR But wilt thou know, O vain man, that
shall have whatsoever he saith. faith without works is dead?
This verse shows us how to properly exercise our faith and get The doing of the exercising of your faith is just that, putting you
results. faith into action. You have to speak! You have to move in faith!
Thinking Then believe that which you are speaking and doing is not going
to return void!
First, the verse deals with our thinking. In our thinking we can
not allow doubt to be present if we are to get the God kind of I pray that you will take the truths presented hear and use them so
results. Doubt is the enemy that will trample faith underfoot. If that you too will have faith that is not limited by the appearance
we are to see the manifestation of the things we desire we have to of your situations.
be full of faith and belief O-LY in the good that we are believing
God to release into our reality. Sage Martin Wilson, Sr
I think Annie Rix Militz has one of the greatest definitions I have
ever heard concerning our belief in God.

“Set your thoughts in a certain direction; make your

mind to hold thoughts that believe in the Good as possi-
ble. That is all that is necessary for us to do to increase
our belief, to extend the boundaries of what we believe
to be possible.”

Your thoughts have to be directed toward and willing to hold to

and waver not from the good/God you are looking to show up in
your life.