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Can You Believe?

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Among the only times in Scripture when divine power was "small" is recorded in Matthew 13:54-58

And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

The journey to faith in God contains numerous obstacles, nearly all have their root in what we see:

  • The man whose son was demon-possessed, seeing only his child's torment, had his belief compromised,
  • Peter, as he walked on the water, saw the boisterous wind, and his faith gave way,
  • The apostles, upon seeing the Lord captured, scattered and went into hiding.

Indeed, as Jesus said to one who pleaded for a dying child, "Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe."

God commends faith that is not eye-dependent:

  • 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."
  • 1 Peter 1:7-9 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

So reality is best perceived with eyes ignored. Can you believe?

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