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January 19, 2020


______________________________                Pastor Tom Matson 

Stand Firm

Overcoming Doubt


John 20:24–31 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.


Even the strongest among us is weak from time to time

Is God really up there?

Does He really care?


Mark 11:23  “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.

Doubt is NATURAL, but doubt can also be DEADLY.


*Doubt says, “I am struggling to believe, I need help, answers, direction”

*But Unbelief says, “I will not believe, I refuse to accept the evidence even if I see it!


I. FIND FAITH IN FELLOWSHIP

John 20:19–23 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

John 20:24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.

(Elijah) 1 Kings 19:1–4 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”


(John the Baptist)  Matthew 11:2–3 When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


2. TAKE TIME TO HEAR TESTIMONY

John 20:25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.

1 John 5:9–11 We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart.... Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.


 “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you...1 Corinthians 11:23


3. BE READY FOR A REVELATION

John 20:26-27 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Ephesians 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.


“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” Proverbs 16:20 


IV. BE WILLING TO BELIEVE

John 20:28–31

John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—


What doubts are you wrestling with right now?

Trust in God.

He will never disappoint!


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Jesus transforms lives from a lost existence through repentance and His forgiveness of sin.  

His grace and mercy from His gift of salvation is ready for anyone who is willing to trust in Him as personal Lord and Savior.  

He can, and will, transform you today.  Just ask, and you will receive.  Amen.

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”(Acts 16:31)


God, I know that I am a sinner.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross in my place.  I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me.  I now receive Him into my life as my Savior. I thank you for forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of your merciful grace, Amen

 

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.  Psalm 37:23