In borrowing the words (with a twist) from my Pastor, we, preachers and teachers of the word, have a responsibility to know what we are teaching. Those thoughts pose the question, “How can I be an effective Bible teacher or writer of this blog if don’t 100% know or believe the word?”
The component of faith is believing the unseen. I am a visual and tactile learner, therefore I have to see it and touch it to believe it. Since faith is the substance of the things we hope for; the evidence of the things not seen, my learning style is contradicted. I am immediately challenged by definition alone.
“For we live by believing and not by seeing.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT)
The greatest struggle I have had in my walk has been believing – believing His word and believing in what He says He will do. I wrestle with this because the proof that I need to wrap my hands around is missing. But more importantly, my belief is obstructed by those that have abused my trust or belief in them.
Thomas, known as “Doubting Thomas” was one of the disciples who doubted that Jesus had truly come back from the dead and needed Jesus to show the nail marks in his hands and side.
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” – John 20: 27-29
I don’t want to be known as “Doubting Nichole”. I want to be known as “Believing Nichole”. Just as a child knows a burner is hot after touching with their hands, I want to know and believe in God. I want to feel it in my heart.
God allows circumstances to develop around your life to give your faith opportunity to be proven. It is only when we are tested in battle that we become skilled warriors. You can be confident God will allow trials to come your way through situations like an unreasonable boss, a client who refuses to pay, a false assault on your character, or a difficult relationship that requires unconditional love. These battles are sent your way to test what you know in the mind in order that they might become part of your heart. – Os Hillman
“When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know
now is partial and incomplete
, but then
I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13: 11-12 (NLT)