John 20: But thomas 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.” 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!”
John 20;30/31 30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Every miracle Jesus did, every delay, every moment, every word was to produce one thing in people who followed him. BELIEF.
BECAUSE What you believe MATTERS……
THE BELIEF PYRAMID
- Performance and results
Once there were five-year-old twin boys, one a pessimist and the other an optimist. Wondering how two boys who seemed so alike could be so different, their parents took them to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist took the pessimist to a room piled high with new toys, expecting the boy to be thrilled. But instead he burst into tears. Puzzled, the psychiatrist asked, "don't you want to play with these toys?" "Yes," the little boy bawled, "but if I did I'd only break them."
"Next the psychiatrist took the optimist to a room piled high with horse manure. The boy yelped with delight, clambered to the top of the pile, and joyfully dug out scoop after scoop, tossing the manure into the air with glee. "What on earth are you doing?" the psychiatrist asked. "Well,” said the boy, beaming
“There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!"
If you google insecurity or symptoms of insecurity you will discover thousands and thousands of pages and articles and advice about this core threat.
There is a long list of symptoms of insecurity.
- Over dependency
- Constant anger
- Low self confidence
- Feeling vulnerable
- Poor communication skills
Insecurity creates questions in your mind about yourself, your abilities, your relationships, others and God.
Genesis 18 10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” 15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
Insecurity created major problems for Sarah. It made her encourage Abraham to sleep with another woman. What a disaster that turned out to be. Then it made her laugh in disbelief. Then it made her lie. Insecurity is like a snowball. It just gets bigger and bigger the more it runs unchecked.
A few thousand years later God comes to another woman in another time and place.
Luke 1 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
The most dangerous part of Insecurity is that it creates a REAL difficulty to believe.
Imagine if we KNEW that delays were really a test of our character and not a test of God’s. WOW!!!!
Jesus delayed his visit to Mary and Martha so he could turn their disadvantage into an advantage. He delayed so they would believe.
Mary and Martha had a relationship with Jesus but not a revelationship with Jesus. Relationships are constantly changing, revelationships are steady as a rock.
If we could move from relationship to revelationship from insecurity to certainty it would change everything about our lives.
Choosing to believe defeats the insecurity of life.
If we would believe that God is working all things together for my good, then we would look at what’s happening at work differently, we would look at what’s happening in your Dream Team differently, you would look at that marriage differently. You would approach your finances differently.
Romans 8:28 28 And we know that in all things God is working things together for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose.