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ESOCS Devotional 16 August 2022: The Deceit of Unbelief

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ESOCS Devotional 16 August 2022

TEXT: JOHN 20:2-31   

MEMORY VERSE:  “Jesus saith unto him, because thou hast seen me, thou has believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”John 20:29 KJV

And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing. 12 When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted lace ”

Humans are created with major sense organs, all of which do not completely agree with the principle of faith. If one sees, it won’t be an issue trying to convince him/her; likewise, if one hears firsts hand, you won’t take much time trying to get him to believe. The same applies to the sense of smell, touch and taste. In fact, there is a common saying that “seeing is believing”.

Thomas was one the disciple of Jesus that saw His power first hand and even manifested the same power Himself (when Jesus sent them two by two). But there came a time when his faith needed to manifest; he derailed because of unbelief. While the other disciples were already enjoying and basking in the joy of resurrection, unbelief kept Thomas in a heavy spirit as he insisted he must see the wounds of the Lord Jesus before he will believe. Unbelief always gives a reason not to believe while keeping you in bondage and unprofitable stand still, when you should have progressed and enjoyed the blessings of the Lord.

Unbelief has remained one of the greatest weapons the enemy uses to keep people from God and also keep God’s children from His blessing and promises. The presence of unbelief is the absence of faith, and where there is no faith nothing much can happen. The word of God says the “the just shall live by faith” and “without faith, it is impossible to please God.” In verse 29, Jesus proclaimed a blessedness that comes only to those that believe. Are you struggling with unbelief today as a child of God?  Rise up and grasp your promises today, say no to unbelief and claim the spirit of faith.

  • Think about what to do to cling to God’s promises in faith.
  • Father, all your promises are true. Remove the attitude of unbelief from me.

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FURTHER READING: Ezekiel 39:21-29; Deuteronomy 12:1-11; Hebrews 8:1-13

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ESOCS Devotional 16 August 2022

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