Why Do We Believe In A God We Cannot See

Why Should We Believe In A God We Cannot See 

Soon after Jesus resurrected, He appeared to His disciples and instructed them to go out into the world with the good news that God had forgiven all the sins of men, and eternal life awaited all who would believe. On that day however, one of his disciples, Thomas, was not with them. Why Should We Believe In A God We Cannot See

When the other disciples told Thomas that the Lord was risen from the dead and had appeared to them, Thomas did not believe them. The story goes something like this:

“So the other disciples told him (Thomas), “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.” 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!” 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.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (John 20:25-29 NIV)

How Can We Believe In A God We Cannot See?

Many people have asked, “How can we believe in a God we cannot see?” Yet the Bible tells us that the existence of God is made plain throughout all of nature.

“For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification, Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened.” (Romans 1:20 & 21 AMPLIFIED BIBLE)

When God appeared to mankind in the form of His Son Jesus,

(“God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.” 2 Corinthians 5:19)

the world at large still did not accept or believe in Him. He healed terminally ill people, He even raised the dead on several occasions, yet they still refused to believe Him. What should God do than? Should He exercise His great might and power and appear to us like some Genie out of a lamp and fill the sky with His presence in order to get us to believe?

If men do not believe in God when everything around us testifies of His existence, than even if He appeared to them in the greatness of His might and power, they still wouldn’t believe; and those who did would do so out of fear of Him, not out of love for all that He has done to win us back to Him after our first parents elected to reject Him in favor of being their own gods.

And for all those in the scientific community who would try to get us to swallow that there is no God, (and ask how can we believe in a God we cannot see) but rather that we evolved out of a succession of cosmic accidents, the Bible has only one thing to say, in fact it says it twice:

“The fool hath said in his heart, “there is no God”.” (Psalms 14:1 & Psalms 53:1)

And if you are among those who prefer to align themselves with the idea that our existence came about as a result of time, evolution and a succession of cosmic accidents, consider this, even those in the scientific community who would have us believe this mindless tripe, admit that the odds that life came about as a result of a succession of cosmic accidents, are approximately the same as Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary coming into existence as a result of an explosion in a printing shop.
The Apostle Paul summed it up this way:

“We walk by faith, not by sight…”(2 Corinthians 5:7)

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God Helps Those

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

I’m sure you heard the saying “God helps those who help themselves.” I have heard this saying so many times and mostly in the context of “unless you do something to remedy your situation, God will not help at all.”  I’m sure it was said innocently and more so out of what religion may of taught or even perhaps what you heard someone else saying. If you think God Helps Those

about the meaning, in essence when one says “God helps those…”  then if you offer prayers to God and your situation doesn’t change, then of course you must not be doing enough. It’s your fault.  In other words you have to do more and then God will help you…as the saying goes, God helps those who helps themselves after all right? This type of believing leads to condemnation.

The saying “God helps those who helps themselves” does not appear anywhere in the bible but yet a lot of people end up condemning themselves when they try to live by these words. This is NOT what God is about. He is not about condemnation but rather about grace.

God Helps Those That Are Helpless

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NKJV)

This bible verse indicates that God wants you to depend on Him. He wants you to “abide in Him” and then He will “abide in you.” He wants to by part of your life and wants you to have a relationship with Him. But only if you desire to have a relationship with Him will God become God Helps Those That Are Helpless

part of your life. It’s your free will to decide. He will not interfere.

God also makes it clear that without Him “you can do nothing.” Jesus Christ wants you to rest in Him not on your own devices. So as far as the saying “God helps those that helps themselves,” I would reject this entirely and instead realize “I [you] can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)

So if your situation has you feeling helpless and your are crying out God please help me, then find rest and peace of mind knowing that an abundance of God’s love, grace and favor is upon you each and every day. Just come to God as you are.

 

God’s Presence-Experiencing God’s Presence In Your Life

Bible Verses About Feeling God's Presence

Practicing God’s Presence

Is God in your life today and are you conscious of God’s presence in your life? The bible scripture states,

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:23 NIV)

Get up every day knowing that God is by your side and is always with you and experience the feeling of God’s presence in your life. When God makes a promise to you He never breaks it. God makes this promise to you:

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

When you establish a relationship with God and invite Him into your life, it “activate”s God’s power and you will begin to live a restful and peaceful life. When you are conscious of God’s presence every day, you will experience His peace which gives you total rest, insurmountable joy in your spirit and a power that nothing in this world can come close to. In Hebrew, the How To Find Inner Peace Within

peace He gives unto you is “Shalom” peace. This is a total and complete peace touching every aspect of your “being”.

The fact is, once your invite God into your life you’ll experience a Christ-like peacefulness. You’ll express yourself and become like Him, a new creation. It is impossible to live in God’s presence without His beauty, love, peace, power and glory rubbing off and becoming part of you.

So how can you recognize being in God’s presence?

Start with seeing God with you in everything you do and wherever you might be. At the workplace for instance, see the Lord beside you directing your steps and thoughts. God’s presence brings clarity of thought and wisdom allowing you to excel. You will discover yourself flowing with great ideas and perhaps even earn a promotion.

If you are looking to make a career change and looking for a new job, God is along side you and guiding you during your interview. See the Lord there in the interview room with you, providing the words you speak. Any nervousness you experience will dissipate as you experience His favor and grace upon you bringing smiles and approving nods from the hiring manager.

Should you be in the middle of an argument, be conscious of and envision the Lord standing beside you. Once you are aware of God’s presence, your words will change and your argument will soon end as you experience the spirit of grace come over. You will observe a restraint and calmness which is not borne out of human resolve, but comes when you know that God who unconditionally loves and watches over you, is there by your side.

Friends, when you become aware of God’s presence in your daily life, worries and anxieties will have no place in your mind. Take time every day to give God thanks and praise in everything, and make Him part of your life. The favor of God will be upon you manifesting an unbelievable joy and peace, prospering you in every area of your life.