John 20:24-29

“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”


The disciples of Christ were about as odd of a bunch of individuals as Believers are today. Each one having his own unique personality and temperament. Each one having his own ideas and problems. Thomas was one of the disciples that Jesus, eight days after His resurrection, wanted to speak to directly concerning one very important issue. Thomas had doubted that He had risen. Jesus miraculously appeared in the room, greeted the men, then went straight to Thomas and said, "Thomas."


Jesus then repeated word for word what Thomas had questioned about His resurrection just moments before. Because Thomas had now felt and seen God, he believed and had no more doubt. While he may have had no more doubt, he didn’t have faith either. It was now merely a fact to him that Christ had risen. To you, who may never have witnessed a miracle, who may never have felt His presence in the way others may have felt Him, or who may never have seen His nailed scarred hands, it is faith that you walk by.


Christ Himself has said to each and every one of us, blessed are you who have not seen me, yet you believe and yet you have faith. The presence of the Holy Spirit in our souls gives us the strength to walk not by what we see but by the Word of Truth. It was hard for Thomas to hold to the prophecies when he had nothing tangible by which to prove them. But we have the Word of God in our hearts and His Spirit to seal it into us.


God asks us to prove things by faith in His Word and in His Word alone, even if we don't have something tangible to feel or see. That is why we must abide by the Word of God. It is mysterious and it is nonsense to the rest of the world, but so very blessed are those who have not seen, yet they walk by faith.


Keep walking.


61-0611 - "Revelation, Chapter Five #1" 

And so many times that we hunt for God and look for God, and if God was just everywhere and you… He had a great big… Well, if He had a great big throne sitting up here somewhere, everybody would believe in God then. If God sit up on a big throne here somewhere; say, "He sits in this certain city and here He is. This is God and you go to Him. He can just" [Brother Branham snaps his fingers—Ed.] "turn it like that," why, everybody would believe Him. Then faith would be void. We wouldn't have to have any faith at all then, you see, that would be it. That will be in the Millennium, but now He's calling and trying to find out those who… It looks mysterious and dark, and, you don't know how to do it. But by faith we believe It! We believe It. That's the reason this is.