Let’s read from the Bible from the book of John chapter 20 from verse 24 to 29, as usual I would like to quote the entire Bible passage, reading from Living Bible translation and it says, “One of the disciples, Thomas, “The Twin,” was not there at the time with the others. When they kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord,” he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in His hands—and put my fingers into them—and place my hand into His side.” Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them and greeting them. Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger into My hands. Put your hand into My side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas said. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen Me. But blessed are those who haven’t seen Me and believe anyway.”
People usually associate the Thomas from this Bible passage as Thomas the Doubter, or Doubting Thomas. But I think he deserves a little bit more credit because to me, I see him as a reality check guy, but at the same time honest. There is nothing wrong to demand facts. In fact, if it wasn’t for Thomas, some of us today we wouldn’t even know that when we believe before we see something, we become blessed.
Besides, one of the main reasons we study most successful people, those who have mastered and been where we want be is because we are looking for those clues and facts that led them to their successes so that we can also model their examples and become successful just like them. We need facts, but then again, if we really want and desire to be truly blessed we must believe in the unseen and in possibilities.
When we were children, it was easy for us to believe in anything that we were told. As we got older things began to change, we relied more on facts. But then at some point in our lives we encounter circumstances that forces us to start believing again in possibilities just like we did when we were children.
The thing about responsibilities is that, they always leave us fewer options for wishy-washy chances. Especially after a series of disappointments, it becomes so hard to believe in the possibilities or unseen.
You see believing in unseen is a struggle for many people, but there is something of valuable we can learn from our twin brother Thomas what Jesus told him which is ‘Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!’ Because “Blessed are those who haven’t seen and believe anyway.”
Our realities always try to squeeze us inside the box in order to keep us there forever. Especially when we keep having many problems remain unsolved and literally feel they are suffocating us, therefore we must do something about them so that we can get outside the box and breathe a little.
There is this famous quote by Albert Einstein that says, “Logic will get you from A to Z. Imagination will get you everywhere.”
Even if our struggles are real, our imagination can be real too. Remember now, “Blessed are those who haven’t seen and believe anyway.” It’s always better to focus on what we want to see ourselves becoming than focusing on our current realities.
In the book of Genesis chapter 11 verse 6, it records, “And the Lord said, Behold, the people are one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” Your imagination is real. It was the Lord who said nothing they have ever imagined to do will be impossible for them.
Our imaginations to what our future can be is our best weapons that can help us overcome our current realities, and help us get the clear picture of where we are right now, and where we want to be in one year, in three years, five, ten, twenty, and so on. When we believe in the possibilities and unseen, we can somehow see it and easy to imagine it in our minds whatever it is we want for ourselves, before we can actually have it.
When we have a clear picture and vision of where we want to be, who we want to become, what we want to accomplish, it becomes so much easier even to make plans. When we believe things are possible for us, they somehow become possible.
In the book of Matthew 13 verse 12, The Lord Jesus said, “Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
When we are grateful, more things will come us to be grateful for. Bob Proctor said, “See yourself living in abundance, and you will attract. It always works, it works every time with every person.”
You have to imagine yourself succeeding before you achieve it. Imagine yourself getting out of that pit. Imagine yourself getting married. Imagine yourself getting promoted. There is hope for us; and we can fake it until we make it. Hahaha.
Whatever we want to do, achieve, or become, we can use our imaginations to help us see ourselves there first before we arrive. We can start acting as if we have already achieved it.
We are blessed when we believe in our future selves. We are blessed when we believe in the unseen. We are blessed when we see ourselves getting better, and we are achieving our goals, as well as living our dreams. We are certainly more blessed when we believe Jesus.
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