Disregard Your Senses
Most believers place their confidence in what is revealed to their senses (hearing, seeing, touching, tasting and smelling). They know the word, confess the word, but abandon their knowing and confession based on what they hear, see, touch, taste and smell. Their senses have caused doubt and without knowing removed their faith. I call this the “Thomas ministry”. Jesus told the disciples that he would die and come back and even told them where to meet him. However, we still see one of his disciples, Thomas didn’t believe that Jesus came back and needed proof.
John 20:24 - 25 AMP, “But Thomas, one of the twelve [disciples], who was called Didymus (the twin), was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the marks of the nails, and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe.”
Thomas was being controlled by his senses, and because of his senses controlling him he needed proof that Jesus was alive. He disregarded the word of Jesus for his senses.
John 20:26 – 29 AMP, “Eight days later His disciples were again inside the house, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, though the doors had been barred, and stood among them and said, “Peace to you.”27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and put out your hand and place it in My side. Do not be unbelieving, but [stop doubting and] believe.” 28 Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, do you now believe? Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, and favored by God] are they who did not see [Me] and yet believed [in Me].”
Did you notice the first thing Jesus did when he spoke to Thomas? He told Thomas to touch him and then he told him to see his hands. Jesus knew Thomas was led by his senses, so he addressed him by pleasing his senses and then corrected Thomas giving him the proper way to believe. Many believers take on the ministry of Thomas by needing signs and wonders to believe in the power of God, but needing to see something happen isn’t operating in faith. Faith is taking the word of God as truth and believing him based on that word alone. Blessed are they who don’t need their senses to believe, so disregard your senses. Take the word at God’s value and believe that what he says will come to past.