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Summary: Remove your doubts and reclaim your destiny.

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The 12 Apostles

Week 7 – Thomas

Dr. Rik B. Wadge, Ph.D.

"From Doubt to Destiny"

Preparatory Introduction:

Joel Olsteen’s declaration

“This is my bible...

I am what it says I am...

I have what it says I have...

I can do what it says I can do...

Today I will be taught the Word of God...

I boldly confess...

My mind is alert...

My heart is receptive...

I will never be the same...

I am about to receive the incorruptible...

Indestructible...

ever-living...

Word of God...

I will never be the same...

Never, never, never...

I’ll never be the same...

In Jesus’ name, amen...

The Bible is the supreme authority and source of truth by which we can know how to be saved...

by which we can understand the nature of God...

by which we can understand the nature of man...

and by which we can find our true destiny in life.

There’s a song we sing on Wednesday nights, it’s called “I have a destiny”

And the words proclaim “I have a destiny I know I shall fulfill. I have a destiny in that city on a hill.”

As we look at the Bible we find it to be an ancient book of destinies. Abraham’s destiny, Moses’ destiny... and even Jesus’ destiny. In fact the entire world’s destiny can be found in the pages of the bible.

Proverbs 19:21

21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Isaiah 14:26-27

26 This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations. 27 For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Jeremiah 29:11 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This tells me that God has a destiny for each of us here today.

"The bible is a book of God’s redemptive work, using flawed individual’s like you and me in order to win a world of people back to Himself."

And in that process of God using us... we grow! God stretches us.

We’re inevitably challenged to break through the walls we’ve erected of comfort and security. And that can be scary... but certainly it’s uncomfortable.

Henry Blackaby says, "When God tells me what He wants to do through me, I will face a crisis of belief."

"Can God really accomplish such a great task through me?"

I’m sure Joshua faced it, when given God’s order to march around Jericho.

I’m sure that Gideon faced it, when he sent 31,700 men home, and was left with only 300 men to fight the battle.

David must have experienced it, Peter must have experienced a crisis of faith to believe that God could bring the tax they owed out of the mouth of a fish.

Here we are today looking at a crisis of belief in the life of the Apostle Thomas.

Thomas

He’s mentioned in the lists of each gospel writer, but John’s gospel gives us the insight we need when examining his life. He’s called didymus, which means "twin".

He’s best known for being the doubting disciple.

#1 John 11:16

In John 11 we see Thomas willing to give his life for Christ.

16 Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”


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