Do I Believe?

During Jesus Christ’s ministry on earth, he performed many great miracles. However, when he taught in the synagogue in his own part of the country, the people questioned his teachings, saying “Is not this the carpenter’s son?”

As a result, “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Matthew Chapter 13:58, The New Testament of the Bible.

We did a fun object lesson in our class this week with an apple in a brown paper bag. I announced that there was something in the bag that no human eye had seen. I asked the students if they believed me. Only one student raised his hand. I showed him the contents of the bag and told him quietly that the seeds in the apple had never been seen by the human eye. He believed me and told the other students he believed. Many of the students still doubted that we were telling the truth.

Following that object lesson, we had an thought-provoking discussion about developing faith and how faith grows when we press passed our doubt and choose to believe. When we show forth a little bit of faith, God blesses us to know we were right to believe him.

I love to see that process occurring in life. We can actually look at life experience and recognize the connection between our belief and the ensuing blessing or miracle that transpires. I especially like to see how God’s hand has touched us with blessings that follow extended periods of faith.

Yet, I realize more fully, that I can allow doubt and discouragement to take over, and the opposite will be true.  Just as Christ did no miracles in his part of the land, he cannot do them in my life when I do not believe. “For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith.” Ether Chapter 12:12, The Book of Mormon

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