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Most of us have dueling natures, one that is curious, unsure, yet daring to ask questions and be authentic about our doubts, another, content, confident in the past, no longer seeking answers, yet ...

Most of us have dueling natures, one that is curious, unsure, yet daring to ask questions and be authentic about our doubts, another, content, confident in the past, no longer seeking answers, yet fearful of the unknown.

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    • Dealing With Our Didymus John 20:24-25 (NIV) 24 Now Thomas (called Didymus - twin), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”
    • Dealing With Our Didymus James 1:4-5 (NKJV) 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. All of us are waiting for something, reconciliation, removal from a place, redemption, restitution accomplished, rehabilitation, and a reception back to a more peaceful place or existence. Thomas was waiting for something as well, and he made a most unique request or some might say an ultimatum - “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” Most of us have dueling natures, one that is curious, unsure, yet daring to ask questions and be authentic about our doubts, another, content, confident in the past, no longer seeking answers, yet fearful of the unknown. It is comforting to know that our All Wise God is open to any question we pose to Him.
    • Dealing With Our Didymus  The Energy of Didymus – I am Chosen • Mark 3:13-15 (NKJV) 13 And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: • Deuteronomy 7:6 (NKJV) 6 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.
    • Dealing With Our Didymus  The Environment of Didymus – I have Characteristics  John 20:24 (NLT) 24 One of the disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came.  Proverbs 16:25 (NKJV) 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.  Romans 7:14-25
    • Dealing With Our Didymus  The Enemies of Didymus  Obstacles (dead but unmoved issues)  Comfortable hurts – things we have become used to  Created habits – ways that we approve of handling situations and circumstances
    • Dealing With Our Didymus  The Enemies of Didymus  Opposition (daily – life issues)  Critical hindrances – active, seemingly unavoidable dilemmas  Calculated hindrances – elements that seek to kill or destroy faith and hope
    • Dealing With Our Didymus  The Enemies of Didymus  Obvious Objections (deposited - personal issues)  Conscious Consumers – inside barriers  Character Consumers – outside barriers
    • Dealing With Our Didymus  The Education of Didymus – I need Christ • Romans 8:1 (NKJV) 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. • John 14:6 (NIV) 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. • Proverbs 16:7 (NKJV) 7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
    • Dealing With Our Didymus  The Education of Didymus – I need Christ  Opinions – Clear help  The experience of others  John 20:19-20 (NIV) 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
    • Dealing With Our Didymus  The Education of Didymus – I need Christ  Openings – Clear help  The edification by others  John 20:21-23 (NIV) 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
    • Dealing With Our Didymus  The Education of Didymus – I need Christ  Opportunities - Clear help  The exposure by others  John 20:24-25 (NIV) 24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”
    • Dealing With Our Didymus  The Expectation of Didymus  John 20:25 (NIV)25 …But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”  Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV) 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.  James 1:4-5 (NKJV) 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
    • Dealing With Our Didymus  The Erosion of Didymus  John 20:26-28  An appointment with destiny  The apprehension of distance  The access the deliverer provides  The announcement of deliverance
    • Dealing With Our Didymus John 20:26-28 (NIV) 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”