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Then his disciples said, ‘From this we believe…Jesus asked, ‘Do you finally believe?'” (John‬ ‭16‬:‭29-31‬ NLT)

Some years ago, I heard a man affiliated with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Ministry speak of the millions who came to God through their incredible crusades over the decades and around the world. But with remorse, he made a confession: By their own estimates, only less than 2% of those who made decisions for Christ actually committed themselves to living the Christ Life.

In my own mind, I recalled several televised crusades from my childhood where teary-eyed souls would stream to the platform to pray a prayer, never giving another thought to the fact that the “experience” of the moment would be abandoned due to never plugging into a local church and a discipleship process.

God is so much more than an experience! In this text, the disciples have lived the previous three years in a very emotional place with a mighty Savior. But while they claimed to believe, it was a belief born without testing, without pain or sacrifice. His response: You don’t believe enough because you are about to leave Me (v. 32).

Your belief in the Lord, His abilities, and His power cannot stem from good feelings or academic knowledge, but from a tested and true relationship with Him. Any thought of belief apart from this is wishful thinking on our part. When you arise from the testing grounds, you will stand knowing that God is real because you endured and remain! Never settle for anything less! You are genuinely loved today!

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O God, my soul thirsts for you…in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalms‬ ‭63‬:‭1‬ NLT)

In August 2006, 31-year-old Janne Kouri was playing a game of beach volleyball with his friends on a California beach. A star football player on the verge of catching the eye of NFL scouts, it all changed as Janne dove into the waves, his head striking a sandbar, damaging his spinal cord and rendering him instantly paralyzed.

He would spend the next two months in ICU and almost lose his life twice, all while battling pneumonia. But even in this dark place, Janne and his loved ones believed for a full recovery and another chance at life. Five long years later, following countless hours in the constant practice of a training routine called loco-motor training, Janne walked again, and even got married!

Life leads us at various times through some pretty dark places. Those moments are custom crafted to help draw you closer to God. When you face those moments, draw near to the God of your survival! Let His presence reassure you that you are loved and will definitely make it!