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Jesus, I want to believe in you. How can I be sure you are real?

You will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord.

JEREMIAH 29:13-14 AMP

For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

MATTHEW 7:8 NASB

All who seek the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.

PSALM 22:26 NLT

The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]

JOHN 14:21 AMP

—INSTRUCTIONS—

Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to.

ROMANS 10:17 THE MESSAGE

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:3–6 NIV

To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

ACTS 1:3 NASB

There are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

JOHN 21:25 NKJV

These have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

JOHN 20:31 NASB

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.

Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. . . .

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.

1 PETER 1:18–21, 23 NLT

Can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ provides? Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person [Adam] did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person [Christ] did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life!

ROMANS 5:17-18 THE MESSAGE

—PROMISES—

He is real and . . . he rewards those who truly want to find him.

HEBREWS 11:6 NCV

No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, never so much as imagined anything quite like it—what God has arranged for those who love him. But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you. . . .

We didn’t learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus, and we’re passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way.

The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:9, 13–15 THE MESSAGE

God once said, “Let the light shine out of the darkness!” This is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts by letting us know the glory of God that is in the face of Christ.

2 CORINTHIANS 4:6 NCV

—PRAYERS—

I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you wisdom to see clearly and really understand who Christ is and all that he has done for you. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future he has called you to share. . . . I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him.

EPHESIANS 1:16–19 TLB

Hear my voice when I call, O Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.

PSALM 27:7–8 NIV

—EXAMPLE—

Thomas, one of the Twelve, said he had to see for him-self that Jesus was alive (see John 20:24-25):

[Jesus appeared and] said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

JOHN 20:27-28 NIV

Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”

JOHN 20:29 THE MESSAGE

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