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A Tale of Two Sisters Part X
(John 23-26NIV) Jesus said
to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I
know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus
said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me
will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never
die. Do you believe this?”
Yesterday we saw how Martha’s
frustration came out as she told Jesus, “Lord,
if you have been here, my brother would not have died.” And
you and I can identify with her. Her pain is obvious and it is
understandable. But what Jesus said should have caused her faith to
leap. When Jesus said, “Your
brother will rise again,” she should have started praising
God. But she was past any possibility of hope for Lazarus at this
point. Since he had
been dead for four days her belief system was closed to any possibility of a
resurrection. Maybe if it had been four hours she might
have thought that Jesus could still do something about it. But four days? Four
This is where the series I taught
on expanding your capacity to believe God comes in. Often God is looking
to bless us, but we fail to even fathom the possibility of what He wants to
do. When we expand our capacity to believe God we take our artificial
limits off of our limitless God. Jesus plainly told her that her brother
was going to rise again, but she missed it altogether. She said, “I know he will rise again in the
resurrection at the last day.” In other words she was
saying, “Oh, I believe he will be part of the end time resurrection.” But
Jesus was not talking about some distant thing, He was ready to MOVE right then
and there in their lives. The problem was that she was closed to the
possibility of it. She had lost her joy and lost her peace in believing
God. She was no longer believing God for Lazarus. To her, Lazarus was
part of the past.
Jesus gave her another
try. He said, “I am
the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he
dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” That
was a powerful statement. That should have shocked her faith back into
action. That should have awakened her belief. That should have
resurrected her hope. And I like the way that Jesus offered the statement
to her. After He said it He asked, “Do
you believe this?” In other words Jesus was saying, “If you can believe this, if you can
believe that I can do anything, if you can believe that I have resurrection
power, if you can believe that I can bring the dead back to life, then I can
turn your dead and seemingly hopeless situation around.”
But we will see tomorrow that she was not ready for it. What Jesus said
went right over her head.
So what does this mean to
you today? A few quick things:
1. Once you lose your joy
and peace, it is just a matter of time before you stop believing God in your
2. Once you stop believing
God your faith will stop.
3. Once you relax the hold
of your faith and you let go of your joy and peace, then you will soon stop
believing that “it” is even possible.
4. Once your belief system
is closed to the possibility of something in your life, you are no longer open
to God in it. Even if God speaks to you about it, it will be hard for you
5. So never believe
something is over unless God tells you it is.
Confession for this day: Lord God, I know that You are the God of no
limits. There is nothing too hard for You. So
no matter what things humanly look like, I will maintain my joy and peace in
believing, I will continue to believe that You can and You will move in my life,
unless You tell me
different. My belief system is open for You to move in my life. I refuse to close the door to
possibilities. I am open, I am ready, and I am receptive to whatever You want to do in my life today and any
day! In Jesus’ name.
1:8 KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
morning we continue our journey towards Knowing God. Yesterday I discussed
authority and I used the movie example of the authority of the
deputized. Although it is true that the deputy can get most issues
resolved with the authority that the badge provides him, there are some circumstances
that require a weapon. Likewise, Jesus would not give us the uniform and
the badge (the Blood) without also issuing us our weapon (the Holy
Spirit). In both our text from yesterday (Luke 9:1) and our text for this
morning, the word translated power is the Greek word dunamis. This is
the root word for our English word dynamite. Like dynamite, it is loaded
and explosive, but only when ignited. Dynamite can be stored safely for
years without it ever doing anything. If the dynamite is ever ignited,
however, then it immediately affects itself and its environment. The atmosphere
around the dynamite feels the affects of the blast and is impacted by its
what does this mean to you today? A few things:
God has given us both the right (authority) and the power.
We receive this power (dynamite power) when we receive God’s Holy Spirit.
The Power of the Holy Spirit has the propensity to affect us and everything
around us, but if not ignited, it can remain dormant for years.
One of the benefits that we have as Born-Anew (Again) believers is this power
that can change us and help change those around us. This power gives us
the ability to effectively witness (share the gospel) in the midst of difficult
God would never equip us with this power if He did not intend for us to use
it. We must use it to help bring about change in our lives and then allow
that change to be exhibited to others — so that they can
experience the same.
Information is the first step, but if not coupled with Application, it will
never bring about change in your life. Now that you know you have access
to Life-Changing power, in the Holy Spirit, what are you going to do about
it? Will you go on with life as usual, or will you ask the Father, in the
name of Jesus, to unleash this power to bring about change in your life and the
lives of others?
Paul taught us (Eph 3:20) God can do anything, you know — far more
than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does
it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and
gently within us. The key here is that the Holy Spirit is WITHIN
us. We don’t need to wait on anything else. We received everything
we would every need when we received the Holy Spirit.
If you always do what you always did you will always get what
you always got. Are you ready for a change?
for this day: Lord
God. I am a Born-Again believer. I understand my benefits and I stake
claim to those benefits today. You have given me the Power, in the Holy
Spirit, to bring about change in my life. I tap into that power and
pronounce that I am delivered from every yoke of bondage and walk in freedom
and liberty. I also share this liberty with others, that they may receive
it as well. I will never be the same. In Jesus’ name.