TALE OF TWO SISTER IV

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
long days?
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
situation.
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
to receive.
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.
  Amen! #adebayo

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