Thursday, April 23, 2020

Faith is in what we cannot see.. by Nina Keegan

Faith is in what we cannot see!
Hebrews 11:1

  You cannot see it visibly if you cannot first see it in your mind. 

Matthew 13:58 
And so Jesus did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.

We all know the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead… But, as I was reading the story again John 11, I became aware that in the supernatural, there definitely is an order to things.
Jesus did receive word that Lazarus, his good friend, was very ill… yet, Jesus chose to not immediately go to his friend's side, He waited a couple more days. Note that Jesus's timing is not our timing. We are always in a hurry, we want God to answer our prayers expeditiously and logically. We want Jesus to do things according to our logical, natural, inside the box, thinking. But in all things, God will be glorified! His ways are so much higher than our ways. There are reasons for things we simply will not understand but are called to believe, and have faith that God knows things we do not!
When Jesus came to the area where 
His good friends Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus were, He was deeply troubled by their sadness, Jesus wept. 
They could not foresee or supernaturally understand what was about to happen… They were looking at the situation logically, in the natural… Their brother was dead, and Jesus was too late to do anything about it.

The Bible says in John 11:38
That Jesus was a groaning in himself as he came to the tomb.

He loved these three friends so much… He felt their pain deeply. 

But, when Jesus said in verse 39...


Martha said," Lord, by this time there is a stench for he has been dead four days."

How many of us miss the "Take away the stone," moments that Jesus is trying to do in our lives because we cannot logically understand his ways?

Jesus himself said to take away the stone and Martha told him it was not a good idea! 

 How many times have we ignored God's promptings because to us, it makes no sense? Faith, again, is in what we cannot see!

Martha was basically telling Jesus, who was about to supernaturally and miraculously raise her brother from the dead, that this was a situation that could not be resurrected, that this was a dead and stinky, situation, and that it was too late...

Jesus said, "Did I not say to you that if you would BELIEVE you would SEE the glory of God?"

Did you notice the order in the scripture? We need to believe first Then we will see!

What will we see? The glory of God! This  means we will see things that will be outside the natural realm of possibility, we will see miracles, we will see the supernatural.

While Jesus was talking to Martha, at the exact same time, the stone was being rolled away by the others that were there…  it says in verse 41 THEN they took the stone away...
  So right in the midst of her unbelief, Jesus had sent others to work on her behalf… God sends us all the help we need to help roll the stones away from our lives. 

What happens next is amazing Jesus THANKS his own Father..

Jesus could only do what his Father in heaven allowed him to do and in verse 42 , Jesus says ,"Thank you that you have heard me, and I know that you always hear me..


THEN, after giving thanks to his Father, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus come forth!"

 Verse 44, it goes on to say that when Lazarus came forth, He was bound hand and foot with grave clothes and his face was completely wrapped… But Jesus again said to the others, "Loose him
and let him Go!"

Lazarus was resurrected but he was not yet FREE . Jesus invited others to be part of the supernatural miracle…Jesus wants us free indeed.  Jesus does not do anything halfway, not only will we come out of bondage but we will be completely free!  There's no halfway breakthrough with Jesus it's always so much more than we could ever imagine.. 
We all need others to help us when we are bound…

Matthew 18:20
20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

It doesn't matter what we are looking at, it doesn't matter that our facts are correct…Lazarus was dead, that's a fact!  It only matters that we believe that God can do anything and that his truth can override our emotions, our feelings and our logic… He's just asking us to believe and yes, if we believe, we will see the glory of God!

Too many of us are praying, and praising the Lord but we're not touching the stone! Let's not miss our miracle because of unbelief or because we cannot logically see an answer.
Let's ask Jesus to send the help we need to get our stones rolling, let's let faith activate what needs to be resurrected in our lives.. it's time to be free and unbound! ROLL THE STONE AWAY!  It's time to stop delaying God's power!

2 Corinthians 6

As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you,
    and in the day of salvation I helped you.”[a]
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

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