9 When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.
When your life experiences transformation by the grace of God, people will notice and begin watching you. Death to Life is powerful and so inviting to all! WHY? Because its common in all of humanity. We all have things in our life that are dead and going nowhere. We desire for change to take place and many of us have tried but human effort and discipline is very limited. True lasting change comes from one source and that is the HAND of GOD. This is what Lazarus experienced and this is what many of you reading have experienced as well.
Some may Wonder why the trouble after this transformation? Why the constant struggle to maintain and build on this initial transformational experience? I wonder if Lazarus ever desired to remain dead rather than come back to the living. After all, death brought a sense of freedom that we know not of unless you have been there for three days. No more competition, judgements, schedule stresses, financial stresses, etc… Coming back to life and returning to live in this mortal body has its challenges and God only knows why supernatural transformations come like this to us. Why do they come? One purpose: so that others may believe in the power of God and not human effort.
Is’nt this the gospel anyways? WHat God has done for man and not what man has done for God. The very best man has to offer God in his flesh is like filthy rags. The things that last are the things that originate from His Spirit.
Bottom Line: Your life counts! Your transformation counts! Your resurrection counts for one purpose: TO glorify Him in your Brady and in your spirit which are His. Therefore, do not consider it a surprise that opposition comes like the waves a of the sea. The enemy desires to place you back in the grave cause your story matters and is the very thing God will use to bring many to a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Embrace the Race set before you and Remain close…a breath away from your Father so that you may hear His whisper when He speaks.
Marcus, fret not of constant opposition. Even though the curse comes without a cause. It does not mean that your actions are the cause. The cause can be that the enemy wants to destroy and ruin your story that’s wrapped up in the person of Christ. Christ in you is the hope of glory therefore rise up and embrace the race today.
Father, forgiveness only comes from you and freedom as well. May theses two this day resonate in my mind all the day. Help me to look for the opportunities that come so that Your life may be seen and noticed. I trust Your hand, Your heart, Your ways. Amen
People ask me what I use for my personal devotional time. My default is one of two tools that really allow my heart to find true rest in scripture. These devotional tools have been proven over time and it allows the WORD OF GOD TO READ YOU RATHER THAN YOU JUST READING THE WORD OF GOD. One is the SOLO Devotional written by Eugene Peterson and the other and current one I find myself in is the S.O.A.P. Method which is simply reading through the Living Journal Bible and applying SOAP.
S – Scripture
O – Observation
A – Application
P – Prayer
No Rush. Take your time and again allow the Spirit to breath His life into your spirit. When God breathed into man, He became alive and this same patterns continues to this day.
// S – Gen 2:25 – ”25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”
37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”
38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
// O – The beauty of a new birth. Whether it was a new creation in Adam and Eve or Johns and Jesus birth preordained by God. We are in the very hands of an Almighty, All-Knowing God who lives and rules forever. His plans shall come to pass according to His timing and purpose. Who are we to question Him. Let us keep our conscious clear and our hearts free from question when it comes to Gods plan for us. He knows best and His fulfillment of it is beyond our understanding. Yes, He is good and He of for us but I can almost guarantee you that the plan goes beyond us and impacts others according to His for-knowledge. Don’t resist but embrace the challenging moments you find yourself in as you pursue the will of God. The process, the pain, the promise will all become one when its over and done. And what happens next is nothing but beauty. It begins again but this time deeper and even more consequential because He now has trained a warrior for greater service. Be not weary in well doing.
// A – As I look at this new beginning initiated by God Himself, why resist His purpose and plan. Allow your conscience to be free of question and doubt. Rather embrace the race He has called you to.
//P – Father, you alone what stands before us and all that is ahead is able to submit to your perfect will in the whole picture. I submit myself to your will…Your Kingdom, Your Purpose; your timing be done. Amen.
Read a quote today: “Don’t be impatient. Don’t move before God leads. Accept his training and his timing. Meanwhile, your vision, though it may burn inside you, will enable you to endure the wait, because you know it’s worth it to get it right.”
It’s one thing to get a vision for your future but another to understand that the timing of it is just as vital. For instance, an Olympic athlete has a vision of a gold medal long before he stands on the podium. When the vision begins years before is when the training begins. The preparation of the man is to be embraced joyfully as he awaits the timing of its manifestation.
One reason I believe He gives us the vision early on is that He knows what’s ahead. The opportunities to become discouraged, the various details that seem to weigh you down, even the individuals He has given you to partner with can be challenging. BUT regardless of the heartaches, its part of the process to accomplish His purpose and when the Vision is clear in your spirit…NO ONE can take it away. At times, you want to surrender it but you wake up the next morning knowing it would be foolish to let go of something that should be but is not quite ready yet. Therefore the vision keeps you steadfast, locked in to the future picture of what one day will come to pass and oh what a victorious site in your heart it is and shall become soon.
13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. 14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
The VISION always proceeds PREPARATION. Just cause you SEE IT doesn’t mean your ready, therefore BE PATIENT and prepare for training.
QUESTION: how God is preparing you now to fulfill your vision effectively later on.
Years ago I asked myself, Who are you? What do you represent? Not only as an individual but as a family. What legacy will you leave to your children and grandchildren? When they hear your name or ask to describe what type of individual you were, how would one answer? I guess it sounds a little self-serving but I really think about the future and how and if I can impact or influence another generation or just one person then I need to live from a deeper place in my life. Out of that river will flow who i really am and whatever the flow touches will experience a part of who God created me to be.
Not that impressive but oh my word is it challenging. Leading leaves you exposed; Loving leaves you with a constant flow of wounds, and Learning keeps you in a forward motion which is good but again challenging. The more you learn, the more you Lead and the cycle of my Life continues. No one really ever knows the inner workings of His Spirit within but let me be clear, He is gentle, loving, and VERY VERY DIRECT.
Nevertheless, I think Ill begin to write a little about these three qualities just to remind myself of my purpose. But the question at hand is this:
WHO ARE YOU?
WHEN THEY HEAR YOUR NAME, WHAT COMES TO MIND?
WHEN YOU HEAR YOUR NAME, WHAT COMES TO MIND?
WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE FOR YOUR FUTURE GENERATION?
HOW CAN YOU SERVE THIS GENERATION FAITHFULLY AND LEAVE A MARK?
PEACE BE WITH YOU.