Monday, April 19, 2010


Read John 11:38-57

Jesus, being upset over the death and loss of His friend, was deeply moved and went to the tomb that was in a cave with a stone rolled over it. Jesus said, roll the stone away. But, Martha made mention of the smell that would be there, because he had been dead for four days. Jesus responded, I told you, you will indeed see God’s Glory; do you not believe? So, they rolled away the stone and Jesus thanked the Father for hearing prayers and for the ability of people to believe, and then shouted out Lazarus come out! And, he indeed came out enveloped in his grave clothes and Jesus asked that he be unwrapped.

When God works, either people will see it and believe or else they will ignore it, rationalize it away, or just choose not to believe. He never forces us; whether we have faith or we resist Him will be of our choosing, but our ability to choose and have faith is His gift to us (2 Cor. 3:15-16).

How do you know that you believe?

Not a superficial idea or a creed or even confidence; rather that it is deep and a part of you? Faith comes not just from our profession; it has to also come foremost from our possession! Profession is our utterance that we have it such as our creeds and theology; possession is how it has rooted in us depicted by how we demonstrate it. That our faith is beyond our initial response, that it has grown from emotions to minds to hearts to hands to deeds is an existential, deep-core transformation. Our faith in Christ saves us; but to know for sure if we have truly been saved and if we do glorify our LORD is found in the exhibit of one’s Christianity in one’s life. No, not that works save us; rather, works—or better said, the living out of the Gospel demonstrates what is also in us. If there is no demonstration of Fruit, character, and/or faith, then the probability is that the “emperor has no clothes on” (Rom. 12; James 2:14-26).

The problem with most people, the barrier we face, is that nothing can happen that does not fit our understanding and view of life and nature. Those with limited education or the over educated will not wrap their minds over supernatural things because they can’t explain it. We have to come to a point of real, convicting trust that spreads throughout who and what we are and becomes what we are, how we are, and what we think and do.

Questions to Ponder

1. Christ is our living Hope that will never fade away. How does this give you the confidence and conviction you need to get through the tough times?

2. What do you feel is missing in you now? Why can’t our longings be filled by temporary desires or pleasures, or solving our political problems?

3. How can you better come alongside and serve, listen, and be of help in good as well as dire times for others? How would this glorify God?

4. What does Jesus need to unwrap from you? Pride, anger, fear, disappointment, frustrations, loss, busyness…or? What are you going to do about it?

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At 2:08 PM, Blogger scrapiron said...

Self discipline!

e.g. Refraining from slandering the brethren. To wit...."you stink"

At 6:20 AM, Blogger Mondlaneministries said...

Hey man of God. How do we get in touch with you?

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Kaitlin said...

I actually did a big study on this scripture and got revelation that, Jesus did not weep for what most people think. He is not crying over the death of Lazerus. Because He already knew that death was not his end. No, He cried for their unbleif. Such good scripture! And it is so true. How many times does our unbelief make us fall short of what God wants for us? He has all these promises laid open before us, but because of our unbelief, we don't recieve them, and live less than a child of the most High God.


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