Lazarus (9) What He Said

If we really believe the Bible, then it’s time to fully accept whatever Jesus said, and live with it.

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John 11:11 – . . . Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

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There are many things I have heard said, that while I knew the language, and could reasonably well define what was said, still lacked understanding of all the speaker desired to communicate.  We see a clear example of that in our Text for Today.  Jesus said, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth.”  He was speaking in the present tense.  The King James indicates Jesus said, “Lazarus is dead.”  However, if you will look at that statement in a concordance of the Greek/English languages, you will see that Jesus actually said, “Lazarus died.”  We do know that Jesus was attempting to explain to His disciples that Lazarus was not simply sleeping, but had died some days before their departure to go to Bethany.  I would ask you to think about what is truly stated here.  Let me give you an example.  Jesus died.  But is He dead?  Of course, we know the answer is “NO!”  Jesus is alive.  Once again, what Jesus actually said to His disciples was that “Lazarus died.”  My point here is simple.  Lazarus died, but when Jesus told His disciples that Lazarus was asleep, I believe that at that moment, Lazarus was indeed ASLEEP.

To explain this, let’s look closely at what Jesus did and said, AND DID NOT SAY, when He arrived in Bethany where Lazarus was buried.  I believe Jesus had already prayed, and by faith, had received Lazarus as raised from the dead on the third day before He left for Bethany.  Note closely that after His arrival in Bethany, Jesus NEVER prayed for Lazarus to live.  He never asked Father to raise Him.  In fact, He never approached the situation in any way as though Lazarus was dead.  Jesus was on a mission.  The only prayer we have recorded by Jesus in Bethany was a simple one.  In John 11:41-42, Jesus prayed, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.  And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.”  When had Father heard Him?  I am convinced in was when Jesus received instructions from Father the day before He arrived in Bethany.  And from that point forward, Lazarus was alive, though still in grave clothes and in the tomb, but he was there sleeping.  Remember, he had been sick, suffering, and had died.  Now for the first time in days Lazarus was in a cool, quiet, dark place, sleeping, resting, and simply waiting on someone to awaken him.  And that, my friend, is precisely what Jesus did.  When He arrived at the tomb, after dealing with an atmosphere saturated with doubt and unbelief, and even some deception, Jesus had the stone moved from the door of the tomb, thanked the Father that He had heard Him, and called with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”  I don’t believe, at that point, it was a raise the dead call, but a true wake up call.  Today He is offering a wake up call BEFORE death comes.  Hear it and come forth. 

Manna for Today – John 11:1-46; Romans 3:4; Matthew 12:37; Hebrews 6:18; John 14:24

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Lazarus (8) Light Work

You are to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Carry Light, and carry it well.

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John 11:9-10 – Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.  But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

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When I speak today of “light work,” I am not writing about easy work, but the kind of work that needs to be done in the light – light work.  I am writing about the work of the Lord to which we are all called.  The true work of the Lord HAS NEVER BEEN, IS NOT NOW BEING, NOR WILL IT EVER BE DONE IN DARKNESS.  God is Light, and if you’re involved in His work, it must be cone in Light, for He is directly involved in it.  Now read our Text for Today once more, and consider the words of our Lord.  Keep in mind that Jesus’ disciples warned Jesus that some of the Jews in Judaea had sought to stone Him while He was there previously.  In short, they meant to kill Him.

Jesus said He was the light of the world as long as He was in the world.  And having departed this world in His glorified body, He has made His body, the Church, to be the light of the world.  There is a time coming when the Church will be taken out of this world, and in that time there will be terrible darkness upon mankind.  But even then, in all that darkness, Father has a plan to bring light to the hearts of men.  Oh how He loves us!  But while Jesus walked with His disciples, He was the light of the world, and in that light, there was work to do from which He would not shirk.  He expects the same of us today.  Yes, there is darkness in the world, but we, the Church, are the light of the world, and as long as that light shines, we have work to do that we must not shirk.

Let us keep in mind that what we do for the Lord, “light work,” will never be forgotten.  It may not always be open to the eyes of man, but our Father will NEVER forget it.  IT WILL BE REMEMBERED!   Much of what a believer does is to be used in this present world as a witness to the power of God.  Jesus said we are to let our light so shine that men could see our (light) works, and glorify our Father.  It’s it time for the Church to step out and be bold, even in the face of danger, hatred, mockery, ridicule, and persecution.  I am fully convinced that it is the will of God for each of His children to ALWAYS walk in complete victory, but victory is NOT the absence of persecution.  If Jesus was hated and persecuted, so shall we be.  But the Bible does not say, having done all to stand, collapse.  It said to stand.  So STAND! 

Manna for Today – John 11:1-46; John 9:5; Matthew 5:14; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 6:10

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Lazarus (7) Not a Play Room

Life, and especially ministry, is not a romp in a recreation room.

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John 11:8 – His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

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Years ago I heard a song, and the words of the chorus were imbedded in my mind since that time.  The chorus said, “Run if you want to, run if you will, but I’ve come here to stay.  If I fall down I’ll pick myself up ‘cause I didn’t start out to play.  It’s a battlefield, brother, not a recreation room; it’s a fight and not a game.  So run if you want to, run if you will, but I’ve come here to stay.”

From our Text for Today, we realize that Jesus knew it was time to return to Judaea.  Often people sent Him away, such as from Gadara.  Yet even there He returned. Where we go as believers is not always to a comfortable place; to a place our peers might think is a wise place to go.  But even when the direction we go is thought unwise, or considered socially unpopular, even by the church, we must always endeavor to be led by the Lord.  And that was certainly the intent of the Lord.

In this incident concerning Lazarus, the disciples were keenly aware of the hostilities that many would like to perpetrate against Jesus in Judaea.  They were also aware that when a leader was stoned, it was common that those who followed that leader could also be stoned.  While it does appear they were abso-lutely willing to go with Jesus wherever He went, one can be safely assured that none of them had being stoned on their list of events they wanted to happen to them.  So after hearing Lazarus was sick, Jesus knowing by the Spirit he had already died, and noting that Jesus had lingered yet two more days where He was, they likely greatly wondered why He would suddenly decide to go to Bethany.  Still, that was Jesus’ decision, and they were willing to go with Him.

Jesus, of course, knew exactly what He was doing.  He fully understood the time frame and sequence of events in which He was involved surrounding the matter of Lazarus.  He was operating under the complete leadership of Holy Spirit, as was His norm.  For Jesus, when it was time to move, it was time to move.  Outside circumstances, even threatening ones, did not enter into the equation of His obedience to the will of Father.  And so it should be with any child of God today.  When it’s time to move, it’s time to move, to go where Father says go, to do what Father says do, to do it all in faith to please Father, and with an attitude of joy in the love of God to honor our King.  This was NOT a game; this was, and is, life in the Spirit. 

Manna for Today – John 11:1-46; Romans 8:1 & 14; 1 John 5:3; Hebrews 11:6; Galatians 5:6

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Lazarus (6) Who Are “They”

A question that comes into my mind quite often in discussions is, “Who are ‘they’?”

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John 11:7-8 – Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.  His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? 

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Have you ever wondered who “they” are?  In our Text for Today, while the disciples specified that it was “the Jews” who sought to stone Jesus, they did not designate WHICH Jews.  In essence, the disciples said, “THEY” sought to stone you.”

So often in discussions we hear people say things like, “Well, you know, they say….”  When I hear things like that, I want to ask, and at times have asked, “Who are they?”  I’m not doubting that someone may have said it, but who was that “someone”?  Were they knowledgeable?  Were they authorities on the topic?  What experience is it from which “they” speak?  I find it fascinating, and at times troubling, that people would rest their actions on what “they” said or what “they” did or how “they” did it when they don’t know who “they” are.  How sad that so many dreams, great desires, and dynamic goals have likely been lost or simply tossed away because of what “they” said or did.  I am so thankful Jesus did not live that way.  He was not concerned about what “they” said or did.  Rather, He was only moved by, anchored to, and established upon what Father said.  He lived a life that was totally ruled by what God said.  And since it should be our aim to imitate God, as dear children, we should live, act, and speak in the same manner.

In our 21st century world, we find ourselves submerged in, surrounded by, and often strangled by all the things “they” have supposedly said or done.  With all the various forms of media that surround us, television, radio, print, and the broad spectrum of social media, our lives are inundated by what “they” say, think, and do.  And my friend, if you think everything you see in the media, and especially in social media is true and accurate, you are among the most deceived people who have ever lived.  We live in an era in which anyone with access to any media can basically say whatever they want to say about whomever they want to say it whenever they want to say it for whatever reason they want to say it.  For that reason, we should be the most suspecting people who have ever lived, seeking to determine that which is truth above all else.  And of course, as believers, we should already know what that source is.  It is the Word of God, for God cannot lie.  Hold to God’s Word, my friend, above all else.  “They” are not your source of authority.  Don’t allow “they” to stop you, to dim your dreams, to strangle your faith, to stop your hope, and prevent you fulfilling God’s dream for you because of fear.  Jesus did not, though it was said “they” wanted to kill Him.  Imitate Jesus.  Regardless of what “they” want, pursue the will of Father. 

Manna for Today – John 11:1-46; Romans 3:4 Matthew 12:37; Hebrews 6:18

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Lazarus (5) Why Tarry? (Part Two)

Why would Jesus tarry in healing someone who called for Him?

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John 11:6 – When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

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Yesterday I wrote about the first three of the four day account of Lazarus dying and being raised from the dead.  Today I continue that narrative with the story of day four.  Remember, a servant sent by Martha and Mary came to tell Jesus Lazarus was sick, but by the time he accomplished the full day’s journey to inform Jesus, Lazarus was already dead, having died shortly after the departure of the messenger.  Now let us examine . . . 

DAY FOUR – Jesus now makes the day’s journey back to Bethany. Everyone there was thinking Lazarus had been dead FOUR days, but Jesus was not.  Here is where one should take special note.  When Jesus arrived at the tomb of Lazarus, He prayed.  What did He say?  His prayer was simple; “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.  And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.”  Note that Jesus did NOT pray about Lazarus.  Where Lazarus was concerned, He had already accomplished His praying.  And in that is a great lesson for the church.  Our prayer lives would be so much more impactful and powerful if we would pray about what we are to do before we arrive at the place of doing.  Just as Jesus knew by the Spirit ahead of time what was needful, you and I can walk in the same covenant relationship, being led by the Spirit.  Jesus’ prayer for Lazarus to live was prayed on day three, so that on day four, the only prayer He needed to pray concerning the matter was a prayer of thanksgiving that Father HAD ALREADY HEARD HIM.  What had Father already heard?  What was it Jesus had come to do?  He had come to present Lazarus alive back to his family.  Jesus had already prayed for that, and Father had already heard Him.  And if the Father had already heard Jesus, then He had already answered Jesus.  That is why Jesus prayed as He prayed at Lazarus’ tomb.  There He only prayed a prayer of THANKSGIVING that Father had ALREADY HEARD Him.  When Jesus arrived at the tomb, all He needed to do was awaken Lazarus who was, for the first time since before his death, resting in sleep in a cool and quiet place.  That is why Jesus “cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth.’”

Learn a lesson from this incident.  God NEVER delays in answering our prayers.  When we pray according to His will, He hears us, and if He hears us, we have what we desired of Him.  Take the time to read our Manna for Today passages.  Remember, the promises of God are in Him, yea, and in Him, amen.  Read the Scriptures meditatively, and allow Holy Spirit to reveal His truth to you.  It is gloriously amazing what you shall see. 

Manna for Today – John 11:1-46; Romans 8:14n; 1 John 5:14-15; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; Daniel 10:1-21

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Lazarus (4) Why Tarry?

Why would Jesus tarry in healing someone who called for Him?

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John 11:6 – When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

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If one reads the account of Lazarus in John 11 casually, it would appear that Jesus tarried after hearing Lazarus was sick.  That would seem heartless, even cruel.  Imagine what would happen if when an ambulance received a 911 dispatch, the driver decided to wait for a few hours to he could finish his dinner and allow a short time for digestion.  But in the case of Lazarus, one needs to do more than simply give this event a casual read.  One must watch this story play out with all the known details in place.  Let’s examine the time frame of the events.

DAY ONE – Lazarus was sick, and one of the household servants was dispatched to go to Jesus and ask Him to come heal Lazarus.  Jesus was a full day’s journey away.  By the time the servant got to Jesus, a full travel day had passed.  Oh, and one more thing – before the servant ever go to Jesus, Lazarus had died.  So when the servant reached Jesus, his information was already incorrect.  Lazarus was NOT sick, he was dead.  While no one else knew this, Holy Spirit did, and He informed Jesus.  So what appears to be a delay in coming to help Lazarus was not a delay.  Since healing alone would not be sufficient to help a dead body, and Jesus being one who was not moved by situations, He did not delay.  He simply used the time to put things in order for His arrival in Bethany.

DAY TWO – While the Scriptures do not give us details of Jesus’ activities, because we know His lifestyle, we know He was spending time with Father to receive full Spiritual guidance for His coming actions.

DAY THREE – By now, Lazarus had already been dead three days.  Jesus knew it was time to go to Bethany.  He told His disciples that Lazarus was asleep.  He also acknowledged the fact that Lazarus had died, but keep in mind, the fact that one had died does not mean one is dead.  Jesus died, but He is NOT dead. 

Tomorrow I shall come to DAY FOUR, but today, I want to make this very strong point.  Jesus did not delay His coming to help Lazarus.  He knew upon the servant’s arrival that Lazarus was already dead, and by the Spirit, He knew WHAT He should do WHEN He should do it, and that is precisely what Jesus did.  So many people want to place major emphasis on how long Lazarus was dead.  While it is an important part of this incident, the main point should be that life always triumphs over death.  Once physical death has come, time is no longer a factor considered by the Lord.  When Jesus comes, it makes no difference if a Christian has been dead three days, four days, 70-years, or 2,000-years (as with the Apostle Peter), the dead in Christ shall rise.  That, my friend, is the end of that part of the story.  Life ALWAYS triumphs over death. 

Manna for Today – John 11:1-46; Romans 8:14

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Lazarus (3) Don’t Mix It

The church must discover and rightly position what the world today calls “love.”

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John 11:5 – Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

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Today I write again on the topic of the word we so often use – LOVE.  In John 11:3, Martha and Mary sent a message to Jesus telling Him about the illness of Lazarus, and in that verse they referred to Lazarus as someone whom Jesus loved.  And Jesus did indeed love Lazarus as He did Martha and Mary.  But there is a great difference in the two Greek words used in John 11 that are both translated “love.”  In verse three, the word used by Martha and Mary was “phileo.”  It is a term that has often been translated as brotherly love.  While it does include the love of sibling to sibling, or brother to brother, it is a more inclusive word.  “Phileo” is a word that speaks of a strong, emotion-laden love that exists between people who hold a relationship built on blood and/or strong commitment to one another.  I am referring to the blood relationship between siblings, but also the life-long relationship between husband and wife, parents and children, and even extended family such as aunts, uncles, cousins, and more.  This is also the kind of love that exists between people that have been in school together, served in the military or some profession together, or even neighbors.  “Phileo” is a high-quality love, but so often frothed with emotions that can be both pleasant and cruel.  Martha and Mary based their call for Jesus to come to their aid on “phileo.”

But the Greek word for love used in our Text for Today in NOT “phileo.”  Rather, it is the word “agape.”  This is the God kind of love.  This is the love by which faith works.  Faith does NOT work by “phileo.”  Yes, there may be much in “agape” and “phileo” that are similar traits, but these are still two completely different words with diverse meanings.  “Phileo” can be deeply influence and affected by emotions, while “agape” is governed solely by the choice of the one expressing that love, being based solely on the character of the one expressing the love.  That is why “agape,” not born in or of God, but being the very identity of God, for God is love (agape), is the love by which faith works.

My friend, you can try all you want to make your faith work by “phileo,” but it will not happen.  ONLY by “agape” will your faith work.  Hebrews 11:1 faith is the parent-creator force of all that exists.  It is powerful beyond the words one might use to attempt to describe it.  Such power will NEVER be trusted to the emotion-influenced “phileo,” and especially not to anything less than “phileo.”  The God-kind of faith will ONLY be trusted in the hands of “agape,” for it requires God-character to release such power.  Don’t confuse the two; don’t mix them.  Pure faith requires pure “agape” to obtain results. 

Manna for Today – John 11:1-46; 1 John 5:3; John 14:15; Galatians 5:6; Hebrews 11

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Lazarus (2) Glory to Glory

Let us not ascribe glory to ANY THING, but ALWAYS to God.

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John 11:4 – When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

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I know that today we enter upon an arena of discussion that has proven delicate for many believers.  But for the sake of today’s discussion, let us focus on the words of Jesus, and not what we have traditionally accepted.  Jesus said. “This sickness is not unto death.”  Jesus was simply stating that death could not use this sickness to achieve victory through death.  And yet, when Jesus spoke these words, Lazarus was already dead.  So what was about to occur?  God was about to reveal the life, power, love, and nature of Himself in the Son, and He would use His glory (Holy Spirit) to do so, NOT the sickness.  Romans 6:4says Jesus was raised from the dead by the glory of God.  Romans 8:11 says it was Holy Spirit Who raised Jesus.  Both passages are true and accurate, therefore, Holy Spirit and the Glory of God is, in reality, the same person.  Always remember, THINGS DO NOT GLORIFY.  IT IS GOD WHO GLORIFIES.

Therefore it is NOT the sickness that glorified Jesus, it was Holy Spirit Who glorified Him, thus empowering Him to perform all that was done in the raising of Lazarus from the dead.  That required all three of the POWER GIFTS of the gifts of the Spirit; the gifts of healings, the gift of the working of miracles, and the gift of faith.  Lazarus had been sick; he needed to be healed; that was a gift of healing.  Lazarus was dead; he needed to be raised from the dead, and that went against all natural laws; that was a working of miracles.  Father God had to act upon the words of Jesus as though He had spoken the words Himself; that was the gift of faith when Jesus said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

This entire series of events is a classic revelation of what it means for a son of God to go “from glory to glory.”  Mary and Martha knew Jesus could heal; they recognized that level of glory.  They sent a servant for Jesus, believing He could change the situation; they recognized that level of glory.  Jesus came, speaking the truth, fully prepared to see the glory of God manifest to honor Him; still deeper into the glory of God.  He boldly told them to move the stone and loudly called Lazarus forth; yet greater glory about to be seen.  Lazarus came forth, literally lifted from the tomb by the power of God, seeing that he was bound hand and foot; great glory manifest.  All this came from Father by Holy Spirit to honor and glorify His Son.  Even if Lazarus had died of “natural causes,” the results would have been the same.  Sickness was NOT for the glory of God.  It came to mock God, as it still does today.  Let it mock no longer.  Walk after Jesus with your whole heart, and make your walk for the glory of God. 

Manna for Today – John 11:1-46; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:11-16; John 15:8

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Lazarus (1) It’s Not Emotion

 God’s love is a different motivation than any kind of human love.

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John 11:3 – Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

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Lazarus was sick.  He was the brother of Martha and Mary.  This was the Mary who anointed Jesus’ feet with spikenard.  This was the house where Jesus came with His disciples for a meal, possibly more than 80 hungry preachers.  That’s quite a shock for a group of that potential size to arrive unannounced for dinner.  But remember, Jesus knew this family well, and loved them, too.

Still, when news came to Jesus of Lazarus being sick, Jesus did not come immediately.  When Mary and Martha sent for Jesus, they did not do so on the basis of faith, nor even on the basis of agape (the God-kind of love), but on the basis of phileo, a love exclusive to humanity.  Phileo (human love) is a love based on a relationship that is in a constant state of flux, or change, and it is often plagued with emotions.  Phileo (love) is the binding love that exists between a husband and wife, between parents and their children, among siblings, and among people who describe their relationship as one of friendship.  Stop for a moment to consider this kind of love.  It can be of high quality if the one loving is a person of high character.  It grows over time.  As much as I loved my wife when I married her, I love her more today.  As much as I loved my sons and their birth, I love them more today.  I have friends, especially brothers and sisters in ministry whom I love more now, after getting to know them better, than I did when I first met them.  This is phileo (love).  It is similar in some respects to agape (love), but in its fuller context, there is much difference.  Once again, this love is also filled with emotions that can at times be very hurtful, and even destructive.

The take-away from today’s Second Miler is this.  Faith works by love (agape, NOT phileo).  The Scriptures do not say that without love (agape or phileo)  it is impossible to please God.  The Scriptures are clear, stating that “without faith, it is impossible to please” God.  The appeal for Jesus to come heal Lazarus was not based on their faith in Jesus, but on their emotionally bonding relationship they had with him.  Their reference to the love Jesus had for Lazarus was to phileo, NOT agape.  Faith is based on hearing the Word of God, NEVER on a human and emotionally packed phileo love.  Yes, Jesus did hear their call, but His response was not to their request, but to the leadership of Holy Spirit in a manner that would glorify God.  Emotions do not move God; FAITH DOES 

Manna for Today – John 11:1-46; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:1-6; Galatians 5:6

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Ye Are Gods

When you were born again, your point of origin changed from natural to supernatural.

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John 10:34-36 – Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

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When you were born into this world, you were born as a child of man.  Though it was God Who gave your human spirit into your mother’s womb, you were fully a child of human flesh, a triune being, spirit, soul and body, and in desperate need of a Redeemer.  Jesus answered the call for that need through His redemptive work through His death, burial, and resurrection.  Oh how thankful we should eternally be for His great sacrifice making our redemption possible.

But our gratitude needs to go beyond any words we might declare in thanks for our salvation.  Our gratitude needs to develop to the degree that we can stand and the sons of God He desires us to be, and if sons, the living, breathing, and functioning representatives of His DNA in the earth.  When you were born to your natural parents, you were natural.  When you were BORN AGAIN to your heavenly Father, you became children of the Supernatural, sons of the Divine, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Jesus.  You became a new creature in Christ Jesus, ministers of the New Covenant, and God’s fully authorized ambassadors in the earth.  As His ambassador, you walk in this earth that is foreign to heaven as God’s mouthpiece, His able minister, His fully authorized representative to do the works that Jesus did and greater.

So what, then, is holding us back?  I believe a major portion of what is holding us back is our own refusal to accept the identity Father has created us to fulfill in this life.  How many Christians do you know, perhaps yourself, who still see themselves as sinners saved by grace?  My friend, you were a sinner.  You were saved by grace.  Now you are the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ; no longer a sinner saved by grace.  And even if we’ve grown beyond that flawed identity, do we fully accept the words of our Lord that we are to do greater works than He did?  I think, in many cases, that we do not.  We follow after our traditions, and when someone points out that our traditions don’t match the ways of God, we call them proclaimers of strange doctrine, even demon inspired.  Yes, there are false prophets in the land, those who proclaim that which is NOT the Word of God.  But study the Word for yourself.  Is the way you’re living out your faith the way Jesus desires?  If not, be willing to change.  God is not out to condemn you.  On the contrary, He wants to use you in the capacity He called you to live.  I’m a Moorefield.  My sons are Moorefield’s.  In the realm of the Spirit, you are a son of God.  Like it our not, that makes you a god in the eyes of God.  Don’t you think it’s time we learned to live in a manner that points to His will being done on earth as it is in heaven?  Let’s live our second mile. 

Manna for Today – John 10:22-42; Hebrews 6:18; Romans 3:4; Matthew 12:37; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; John 14:12-14

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