Message for February 24, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

John chapter 11 opens up talking about Lazarus being sick. In verse 3 we read his sisters sent a message to Jesus. “Lord our brother Lazarus; the one you love is very sick. Please come”. Jesus responded, “This sickness will not end in death for Lazarus, but will bring glory and praise to God. This will reveal the greatness of the Son of God by what takes place.”  I believe Jesus was responding from what he heard his spirit saying. When facing a situation in life it is so important to just say what we know Holy Spirit is saying. Speak only the Word which is truth.  After two days, he said to his disciples, “Lazarus has died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.”

The disciples had been with Jesus had seen miracle after miracle. Even people raised from the dead. But they were about to be given new ground for believing.  We read Lazarus had been dead for four days. Those who Jesus had raised from the dead had just died. Jesus was about to do something that would give them an opportunity to expand their capacity to believe.

As long as we are breathing we are always going to be given new grounds for believing. There is always going to be circumstances that will require us to believe the report of the Word.  In those moments of life we are given the opportunity to trust the One who says to us “I Am” right there with you. There is not a step you will not take that “I Am” not holding your hand.

Circumstances come and go in our life. But that which remains is the same is the Word. Everyday is an opportunity for new grounds for believing.  As we do we learn something new about God and to grow in our relationship with Him because of it.

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