Hope and Faith

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In John chapter 11, there was a sick man by the name of Lazarus who was a good friend of Jesus. Jesus was summoned by Lazarus’ sisters to come and heal him. Jesus did not get there before Lazarus died.

 

It was devastating to the sisters and even when Jesus did get there, He wept because of his love for his friend.

 

Not only was Jesus sad because of the situation and wept at the thought of His friend dying, but He was ANGRY!

 

Angry…..because of DEATH! Angry…..because of the enemy of mankind, DEATH!

 


Christ does not come to the sepulchre as an idle spectator, but like a wrestler
preparing for the contest. Therefore no wonder that He groans again, for the
violent tyranny of death which He had to overcome stands before His eyes.
-John Calvin

 

Jesus changed the scene! Some thought He was too late, but there is no such thing as “too late” for Jesus; He is NEVER late.

 

Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”
John 11:43-44 (NLT)

 

Have you ever felt like things have died in your life? Do you ever feel like your dreams have died?

 Maybe you are so far in debt that you feel like your future hopes are dead!

 Maybe you are dealing with a failed relationship and your future hopes seem dead!

Maybe you feel like all hope has died and that Jesus is too late.

 


Jesus is never late!

  

Dreams can be restored!

Relationships can come back alive!

Financial peace can rise up in your life once again! 

OUR HOPE IS JESUS!

 

It’s time to get ANGRY at death!

Get ANGRY at the results of certain circumstances!  


When an individual gets angry enough at the things that are destroying HOPE,
a person will start speaking to the situation with words of LIFE!

 Jesus wept for a moment. The situation was sad. He was sad. But, He didn’t remain in a hopeless place. He spoke to the SITUATION!

 

He didn’t just talk about it……. He spoke LIFE into what He saw. He didn’t act like nothing was wrong…… He SPOKE a different outcome than what He what he witnessed!

 

Your situation is REAL!  You don’t have to act like it is not THERE!

 Just speak a different outcome.  

 Change the way you think about what you see!

 Jesus could have just spoken the words from where He was without going to the grave.

 

I believe He wanted to teach those around Him and the audience who would read this passage that sometimes you have to put some effort in changing the situation.

 

It’s easy to sit back and pray for God to do some things in our life. It goes something like this:

 

“God, I know you have my back. I don’t have a job and I am running out of money. I trust YOU! I know You will supply my every need. You will never leave me nor abandon me. Now, I will wait patiently for You to move on my financial need. I will sit tight waiting on You to take care of this for me. I trust You; I have faith!”

 

Well, first of all this seems to be a great prayer of faith!

 I think it is shallow and does not contain what God expects from us.

 The faith in this PRAYER is dead!

 My advice to this person is to get off the couch and go start applying for jobs.

 

The writer in James 2 states,

 

“You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?”   
James 2:19-20 (NLT)

 


Faith Connected to action produces results!

 

LISTEN…… I believe Jesus wants things to come alive in your life!

 

Don’t let the death of a financial situation bury you. Don’t let a failed relationship take you out!  

 

Let the voice of a life-giving Jesus ring in your mind.

 

Connect faith, hope and action together for a life-giving experience.  

 

 

Prayer

“God, you are never late!
You are thinking about us long before we realize our need for You.
You chased after us before we ever heard about You.
I believe You love us more than we can ever know and You care about everything in our lives.
God, I pray for everyone reading or hearing this devotion. Encourage them with Your presence. Help them understand who You are and that You want to help us in all of our weaknesses.
Thank You for being God. Amen"