One of the powerful ways Jesus demonstrated to us the glory of God was at Lazarus’ resurrection. The goodness of God colored way out of the line beyond a human mind’s comprehension. Death lost its sting when Jesus came four days after Lazarus’ death and at His word, he came out of the tomb, for Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life.
Jesus is the HOPE of glory. Whatever comes our way that doesn’t align into Who He is, “if we believe”, it will have to bow down into His lordship. The challenge lies on what is between our ears. What thoughts are we thinking? If we believe that Jesus Who is LIFE dwells inside of us, then our thoughts and ways are invited to be anchored in the truth that whatever it is we are going through, if what we are seeing does not define life, then it has to change. “He who has the Son has life.” (1John 5:12)
When Jesus got the news that Lazarus was sick, this was His response, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” (John 11:4) He spoke what the Holy Spirit revealed to Him. He knew that even if it meant that Lazarus had to undergo death for four days, He Who is LIFE can command death to leave. He overcame the world of its power to harm us and have conquered it for us.
Jesus is the Word. Jesus is the Way. Jesus is the Truth. Jesus is the Life.
If you remember Abraham who was about to sacrifice Isaac just as God told him. He did not show any hesitation at all. He got up early the next morning and when he saw the place in the distance where God told him to offer Isaac, he told his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” (Genesis 22:4) His statement exhibited his faith on what God promised him that he will be the father of many nations and that it has to come through Isaac. How then can he violate even in his thoughts what God has spoken and revealed? For me, even if Isaac was sacrificed, Abraham so believed that God can raise him back from the dead because of the promise.
When Jesus told His disciples, “Let us cross over to the other side.” (Mark 4:35), it wasn’t a smooth sailing trip. They encountered a great windstorm, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. Where was Jesus then? He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. The storm didn’t bother Him. Why? Because He has already spoken that they were to cross over to the other side. He spoke what He wanted to see.
When words are spoken from our mouths birthed from what we believe in our hearts, there is something that happens in the unseen realm. Our declarations, proclamations and confessions impregnates the atmosphere with breakthroughs that are yet to unfold.
We will be speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God. (Ephesians 5:18) We speak words that give utmost value to the One Who is worthy to be worshiped and adored. We speak words that bring value to those around us as we see them created according to the image and likeness of our God.
Indeed, death and life are the in power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) I love the MSG paraphrase of this verse: “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—YOU CHOOSE.”
When I was believing for my trip to Australia to attend Hillsong Conference 2018, I kept declaring these words, “You already made me have a surplus of prosperity. You have already commanded blessings into my storehouses.” (Deuteronomy 28:11; 8 AMPC), every single day. Every time I get conscious of how much I have in my account, instead of focusing on what I didn’t have, I switched my focus and zeroed in into His word. I meditated, decreed and declared, until one day I saw the hand of God move. Truly when we declare a thing it shall be established, for the light of God’s favor will shine on our ways. He watches His word to come to pass in our lives and honors it above His name.
Surely the Lord hears us the very first time we call upon Him and schedules the answers for delivery at once in the spirit realm, but the physical manifestations do not necessarily come in direct proportional to it. We make room for His sovereignty. We trust in our all-knowing God when and how He will make manifest our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. He knows what is best for us and He is fully committed to our good.
When answers don’t come at the very time we expect it, be encouraged for He Who promised is faithful. Our God never fails. His love never fails.
“Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.” (Daniel 10:12)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You, for hearing us when we call upon you. How it delights Your heart when we come boldly before Your throne to obtain grace and find mercy in time of need. We feed on Your faithfulness that never fails. We bank on Your love that never fails. Jesus indeed came that we may HAVE and ENJOY life in abundance, to the full till it overflows. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for moving mightily within us that we may see the things that You have freely given us. Amen!