The 'Stop It' List
"Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" John 11:40
Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha, were friends with Jesus. One day, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was sick. After Jesus heard Lazarus was sick, He waited two more days; during that time Lazarus died. Jesus knew He would do a great miracle when He arrived in Bethany. Martha heard Jesus was coming and she went back to meet him. "...if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died." When Jesus saw her weeping, he was troubled. Jesus asked, "Where have ye laid him?" They took Him to the cave where a stone covered the entry. "Take ye away the stone," He said. Martha reacted, "...by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days." At that moment, Jesus said, "...if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" John 11:40.
Mary and Martha blamed Jesus that he allowed Lazarus to die. Jesus reminded her, "...if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God." What was He saying? It's not that we as Christians don't have enough faith or belief in God, but we may not have the faith response to things to produce amazing results. Being defensive repels faith results and causes us to be unteachable. All believers in Jesus Christ have access into His faith, but it requires revelation to activate it and see it at work. Jesus had given an example of calling that which is dead, defeated and buried by fear and disappointment to come alive.
When Martha went to meet Jesus, she didn't even greet Him, but immediately focused on what was wrong. We have all reacted as Martha at some time or another. When we focus on the 'wrong', we are really saying, "if you did what I said, things would be better. I know what is best and you should have obeyed me." How many times have we said the same thing to Jesus? "It's too late for me." "This will never work." "My dreams will never happen." "I am just this way." Put those mental statements on your 'stop-it' list. Under pressure, those statements come out of your mouth and continue to recreate themselves. This is the devil's way of showing us how right we are in our lack.
Put on your 'stop-it' list the idea that you cannot be wrong and you know what is best for everyone. Put a 'stop-it' on the blame and self-pity is stopped when we believe and speak increase. The memory of Adam's (dead) sin is wired in us to call things difficult to satisfy an unconscious need for self-pity. Blame and self-pity are self-destructive.
Glory is positive results, expected in all ways. Positive results is an outlook that all things work together for our glory (Romans 8:28). It can take time to train our new life to stop looking at things as 'easy' or 'hard'. There are no difficult times in the unlimited Spirit-living. Everything in life must be based on Romans 8:28. In order to be able to see this, we must stop thinking the Holy Spirit is a human emotion. Put this on your 'stop-it' list and replace it with spiritual facts. The challenge and the choice is in the 'pause' between what is happening and the response, the way we think and speak.
A reactionary person has no pause time. Without revelation, the choice is already made and damaging words are spoken. Jesus gave the truth about life... BELIEVE! "...as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee..." is not a religious idea; it is a life idea. God's Word tells us that if we believe in our hearts and say it in a personal, present-tense way (by faith), it will be done for us (Mark 11:23-24). The first step of anything and everything is to believe. Believe that you will see the glory of God and you will see your miracle!
1. Choose to believe in healing and the provision for perfect health. Lazarus was a close friend of Jesus, but got sick and died. Why is that? Do you believe it is natural to get sick? Do you believe that Isaiah spoke many years before Jesus came "...he was wounded for our transgressions..." (Isaiah 53:5)? Mix this scripture with faith: Because Jesus was wounded for my transgressions and bruised for my iniquities, He gives me power over lack, doubt and fear. Iniquity is an inner urge to go a certain way; it is something passed on from our parents or given to us by a critical statement from someone. An iniquity can create a certain body shape. "I have a weight problem, but so did my parents and relatives." The blood from Jesus' bruise applied gives me power over all iniquities. I am a new creative self in Christ. God's Word says, "...with his stripes we are healed." Healing has already been provided; it is the ability to walk in provided health and strength. Release the Holy Spirit for healing, restoration and renewal now!
2. Choose to believe you are close to God because of His Spirit and not by doing things. Christ is in me by the Holy Spirit.
3. Choose to believe the best in people and things. Do not judge things and people by soulish judgments. "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgments." John 7:24
Lord Jesus Christ, reveal to me wrong ideas so I can put them on my 'stop-it' list. Amen.