Jesus; Life, Health, Resurrection

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 NKJV

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

Far too many people believe that God is the bad guy, as well as the good guy. That he just has a plan that he’s carrying out and he doesn’t really care how that affects us. If we are in the right place, at the right time, we’ll get blessed; if not, we’ll suffer some calamity. It doesn’t matter, as long as God’s plan is being fulfilled.

Some people may not take it that far, until something bad actually happens. Then, what do they say? They will quote Job, perhaps. “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:20 paraphrased) All the while thinking they are being humble and spiritual.

Personally, I hate that characterization of God. I think John 10:10 tells us that Jesus also didn’t care for it. He said there is a thief. That thief steals, kills, and destroys – your money, your health, your loved ones, your goods, your joy, your peace. God is NOT the thief. In fact, Jesus said that he and his Father are one (John 10:30). Of himself, he said he came to give us life; in fact, to give us an abundant life. A life filled with love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, health, family, goods, homes, etc. And Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus doesn’t change. If that’s so of Jesus, and life-giving is why Jesus came, and he and the Father are one, why do we think God isn’t in the business of blessing us?

He is! Blessing us with life and health! But there is a caveat. You have to believe all of that. And believe without wavering in doubt (see James 1). Get your heart fixed on the truth of God’s desire to bless and give life. Yes, even in the midst of every hardship you suffer, of every heartache you suffer, of every loss you face, you need to be fixed on the truth of God’s blessings are yours.

But let’s go one step further. He is also the one who promised to raise folks from the dead. Why are we surrendering to sickness, death, and loss? Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life,” In fact, the story goes like this. Lazarus was sick. The Jews in Bethany wanted to kill Jesus. Lazarus lived in Bethany. Jesus waited two days, because he was led by the Spirit, to foil the enemy. Then he took two days to travel to Bethany. What difference did it make, since Jesus is the resurrection and the life? Does it matter that it would be four days dead, before he raised Lazarus? Did it matter to God, when he told Ezekiel to prophecy to those dry bones? Dry bones? Who knows how long they had been dead! It was no different to Jesus than healing Peter’s mother-in-law, or turning water into wine.

When Jesus gets to Bethany, Martha says, “I know you could have saved him had you been here, but I believe God will do whatever you ask, even now.” Jesus responded, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha had just said that God would do whatever Jesus asked, but when Jesus said that, she immediately spiritualized it. “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus didn’t let that go. “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.”

Most of us do what Martha did. “Well, yes, we’ll live forever in heaven with the Lord.” But Jesus used an illustrated sermon to make his point. “Roll away the stone.” Once again, Martha reacts from her head. “By now he stinks, being dead four days.”  Jesus called her out. “Did I not say that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

Is the resurrection from the dead only for the last day? No! Jesus commanded his disciples to go out and “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, RAISE THE DEAD, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”  In John 17 Jesus prayed for everyone who believed because of the disciple’s word. He connected us to them. He didn’t take back those instructions. In fact, Paul raised people from the dead. Peter raised Tabitha from the dead. Why? Because Jesus IS the resurrection and the life, even today.

I can tell you that you won’t see anyone raised from the dead without faith. You won’t build your faith for healing the sick or raising the dead by living on the world’s diet of news and entertainment. You will have to embrace the truth and meditate on it until it is something you can see on the inside. It has to become something you expect, because you’ve already SEEN it in your heart, but Jesus is still in the business of raising the dead! Believe!
Once you can see that truth in your heart, it will be easier to believe that God will heal of cancer, that he’ll provide for your needs. Immerse yourself in God, in his word, in his life! Let his Spirit transform you and be someone’s miracle!

For more on God’s Heart for You, check out the links below:

The Process of Faith

Your Response Is Your Responsibility!

You can also get a copy of my book on the liberty we have in Christ (not nutrition as the title may suggest) on Amazon: Eat Healthy…Most of the Time!

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