TD Jakes: I want you to understand that the issue you are dealing with right now, have everything in the world to do with where you are in your faith walk with God. That doesn’t mean if you are going through troubles, is a sign you don’t have faith. It might not be the lack of faith that got you into it, but it is the strength of your faith that is going to bring you out of it.
What is necessary for you to come out of your crisis? The very fact we have so much detail about Lazarus, Mary, Martha indicate that there are some certain things God want us to know. He did not start the story with Lazarus sickness, He started with Lazarus relationship. Lazarus had a relationship with Jesus before things went wrong.. John 11:5, Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
5 STAGES TO COME OUT OF YOUR CRISIS
I see too many people who are trying to exercise in faith, who do not have a relationship with God. The only time they come to God is when they are dying in need and then, they look at Him to get them out of the crisis but they have not built the infrastructure of relationship upon their faith. They are just using God because they are in trouble.
People invest in things they can trust, because some of you are trying to get God to do things for you. You are trying to get a God to move for you that you don’t speak to, you don’t worship, you don’t serve, you don’t live for Him, you don’t seek Him and then in times of trouble, you show up and say ‘do something’ for me and if He doesn’t do it, you put up an attitude, but miracle begins with a relationship.
Sometimes, while you waiting on God, stuff dies. John 11:17, On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
What will you do, when you have done all you need to do? And you sent for God to come and He didn’t come, all of a sudden, matter starts getting worse, then you go into a stage of RELEASE..
Release is a stage where you simply let it go.. you have done all you need to do, you have prayed, God didn’t fix it then, release it. You must understand that release is important for radical faith because as long as you are holding on to the problem, God is not going to touch it, as long as you think you can handle it, you are not eligible to receive the radical miracle working power of God. The mess you can’t fix, roll a stone on it.
3. ROLL A STONE
Rolling a stone on it, that’s how you manage messes you can’t fix. There are many things in life that you have done all you need to do, believe all the thoughts you need to believe and it’s still stinking. And when it start stinking for survival sake, roll a stone on it.
John 11:21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
Even now, you have the power to raise him up again.. [
John 11:33-44 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
God can’t restore if you are not willing to row it back. It takes a lot of faith to row the stone back on your issue but you will never get restoration until you are willing to confront the stinking stuff in your life. If you have the courage to confront the stinking stuff, God is going to give it back to you again.
This is what that separate men from boys. All over the world, there are people going to church today, and they say they are believers but until you take what you have been taught and bring it to the place where you gave up, you will never be the radical believer that you need to be for your time in which we live.
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