Lazarus, Mary and Martha's brother was sick. His sisters sent to Jesus because they knew He could heal him. Instead of Jesus coming immediately, he sent a messenger back to them saying, "The sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God that the Son of god might be glorified thereby." Jesus said their brother would not die, so why did he die? Jesus was supposed to come and heal him, why did not come? Why? Why? Now that he had been dead four days, Jesus shows up and goes to see him at his grave. When He got to the tomb, there was a stone at the entrance. The stone was between Lazarus and Jesus. Jesus did not turn back because there was a stone blocking the entrance. He commanded them to take it away! The stone had to be removed for Lazarus to come out and for the fulfillment of Lazarus's divine purpose to be established. The Lord is saying if you think that you miracle is being delayed, do not give up, God still has you in His radar. The longer the delay, the greater your testimony. Just keep trusting Him. The power that raised Lazarus from the dead is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. It is alive in you. God is empowering the faithful in the Church to begin to do more than He did. God's fresh oil will rest upon you to do exploits in the kingdom in Jesus' name.
Martha said, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You." Can you believe even when all hell breaks loose? Can you trust Him to do what He says He will do? Can you stand even when it seems your storm wants to sweep you away? Remember, the only way it can overcome you is when you allow it in you!
Also, just as there was a stone between Lazarus and Jesus, God is saying that there are people reading this article who have stones in their lives preventing the Son of God from coming to do the miracles that will testify to His name in their lives. He is saying, "Take away the stone!!" Your stone may have been put there by man, just as in Lazarus' case. It could have been put there by you through unbelief, unforgiveness, lies, disobedience to God, slothfulness, procrastination, bitterness, strife, hatred, slandering of other people, etc. It may have been put there by the devil through sicknesses, oppression, affliction, poverty, lack, etc. Whatever the stone is, it is there so that you cannot receive all your blessings from the Lord and so that God's name cannot be glorified in your life. I command ever stone of reproach to be shattered by the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name!
In this year of accelerated blessings, God will speed up His word in your life. Those blessings that have been delayed will surely manifest. It is my prayer today that God's power will roll away, bombard and shatter every stone standing between you and Jesus, between you and your blessings or between you and your destiny. Just as it was not time for Lazarus to die and be forgotten, it is not your time to die. It is not your time to be forgotten. It is not time for your destiny to be written off or aborted. Does it look like you have been written off by your friends, colleagues or members of your family? God is writing a new chapter in your life; a chapter of victory, success, life, healing and health, restoration, joy, deliverance, mercy and grace.
Have past mistakes been the reason for the stone before you? Repent and ask the Lord to have mercy and forgive you and give you grace to roll away the stones that have hindered you. Receive power to forsake those things and stay away from places, things and people that have stood between you and Jesus. You will recover all that life, situations and circumstances, people and the devil have stolen from you in Jesus' name. Don't overlook the stones. Remove them today in Jesus' name. I join my faith with yours today and command the stone of poverty, sickness, depression, loneliness, frustration, bitterness, anger, reproach, shame, etc. in Jesus' name. Just as Lazarus came out, you will come out in Jesus' name. I declare this season your coming out party. God will usher into your life by His Spirit a season of total recovery. You will flourish in every area of your life. Your family will be restored. Your marriage will be restored. Your hope that has been shattered will be restored. Your joy, honor and glory will be restored in Jesus' name. AMEN!
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