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Three Levels Of Faith

 

(John 11:20-27) “As soon as Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha told Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, he will give it to you.’

Jesus told her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha told him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’

Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The person who believes in me, even though he dies, will live. Indeed, everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe that?

‘Yes, Lord,’ she told him. ‘I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who was to come into the world.’”

 

 

In this passage, we read about the faith of those that knew Jesus well and were about to witness the resurrection of Lazarus after he had been dead and buried for four days. Notice here that there are three stages of faith.

First, we have those with the “if only things were different” faith. Here Martha blamed Jesus for not coming sooner to heal Lazarus from his deadly sickness. At this stage, you will always be miserable and blame your circumstances, your parent’s lack of love, wrongs others have done to you, your lack of money, your advanced age, your physical or emotional handicaps, and even God for not giving you what you want when you want it. This faith will never allow you to see hope or a chance for things to turn around for you.

Second, we have those with the “someday in the future” faith. Martha did not truly understand what Jesus was saying and thought that He was referring to when all those that died being followers of Christ will one day rise again to reign alongside Him on earth.

These “someday in the future” faith believers are always trusting that they will only be truly blessed when they die and go to heaven. They have learned to be satisfied with their current situation and don’t know that they have the spiritual authority to make heaven manifest its glory over the earth. There is nothing wrong with this kind of faith, but Christ has promised us so much more if we just are bold enough to believe and act upon it.

The Third kind of faith is the “even now faith” which completely ignores the failures of the past, and the struggles of the present and does not wait for the future to eventually manifest itself. This kind of faith believes in the power of resurrection NOW, no matter what the circumstances. It’s not limited by what people think or say about you nor by how sorry you feel for yourself today.

This faith is completely based on the knowledge that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and that He is alive, all-powerful and no matter how long a promise from God might seem dead, it can come back to life and be fulfilled today.

 

 

In spite of all you’ve been through, God has the power to raise you up again. Come out of your grave, it’s time to live again.

 

 


Prayers

• Jesus, You are The Lord who is to come, “God who is Love”, The Most High.
• We declare that You are the resurrection and the life.
• By faith we declare that no matter which promise has died in our hearts, You will bring it back to life.
• Forgive us, Father, for having doubted Your Word and Your promises.
• We ask that you strengthen our faith and let us not become discouraged because of our current situation.
• We ask You, Jesus, to command our divine destiny to come out of the grave today.
• We declare that we will no longer focus on the problem, but on the Problem Solver.
• We receive all Your promises as yes and amen, and that they are for us now to enjoy.
• We cancel all delay, stagnation, and death to any of our prayers right now.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

1 Comment

  1. Deepa Daryanani
    1 August 2023 @ 19:18

    AMEN ! 👍🙏💯

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