007: Another Source

Have you ever planted a fruit tree only to have your hopes of harvesting basketfuls of delicious, fresh fruit vanish? You watered! You fertilized! You tried everything in the realm of possibilities, but no matter what you did the tree failed to blossom, lost its leaves, and eventually died because something was missing.  As a Christian, do you find that your spiritual walk is just as unproductive as this barren tree?  Do you doubt and wonder how God can use you despite the hopelessness surrounding your circumstances? Are you tired of going through the motions and doing all the “right” things only to find yourself as empty as you were before?  If you are desperate for a miraculous breakthrough, then consider the source you are drawing from as you tune in to this podcast episode.Another Source - Dec 14 am

006: Always Resisting

This has got to go! I am not going to put up with this any longer! Have you ever felt that way about something in your home? The faucet drips incessantly, the carpet is outdated and smells rank, or maybe it’s your family’s attitudes that stink. Whatever it is, you’ve reached a point where you don’t want to live another second without making changes. Does God have these same thoughts about the conditions His Holy Spirit has to tolerate inside of us? Or have our lives become so polluted that God’s Holy Spirit is too offended to dwell in us? The greatest privilege that God has ever afforded man is the opportunity for God through the working of His Spirit to purge out anything that makes us something other than Jesus Christ! Maybe you’re afraid and don’t even know how to begin to make changes to your life. Or maybe you feel like your life is so out of control and hopeless that it’s too late to change. Then you need to tune in to this podcast episode to learn how to surrender to God and stop trying to do it on your own.  Stop resisting the Holy Spirit and allow God to make those necessary changes in your life to conform you to the image of His Son, Jesus.

 

Always Resisting

005: Yet Not I

It’s all about me! Isn’t this the attitude that drives our culture every day? We are told we can accomplish anything if we believe in ourselves. It’s no wonder that Christians have become infected with this philosophy too. However, the Bible says, according to Gal 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…..” Does God really expect me to die to myself and let Christ take over? How can I abandon the plans that I have for my life? What about my desires, my preferences, my opinions?  Even if this is possible, what’s in it for me? Be sure to tune in to this podcast episode to discover the wondrous benefits of living a life dead to yourself, but alive in Christ.

Yet Not I

 

An “EVEN NOW” Faith

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” – James 2:17 KJV

Do you possess a fair-weather faith or a faith that actually “works”? There is at least one individual in the Bible that had, what I like to call, an “Even Now” faith. What is that you ask? Let me show you.

Even Now Faith

Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat [still] in the house. 21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give [it] thee. – John 11:20-22 KJV (emphasis mine)

The text before us leads to the tomb of Lazarus – a friend of Jesus. Four days earlier, Jesus had received word that His friend was sick. They needed Jesus to come right then. Well, He didn’t!

When Jesus finally shows up, it’s all over as far as they are concerned. The tomb has been sealed, the eulogy’s been spoken, and the flowers are starting to wilt. Lazarus is dead, he’s been dead, and for all practical purposes, he’s going to stay dead.

Enter Martha stage right. She hears Jesus is coming and goes out to meet Him. But there’s something very intriguing I want you to see. John 11:20 says, “…but Mary sat still in the house.” I want you to see the difference in these ladies’ faith during this particular trial.

MARTHA GETS A BAD RAP!

We usually only hear about Martha working around the house while Mary sits at Jesus’ feet. Now, I have no intention of minimizing Mary’s character or faith. What I do want you to notice is the magnitude of Martha’s faith that often gets overlooked.

AN “AFTER THAT” FAITH

Mary usually gets all the praise. Why? Well, she’s the one we find worshipping at the feet of Jesus in John chapter 12. She had every right to worship for multiple reasons.

  1. JESUS DESERVES IT!

  2. LAZARUS HAS BEEN RAISED FROM THE DEAD! (John 12:2)

  3. SHE, BY FAITH, WAS PREPARING JESUS’ BODY FOR BURIAL. (John 12:7)

So, she did right. But how was her faith at Lazarus’ tomb? It’s wonderful to praise Jesus for raising Lazarus from the dead, but how’s your faith right after the funeral?

When Martha went to meet Jesus, our text tells us that, “…Mary sat still in the house.” She wouldn’t even go out. According to John 11:28, she only came out because Martha convinced her to.

AN “EVEN NOW” FAITH

Now notice how Martha reacted after the funeral.

Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat [still] in the house. 21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give [it] thee. – John 11:20-22 KJV (emphasis mine)

 She believed Jesus could’ve healed her brother – same as Mary. Yet her faith differed in that she said, …”even now.” Where Mary had an “After That” faith; Martha exercised an “Even Now” faith. It’s easy to trust Jesus when you’re sitting at the table with Lazarus fresh out of the casket! Can you trust Him though when things haven’t worked out your way?

Notice something else. Martha wasn’t saying that she believed Jesus could even now raise Him from the dead. I know many read the story and believe that, but that’s not the case. Look carefully at John 11:39-40:

Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been [dead] four days. 40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? – John 11:39-40 KJV

She had no concept of Jesus speaking life back into his cold corpse. So what did she mean when she said, “even now”? In spite of the fact that everything hasn’t worked out the way she had hoped, she still trusted Jesus!

So, how’s your “even now” faith? Do you still love Him when He doesn’t do things your way? Do you trust Him enough to believe that He knows best?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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