Between You and the Miraculous

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John 11:39 “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.”

Lazarus had been dead for four days. One can easily understand Martha's response to the Saviour when he commanded her to roll the stone away. When you look at human reasoning, there was no way for Lazarus to be healed. When you look at human reasoning, it was impossible for anything to be done with Lazarus. However, Jesus was not looking through a human viewpoint, but He was looking through the viewpoint of Omnipotence. Jesus knew what He could do, and the only thing standing between Martha and the miraculous was the stone that she had to take away. Had she not removed the stone that Jesus commanded her to take away, Lazarus would have never been raised from the dead. We learn three things from this story that stand between you and the miraculous. Let me share these with you.

First, removing the stone will not make sense. It didn't make sense when Jesus told Martha to take away the stone, but had she let unbelief control her actions she would have never seen her brother come back to life. God's greatest works never made sense to the faithless mind when He initially commanded the believer to roll the stone away. It will never make sense when God commands you to take away whatever stone is standing between you and the miraculous, but it does take obedience. Jesus’ command to take away the stone was not a suggestion but a command. It doesn't make sense to walk the old paths to build our churches, but it doesn't have to make sense to obey God. It doesn't have to make sense that soul winning, using buses to pick people up for church, holiness, faithfulness to all church services, and old-fashioned preaching will build a church, but God’s way doesn't have to make sense for us to obey. Obeying God won’t always make sense, but when God says to do something, we are to do it whether or not it makes sense.

Second, removing the stone takes work. God's miracles never find the lazy, but they always find the laboring one who has the faith that God can still do the miraculous. One of the great reasons we don't see great works today is because the church is not working but playing. We will not see God's great works until we get out and labor in the harvest. One thing that you will find in God's work is that the harder you work, the greater the miracles that God performs. God always blesses hard work.

Third, removing the stone takes faith in God. The question you have to ask yourself is this, do you still believe, and do you still have the faith that God can do the miraculous? It takes faith that God can still do something for us to obey and to work hard. If you don't have faith that God can still do the miraculous, you won't obey, and neither will you work hard. It ultimately comes down to your faith. It takes faith to believe that God can still build great churches. It takes faith to believe that God can still do miracles in our day. However, I would rather have faith in Omniscience and attempt great works for God than live in lazy unbelief and do nothing for God. When God commands to take away the stone, it will never make sense, it does take work, and it always takes faith to believe that God can do the impossible. You will never see God’s miracles in your life or ministry without removing whatever stone that stands between you and the miraculous.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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