February 10/11, 2018
5 Common catalysts that seem to be part of every growth spurt in a follower of Jesus:
“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” – C.S. Lewis
- There is an undeniable relationship between unexpected circumstances and our faith.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)
Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (John 11:1)
So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days. Then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” “But Rabbi,” they said “a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?” (John 11:3-8)
After he had said this he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I’m going there to wake him up. His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” (John 11:11-15)
“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know, he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” (John 11:21-27)
Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” (John 11:35-36)
“…But, Lord, by this time, the body will stinketh.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:39-40 KJV)
Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. (John 11:45) In most cases, what makes the difference is the people you are surrounded by.
- There’s only one thing worse than disappointment with God—that’s disappointment without God. –Phillip Yancey
Whatever your prayers—would you add this: “God, I need to see you in this; I just need to see you in this.”
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