December 22, 2017

John 11:35 (NLT) — 35  Jesus wept.

We have been exploring thoughts on what would cause Jesus to weep. Again in verses prior to our memory verse we find out that Jesus told the person, who told him that Lazarus was sick, that Lazarus’ sickness was not going to end in death but that his condition would bring glory to God. (see vs:4) I assume that the person went back and told Mary and Martha what Jesus had said. then when Jesus saw Martha he told her that Lazarus would rise again.

Now If I was Martha and I had witnessed other miracles that Jesus did I would go back over what Jesus said > Lazarus’ sickness would not end in death, God was going to get some glory from it, and Lazarus would rise again. Then after contemplating these words I believe I would have said, “Ok Jesus I am waiting to see what you are going to do.” Instead Martha says, “Yes I know he will rise again when everyone else rises on the last day.”

She refused to believe that promise Jesus had given her. She refused to hold on to his words. She didn’t allow his words to penetrate deep within her heart. She lost sight of his words and instead concentrated on what she could see with her physical eyes. She had her eyes on the symptoms instead of the word of God. She allowed the circumstance to negate her faith. What is it that pleases God? You’re right, faith!

I believe Jesus weeps when we don’t trust him. When we say, “I know God can heal, I know God can provide, I know that he can work this out for good, I know that he can bless me, I know that he can …”. The word ‘can’ is a word of doubt. It is not a word of faith. It means we have the word of God in our head but we have our eyes on the symptoms or the circumstances. And unless that word is allowed to penetrate our heart the symptoms will always win out. Listen to the following words from the Word of God.

Proverbs 4:20–22 (NLT) — 20 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. 21 Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, 22 for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.

Listen carefully =Once you find God’s word on healing or any other promise, you must listen carefully to it. This is how you plant the word in your heart by listening to it over and over and over until there is no doubt in your mind that God’s will is to heal you. You refuse to listen to any other word that would cause you not to believe God’s word. The word is fertilizer to your faith and now that word is planted in good soil.

Don’t let them out of your sight Don’t let your eyes be occupied with you symptoms. You look at God’s promises and that is all. You planted his promise in your heart now let it grow. A farmer doesn’t go out every day and dig up the seed to see how it is doing. He knows that in order for the seed to grow and bear fruit it must stay in the ground.

Keep them deep in your heartDon’t replace them with any other kind of seed. If your eyes are on your symptoms and your mind is occupied with thoughts other than God’s word you have the wrong seeds planted for the harvest that you desire. You have planted seeds of doubt. You are trying to raise one kind of crop from another kind of seed. A farmer doesn’t plant beans and expect to harvest corn. Focusing on your symptoms will kill your faith and replace it with doubt, but God’s word will strengthen your faith.

When you do what Proverbs 4:20-22 says then you will receive that life and healing that God has promised. Your faith will please God and you won’t cause Jesus to weep.

Mark 5:34 (NLT) — 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

Mark 10:52 (NLT) — 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

Luke 7:50 (NLT) — 50 And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Luke 18:42 (NLT) — 42 And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.”

John 16:1 (NLT) — 1 “I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.

Merry Christmas!

Be Inspired Hilltop!