Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
Have a heart-on collision with God
“But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” (John 11:4, NLT)
Jesus cleared the way for Lazarus’ complete death experience and his dramatic comeback even before he was dead. Stop and consider what that means to you. It probably doesn’t mean you’ll have a complete death experience and a dramatic comeback. But it does mean as you are reading this Jesus is already at work preparing a blessing for you to be used at a later date. That may seem a bit farfetched so if it does then here it is again for you to consider, “Lazarus’ sickness WILL NOT end in death.”
I know you’re not Lazarus and neither am I but that doesn’t mean Jesus loves and and values our friendship and wellbeing any less than his love and friendship wtih Lazarus. One thing has come to be apparent to me over the years is if all Jesus is to you or anyone is a Savior then your relationship with him has no depth or intimacy. Consider this… “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.” (John 10:9–11, NLT)
If you look closely enough you’ll not find Lazarus’ name anywhere in those 60 words. Therefore if you have allowed Jesus to shepherd you then you can feel safe and secure in not only finding the best God has to offer (good pastures) but also a rich and satisying life (perhaps not financially) but spiritually. And I have discovered through trial and error that when you look for God’s richest blessings in your heart (spirit) they’ll begin spilling over into all aspects of your life. Then suddenly where there was conflict there will be Peace, where there was darkness there will be Light, where there was hatred and appathy there will be Love, where there was sadness there will be Joy, where there was hopelessness there will be Hope.
God doesn’t want a head-on collison with you, God wants a heart-on collision with you!
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”**
GRACE and PEACE,
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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”
**Romans 15:13, NLT