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“Jesus answered, 'Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of the world. “But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.'" (John 11:9-10)

1. Who are the Dead God has Called Us to Raise?

a. Those who have died physically (Matt. 10:8) - “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

b. Those lacking purpose and hope (Prov. 29:18) - “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint (perish).”
** Raising the dead has two contexts. First those who have lost breath and who are pronounced legally dead. Secondly, those who are still breathing but lack purpose and hope. Both are dead.
** There are dead ministries God wants to raise. There are visions God wants to raise. There are people who are dead in their bodies with sickness and disease. There are those who are giving up in their hearts. God wants to raise the dead. How do we know the sun is not going to rise tomorrow? How do we know the person with the infirmity for thirtyeight years won’t hear? God says, “Be made whole.” We need to live every day of our lives with new mercies. We need to live every day of our lives as if today is the day. Today could be the day He says, “Do you want to be made whole?”
** Have you been in that place in your life where just when you thought the light and the breaking of the dawning of the new day was coming, and it could not get any darker, and it got darker? The car broke down, you lost your job, and you went, “That’s OK, I have some money in the savings account.” And you arrived home and said, “OK Lord, if anything else is going to happen, I’m going to absolutely snap.” Then you find out your other vehicle was being driven by your son and he had been in an accident, and the washing machine broke down, and somebody robbed your bank. Your money is gone and they do not know if they are going to be able to get it back. It always seems like its darker before the light comes. Just when you think the light is going to come and it cannot get any darker, all of a sudden it gets more impossible. Another hardship and another life mount up even more. Do you know what I’m talking about? Are you at that place? Do you need something raised from the dead? Do you need a spiritual breakthrough? Are you ready for the release of resurrection power?

2. Seeing through Jesus’ eyes brings life
(John 11:7-15) - 7 Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?” 9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10“But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” 12Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” 13However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 14Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15“And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”
** Looking through the eyes of Jesus and His perspective will enlighten us and lightens our load. Do you notice something about the perspective of Jesus? Lazarus was dead, but Jesus said he was sleeping. Was Jesus lying? God does not see our circumstances the way we see them. God does not see cancer and incurable diseases the way we see them. God does not see the impossibilities of life the way we see them. Think about how liberating it can be if we learn to see things through the eyes of Jesus.
** In your heart you may think your marriage is dead, or your finances dead, or your ministry dead. The anointing is dead or your reputation is dead. You may have vision in your heart that has died. There may have been a time when you dreamed about great exploits and now your hope is dead. The Lord said, “It’s not dead, it is sleeping.” The perspective of God sees our present circumstances and needs differently than we do. And if it is sleeping, “I go, that I may wake it up.” We need to speak to our situation and say, it is not dead it is sleeping. Though we have backslidden sons and daughters, and unsaved family members, it does not mean they are dead. To God they are sleeping.
** There is something in the heart of God that likes to move in the impossible. There is something about the heart of God that likes to move when something is dead. There is something about breakthrough and the dawning of a new day that comes when you are so dead and hopeless you do not know if anything is going to be able to happen. That is when God is going to come. He said, “Lazarus is dead and I am glad for your sakes, that I was not there.” Why am I glad for your sakes? I am glad for your sakes that you might believe.

3. God Sees Only Possibilities
(Matt. 19:26) - “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters of father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.”

a. God makes dead ends into highways
(Is. 35:3-8) - “Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees. 4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. 7 The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water; in the habitation of jackals, where each lay, there shall be grass with reeds and rushes. 8 A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray.”

b. Death is opportunity for life
(John 11:15) – “And I glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe, nevertheless let us go to him.”
** Every time you are in a place where you no longer have the strength and the ability in your own giftings and theology, and you have come to the place where you are so empty and broken you cannot move, say, “God says it is opportunity. That which is dead is an opportunity for resurrection.” Martha said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died
** Just like you and me, it is easy whenever we have victory under our belt; when we are walking in the victory of God, or we are in the mountain of breakthrough. There is faith and assurance. We are speaking to the mountain and it is moving. Breakthrough is in our life. We are overcoming. We say, “God, whatever You ask, I’ll believe it. Lord, I have faith right now for the impossible. I have faith right now to move mountains. I can raise the dead!”
** Have you been in the place just when you have victory under your belt, the phone rings? Lazarus is dead. All hope you had for your circumstance is dead; it’s almost an instant shift within you. Then God says, I am glad because it is not dead, it is sleeping. And, if it is sleeping, I go that I may wake it up.
** Martha said, “I know even though I know my brother is dead, whatever You ask of God, He will give it to You.” He said, “Your brother will rise again. Let me see if you really believe what you say you believe.” You say that whatever I ask of God He is going to give it. Let me just test this thing and say, “Your brother is going to rise again.”

4. Jesus is Resurrection and Life
(John 11:25) - “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.’”
**And Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and life.” She said, “I know You are the resurrection and the life. My brother is going to rise. I am going to see him again at the Second Coming. I am going to see my brother again in heaven.” And Jesus said, “I AM! “ “I AM! …” “I AM!” Today He says, “I AM, right now, I AM the resurrection of that which is dead. I AM. Not, I AM tomorrow. I AM the resurrection and the life.” And she said, “But even now I know that whatever You ask for God, God will give You.”

(To be continued... Next week will be part 2 of Faith to Raise the Dead)

In Him,

Todd Bentley


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