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Faith to Raise the Dead - Part 2

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(This is part 2 of this two part series.. enjoy!)

5. Faith Lays Hold of the Promise Now!
** We take the Word of God and put it in the future. I am going to be healed. I am going to die and go to heaven. Everything is always tomorrow. I am a now kind of kingdom guy. Today is the day of salvation. If I saw it in the Word of God, it was yesterday and I should have applied it already. I live in a place that if it is there, I am going to have it now. And that is why we have been able to come to where we are so quickly. We refuse to wait. I believe in the patience of God, and the timing of God, but there are certain things that I refuse to wait on. If I know it is now, if I know it was yesterday, I am not going to wait. I am going to have it today. I am going to do everything that I can to lay hold of that which Christ has laid hold of for me, until I see it.
** Jesus reached the tomb. Lazarus was dead for four days in the grave, and his body had begun to smell. Jesus wept. Do you know why Jesus wept? Some people believe He wept because He had such a heart of compassion for Lazarus. He saw Martha, He saw Mary. He wept because He was grieving and mourning because Lazarus was dead. Jesus was not weeping because of compassion. Jesus groaned in His spirit and wept because of the state of unbelief of His people. When it really comes down to where the rubber hits the road and the Lord says to us, “I AM the resurrection”, for most of us it is always tomorrow. We cannot lay hold of what God has for us now. But faith lays hold of the promise now.
** I hope I get healed. I hope it’s coming. I hope this is it… I hope that was the word of knowledge. God wants us to have hope. But do not allow your hope to be defined as not until tomorrow. Faith lays hold of things now. Faith takes it as if it is yours, even if you do not see it. That is the substance of faith.
** He groaned in His spirit because of the unbelief. They did not recognize the power Jesus had over that which was dead and impossible. He looked at Martha after He had raised Lazarus from the dead and He said, “Did I not tell you that if you would believe, you would have seen the glory of God?” But you did not believe what you said you believed. So, I am glad Lazarus is dead. Because now the deadness in Lazarus’ body is an opportunity for me to show you what is impossible with man is not impossible with God.

6. God is Never Early and Never late
(Mark 5:21-23) - “Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. 22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”
** Why is it God likes to come through at the last minute? Why is it God is never early but He is never late? Before the breakthrough comes, we think He is late. Then we see it come and realize how perfect He is. Then we vow, next time, and next time I am going to have faith. God is never early. Why can He not bring breakthrough early to those who are living by faith? What is it about God and the last hour? What is it about God with the dead? What is it about God with the impossible? What is it about God that He hears about the circumstances of your life and He waits two more days? Why does He bring you to that place? “Because I am glad for your sakes that you might believe because I want you to conquer some things. I want to put some levels in your Spirit.”

7. Contend for Your Inheritance
** Raising the dead may require an active role on our parts. We may need to war and contend until we see/experience the resurrection. We really have two choices here. We can go into that doom loop of grief and disbelief or we can praise, give thanks and war and contend for our inheritance.
a. Thanksgiving and Praise
(Rom. 4:20) - “He did not waves at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.”
b. Get excited when there is only death
We see in Mark 5:35 - 35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” He was still giving the confession of faith. He was still in a place of confidence. He said, “Whatever You ask God, He will give it.” If you will come now, God, I will have a breakthrough. It will happen, Lord. If You lay Your hands on my daughter, she will live. Have you been there? “My breakthrough is coming. I have got hold of God. I can feel it. I have it in the spirit. The victory is coming. And then all of a sudden… While He was speaking, one of the rulers came and said, “Your daughter is dead.” Pop! There goes the balloon of your faith, enthusiasm, and excitement. When you thought it could not get any more impossible, it got more impossible. And God says, “I am glad for your sakes.” Because that which is dead is opportunity for My resurrection power. We need to get excited about that which is dead.

8. Only Believe
(Mark 5:36) - “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
** This man came to the crossroads of faith. God said if a miracle is going to happen, I must keep this man in faith. I must keep him believing it is just as easy for Me to heal his daughter now, even though she is dead as it was for Me to heal her when she was alive. I must move My church into the place where they know it is just as easy for Me to heal a blind eye as it is for me to heal a back condition. I must bring My church to a revelation that it does not take more sweat to stretch forth My hand and heal somebody in a wheelchair than it does for Me to heal somebody’s stomach disorder. I must keep him in that place where he is going to believe because faith is going to release this miracle.
** He said, “Only believe.” I f you can still believe the way you believed a moment ago, even though it seems even more impossible now when she is dead, I can still release your miracle. But it is so important that you only believe. Only believe. That is easy to say, isn’t it? Only believe. I mean, let me make it simple. Only believe. You do not have a choice. There is no other choice. Only believe.

9. Nothing but Faith, Hope and Love
(1 Cor. 13:13) - “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
** Do you know what the Bible gives you? The Bible gives you these three things: faith, hope and love. You do not even have the right to choose to be discouraged. You do not have the right not to believe. So you might as well just purpose in your heart today that you have faith, hope and love.
** God did not say ten years, twelve years, or thirty-eight years. He said, “Many died not yet having received the promise.” That means you must war for what God wants to give you. If you do not have it, you war for it until you get it, or until the day you die. You must war for it until your last breath. There is nothing else but faith, hope and love. You might as well make a purpose in your heart today you are going to have to war. You are going to have to contend. You have to get excited about that which looks dead and say, “It is not dead, it is only sleeping.”

10. Abraham’s Faith brings Life
(Rom. 4:17) - “(as it is written, ‘I have made you a father of many nation’) in the presence of Him who believed – God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;”
** Do you know why Abraham is known as the Father of Faith? See Romans 4:17. God gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did! Abraham called forth those things that were not as though they were, and believed God could give life to the dead.
** God told Abraham as He tested him, “I want to bring your only son and kill him. I want you to give me Isaac.” Abraham was like you and I. He probably laid up all night and thought, “How am I going to tell Sarah I have to take Isaac and kill him? What are the neighbors going to think? How can I justify taking the son of my own flesh? How am I going to take Isaac up there? How am I going to tie him up and take the knife and kill him? What if I have to stab him three times? What if he doesn’t die right away? What if it hurts and I miss the fatal organ or something? That cannot be God. God said that in me all of the nations of the earth were going to be blessed. Isaac is the only natural manifestation that can even possibly help me get from point “A” to point “B”. If I take him out of the way, then what God promised cannot happen. So, this cannot be God.” Abraham probably started to reason. And you better believe he was like you and I. I mean, he loved his son. And he may have laid there all night long thinking about that. But, let me show you what happened. Abraham counted on God, as God, to give life to the dead. Somewhere along the line, Abraham saw himself kill Isaac and saw God raise him from the dead. He knew that even if he brought Isaac unto that mountain and took his life, God would just raise him from the dead. And when he actually got up the mountain, God said, “Because you already saw it and you already did it in the spirit, it is good as done.”

11. Your Miracle Begins in Your Spirit
(Heb. 11:1) - “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” You need to see your miracle in your spirit before it will manifest. You need to see it as finished. Abraham thought, “I already see Isaac killed, dead, and raised up. God ‘gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did’. If I bring him up there and kill him, God will resurrect him.” Like Abraham, we must see it in our spirit. We must catch a vision and revelation of what Jesus has already done. We must see ourselves healed. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He did not have to lay hands on the dead. There was authority in the Word of God. What is dead? Maybe your faith is dead. Maybe your relationship with God, your marriage, your children, your body, your church or even your ministry is dead. See the situation and command resurrection power to be released. Let your hope rise again and your faith be resurrected. Contend for miracles as your vision is restored. See the power of his life come. He is the Resurrection and Life!
** Let warfare, the release for warring and contending for miracles be released in the Name of Jesus Christ. Let your vision be resurrected, let hopelessness and despair GO in the Name of Jesus! Because it is well. It is well!

In Him,

Todd Bentley


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