16th October 2023
'Tony Evans says'
Without him, you cannot, but without you,
he will not.
The bridge that God has constructed for you to move from the natural to the supernatural is the bridge called faith.
Unbelief will keep you stuck where you are.
Unbelief, it's so powerful, it'll stop God's work in your life.
What I want talk to you about today, and what I want challenge you with today, is to stop blocking your miracle.
I'd like to suggest to us today, based on the Word of God, that a lot of us haven't seen God come through because we are delaying or denying his supernatural presence into our situation and into our circumstances.
Now, let me explain what I mean by something that is supernatural.
God has natural laws that govern the world.
The world works by natural, predictable laws, but when I talk about something supernatural, I'm talking where God trumps his own laws.
It is where God overrules himself.
He has set the laws in place, but a miracle is when God overrules a law he set in place in order to accomplish something he wants to do.
When you accepted Jesus as your personal Saviour, you entered the realm of the supernatural, which means that you have access to that which operates outside of the natural.
The problem is that we're so tied to the natural, we often miss, resist, or deny the supernatural.
Jesus was being deeply disturbed by the pain and the anguish, the emotion of what he was dealing with in the life of Martha and Mary.
In fact, in verse 35, the shortest verse in the Bible, it says, "Jesus wept".
So Jesus cried at the pain.
He shared the pain of Martha and Mary.
Jesus sympathizes with our infirmities,in Hebrews chapter 4, he comes to the tomb, and when he gets there, he issues a command,
'Remove the stone".
"Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to him, 'Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days'".
Jesus heard her do what he hears us do when we either do not like or do not understand his instruction.
We argue back with him with human logic.
That may be absolutely correct.
Your facts may be impeccable. You are absolutely correct, Martha.
Some of us have educated ourselves out of the supernatural.
We're just too smart for God, too intelligent for heaven, too brilliant for the kingdom of God, and so we live with our logic, and so we live only in the natural.
In the supernatural, if you believed, you would see.
What would you see? The glory of God.
What is the glory of God? It's God on display.
The glory of God is God revealing himself as God in our circumstances.
You and I are blocking our miracles when human logic, that, even if it's correct, trumps what God said.
You have just done what Matthew 13, says, "He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief".
So, you will be limited, I will be limited, we collectively will be limited to the natural when we do not move the stone;
that is, when we do not act on what God has said whether we understand it, can figure it out, like it or not.
God is saying, "I'll wait. I'll wait until you decide to believe.
Let me tell you something about the will of God.
God has a revealed will, that's what he says in the Bible, and he has a secret will.
Deuteronomy 29:29, says that "The secret things belong to God".
He hasn't revealed them.
Now, here it is.
You cannot get to God's secret will if you've ignored his revealed will.
In other words, if he says, "Move the stone",
or whatever it is in your situation he tells you to do,
but if you have to see what he's going do before you move the stone,
you'll never see what he's going to do because he'll keep secret his secret will
until he sees you believe his revealed will.
Bible references avaiable, on request
Anthony Tyrone "Tony" Evans Sr.
is an American Christian pastor, speaker, author, and widely syndicated radio and television broadcaster in the United States.
Evans serves as senior pastor to the over-9,500-member Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas.
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