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  • 30th Jan., 2017
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WHEN HE COMES - 22

"When He Comes… Believe!"

"And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
John 11:26 NKJV:

Do you believe this? This settles my own fear of continuity. If there is life , it will not quench again. The Resurrection is here, the Life is here... The constant Supplier, Restorer... the One that keeps a man fresh continually is here. The death of our spiritual experience, the cutting off of a continuous walk with God in a close communion is hereby outlawed. If we lose not the abiding position in Him as the branch, the life will ever flow. This is life! It is not just revival...it is life, steady, stable and steadfast. It is life everyday... life every time... life everywhere... life eternal... life abiding... life abounding and life abundant.

“Believest thou this?

While Martha was shouting; “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days”... you may have such reasons behind your unbelief. You may be counting days, weeks, months and years since your death situation had occurred; you may be measuring the level of decay and decomposition ... you may be bothered about the stinking and the foul smell.

But hear what Jesus said to her and I believe to you as well:

“Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?”

I told you before and I am telling you now and again ... do you believe this? Do not let unbelief lock you out of life and resurrection! Do not let it keep you bound with the grave clothes. Do not allow unbelief to cripple you and keep you with another empty exposition. Rise up and believe this ... otherwise you have not believed yet. You may wish to join the father of the epileptic boy in his cry…

“Lord I believe, help my unbelief.”

WHEN HE COMES - 21

"He Is Here!!!"

"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
John 11:25 NKJV:

Note the strong emphasis in His word here: I am the Resurrection and the Life: not just that I resurrected and live ... I am Myself the embodiment of Resurrection ... I am the upsurge that conquers death and all its agents. I am Myself the life... Every life draws from Me, the Life. It is My life that bears the living on ... I am the source of life. No death can hold me down or whosoever I touch or pour into. Now look: “he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

Are you dead? Are you dying? Have you even been put away to the tomb of forgetfulness; sealed off with a very big stone? Is there an agent of death eating you rapidly? Are you having a “consumption” under your skin? Are you written off by medical personnel? Are your bones decaying? Do you have cancer of any sort? “Though he were dead, yet shall he live! Believeth thou this?” Though - a big, bogus, fearful diagnosis - hopeless, and helpless - he were dead (the climax and the end and terminus of every mortal man), he shall live! Not that he may probably live... No! He shall surely, assuredly, definitely live.

Do you believe this? I know you may believe many other things and may want to spiritualize this away, you wish to push it to the last day as Martha did, but the Master is still standing like He stood then...it is not a different man. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Do you believe this? Not if you believe all things; all Bible doctrines; all eschatology; but this one thing! Do you believe this? “That I Am the Resurrection and the Life! And that he who believes in Me though he was dead, yet shall he live.” Do you believe this? If you do, show Him where your dead is laid today and right away. Show Him the spot on your body, in your soul and in your spirit , where the agents of death and decay are already at work! Is it in your bones or the marrow? Are your bones collapsing? Is your spirit experiencing death? Dry, dying, freezing and shrinking spiritual life ... He is here, right here and now! Touch Him as you pray and you will see life surge through your spirit and your vein! Are you lying on the bed over there! Rise up... “I am the Resurrection and the Life” is here ... Revival is here for your spirit and your soul! The resurrection and the life Himself is here... He is here.

WHEN HE COMES - 20

"Do you believe this?"

"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
John 11:25 NKJV:

“I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus declared! This is the basis of our expectation. Lazarus' story only happens to serve us as an illustration ... even if there was no Lazarus, He is still the Resurrection and the Life. He is the life ... He is the essence of living. He also is the Resurrection! When you touch Jesus, you have touched the life and you have touched the resurrection and the power that raises a man from deadness. The life that quickens the dead and forestalls every decay... Himself is the resurrection. When He comes in, there must be a resurrection. “He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live...” What an assurance and a definite word! Though he may die, though he may decay... He shall live.

And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die... He is the Sustainer of life. He is the One that keeps a man ever fresh and in continuous revival. Look unto Him and you will never die again. I speak not of the dying of our mortal bodies but of your spiritual life and of your communion with the LORD! We can trust Him to keep the fire burning and to keep us ever-fruitful even at our old age. He is the Resurrection and the life: do you believe this? You may have believed many other things. You may have quietly postponed the time of visitation for your life till the “by and by”. You may have given up every hope of recovery and restoration but hear Him authoritatively declare...

“I am the resurrection and the life... Though he may die, he shall live and if he lives and believes, he shall never die... Do you believe this?"

This is the crux of the matter. Every death and decay must give way when He comes... Even ordinary Elisha died and his dry bones in the grave still carried remnant of this resurrection life. A dead soldier was mistakenly dropped in his tomb and on touching Elisha's dry bones, the man revived and walked away. Elisha only received a double portion of the spirit of Elijah but this man, Jesus, did not receive the spirit by measure. He carries a measureless, inexhaustible anointing.

It pleased the Father that in Him should all the fullness of the Godhead dwell. Out of His fullness - out of His own store have we all received grace upon grace! John the Baptist was the greatest of all the prophets but he confessed that the latches of His shoes, he was unworthy to unloose ... it is Him, who is the first born of every creature... He that was with “God in the beginning, He is the WORD that became flesh, He made all that was made in the beginning. There is nothing that was made that He did not make ... Even God the Father reverenced Him and adored Him. To the Son, He said:

“Thy throne O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Heb. 1:8-9.

He is the “I AM!” Before Abraham was “I AM...”, was His declaration. He is the only one that can bear “I AM...” And He said ... “I am the Resurrection and the Life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live...”


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Praise God for His grace and mercy that has brought us into another year, 2017! All that we witness in 2016 only helped to proof God’s faithfulness to His promises towards us.

This year is a year of abundance if we will but walk by God’s clear instructions and guidance. Let us not forget that the Comforter is here. If we exercise human power and might we are bound to meet with failure, but if we remove our shoes and surrender to His leadership, then, we shall see tremendous results in all our endeavors.

The Lord does not need to make windows in heaven for His word to come to pass. Let us therefore watch against unbelief least though we may see His word come to pass but may not partake of it fulfillment. “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts.

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