Bible text => John 11:14-15, 20-45.
On the contrary, Jesus didn’t weep because of the dead man because He knew he would rise up again.
Jesus wept because of the people’s unbelief. Mary and the Jews believed in Jesus (John 11:32, 37). But this faith was “incomplete” as absolute faith in God is required. They knew Him as a healer but not as one who resurrects.
Martha, who had heard him say “I am the resurrection… (John 11:25)” still argued with Him (John 11:39-40). Even His disciples who had been with Him portrayed this act (John 11:16). The Jews thought that Jesus wept because He loved him, that He would miss him; not knowing that He was weeping because of them.
Jesus reacted to their incomplete faith (synonymous to unbelief) with groanings (see John 11:33 and 38). He finally spoke up when He couldn’t take it anymore.
“Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)
It is a pity today that so-called Christians are guilty of this. Unbelief eats deep into us.
I won’t talk about miracles here, but of a life of purity.
We claim to know the devil’s strategies but we do not work against it. That is why some would accept the lies of the devil.
Of what essence is knowledge when we cannot apply it? It breaks my heart when I hear Christians say “we cannot be perfect”. That’s rich coming from the devil! Please tell me, why do we have the Holy Spirit? Or do you think He’s here just to make you blast in tongues?
God cannot command us to do what is not possible [because nothing is impossible]. He commands us to be perfect.
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your
Father which is in heaven is
perfect.” (Matthew 5:48).
Let’s stop being hypocritical. We only use “all things are possible with God” when it’s convenient for us. Why can’t we use it in this case of perfection?
Perfection can be attained when we live a blameless life before God.
Living PERFECTLY shows the glory of God. If only twenty-first century Christians would believe that living a perfect life is possible, we would surely see the glory of God working in us [as we attain perfection] and through us [as signs follow us].
“…,if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” (John 11:40).
Note: Unbelief is an act of unrighteousness.
Don’t grieve the Spirit through your unbelief. Just let Him help you.
Author: Miss Testimony
Damilola Deborah Funso-Adu is a model Christian who is in love with the pen.
She is a Nigerian, and an undergraduate student of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
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