Stop Blocking Your Miracle by Dr Tony Evans
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Let me tell you something God doesn’t do miracles just to show off he does the supernatural so that his name will be and they say [Music] see because too many of us still got him in a manger somewhere 72 million of us don’t know who we dealing with here who then is this that even the wind and the sea obey Him it doesn’t work this religious thing this Christian thing it doesn’t work that’s what the disciples are saying it’s not working I’m not getting victory I’m not being delivered I’m not I’m not I’m not it’s not working and they want to know why he doesn’t just bless you for you he blesses you for his name his glory your impact your testimony your ministry God just don’t want to do miracles that excludes you he wants to do miracles that include you you are part of America [Music] believing is seeing experiencing the supernatural our goal for you for us is to not limit yourself to the natural and miss the supernatural what I want to talk to you about today and what I want to 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’re holding God up 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 that’s why science is possible because they can see the laws at work and draw conclusions based on the consistency of the law the sunrise of sunsets the law of gravity things go up things go down first law of thermodynamics second law of thermodynamics there are laws that are predictable it’s the way the world works but when I talk about something supernatural I’m talking where God Trump’s his own laws it is where God overrules himself he has set the laws in place but a miracle is when God over rules our law he set in place in order to accomplish something he wants to do when you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior 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 are so tired to the natural we often miss resist or deny the supernatural our story is a very familiar one in John st.
John chapter 11 it is the story of the resurrection of Lazarus I’ve mentioned that on a number of occasions but today I want to take you on a little deeper journey into this story now to summarize the whole chapter is about this one story to summarize Martha and Mary have called on Jesus to heal their brother Lazarus was sick Jesus has said his sickness is not unto death and Jesus delays going to help their sick brother get better during the interim of Jesus’s delay Lazarus dies Jesus shows up too late he dies after saying he wasn’t gonna die after they had called on him wehaveto frustrated sisters Martha the the verbal one says Jesus if you would have been here my brother would not add that where were you when we needed you where were you when you call we called on you and and you you know we heard the sermon that things were gonna get better and they’ve only gotten worse Martha the quiet one just went home and started weeping and she too said the same thing Jesus if you would admit in our brother would not have died that’s the scenario of the story up until this point and if the truth were told there are many here today who have been disappointed by the Lord the Lord didn’t do what you clearly understood he said he was gonna do when you thought he was gonna be in a hurry he’s taking his time when you thought he answered your prayer the answer was the opposite in fact if the truth be told some of us believe God actually made stuff worse by his negligence and by his delay and even by his denial if the truth were told in verse 38 so Jesus again being deeply moved within came to the tomb now it was a cave and a stone was lying against it Jesus was being deeply disturbed by the pain 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 Mary but let me tell you something about Jesus’s emotions while Jesus sympathizes with our infirmities Hebrews chapter 4 Jesus would never let his emotions govern his theology he would feel it but he wouldn’t let how he felt about it determine what he did because his commitment to God’s truth had to override his emotions at the moment so he is crying with her but at the same and he’s moved by the scenario he’s anguished about the situation but at the same time he now seeks to address the problem so he comes to the tomb and when he gets there he issues a command verse 39 Jesus said remove the stone there is a stone a large boulder over the cave when lazarus body has been and Jesus says remove the stone he utters a command that involved the action Martha mouth because she’s the talkative one says to Jesus Martha the sister of the deceased said to him Lord by this time there will be a stench for he has been dead for days she did what most of us do when Jesus issues a command that we neither light nor understand she enters the conversation with human logic please don’t miss this everything she said was correct 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 your facts may be impeccable you are absolutely correct Martha dead for days he does stink Jesus responds and Jesus said to her did not I say to you let me stop right there can’t you hear are you not paying attention nothing will block the supernatural movement of God in your life like your logic your education some of us have educated ourselves out of the supernatural we’re just too smart for God to intelligent for heaven to brilliant for the kingdom of God and so we live with our logic and so we live only in the net [Music] [Laughter] I studied the Bible in college for four years I studied the Bible before you as definitely master’s degree another form is negative about their degree and then I’ve been preaching all of these years and I’m still learning new things from this awesome inexhaustibility a little game that’s why I’m so excited about the 2018 Study Bible and its accompanying works with Tony Evans Bible commentary it will take all of this training and this teaching and make it available to you to understand utilize and apply God’s most powerful [Music] didn’t I say to you can’t you hear girl what did you say there’s Jesus didn’t I say to you that if you believe you will see the glory of God he didn’t say if you see you would believe he said if you believe you would see in the natural you see before you believe in the natural not so in the supernatural in the supernatural if you believe 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 your circumstance the glory of God is when God advertises himself the glory of God is when God puts himself or his attributes on a billboard so you can see God at work but you will not see it in the physical until you believe it in the spiritual you and I are blocking our miracles when human logic that if even if it’s correct Trump’s 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 and that is what often happens with Christians limiting us to the natural because we can’t figure out how God’s gonna do this we can’t figure out where this is going so did not say to you that you would see with your own eyes the glory of the God but you won’t see the supernatural till you bleed and you believe by doing what I told you to do God is saying I’ll wait I’ll wait until you decide to believe now wait till you decide that you’re not gonna just throw facts my way like I don’t know what I’m talking about I created the world and you’re gonna describe to me biology God has a revealed will that’s what he said 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 he 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 you have to see what he’s gonna do before you move the stone you’ll never see what he’s gonna do because he’ll keep secret his secret will until he sees you believe his revealed will so if you don’t do what you know he said he won’t show you what he’s up to in secret in the supernatural realm and you can’t figure it out ahead of time cuz he’s the unfit routable God his ways are not your ways his thoughts are not your thoughts Isaiah 55 so you can’t figure out well what is he gonna do how is he gonna do this before I move this stone let me try to figure it out that’s an excedrin pm headache now watch this verse 41 so they removed the stone so there were people who were brought alongside to help her lose something she could not move herself too deep that’s why you need community that’s why you need people around you to help you move stones you can’t move because God won’t move until the stone is moved so if you cannot move the stone get some people who care about you enough who are crying with you enough who love you enough to put their hands on your stone that you got to move so they remove the stone then the Bible says in Hebrews chapter 7 verse 25 that jesus is our intercessor the Bible says in Romans 8 27 the Holy Spirit is our intercessor according to the will of God so it has to be God’s will of course God doesn’t do everything we want because we want it but there are a lot of things in God’s will he’s waiting to do after he seen faith in action so he says then Jesus said raised up his eyes and said father I thank you that you have heard me father I want to thank you that you have heard me let’s put it another way let me say what he didn’t say he didn’t say father I thank you that you are hearing me he does not speak in the present tense he speaks in the past tense so let’s talk about the doctrine of tenses because tenses matter when Jesus said to the to the Jews before Abraham was I am at tents matters not I was I am which was the name God gave Moses that I’m God I am that I am so tenses manna he says thank you Father that you have already heard me which means whatever he’s getting ready to talk about he has previously discussed God you wanna discuss this earlier stay with me man we can’t get ahead of that discussion back in chapter 11 verse 2 and the sister sent word to Jesus saying Lord behold he whom you love is sick Lazarus but when Jesus heard this he said this sickness is not to end in death but for the glory of God so the Son of God may be glorified by it so let’s look at what happened here I thank you Father that you’ve already heard and we’ve already talked about this in other words when they sent word to me about the need of a miracle you and me daddy had a meeting and in our meeting when we discussed this we agreed that when we saw faith we were going to do a supernatural work we you and I have already had this meeting but even though you and I have had the meeting in the spiritual realm they’re not going to see what we agreed on in the physical realm until the bridge of faith is built so that my intercession for them becomes you bringing to pass what has already been agreed on so why is that important for you to know that your supernatural miracle whatever is in God’s will to do has already been agreed on in the spiritual realm that means you do not have to beg God to do something that is in his will to do he is not you waiting on God if he’s agreed to it it’s him waiting on you to move the stone so he can let you see what was already previously agreed on it’s called the intercession of the Son and of the Holy Spirit bringing into the physical realm what has previously been agreed on in the spiritual realm once faith has been exercised even if it has to overrule logic and correct logic this is the intercession of God what a great truth that God stands like a defense attorney between the client and the jury to plead your case about something that’s already been agreed on in the spiritual realm that’s why the Bible says he’s already been to the end and that he backs up to the beginning so he already knows where this thing is going but faith activates it in your experience are you trapped does the scenario stink is the only hope for this thing a resurrection you qualify for the supernatural watch this when he had said these things he cried out with a loud voice Lazarus come off notice the specificity of the crime not y’all come forth because then everybody from the graveyard would have got up what he requested was the specific answer to the specific request not a general answer that applies to everyone when you did a miracle you didn’t talk about everybody you talk about as me it’s me it’s me o lord standing in the need of prayer you you need him to call yo Lazarus not just some vague answer oh by the way that’s how you know it’s God when he calls it by yo named Lazarus a specific answer to a specific need in a specific situation predicated on a specific request Lazarus come forth now watch this watch this watch I want you to miss this get ready close it out here but don’t miss this cuz it says the man who had died came forth bounded with hand and feet with wrappings and his face was wrapped around with a cloth jesus said to them unbind him and let him go okay watch this now it says he came forth but he didn’t come forth walking he came forth shuffling cuz he was still tied up said he was tied up around his legs around his head around his head he was still wrapped in death cloth so watch this now he was alive but he was not liberated cuz he was still tied up now he had a miracle the miracle was what was dead is now alive so he comes walking out cuz he’s tied up but guess what Jesus that he called this small group he said I want y’all to untie his legs and I want you to unhook his arms I want y’all to unwrap his head because I want the other folk to participate in my miracle God just that want to do miracles that excludes you he wants to do miracles that include you you are part of the miracle he did enough to get it going he says I want y’all to finish it all so that you can see how I can use people in the lives of circum stances to do what they can do I’ll get him alive y’all can at least unwrap them away you and I are participants that’s why second Corinthians chapter 6 says we are workers together with him he will do what we can’t do he wants us to do what we can do so that we become partners in the supernatural miracle-working process and it closes by saying and many believed on him so let me tell you something God doesn’t do miracles just to show off he doesn’t do the supernatural to flex his muscles he does the supernatural so that his name will be known many believed on him that’s the problem with a lot of folk coming to church looking for a blessing they looking for what God’s gonna do for me I want a new house new car new clothes new this do something for me bless me I want my blessing I want my best my blessing and then after God does something he gets no notification no glorification he’s not witnessing you’re not talking about him you’re not giving him the credit you’re not responding and giving you’re not doing you’re not doing anything you just talking about Joe blessing he doesn’t just bless you for you he blesses you for his name his glory your impact your testimony your ministry not the redeemed of the Lord say so when you get your supernatural you better open up your mouth and you better declare the greatness of your God because only your God can go into your grave and raise you up and give you life you better give him the glory due his name so let me tell you something God doesn’t do miracles just to show off he doesn’t do the supernatural to flex his muscles he does the supernatural so that his name will be done some issues are too big for you to handle by yourself that’s why you need community that’s why you need people around you to help you move stones you can’t that’s what church is supposed to be he doesn’t just bless you for you he blesses you for his name his glory your impact your testimony your ministry not the redeemed of the Lord say so when you get your supernatural you better open up your mouth and you better declare the greatness of your gods because only your gods can go into your grave and raise you up and give you life you better give him the glory to his name.
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