Stop Blocking Your Miracle | Sermon by Tony Evans
your eyes a gift from God hard to imagine life without them but you can’t always trust what you see life is full of things that can’t be seen with the naked eye that’s where God comes in we see a problem he sees a solution we see weakness II see strength as you’re looking for answers keep one thing in mind you’ll need more than eyes to see the things that matter believing is seeing 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 Sun rises the Sun sets the law of gravity things go up things go down first law of second 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 overrules a 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 tied 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 we have to 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 have been here 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 going to do when you thought he was going to 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 actually made stuff worse by his negligence and by his delay and even by his denial if the truth were told 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 determined 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 buried 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 like 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 there 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 edumacation 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 didn’t I say to you can’t you hear girl what did you say there Jesus didn’t I say to you that if you believe you will see the glory of God did not say to you if you believe you would see okay now you get the exact wording of our series believing is seeing he didn’t say if you see you would believe he said if you believe you would see too many of God’s children are from Missouri from Missouri you got to see it first 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 it 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 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 is gonna do this we can’t figure out where this is gonna come from 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 believe 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 I’m gonna tell you something about the will of God God has a revealed will that’s what he said in the Bible and he has a secret will Deuteronomy says that the secret things belong to God he hasn’t revealed them 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 and watch this verse 41 so they removed the stone so there were people who were brought alongside to help her move 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 gotta move everyone in here should either be getting help to move a stone or be helping somebody else to move a stone because if you’re helping somebody else that means you got some focal can help you that’s what church is supposed to be and so they help her move the stone yeah it’s gonna get deeper now cuz so they move 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 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 that tense matters not I was I am which was the name God gave Moses that I’m God I am that I am so tense as matter 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 and I discussed 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 gonna 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 like 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 it’s me it’s me it’s me o lord standing in the need of prayer you you need him to call your Lazarus not just some vague answer or 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 bound do with hand and feed 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 because 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 panicked 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 circumstances 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 is gonna do for me I want a new house new car new clothes new this you know do something for me bless me I want my blessing I want my blessed 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 may I employ you to stop blocking your miracle that’s exactly what Martha was doing when her brother Lazarus died Jesus delayed his visit she said and marrying her sister said to if you would have been here the beauty just shown up then we would not have had to go through this pain of the loss of our brother Jesus goes with with him to the tomb and says remove the stone and that’s when Martha went illogical she gave Jesus a lesson in mortuary science she says she’s been dead for days he’s rotten rigor mortis has set in so he stinks Jesus has to give her a clarification he said did not I say to you that if you believed that you would see in other words I didn’t ask you for your logic I didn’t ask you for your human understanding or human I asked you to do what I asked you to do because true faith acts like God is telling the truth even when you haven’t seen the result of his request yet that’s because leaving precedes see so he told her you will not see what I want to do behind the stone until you do what I told you to do with this thing a lot of us are blocking our miracle they’re keeping the stone in front of what God wants to do because we’re going to watch it we’re using our education our background our success and our income and we are blocking what God wants to do in the spiritual realm we’re keeping the Lazarus’s of our lives trapped because we are too smart too sophisticated too technologically advanced to take God at His Word and simply faithfully ball it balls out it acting like God is telling the truth acting like it is shown even when it’s not so the motive that it might be so simply because God said so so I want to employ you again stop blocking your miracle I don’t know what God and you need God to do in your life but make sure you’re not standing in the way done by refusing to do a Swedish for most Christians acting on your faith can be scary because it means trusting something your eyes can’t always see Tony Evans reminds us that what we see with our eyes is not as reliable as what God reveals through his spirit today’s message is part of an eight part teaching series both believing is saved and you can obtain your copy by making a donation of any amount of Tony Evans done today..
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