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Success and Miracles

Truth Matters / Dr. Cheryl Davis
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April 25, 2022 4:45 pm

Success and Miracles

Truth Matters / Dr. Cheryl Davis

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April 25, 2022 4:45 pm

This week, Dr. Cheryl Davis teaches on success for significance, four days to a miracle, and so much more.

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You may never know the impact that you have but that's okay. Significance is not about keeping score or time is about the lingering effect of the effects of your life outlet. Don't spend your life chasing success Chase significance. This is the part where the Lord came to me and said you know, look at the past 12 years of your life.

I've been calling you for a long time and to deeper debts and higher heights to me and I looked at my own life and solve how I had chased success rather than significance and that is the shifts that the Lord needed to make in my mind, and also in my heart, which is what led me to make the second most important decision I've ever made in my life. First is to give my life to Christ and second is to follow him wholeheartedly.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. You have the opportunity to make these choices each and every day from here on out. Remember what it said in the beginning, the choices that you will make are the choices that make you God's determination of success is based on three choices.

The first choice choose to live a life for the blessed hope choose to follow Christ. The second choice choose to live a life of the sanctified mind, be prepared for the battle with the word of God when the enemy comes to frustrate your purpose in God and the third choice choose to live a life not to chase success but to chase significance and if you are one of those that are about to make a life-changing decision or is the Lord is speaking to your heart about being obedient to him. Don't delay delay today Christ loved you enough to come and die for you is our reasonable service. To be obedient even in my own independent study. In my own life. Christ has been working major miracles and today I want to talk about being rooted in Christ and the verse in Colossians that talks about being established in the faith that I want to talk to you today about how we must build our faith. If our faith is weak. Our work will not be strong and as I said before, I felt the urgency for many years to really sound the alarm of Christ's second coming and that we living in the last days, and John chapter 9 verse four. Jesus tells us that I must work the works of him who sent me while it is day, the night is coming when no one can work. So much you turn in your Bibles to John chapter 11 the death of Lazarus. I really hesitated about speaking here about Lazarus because I feel like all of you know the story so well and you're saying in your mind.

I've heard Lazarus hundreds of times but if you'll just hang on until the end.

I think you're going to see it working to glorify God.

One more time with the story of Lazarus.

So let's get into John chapter 11 verses one through five. Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

It was that Martha, who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped his feet with her hair.

His brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to him, saying, Lord, hold heating him who you love is sick when Jesus heard that, he said, this sickness is not unto death for the glory of God the son of God may be glorified through it.

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus said when he heard that he was sick, he stayed two more days in the place where he was and after this he said to the disciples, let us go to Judea again. I want to talk to you about four days to a miracle.

You've heard the song numerous times or days late and all hope is gone. Some of you listening to me today and the Lord showed me that your dream has died and you have lost your hope you are telling the Lord that he is four days late that your level and hope you are poor in spirit.

You are abiding in the Lord, but you are still poor in spirit with no power. Some of you have the spirit of heaviness so much to the point that you feel that your chest is going to bust some of you are bound up in the prison of religion, not knowing how to be set free. Some of you are showing up to church Sunday after Sunday with a smile on your face miserable on the inside and leaving church in the same condition because you have lost your hope. I want to tell you that all it takes is four days. Mary and Martha waited four days of Jesus. Let me show you the four days earlier, and John chapter 10 verse 40 we see that Jesus is physically located beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. At first we know this to be Beth Ibarra, which was about 20 miles from Bethany. You can confirm that later in John 128 but take my word for it. Jesus is that Beth Ibarra, Mary and Martha are in Bethany. They are 20 miles apart.

Now Lazarus gets extremely sick and in verse three.

They sent to Jesus saying, Lord, behold, he you love is sick, how they send Jesus how they getting the messenger leaves and goes to tell Jesus on day one. He traveled without delay because he was really sick.

It was urgent and 20 miles is about a day journey so the messenger comes to Jesus on day one Saturday one. They send the messenger the day's journey, he gets to Jesus on day one. If you're taking notes. Write that down day one and verse for it tells us when Jesus heard the messenger he said go until Mary and Martha that this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God that the son of God may be glorified through it details the messenger the messenger journeys back to Bethany and returns to Bethany on day two, verse five tells us that he loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. He chose to stay two more days so on day four.

Jesus says let us go to Judea again and gets to Bethany on the fourth day. So let's review that day one. The messenger comes to Jesus day to the messenger returns to Bethany Jesus waits one day. Day three Jesus weights another day, then departs day for Jesus arrives in Bethany, but I left out one important detail on this timeline, let's look in verse 11, where Jesus says our friend Lazarus sleeps in verse 14 Jesus says plainly, Lazarus is dead.

So when did Lazarus die in verse 39, Martha says, Lord.

He has been dead for days. So Lazarus died on day one when they sent the messenger to Jesus said, let's review the timeline one more time. Day one messenger comes to Jesus. Lazarus dies on day one day to the messenger returns to Bethany Jesus waits one day. Day three Jesus weights another day, then departs day for Jesus arrives in Bethany. There is one more thing that I want to add to this timeline.

Where is the middle the middle is day two day one.

The messenger comes to Jesus. Lazarus dies day to the messenger returns to Bethany Jesus waits one day. That is the middle day three Jesus weights another day, then departs day for Jesus arrives in Bethany, Mary and Martha waited four days.

Allow me to briefly summarize from Mary and Martha's perspective what they have experienced in these four days. They dearly love their brother Lazarus so much that they call Jesus even though they know it is dangerous for him to come back to their hometown. Lately the Jews were seeking to stone him, but they were desperate because their brother was going to die so they sent a messenger, but before the messenger got back their brother dies. No, Jesus, and no messenger. They buried him within 24 hours of his death.

According to the Jewish law then on day two.

In the midst of morning the death of their brother award from the Lord comes and says this sickness will not be unto death, but for the glory of God that the son of God may be glorified through it. But Lazarus is already dead with their eyes they can see that Lazarus is dead already on day one. They had already buried him. Then two more days past and they are living through the death with the mourners at their house going back and forth to the great he has been dead for days and have lived through the whole ordeal. Then Jesus shows up and they say, Lord, aren't you about four days late. Can you have come when we called you but can you have just spoken the word and healed him like you did the Roman soldier's daughter. I thought we were close. I thought that you loved us that some of you listening to me today are asking the same questions of Jesus. I thought that you loved me.

Why didn't you show up when I called for you. Why did my request go unanswered to the point that it died on day four we know that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the greatest miracle of his ministry raising Lazarus from the dead was the greatest miracle of his ministry that some of you listening to me today are going to see great miracles in your life but you have to go through this four-day cycle first to get it said I would name the cycle I would name it. The four-day cycle to the miracle. Some of you have prayed for God to manifest his glory in your life you are confused by the cycle that you are in, you have been full by the prosperity gospel or the mirage of Facebook. Not everything that shines is gold that has been purified in the fire. Let me say that another way. Not everything that shines is a permanent dispensation from heaven.

Some of you have prayed for permanent dispensation from heaven which are great miracles. God does not hand out great miracles without preparing your heart for them first. If you cannot endure the pit you cannot handle the palace, in the words of the great John Haig. If you cannot endure the pit you cannot handle the palace.

God has a four-day cycle to his manifest glory. The question is do you truly desire to see the manifest glory of God in your life do you truly desire to see the manifest glory of God in your life and are you rooted enough to endure it. So let's study the cycle day one. The messenger comes to Jesus and Lazarus dies day one. Mary and Martha sent the messenger to Jesus. They said, Jesus, the one whom you love is sick.

They informed Jesus of their situation and made the request but Lazarus still died. Notice the Bible calls Lazarus a certain man, first to the Bible says that Mary that Mary, the Bible tells us that many are called but few are chosen because you have been chosen for salvation. Philippians 129 tells us 14 years it has been granted on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but to also suffer for his sake to be rooted in Christ. You must understand this concept to identify with Christ is to suffer along with him. This is not routinely preached in our pulpits of America today. This is the absolute truth. We ask God for miracle.

We do not expect this cycle of suffering to come. We serve the God of our own minds, the God of our minds is a God that works like an ATM when we request money we enter our pin number comes out instantly and we drive off.

If you are experiencing blessings in this manner you are entering the pin number 666 the way of man, God does not work that way. To be promoted to God's palace.

You must endure the pit greatness and the Lord will not come without a struggle. The glory of God will not be manifest in your life until your heart is prepared to receive it to handle it and to hold onto it. You must go through the process. But today, you must ask yourself, are you willing to walk this road. You can be saved and not see the manifest glory of God in your life you can live on the fringe of Christianity. You will make it to heaven with the smell of smoke on your garment. Greatness comes only by way of suffering and sacrifice division matters. This is a ministry's theology goes inside or outside of the church like to listen to these messages on the project matters click on the podcast link is also you want to send a letter versus project letters, PO Box 159 St. Paul's, North Carolina matters 20 5:20 PM was just a quick and encourage one another and bring the gospel goes matters.

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