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May 28, 2022 4:30 am
This week, Dr. Cheryl Davis teaches on 4 Days to a Miracle and so much more.
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Learn more about the ministry of the project at www.projectmatters.gov. Let's enjoy this week's Extended Edition as Dr. Davis teaches on four days to a miracle that much for greatness comes only by way of suffering.
It was good enough for God's time to go to the cross, the way of the cross is good enough for you. That was good enough for God's son to go to the cross, the way of the cross is good enough for you and this is a very important point that I want a lot of you to understand your suffering is by appointment not by accident. You have asked God for a miracle and he has sent suffering to prepare you for it. Day one in the first concept of this message to reign with Christ. You must suffer with Christ. Let's move on today to day to the messenger returns to Bethany and if you remember, this is the middle date is special and I want to spend more time here because this is the middle we read before that Lazarus died on day one, but the messenger did not come back until day to a word from the Lord said to Mary and Martha. This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God that the son of God may be glorified through it.
Mary and Martha are in the middle of their four days they have experienced the death of their request and a promise from the Lord comes after their brother's death. He is already dead to them it comes too late. A promise from God can come at the darkest time in your suffering.
You are most vulnerable in the middle of the cycle. Why in the middle, you are halfway there. Most times he feels that you have given it a good faith effort, and if it was going to work. It would have worked by now.
If Jesus was going to come, he would've come by now you are tempted to give up and to give out because you think you have endured enough already.
We reason our way out of the cycle and some step out of the will of God. At this point Mimi fall away in the middle and miss the glory of God in their lives. Jesus knew that Mary and Martha were most vulnerable. During this time. This is why he sent his word. The very words of God are promises his very breath his life to us. He is a God that does not lie when he speaks, he speaks absolute truth out of the abundance of his holiness and righteousness. His words have inherent power. They are living, meaning his word can literally change the spiritual and physical realms.
His words are commands that even the demons and Hill shutter and must obey. The grass withers and the flower faded, but the word of God will stand forever. So let's take a look at the promise in the middle. Jesus promised this sickness is not unto death.
He did not promise that Lazarus would not die. He promised that death would not be the end result when the promise of God goes out and we receive it. The enemy is there waiting to confuse it.
The enemy confuses the promise by planting seeds of doubt in our minds. The middle is the critical time to lay hold of the promises of God's word is our only tangible source of truth in this life.
When we find ourselves in the middle of our situations are from the beginning, but also far from deliverance.
I like to call this place misery. Our only encouragement is the word of God, the promise of God showed up strategically in the middle of the four days.
The most critical and the most vulnerable time to be rooted in Christ, we must lay hold of the promises of God. Some of you listening today are in the middle of your situation and the enemy has confuse God's promise to you. You are doubting what God said you are doubting if you heard him right you are doubting if he meant it for you and some have been convince by Satan himself, or by Satan through other people that God did not promise you anything at all. One more thing the enemy has convinced some of you that you will die even before you see the promise the fact that you have doubts and are having to fight to hold onto God's promise is evidence that the promise has gone forth and will be burst into your life. The evidence of the struggle is proof of the dispensation from heaven. I am here to tell you today promises like God has given you in promises that God has given me inside a riot with the enemy. There are women that are listening today that are married, every time you see Mary in the Bible. She is at the feet of Jesus.
She has a pure heart for worship and she has truly communed with God.
Mary is no fate and she is the real deal. There women that are listening, that your heart is pure, and you have truly communed with God and God is going to honor that purity. If you could see the manifest glory that is going to come into your life you would know why the devil is fighting you tooth and nail on every corner and for every breath I am here today to say that through and I have faith God is working great miracles specifically for what you have cried and wept for over and over and over.
God is going to work a miracle in your life greater than you can't even fathom. All you have to do is lay hold to his promise and don't give up in the middle in the middle there is exhaustion, doubts, pain, year misery, hopelessness, anger, wrath, weakness, sorrow, grief, heartache, jealousy, self-pity, shortness of breath, chest pain, body aches, or just feeling like death. Sometimes you just want to roll over and play dead to get some kind of relief. Some of you have even been tempted to commit suicide. Some of you may have even attempted to commit suicide but if despite all that you can have faith like the grain of the mustard seed to lay hold to the promises of God you can say to the mountain move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. This wise lady whom I have the utmost respect for told me over and over in the middle of my own for day cycle you are going to live and you are not going to die in this thing.
Day two concept to have a little faith just a little faith to lay hold to the promises of God in the midst of the darkness. Let's move on today three on day three is when Jesus decides to wait another day we see in the story of Mary and Martha that by day three Lazarus has been buried there are mourners at the house. The promise of God has come, and they have not heard anything else from Jesus or seen. I call this the waiting period really the entire cycle you wait but you really struggle to wait when you hear nothing. Day one of the cycle.
You are consumed with the death of the promise day to you are in the middle fighting because the promise has come and you are doubting if it is even real day. Her nothing silent.
Jesus has decided to wait another day, but why did he wait let's look at verse five 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 in verse 15.
He tells his disciples. I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe we see God operates on a divine timetable. God's every action toward us is out of his love for us is a 40 692 10.
Remember the former things of old. I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times, things that are not yet done, saying, my counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. It is God's pleasure to her.
Dana waiting period for us. This waiting is not in vain, even though it may seem that way his word tells us what his purpose is in the waiting. First Peter 510 but the God of all grace, who hath called us into his glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen settled God's love for his own is not a pampering love. It is a perfecting love a pampering. Love gives you what you want to keep you happy.
A perfect love gives you what you need to make you Christlike.
The fact that he loves us and we love him is no guarantee that we will not suffer hardship or be required to wait. Sometimes we are even called to wait and we are called to wait in silence. Mary and Martha had not heard anything from God. God was silent but the mourners were there to keep them company. Some of you listening today are in a God ordained waiting. And there are mourners around you that are celebrating your misery. They appear to speak life into you, knowing all the while they are only there because of the death they are not looking or speaking into your situation from her perspective of deliverance, but from my perspective of death, or even self gain these mourners in your life. Profit themselves off your debt situation.
It may be money, power, status, or some type of secondary gain. They do not want to truly see your deliverance.
They want you to continue to struggle so that they can profit. I declare in the spirit that God open your eyes to the purpose of these mourners in your life so that he can set you free from the dead weight.
Some have even said God will understand if you walk out of the situation does not even expect us to live miserably. This is what some have said to you, but some have even spoken into your life. To say that divorce is not that bad. But this is what the Bible says to the broken weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. Romans eight and 18 for I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. The greater the suffering, the greater the revelation of his glory, the amount of suffering, God has appointed you to he will reward you double for your trouble. Just like he did Job if you can only see the glory that is going to be revealed. You would be willing to wait just a little longer. Second Corinthians 417 tells us for our light affliction, which is but for a moment work.
It's for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory manifests glory of God that is going to come in your life is going to shine into eternity. If you just hold on and wait on the Lord. It will be worth it, for it is written, eyes have not seen peers have not heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, that is day three and concepts three. Wait, I say wait on the Lord even if you have to wait in silence. Even if you have to tolerate the mourners there only be there for short time. And lastly, the last day of the cycle is day four. Jesus arrives in Bethany, this is day four from Mary and Martha. They are sitting amongst the mourners and see Jesus coming in the distance, and Martha tells him. In verse 21. Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Mary was in the same boat spiritually because she says the same thing in verse 32 remember on day two, he sent the promise to say this sickness will not be on to death the enemy has confused their perception of the promise that is what is going on Jesus is Martha your brother will rise again. Martha confesses her misperception because she says I know that he will rise again in the resurrection and the last day.
Martha does not understand that the promises of God are for now, not just in eternity. They are for now Jesus Christ tells her I am the resurrection and the life. The I am brings together the future resurrection and the present living and breathing right before Martha's eyes, you do not have to wait on the manifests glory of God. When you get to heaven you can experience it now.
Those of you that are listening today the enemy is telling you that you are going to remain in misery for your change will never come see you just need to continue being obedient to God, and you may be delivered but it will be when you get to heaven, but in your heart you are dying. I'm here to say today that is religion a form of godliness but denying the power thereof to be rooted in Christ is to have a relationship and a heart that has commune with God and have the faith to believe the word of God. But I'm here today to tell you is, the Bible says, I would have lost heart list. I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living just like David. All you have to do is believe Mary and Martha saw their brother is dead. Jesus saw him sleeping. What is the difference between dead and sleeping. The difference is expectancy listening to the weekend edition of truth matters with Dr. Cheryl Davis is a ministry project. A lot of his teaching sound theology to those inside and outside of the church. If you want to listen to these messages on demand to project letters and click on the podcast with Dr. Davis is also available to speak to you in ministry. You can be reached by firstname.lastname@example.org or the like to send a letter to address this project, letters, PO Box 159 St. Paul's, North Carolina 2834 matters devotionals one would expect a 2520. So much to what's old to teach biblical to assist, equip, edify and encourage one another and bring the gospel because matters this is the Truth Network