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Obstacles in life

Good morning, happy Thursday and many blessings.


There is a phrase in Lazurus' resurrection (John 11:39) that has always fascinated me: "Take away the stone," He said.


The tomb was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.  This is where we pick up our text.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” I am sure that Jesus could have moved the stone Himself if He had wanted to, but there is a lesson to be learned in His request of them.  See, they did not want to take away the stone because the body was stinking by now.  They did not want to take away the stone because their brother was past help, in their own minds.  They did not want to take away the stone because they had already lost hope.  It had been four days.  Four days of mourning.  Four days of crying.  Four days of waiting on a Jesus that had yet to show up.  By this time, they were glad that Jesus was there to comfort them, but they really had no idea that Jesus could turn this hopeless situation around.  Jesus’ request that they take away the stone required faith on their behalf.  This allowed them a part in their own breakthrough.


So, what does this mean to you today? Yes, your situation might seem hopeless, beyond repair, and even impossible.  But we serve a God that can turn hopeless situations around.  We serve a God that specializes in our impossibilities.  I have often times said that Desperation is the breeding ground of miracles.  God often places us in hopeless situations so that our desperation causes us to focus on no one but Him.  If this is you today, if you are in a desperate situation,


God can still turn your hopeless situation around.  What is the stone in your life that God is asking you to move before He blesses you?  Take away your stone and receive your breakthrough!




Ladre Luis

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Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 13:45