“I AM The Resurrection!!!”
To put this in perspective, I need to revisit my last blog. In this, a woman stated, “God can only do so much”.
We are still on the boat. It is barely 5:00 PM. And about an hour ago I decided to go on deck after being in the room most of the day.
This to me, is divine intervention. My son had left a few moments before me and we met up as he was going to get food.
While on deck a tornado was spotted on the water. Many were unaware. Still partying.
Those who noticed were taking pictures and videos. Including myself.
An Act of God
I felt compelled to pray. God’s hand was on me, and I began to speak in tongues. Most remained fixated on what they were seeing.
Feeling as if we should go to our rooms for cover, I told my son that we were leaving the deck. Many did not seem to comprehend that we were faced to face with God and Death.
Only a few began to take cover and I do not know how many were enlightened to pray. Seeking God’s mercy.
As I sit here, I realize that God is merciful. But at the same time, we are oblivious to His power.
I happened to be reading in the book of John, chapter 11. I began to wonder what was happening on this ship that would have brought such a cataclysmic judgment for those of us on board.
God’s Judgement or His Mercy
I came to two conclusions. Both were impressed upon me by the Holy Ghost.
Though it is written that Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, He did not immediately rush to them when Lazarus was sick.
Jesus knew exactly when Lazarus died. There were two reasons why he waited until Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days.
1) Jesus wanted His disciples to know that it is impossible to walk in darkness and fear. While under the guidance of the Spirit.
2) And that even though they walked with Him daily and saw His glory, they still did not fully believe in Him. As Christ the Messiah.
This day a miracle occurred. And it was confirmed by the Word of the Lord.
“When Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness will not end in death; but [on the contrary it is] for the glory and honor of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it” (John 11: 4, AMP). The disciples still did not understand what was taking place.
I want you to think and meditate on this for a moment. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth to shew himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars” (2 Chronicles 16: 9, KJV).
Because Asa did not believe in God’s might even after it was revealed to him. He forfeited his peace.
The LORD desires to show us His grace. He considers our hearts “perfect” towards Him when we accept it. He desires us to believe in Him. One of the main purposes for the recording of His miracles.
“Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him” (John 11: 14-15, KJV).
When speaking to Martha. “Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you that if you believe [in Me], you will see the glory of God [the expression of His excellence]?” (John 11: 40, AMP).
Blessed Are Those Who Believe
And again. “Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou has sent me” (John 11: 41-42, KJV).
The first of the two of my conclusions as explained above is God’s mercy. The second is that some will still refuse to believe.
“Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
My Sheep Hear My Voice
(Now pay attention.) “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow Me: (I am going to switch to the amplified version for a moment.) And I give them eternal life, and they will never, ever [by any means] perish; and no one will ever snatch them out of My hand.
“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10: 25-29). Do you understand?
As that tornado was near, I understood. How it is written: “For the coming of the Son of Man (the Messiah) will be just like the days of Noah.
Some Will Not Know or Understand
“For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be [unexpected judgment]” (Matthew 24: 37-39, AMP).
One of the most profound statements ever made is in these scriptures. “Martha said unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11: 24-26, KJV).
Did you get that? Jesus said, “I am the resurrection…”.
I AM That I AM
Let me follow this up with another powerful declaration. Because what I love. What excites me most? Is my Father’s confidence in who He is. And why it should solidify our faith and trust in Him.
“And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3: 13-14, AMP).
The most perfectly succinct way to describe his omniscience and omnipresence. So my prayer is that our spiritual eyes are and remain open. And that our discernment is magnified.
Because many take these last few scriptures lightly. But I ask that you heed the warnings.
1) “Then Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment [to separate those who believe in Me from those who reject Me -to declare judgment on those who choose to be separated from God], so that the sightless would see, and those who see would become blind” (John 9: 39, AMP).
(Read verses 40-41 to put it in perspective.)
Have Eyes to See and Ears to Hear
2) “And Jesus replied to them, ‘It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but [only] those who are sick. I did not come to call the [self-proclaimed] righteous [who see no need to repent], but sinners to repentance [to change their old way of thinking, to turn from sin and to seek God and His righteousness]” (Luke 5: 31-32, AMP). Because I see this arrogance often, even when it is coming from within!!!
And 3) “Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them” (John 12: 39-40, KJV).
This is not of me but of God! Directed at the unrepentant. So that you understand, let me give you the definition of self-proclaimed: “giving yourself a particular name, title, etc., usually without any reason or proof that would cause other people to agree with you” (Britannica.com).
Always coming from a place of love and in truth!!!
Originally written on September 11, 2023.
Thank you, Cassandra Mack, at Cassandra Mack Ministries, for allowing me to sponsor an episode of your podcast.