Your case is not closed – Part 2
Text: John 11:17-44
Key Verse: John 11:21, “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (NIV)
Most times, we tend to give up on a matter after we have prayed all manner of prayers and done all we could do within our powers but no solution. We are tempted to conclude as human that the case is closed.
The hard truth still remains that our conclusion about a matter is not God’s verdict about it. God has the final say over all circumstances we go through in life, not minding the contradicting realities staring us in the face. Where you are now is not the end, it’s just the beginning. This is not the end it’s just the start of great things.
God is a specialist in reviving a dead and closed case. Jacob concluded in his mind that Joseph was dead, but he lived to hear the good news that Joseph was still alive (Genesis 45:26-27). It was hard for Jacob to believe that the good news was true, because he had concluded for a long time that Joseph had rotten in the grave.
Is there any matter in your life you consider closed and nothing positive can come out of it? I bring a message of hope to you that God will turn around that situation for good. The Bible says in Mathew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus sent words to Jesus and saying, “Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.” (John 11:3). Jesus delayed for 2 days after receiving the news that Lazarus was sick. When Jesus finally got to Bethany, He found out that Lazarus was dead and had been buried in the grave four days already. Then Martha the sister of Lazarus said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Martha had concluded that the matter was closed and that Jesus did not come on time.
God is never late but always on time. Martha deepened his doubt about Lazarus’s case when Jesus said to her, “Thy brother shall rise again” (John 11:23). Martha quickly responded, “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day”. Martha had concluded Lazarus case is closed. Jesus responded to her and said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).
Whenever Jesus steps into any matter that people had concluded closed, He opens the matter up and brings solution. Jesus gives hope to any hopeless situation when He steps into it. Jesus ordered that the stone that was used to cover Lazarus’s grave be removed. And when the stone on the grave was removed, Jesus cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth (John 11:43). Lazarus who was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Lazarus lived again, Praise the Lord!
Today, I bring you a message of hope and great Joy. God is stepping into that rotten situation now and He will turn things around for your good. That sickness you have been suffering is not unto death; receive your healing now in Jesus Name. Is there anything in your life you’ve concluded closed? I declare a turnaround now in the Mighty Name of Jesus.
I stand on the authority of the Word of God and the integrity of God that can never fail to declare to every situation that you are going through, YOUR CASE IS NOT CLOSED.
Today’s Nugget: WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
Prayer: I declare my case is not closed.
Prayer lines: 09078154261.
Dr. Chidi Okoroafor
Assemblies of God Nigeria
No comments yet