Jesus said, take ye away the stone. John 11:39
What is God dealing with you about today? What situation in your life that “looks” dead is God instructing you to believe for resurrection of? Sometimes we do not want to believe for resurrection (or roll away the stone) in a particular area because we are afraid of getting our hopes up and being disappointed. If we can believe though, all things are possible (Mark 9:23).
In today’s passage of Scripture, Lazarus had been dead for 4 days when Jesus arrived on the scene. Jesus disregarded the amount of time he had been dead and simply instructed them to take the stone away from the opening of the tomb. You may have experienced sickness in your body for a number of months, your marriage or relationship may have seemed dead for numerous years, or you may still be experiencing financial lack that has lasted for a significant amount of time. God is instructing us to roll away the stones from these seemingly dead situations and believe for healing, restoration, prosperity, and ultimately, resurrection. When Jesus instructed the crowd to take away the stone, Martha, the sister of the one who had been dead (Lazarus) replied, “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days” (John 11:39). What was Martha saying? She was saying, Jesus this situation is hopeless and beyond repair. She was looking at the situation in the natural and based on what was going on in the sense realm (the stench of the circumstances). The Bible instructs us in 1 Corinthians 4:18 to “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Any adverse circumstance that we see is always subject to change when Jesus shows up on the scene. We are to look to the eternal, which is Jesus. When we walk closely with God as the sisters of Lazarus did, God places His desires in our heart. It was God’s desire to resurrect Lazarus from the dead that had been placed in the hearts of Mary and Martha. When our desires are of God, He is responsible to bring them to pass in our lives (Psalms 37:4). What situation is God telling you to roll away the stone from and believe for resurrection of today? As Believers, “the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you” (Romans 8:11) meaning that He can accomplish anything that looks impossible or resurrect any situation that appears dead. Trust Him, take away the stone, and see the very power that raised Jesus from the dead resurrect your situation!