Dr Lisa Melton
God promises us that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think in Ephesians 3:20. So please know that the dream that you have inside of you is not too big for you to have or too great for God to bring forth. Just Believe.
What are you asking God for? What do you believe He is able to do for you?
Dr Lisa Melton
Jesus is life. He is the resurrection. If you believe in Jesus you will never die. That is one of His promises to us. If you read the story of Lazarus you will find so many fascinating and motivational things. When Jesus raised him from the dead we learned how to pray a miracle into existence. We learned that Jesus never goes back on a promise and we learned that Jesus is life. We saw first hand that when we hurt Jesus is moved and He feels for us, therefore, I believe that when we hurt He truly feels our pain and is moved to act on our behalf through our faith in Him. There is so much power in this event and many people only walk away from these scriptures with Jesus raising Lazarus up and that Jesus wept. Know that Jesus hears you and when you go to Him He goes to the Father and it is done according to your belief. I don’t know what appears to be dead in your life today but I encourage you to seek Jesus and allow Him to resurrect it for you. Believe with all your heart and might and watch Jesus work.
New International Version (NIV)
The Death of Lazarus
11 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus
17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles[b] from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
Dr Lisa Melton
You must believe in what you can’t see. To believe in only what you see is not faith, it is doubt. You must see yourself on that job, in that career, on that magazine, on that TV show, in that perfect marriage, holding that precious baby. You must see your dream. Stop settling for crumbs when you can have a bakery. Stop watching others reach their goals while you are at dreaming.
Why not be the next president? Why not be the next African-American to win an Oscar? Why not be on that TV show? Why not be in that position? Why not hold that precious baby you have desired for so long? Why not be a giver and not a borrower? Why not you?
Believe. Believing is your vehicle to your future. As a matter of fact let today be the day you begin to live in your future. Just believe.
Dr Lisa Melton
You must believe. Don’t wait until you see it physically before you believe in it. See it in your spirit and believe it and it will be seen in the physical. Stop accepting and reaching for crumbs when there is a table full of riches setting before you. Don’t be common be outstanding and extraordinary. You must believe in order to reach your designed outcome. Why not be successful? Why not be the next president? Why not be the next black person to win an Oscar? Why not have sold out concerts? Why not travel the world to inspire others? Why not you? Be positive and see it from where you are. Start living in your future today.
Believing is your way to your future.
Dr Lisa Melton
To know or to think. These words have very different meetings.
According to dictionary.com their definitions are as follows:
1. to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty: I know the situation fully.
2. to have established or fixed in the mind or memory: to know a poem by heart; Do you know the way to the park from here?
3. to be cognizant or aware of: I know it.
4. be acquainted with (a thing, place, person, etc.), as by sight, experience, or report: to know the mayor.
5. to understand from experience or attainment (usually followed by how before an infinitive): to know how to make gingerbread.
1. to have a conscious mind, to some extent of reasoning, remembering experiences, making rational decisions, etc.
2. to employ one’s mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation: Think carefully before you begin.
3. to have a certain thing as the subject of one’s thoughts: I was thinking about you. We could think of nothing else.
4. to call something to one’s conscious mind: I couldn’t think of his phone number.
5. to consider something as a possible action, choice, etc.: She thought about cutting her hair.
I never thought much about the difference in meaning of to know something or to think something. My seven year old was telling me about a movie she was going to be in and said, “so, Peyton, when do you think this will happen?” Peyton said, “think or know mommy?” “I don’t think it, I know it and it will be soon”. “I will make my first $2 million dollars by 2017.” Until I had this discussion with my daughter I never thought about the difference between thinking something and knowing something. To know something there is no doubt involved. You clearly understand and grasp what you know. It is amazing how God uses my baby girl to help me grow in Him.
So on today I encourage you to know what you are worth and what God has for you and move beyond the level of thinking.
Dr Lisa Melton