Friday, February 24, 2017

Lazarus - Fruit of Righteousness (LG48)

Luke 16:27-28  Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’

It is always during pains and sufferings, that a wicked person wakes up from his sinful lifestyle. Only then will he begin to understand the cause of his painful punishment, which will enable him to see the coming judgment upon all those living in similar abominable ways. This will cause him to break away from his own selfishness and begin to care for others.

1 Pet 4:1-2  Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

So brethren, rejoice for suffering is used by God to correct us from our sinful ways so that we will be able to bear the fruit of righteousness.

God placed Lazarus right in front of the rich man's house so that everyone, including his five brothers, can see his pitiful conditions. Just like him, his brothers were as merciless.

Luke 16:29-31  Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'"

In order to save his brethren from the fire of Hades, he requested for a miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead and sending him back to his brethren to help them to repent.

Miracles can only increase our faith temporary and if we do not act on it immediately it will slowly diminish.

James 2:20  But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

But the word of God (Moses and the prophets) can transform and save us.

So brethren, do not go around looking for miracles and christs (many false christs and prophets everywhere), but spend time with the word of God and obey it. The Holy Spirit will then quicken it into truth and you will see the miracles of salvation, healing, reconciliation, forgiveness, deliverance, peace, transformation, obedience, hope, empowerment, revelation, etc.