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The Lenten Journey 2016 – It’s Not What It Seems!!!

RemielIt’s Not What It Seems!!!
John 11:17-37

This particular text is tailor made to teach us some very valuable lessons as believers. The first thing that we learn is that our connection with God is a relational one and that having a relationship rooted in Him has its benefits. However, those benefits are only accessed through maintained faith. It’s essential as a believer that you not give way to the facts that you see – you must maintain your faith for it offers a different perspective.

The second thing that the text teaches us is that when you pray – you must recognize the power of the one you’re praying to. God allows situations in our lives in order for him to reveal another side of himself unto us. He allowed death to visit temporarily in order for him to reveal to his friends his resurrection power.

The third thing that we can learn from this text is that even in your grief, bow to the king. Life has a way of causing us to second guess many things when operating in our flesh, but it should never over take us as believers and make us forget to worship the God of creation. The truth of the matter is, you may have a problem, but Christ has the solution and those solutions are often hashed out in worship. We must always remember that we serve a God that is touched with the feelings of our infirmities and although many are the afflictions of the righteous – God will deliver us out of them all. That’s a promise.
The last thing that this text teaches us is that in moments of weakness and vulnerability be intentional about your environment. The last thing that you need around you is people who will feed your fears instead of your faith. In moments of weakness and vulnerability you need people who will remind you of the revelation that Christ has already given – I am the Resurrection and the Life. So many believers take their cues from the facts that they see, but I encourage you to maintain your faith for it will prove that it is not what it seems – God is in Control.
Father, I thank you for the realization that as I submit my life and will unto you – you will lead and guide me through the detours in order to reach my destined place. In Jesus name, amen.

Elder Remiel Lockwood
Bethel Apostolic Temple
Miami, FL


Make the most of this weekend. Catch up reading through the gospel of John, meditate on God’s word and the Lenten devotions posted by our guest bloggers. We manage to make time for what we want to do. Make time this weekend to do what the Lord has been directing you to do. Hold nothing back from God. Promise me! Keep up at

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  1. Denise says:

    Intentionally controlling ones environment is key and most possible as adults, though not always physically. Therefore, “soul control” is essential. Preliminary preparation for times of sorrow and affliction becomes the “now faith”.
    Thank you for helping us to hold on to our “now faith”.

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