How to Receive a Tourist Attraction Breakthrough – (Read John 11, John 12:9)
We just returned from Greater Works Conference with a bigger, better and greater blessing from Dr. Mensa Otabil. In John 12:9, we read the story of Lazarus experiencing a tourist attraction breakthrough. By Tourist Attraction Breakthrough, we mean an unprecedented breakthrough, something only God can do. “Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might SEE Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead” (John 12:9 KJV). From this text we understand that the community did not come only to see Jesus but Lazarus whom Jesus had raised from the dead. They came to witness a Tourist Attraction miracle. Our God is sizeless and boundless. No one person can deplete the resources of God. God says, “I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it” (Ps. 81:10 KJV). When we believe God for mega things, He will do it for us. The magnitude of God is beyond human reasoning. The Apostle Paul in trying to communicate the magnitude of what God can do could not find a single adjective for Him, he therefore chooses these adjectives EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY, ABOVE ALL (Eph. 3:20 KJV). If God is this awesome and mighty, why do we not experience many tourist attraction breakthroughs? In our discussion today, we seek to find out.
DOES GOD DELAY?
Often, it may seem God delays in answering our prayers. Our feelings and our reasoning make us so anxious. The anxiety forces us to take alternative measures rather than depend on God. When it appears God has delayed, He is up to something. Jesus loved Lazarus, Martha and Mary and they loved Jesus too. However, Lazarus was sick and dying, even when He was informed about the sickness of Lazarus, He stayed two more days before setting off to go see him. (see John 11:5-6). We must understand that, the fact that we are saved does not mean afflictions will not come our way. Our love for God does not mean immunity to affliction (Ps. 34:19). When Jesus received the invitation to attend to sick Lazarus, He passed a verdict; “this sickness is not unto death” (John 11:4). It is not terminal. We should not make permanent what God calls temporary. Let all men be liars and God be true (see Rom. 3:4). It is very important for us to always hear God’s verdict on our situation before we act. Jesus had passed a verdict that Lazarus will not die, yet, he died. Does it mean the sickness did not obey Jesus or Jesus told a lie? NEVER! Do not be in a haste to write off God, He was up to something. What God calls a thing is what it is (see Num. 23:19). His ways are higher than that of man (See Isa. 55:8). When one receives a prophetic word which appears delayed or not fulfilled, it does not mean God has lied. God is up to something.
Quotafrique: “YOUR MINDSIZE IS YOUR MIRACLESIZE”
SOME BARRIERS TO OUR TOURIST ATTRACTION BREAKTHROUGH
A major barrier to our Tourist Attraction Breakthrough is one’s experience. One is tempted to align with the cliché “Experience is the best teacher.” If this statement is true, then it means God can only do what we have experienced from Him. But what God can do is not dependent on one’s experience but on what He says. “But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9 KJV). We must not limit what God can do to only what we have experienced and can think of.
Another barrier is pain, it is an attention seeker. When one is in pain one can easily forget all that God can do. No situation is beyond God’s redemptive power, nothing is difficult for God (see Jer. 32:27). When Jesus says our condition or situation is not unto death, it is definitely so. “Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?” (Lam. 3:37). Every situation we face is for the glory of God to be manifested. No matter the situation, we must wait for the verdict of the Lord. If we want a testimony, we have to be constant in faith and believe what God says.
What we receive from God is dependent on the size and scope of our faith in the Lord. One’s “mindsize” is one’s “miracle size.” Our tourist attraction breakthrough will not only bring people to us but draw people to Christ. The people who came to witness the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection knew that, that could only be God.
Points for reflection:
- Does God have a limitation?
- What are some barriers to my breakthrough?
- Does the size of my faith affect my miracle?