How To Receive A Tourist Attraction Breakthrough (The Law of Faith / Breakthrough) – Part 2
From our previous discussion we learnt that experience is not a determinant of what God can do and we must be rest assured on God’s verdict concerning our situations in life. We saw Lazarus encounter a tourist attraction breakthrough – an unprecedented breakthrough which everybody will say that only God can do such a miracle. Lazarus’ miracle was that, he had died and been buried for four days. Yet, Jesus resurrected him. Nothing in this world happens by chance, they are made to happen. What caused Jesus to do that miracle? Our discussion today seeks to answer this question.
THE LAWS OF GOD
The universe is governed by God’s laws. Law in this context does not mean the Mosaic Law but God’s principles by which things function. Nothing functions by chance. Some of God’s laws governing the universe include the law of seed time and harvest (see Gen. 8:22), the law of sin and death (see Rom. 8:2), the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus (see Rom. 8:2), The perfect law of liberty – the Word of God (see James 1:25), The law of Faith (see Rom. 3:27). Our emphasis here will be on God’s law of faith. “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith” (Rom. 3:27 KJV). This law of Faith / Breakthrough governs the believer’s breakthrough. It is through faith alone that we receive miracles from God (Heb. 11:6). Ephesians 2:8-9, teaches us that we are saved by grace through faith. Grace is God’s hand stretched towards us and faith is the believers stretched hands towards God. When grace and faith meet a miracle is born. With God, all things are possible but with man, faith is required (Mark9:23). Possibilities are produced by faith but where our faith fails, God can employ mercy.
Quotafrique: “YOU OFFERING CREATES A MEMORY OF YOU IN GOD’S MERCY BOOK”
Mercy is God favouring us even when we do not merit it. There are two types of God’s Mercy:
- Generic Mercy (Ps. 145:8-9) – This type is from God’s unconditional love to all and even though we do not merit, it He gives to us freely.
- Special Mercy (Rom. 9:15-16) – This type is also given by God to whom He wills but not to everyone; one needs to qualify for it. This is termed as God’s Prerogative of Mercy. By its application it must serve God’s purpose and bring glory to Him.
God’s Prerogative of mercy is superior to the law of faith, so considering the case of Mary and Martha in John 11, they did not have the required Faith for the breakthrough. However, Jesus invoked the prerogative of mercy because they qualified for it.
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR GOD’S PREROGATIVE OF MERCY
To qualify one must love God. One’s love for God is different from God’s love for man. “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). Our love for God should not be assumed it must be demonstrated. Jesus tested Peter’s love for Him (see Jn. 21:15-17). Even though Peter had followed Jesus for three years, Jesus did not assume Peter loved him. We demonstrate our love for God through our honour, obedience, services, sacrifices, offerings, tithes etc that we give God. Our offerings to God create a memory for us in God’s “mercy book.” This demonstrated love for God qualifies us for God’s prerogative of mercy, which is invoked when faith fails. Martha and Mary per their experience were expecting Jesus to come early and heal their brother. Mary and Martha did not have faith for resurrection (Jn. 11:21-32). Per the law of Faith, Mary and Martha did not deserve the miracle, however, Jesus overlooked their faith and exercised His prerogative of mercy to resurrect Lazarus. How did Mary and Martha qualify? Martha demonstrated her love for Jesus by hosting Him and his disciples (cooking and giving them a place to lay their heads) whenever they came to Bethany (Luke 10:38). Mary poured an expensive fragrance worth one year’s salary at the feet of Jesus and wiped it with her hair (John 12:3). Mary and Martha were generous towards Jesus (2 Cor. 9:8).
Faith is the law of breakthrough but there is a superior law called God’s Prerogative of Mercy (Divine selection). This power rests with only God, the I AM (Ex. 3:14) – God’s executive instrument. The ability for God to exercise the prerogative of mercy is part of His Sovereignty. God will only exercise this power when it serves His purpose and it brings glory to Him but one must first qualify.
Points for reflection:
- Name and explain the two types of mercy.
- What is God’s prerogative of mercy?
- How does one qualify for God’s prerogative of mercy?