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The Final Word
By Joel Osteen - Apr 10, 2020
In John 11, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother, Lazarus, was very sick. They thought He would come immediately and heal Lazarus. But days passed, and then their worst nightmare came true. Lazarus died. When Jesus showed up, Martha was upset. She said, “Jesus, if You had been here sooner, my brother would not have died.” Had she walked away in anger and bitterness, that would be the end of the story. But she added, “I know even now God will give You whatever you ask.” She was saying, “It seems impossible, but I know You have the final word.”

“Take Me to the tomb,” Jesus answered Martha. He was saying, “Take Me to the place where you quit believing, where you gave up on your dream.” Unless you go back to that place and stir your faith up, start thanking God that He has the final word, then that will limit what God can do. They went to the tomb, rolled away the stone that represents what they had given up on, and Jesus gave them a resurrection.

Sometimes in life we do as Martha and Mary did and give up on a promise or a dream or a relationship and have rolled a stone in front of it. We think we’ll never get well, never get back on our feet financially, never get the promotion or the loan we want. We tried, but it didn’t work out. But it’s not over till God says it’s over. Go back and look again. It may have been dead, but that wasn’t the final word. God has the final say—restoration, wholeness, abundance, victory.

Over two thousand years ago, Satan and all the forces of darkness thought they had finally defeated Jesus on the cross and started their victory party. What they didn’t realize was Jesus had prophesied not only His death but His resurrection: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). While the enemy celebrated, Jesus rose up, took away the keys of death and hell, and said, “I am He that lives. I was dead but I am alive forevermore.” 

Whatever you face, God has the final word. Go back to those places where you quit believing and stir up your faith. Who told you it was over? That wasn’t the final word. You’re about to see God show out. There’s a sudden change coming. Sudden healing, sudden opportunities, sudden promotion, sudden breakthroughs. What you thought was permanent is about to change in your favor. You’re going to rise higher, accomplish dreams, and reach the fullness of your destiny.
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