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  • Writer's pictureJackie Bankston

Faith Capacity

The number 3, today, has significance to me. I have not left my house, but God keeps waving that number in my face. 3 means completion. This scared me. This can’t be complete. This can’t be it. Then, Holy Spirit reminded me, the 3rd day was resurrection day. Day 1 and 2 were days that death took place. On the surface, Jesus was a body, life-less. But, in the spiritual realm he was collecting the keys to hell! Just because we’re in phase 1 or 2 and it looks dead and the enemy would tell us it's complete, does not mean that Jesus is not going into the pits of hell getting ready for resurrection of the situation.

Last night he led me to John 11:13: Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.

At that moment, I wasn’t sure why this scripture. Now, I understand more clearly. He is telling me that we are in a phase we are unable to understand. We are in the death faze. Things are dead, hopeless, no way of resurrection. We are in a place where we are not meant to understand what is happening in the spiritual realm. But, we are to follow his lead.

14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

This scripture. This, to me, is the most encouraging scripture that I read. This tells me that faith comes on the other side of trials! Faith comes even when we don’t understand. Faith comes even when we don’t necessarily believe that the impossible is possible.

In the next verse, the disciples discuss that if Jesus returns to this area, their lives will be over. Jesus is not to go back to that area or they will for sure kill him.

16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

Here is the proof that miracles happen even when we do not have the capacity to understand. They were not focused on why Jesus was returning. They were focused on the fact that their lives would soon be over. Still, they followed. I suppose following the Lord is enough faith, even when we cannot reach the level of faith that resurrection calls for. An obedience of following the commands of the Lord is another opportunity for faith to increase. Following the leading of Christ opens the opportunity to witness miracles we are incapable of believing for.

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