excerpt from LAZARUS AWAKENING
"Take away the stone," Jesus had ordered (John 11:39). While Martha wanted to obey, her practicality couldn't help but point out a problem with the plan. "By this time there is a bad odor," she said. The King James Version puts it more bluntly: "He stinketh." After four days of Judean heat and the natural decay of the human body-well, opening the tomb didn't promise to be a pleasant experience............To obey or not to obey--that's the question we face continually in our Christian walk. Some days it's easy to comply; but other days it feels all but impossible. Especially when God asks us to do something that doesn't make sense to us.......Especially something like opening a tomb....
As I was reading the above passage I thought how often my unwillingness to trust GOD has held me back from the good things HE had in store for my life. Why does the human mind sometimes believe it has answers more valuable than the Almighty ONE who created it?!? It is so easy to fall into the pitfall of saying we believe in God but living as though He only created us and then 'exited the building'! Not true!!! HE is always there beside us just waiting for us to recognize the stones (or boulders???) of false beliefs that we have allowed to block our souls and keep us from receiving HIS Grace and Love. True freedom only comes when we take a hard look at those obstacles, trust, and obey HIS instructions to roll them away!
Are there some blockages standing between you and your Saviour? Some possible stones that can be a hindrance are:
1. Stone of unworthiness---that we are the one big exception to God's unconditional love and forgiveness, unloved and unforgivable.
2. Stone of unforgiveness---that we must hold on to the pain and grief from the past
3. Stone of unbelief---the lie that God has given up on us and we are on our own
These barriers lock us in and cut us off but they can be removed!!! Just cry out to EL SHADDAI (the All Sufficient One, the God of the Mountains, God Almighty) HE promises us: "My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness..." (2 Corinthians 12:9)