Todd Bentley's ministry is all about signs, wonders and miracles, along with a great harvest of souls!
God is really calling us to step out as we never have before. Todd has seen people raised from the dead in his ministry and offers us this powerful charge for this new year:
As you read through Todd's word, be full of faith for the things God leads you to bring back to life...in many ways! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Who are the dead God has called us to raise? Looking at Scripture we can see that it's those who have died physically (Matt. 10:8), "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons: freely you have have received, freely give" as well as those lacking purpose and hope (Prov. 29:18 emphasis mine), "Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint (perish)..."
Raising the dead has two contexts. First, those who have lost breath and who are pronounced legally dead. Secondly, those who are still breathing but lack purpose and hope. Both are considered dead.
There are dead ministries God wants to raise. There are visions God wants to raise. There are people who are dead in their bodies with sickness and disease. There are those who are giving up in their hearts. God wants to raise the dead. How do we know the sun is not going to rise tomorrow? How do we know the person with the infirmity for thirty-eight years won't hear? God says, "Be made whole." We need to live every day of our lives with new mercies. We need to live every day of our lives as if today is the day. Today could be the day He says, "Do you want to be made whole?"
Darkest Before the Dawn
"Jesus answered, 'Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.'" (Jn. 11:9-10)
Have you been in that place in your life where just when you thought the light and the breaking of the dawning of the new day was coming, and it could not get any darker, and it got darker? The car broke down, you lost your job, and you went, "That's OK, I have some money in the savings account." You arrived home and said, "OK Lord, if anything else is going to happen, I'm going to absolutely snap." Then you find out your other vehicle was being driven by your son and he had been in an accident, and the washing machine broke down, and somebody robbed your bank. Your money is gone and they do not know if they are going to be able to get it back.
"If I know it is now, if I know it was yesterday, I am not going to wait. I am going to have it today. I am going to do everything that I can to lay hold of that which Christ has laid hold of for me, until I see it."
It always seems like it's darker before the light comes. Just when you think the light is going to come and it cannot get any darker, all of a sudden it gets more impossible. Another hardship and another problem mounts up even more. Do you know what I'm talking about? Are you at that place now? Do you need something raised from the dead? Do you need a spiritual breakthrough? Are you ready for the release of resurrection power?
Seeing through Jesus' eyes brings life. "Then after this He said to the disciples, 'Let us go to Judea again.' The disciples said to Him, 'Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?'
"Jesus answered, 'Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.' These things He said, and after that He said to them, 'Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.'
"Then His disciples said, 'Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.' However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, 'Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.'" (Jn. 11:7-15)
It's Not Dead, It's Sleeping
Looking through the eyes of Jesus and His perspective will enlighten us and lightens our load. Do you notice something about the perspective of Jesus? Lazarus was dead, but Jesus said he was sleeping. Was Jesus lying? God does not see our circumstances the way we see them. God does not see cancer and incurable diseases the way we see them. God does not see the impossibilities of life the way we see them. Think about how liberating it can be if we learn to see things through the eyes of Jesus.
In your heart you may think your marriage is dead, or your finances are dead, or your ministry is dead. You might be thinking the anointing is dead or your reputation is dead. You may have vision in your heart that has died. There may have been a time when you dreamed about great exploits and now your hope is dead. The Lord said, "It's not dead, it is sleeping." The perspective of God sees our present circumstances and needs differently than we do. And if it is sleeping, "I go, that I may wake it up." We need to speak to our situation and say, "It is not dead, it is sleeping." Though we have backslidden sons and daughters, and unsaved family members, it does not mean they are dead; to God, they are sleeping.
There is something in the heart of God that likes to move in the impossible. There is something about the heart of God that likes to move when something is dead. There is something about breakthrough and the dawning of a new day that comes when you are so dead and hopeless you do not know if anything is going to be able to happen. That is when God is going to come. He said, "Lazarus is dead and I am glad for your sakes, that I was not there. Why am I glad for your sakes? I am glad for your sakes that you might believe" (paraphrased).
God Sees Only Possibilities and Makes Dead Ends Into Highways
"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters of father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life." (Matt. 19:29)
"Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, 'Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.' Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water; in the habitation of jackals, where each lay, there shall be grass with reeds and rushes. A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray." (Is. 35:3-8) (Photo via Unsplash)
Every time you are in a place where you no longer have the strength and the ability in your own giftings and theology, and you have come to the place where you are so empty and broken you cannot move, say, "God says this is an opportunity. That which is dead is an opportunity for resurrection." Martha said, "...Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died" (Jn. 11:21)
It is easy whenever we have victory under our belt; when we are walking in the victory of God, or we are in the mountain of breakthrough. There is faith and assurance. We are speaking to the mountain and it is moving. Breakthrough is in our life. We are overcoming. We say, "God, whatever You ask, I'll believe it. Lord, I have faith right now for the impossible. I have faith right now to move mountains. I can raise the dead!"
I Go That I May Wake It Up
Have you been in the place just when you have victory under your belt, the phone rings? Lazarus is dead. All hope you had for your circumstance is dead; it's almost an instant shift within you. Then God says, "I am glad because it is not dead, it is sleeping. And, if it is sleeping, I go that I may wake it up."
Martha said, "I know even though I know my brother is dead, whatever You ask of God, He will give it to You" (paraphrased, see Jn. 11:22). He said, "Your brother will rise again. Let me see if you really believe what you say you believe. You say that whatever I ask of God He is going to give it. Let Me just test this thing and say, 'Your brother is going to rise again'" (paraphrased, see Jn. 11:23-27).
Jesus is Resurrection and Life
"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.'" (Jn. 11:25)
And Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and life." She said, "I know You are the resurrection and the life. My brother is going to rise. I am going to see him again at the Second Coming. I am going to see my brother again in Heaven." And Jesus said, "I AM! I AM...I AM!" Today He says, "I AM, right now. I AM the resurrection of that which is dead. I AM. Not, I AM tomorrow. I AM the resurrection and the life." And she said, "But even now I know that whatever You ask for God, God will give You."
Faith Lays Hold of the Promise Now!
We take the Word of God and put it in the future. I am going to be healed. I am going to die and go to Heaven. Everything is always tomorrow. I am a "now" kind of Kingdom guy. Today is the day of salvation. If I saw it in the Word of God, it was yesterday and I should have applied it already. I live in a place that if it is there, I am going to have it now. And that is why we have been able to come to where we are so quickly. We refuse to wait. I believe in the patience of God, and the timing of God, but there are certain things that I refuse to wait on. If I know it is now, if I know it was yesterday, I am not going to wait. I am going to have it today. I am going to do everything that I can to lay hold of that which Christ has laid hold of for me, until I see it.
Jesus reached the tomb. Lazarus was dead for four days in the grave, and his body had begun to smell. Jesus wept. Do you know why Jesus wept? Some people believe He wept because He had such a heart of compassion for Lazarus. He saw Martha, He saw Mary. He wept because He was grieving and mourning because Lazarus was dead. Jesus was not weeping because of compassion. Jesus groaned in His spirit and wept because of the state of unbelief of His people. When it really comes down to it, where the rubber hits the road and the Lord says to us, "I AM the resurrection," for most of us it is always tomorrow. We cannot lay hold of what God has for us now. But faith lays hold of the promise now.
I hope I get healed. I hope it's coming. I hope this is it...I hope that was the word of knowledge. God wants us to have hope. But do not allow your hope to be defined as not until tomorrow. Faith lays hold of things now. Faith takes it as if it is yours, even if you do not see it. That is the substance of faith.
He groaned in His spirit because of the unbelief. They did not recognize the power Jesus had over that which was dead and impossible. He looked at Martha after He had raised Lazarus from the dead and He said, "'...Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?' (paraphrased, see Jn. 11:40). But you did not believe what you said you believed. So, I am glad Lazarus is dead. Because now the deadness in Lazarus' body is an opportunity for Me to show you what is impossible with man is not impossible with God."
God is Never Early and Never late
"We need to live every day of our lives with new mercies. We need to live every day of our lives as if today is the day. Today could be the day He says, 'Do you want to be made whole?'"
"Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, 'My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.'" (Mrk. 5:21-23)
Why is it God likes to come through at the last minute? Why is it God is never early but He is never late? Before the breakthrough comes, we think He is late. Then we see it come and realize how perfect He is. Then we vow, "Next time, next time I am going to have faith." God is never early. Why is it He seems to not bring breakthrough early to those who are living by faith? What is it about God and the last hour? What is it about God with the dead? What is it about God with the impossible? What is it about God that He hears about the circumstances of your life and He waits two more days? Why does He bring you to that place? He says, "Because I am glad for your sakes that you might believe because I want you to conquer some things. I want to put some levels in your spirit."
Contend for Your Inheritance
Raising the dead may require an active role on our parts. We may need to war and contend until we see/experience the resurrection. We really have two choices here. We can go into that doom loop of grief and disbelief or we can praise, give thanks and war and contend for our inheritance.
Respond with thanksgiving and praise. "He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God..." (Rom. 4:20)
Get excited when there is only death. We see in Mrk. 5:35, "While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue's house who said, 'Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?'" He was still giving the confession of faith. He was still in a place of confidence. He said, "Whatever You ask God, He will give it. If you will come now, God, I will have a breakthrough. It will happen, Lord. If You lay Your hands on my daughter, she will live."
Have you been there? "My breakthrough is coming. I have got hold of God. I can feel it. I have it in the spirit. The victory is coming." And then all of a sudden... While He was speaking, one of the rulers came and said, "Your daughter is dead." Pop! There goes the balloon of your faith, enthusiasm, and excitement. When you thought it could not get any more impossible, it got more impossible. And God says, "I am glad for your sakes. Because that which is dead is opportunity for My resurrection power. We need to get excited about that which is dead."
Only Believe - Faith Is Going to Release the Miracle
"As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, 'Do not be afraid; only believe.'" (Mrk. 5:36)
This man came to the crossroads of faith. God said, "If a miracle is going to happen, I must keep this man in faith. I must keep him believing it is just as easy for Me to heal his daughter now, even though she is dead as it was for Me to heal her when she was alive. I must move My Church into the place where they know it is just as easy for Me to heal a blind eye as it is for me to heal a back condition. I must bring My Church to a revelation that it does not take more sweat to stretch forth My hand and heal somebody in a wheelchair than it does for Me to heal somebody's stomach disorder. I must keep him in that place where he is going to believe because faith is going to release this miracle."
He said, "Only believe. If you can still believe the way you believed a moment ago, even though it seems even more impossible now when she is dead, I can still release your miracle. But it is so important that you only believe. Only believe. That is easy to say, isn't it? Only believe. I mean, let Me make it simple: Only believe. You do not have a choice. There is no other choice. Only believe."
Nothing but Faith, Hope and Love
"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1 Cor. 13:13)
Do you know what the Bible gives you? The Bible gives you these three things: faith, hope and love. You do not even have the right to choose to be discouraged. You do not have the right not to believe. So you might as well just purpose in your heart today that you have faith, hope and love.
God did not say ten years, twelve years, or thirty-eight years. He said, "Many died not yet having received the promise." That means you must war for what God wants to give you. If you do not have it, you war for it until you get it, or until the day you die. You must war for it until your last breath. There is nothing else but faith, hope and love. You might as well make a purpose in your heart today you are going to have to war. You are going to have to contend. You have to get excited about that which looks dead and say, "It is not dead, it is only sleeping."
Abraham's Faith Brings Life
"(as it is written, 'I have made you a father of many nations') in the presence of Him who believed – God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did..." (Rom. 4:17)
Do you know why Abraham is known as the Father of faith? See Rom. 4:17. God gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did! Abraham called forth those things that were not as though they were, and believed God could give life to the dead. (Photo via Unsplash)
God told Abraham as He tested him, "I want to bring your only son and kill him. I want you to give Me Isaac."
Abraham was like you and I. He probably laid up all night and thought, "How am I going to tell Sarah I have to take Isaac and kill him? What are the neighbors going to think? How can I justify taking the son of my own flesh? How am I going to take Isaac up there? How am I going to tie him up and take the knife and kill him? What if I have to stab him three times? What if he doesn't die right away? What if it hurts and I miss the fatal organ or something? That cannot be God. God told me that through me all of the nations of the earth were going to be blessed. Isaac is the only natural manifestation that can even possibly help me get from point 'A' to point 'B.' If I take him out of the way, then what God promised cannot happen. So, this cannot be God."
Abraham probably started to reason, and you better believe he was like you and I. I mean, he loved his son, and he may have laid there all night long thinking about that. But, let me show you what happened.
I believe Abraham counted on God, as God, to give life to the dead. Somewhere along the line, I believe Abraham saw himself kill Isaac and saw God raise him from the dead. He knew that even if he brought Isaac unto that mountain and took his life, God would just raise him from the dead. And when he actually got up the mountain, God said, "Because you already saw it and you already did it in the spirit, it is good as done."
Your Miracle Begins in Your Spirit
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1). You need to see your miracle in your spirit before it will manifest. You need to see it as finished.
Abraham thought, "I already see Isaac killed, dead, and raised up. God 'gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.' If I bring him up there and kill him, God will resurrect him."
Like Abraham, we must see it in our spirit. We must catch a vision and revelation of what Jesus has already done. We must see ourselves healed. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He did not have to lay hands on the dead. There was authority in the Word of God. What is dead? Maybe your faith is dead. Maybe your relationship with God, your marriage, your children, your body, your church or even your ministry is dead. See the situation and command resurrection power to be released. Let your hope rise again and your faith be resurrected. Contend for miracles as your vision is restored. See the power of His life come. He is the Resurrection and Life!
Let warfare, the release for warring and contending for miracles be released in the name of Jesus Christ. Let your vision be resurrected. Let hopelessness and despair GO in the name of Jesus! Because it is well. It is well! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Todd Bentley: Healing evangelist, revivalist, and author, Todd Bentley is the founder of Fresh Fire USA. As a teenager, Todd, an alcoholic and drug addict, had a dramatic, life-changing encounter with the saving, delivering power of God. Today, Todd and his Fresh Fire team travel the world to lead the lost into the miraculous, delivered and set free, and launched into the reality of intimate relationship with Jesus. The passion of Todd's life and ministry to the nations is souls and to see others experience the transferable, tangible anointing of the Holy Spirit.
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