Saturday, April 23, 2011

His Resurrection Power

As we reflect on Christ's death and anticipate celebrating the resurrection, I can't help but think about the times that I have needed God's working in my own life.

The same God who raised Jesus from the dead is the SAME God who has the power to move mountains in your own life. He is the one who longs for you to call him Father. He is the one who knows about your deepest needs. He is the one who cares about the dark places in your life that you can't share with others. He is the one who is able to HEAL the broken places. He is the one who RESTORES. He is the one who is able to breathe NEW LIFE into areas that were once dead.

What areas of your life are you needing to trust Him for that kind of power? Do you have a struggling child and you aren't sure what to do? Are you in the midst of financial hardships that are crushing in hard on you? Does your heart ache about things you can't share even with the closest of friends right now? Do you wonder if there will ever be breakthrough in your marriage? Are you trying to wade through the overwhelming journey of adoption, mixed with all the obstacles that come with it? Is the diagnosis not what you had hoped and prayed for?

Sometimes when we don't see God act quickly we find ourselves shaken and wondering if He's really there after all. Oh, we believe and know He's there, because His Word says so ...... but the day in and day out struggles of the journey can cause us to be tempted to doubt. To lose hope. To wonder where He is.

It's during those times we need to remember His power. And we need to choose to TRUST Him and WAIT for Him.

Acts 2:24-28

"But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death,

because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him

David said about him: “‘I saw the Lord always before me.

Because he is at my right hand,

I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

my body also will rest in hope,

because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,

you will not let your holy one see decay.

You have made known to me the paths of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence.’"

As you celebrate the resurrection tomorrow, may you be encouraged to remember that your Father ... the one who raised Jesus from the dead is the same Father who cares so much for you, as well. He cares about the burdens you carry and the dark places of your life. Just as Jesus laid down His life at the cross for us, may we also lay our burdens down. May we ask God for the courage to truly LAY THEM DOWN. And then may we wait in HOPE and watch for Him to work His resurrection power. We must realize that it could be we'll see that come to pass here on this earth ... and we might not see it 'til we are with Him in glory. Giving Him control does not mean we'll get our way with things, but it DOES mean that we can rest in fellowship with Him and enjoy His presence and joy. Nothing can keep us from His great love.

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