God Who Brings Life to the Dead

new lifeEaster is an amazing reminder to us that Jesus rose from the dead.

How many of us live in the victory that He is daily the God who brings life to the dead?

We have no trouble with the concept of Spring and new life bursting forth in the midst of dead things.

Yet, in our own lives it seems more of a stretch.

Can God really bring life to the deadness of my marriage?

Can God raise to life the deadness in my heart after my divorce?

Can God revive my spirit after the death of my beloved?

Can God heal the deadness in my heart after the abuse and trauma I endured as a child?

Romans 4:17 resounds with the answer to every one of those questions:

. . .the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

This verse speaks of Abraham’s faith in God’s promise that He would give Abraham and Sarah a son though they were well past the age of being able to have children.

Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for God to fulfill his promise.

Yet during those 25 years, Romans 4:20-21 says concerning Abraham:

No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. (ESV)

God has power to do what He has promised.

Today and everyday He is the God who brings life to the dead.

What dead part of your heart or life is He asking you to believe He can and will resurrect?

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He has only begun . . . (Promises & Prayers series)

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Beginnings . . . they’re exciting things. Whether it’s the start of a new day, a new job, a new relationship, or a new adventure, beginnings contain a sense of hopeful excitement at their possibilities.

Some beginnings lead to to amazing and wonderful things. Others lead to disappointments and even heartaches. Even with sad endings, it is probable that they started with a hopeful beginning.

Eventually the newness wears off. Normalcy sets in. Exciting surprises become everyday expectations. We are finite beings living in a fallen world.

Is there a beginning that will not fade or receive the tired reply of, “been there, done that”?

I believe Moses spoke the truth of that kind of beginning at the end of his 120 years of life.

O Sovereign Lord, You have only begun to show Your greatness and the strength of Your hand to me, Your servant. Is there any god in heaven or on earth who can perform such great and mighty deeds as you do? – Dt. 3:24 NLT

Moses spoke that truth about God — who is infinite, holy, & perfectly faithful (Is 25:1, 9).

You have only begun . . .

As a believer, that phrase applies to every situation, every moment of your day.

And like Moses, when you are nearing your last breath, you will still be able to say,O Sovereign Lord, You have only begun to show Your greatness and the strength of Your hand to me, Your servant. . . . – Dt. 3:24 NLT

God, You have only begun to show me Your greatness and the strength of Your hand over my:

  • marriage/relationships
  • family
  • job
  • financial situation
  • hurts/wounds
  • disappointments/shattered dreams
  • future
  • past
  • addictions
  • health
  • ministry
  • church

The list could go on and on — until we have covered every aspect of our lives.

There are two lenses needed to fully see God’s greatness and the strength of His hand over every area of our lives:

  1. Obedience – Hebrews 3:15
  2. Faith –  Matthew 13:58

How would our perspectives change if we approached each new day with an attitude of:

Father, in this day, in the situations I face, I choose to believe by faith that You have only begun to show me Your greatness and the strength of Your hand.

I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? – Jeremiah 32:27

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