Read His Words Before Ours!
Do you feel like there are lifeless places in your heart that continue to dry up day by day?
Do you feel like God sometimes is slow in regards to the promises He’s spoken over you?
Do you question why a miracle didn’t happen to you, even though you prayed so hard for it?
It’s okay. I do too.
When those questions start rising up in my spirit, I look back into my old journals where I’ve written down the words that Jesus has spoken to me, or the miracles He has done in my life in order to remind myself that His promises are true.
Can I encourage you to do the same?
Back in the fall, my husband was going through a tough job transition. He left one job and was unable to find another for quite some time. This left us as a one-income household with the holidays quickly approaching. I immediately started to feel panic rise up in my spirit. How were we going to give our daughter an amazing 1st Christmas? How were we supposed to buy groceries? What about our bills?
Yet, God was so quick to remind us that He is our ultimate provider. He loves taking care of His children, and this situation was no exception.
God works just as much in the mountain top places of our lives as He does in the valleys.
It just looks different, depending upon the season.
We felt like we couldn’t get our head above water, but through the community around us, we were taken care of. We received unexpected groceries from friends, a gift card from our church, and hand-me-down clothes for our baby from my dear sisters in Christ. It was those surrounding us in the hardest of times that loved beyond their borders and changed our live.
None of them had to do these things, but they saw that we were in need and listened to the Lord, bringing us hope in the Giver of Life.
God raises the dead to life.
I recently heard a song by Bethel worship called “You came (Lazarus)”.
In the Bible Lazarus is only mentioned a few times, but he was Jesus’s close friend, and when he died, Jesus wept, just as anyone that has lost a loved one would.
“You stood outside my grave
With tears still on Your face
I heard You say my name
My night was turned to day
You came, I knew that You would come
You sang My heart it woke up
I’m not afraid, I see Your face, I am alive
You came I knew that You would come
You said death’s only sleeping
With one word my heart was beating
I rose up from my grave
My fear was turned to faith
You are a miracle working God
You turn my fear into faith
You raise me up from the grave”
The song beautifully shares not just Lazarus’ story, but each of ours as we first come to know our Heavenly Father. Lazarus was dead for four days before Jesus returned to Bethany to see him. Many had already begun the grieving process, and as Jesus walked into town, Martha and Mary were quick to greet and question Jesus.
Through their questions, He reminded the sisters that Lazarus would live again, and while they were thinking in terms of the resurrection when we all go to Heaven, Jesus had another plan.
I wish I could’ve been there, standing outside of the tomb where Lazarus was laid to rest when Jesus commanded him to come out. To see Jesus look up towards Heaven, and talk with His Father, oh what a sight it would’ve been to witness!
You see, sometimes all it takes is turning our eyes Heavenward
to bring fresh breath to the dead places in our lives.
Jesus didn’t have to perform this miracle in Lazarus, but He knew that by doing this, many more would come to know Him, and He was right. Many more did.
Just as it was through the acts of community around us that helped breathe life back into our lungs, we were in turn able to pour out to them once we got back on our feet.
So be encouraged today.
Start letting Jesus speak life over the dead places in your midst.
Write down what you’re believing God for according to His Word, and what you’ve seen Him do for you! There is power in remembering that our God is indeed a miracle working God, my friend!
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!