Originally published Monday, 04 April 2016.
What looks without light in your life?
What looks buried over so much that you are convinced is impossible to dig out?
If you came up with nothing, think deeper. What is it you believe you can't do?
Remember this thing.
I am face-to-face with impossible these days. What I want to do, I have tried to do, yet no matter what, I just can't seem to do it. To make matters worse, the problem sources within me. If it was others - their circumstances, problems or things - those wouldn't be so offensive, you know, you can more easily brush those off, but what is internal it feels eternal sometimes.
Sure, I said I have forgiven, but truly forgiving is hard when someone keeps on offending. It is hard when you feel abandoned and ignored. It is hard when those feelings rise to the surface and make you remember stuff.
So I go deep...
I cover my irritation in the darkness, but there it sits.
The pain was a time ago, but irritation sits heavy.
The relationship waits, and I lay immobile to feelings.
The rock lays over me, and I am closed up into myself.
I am tightly wrapped, in my own thoughts about how things should go.
I can't breathe, I feel upset at myself for not being able to move on.
I feel like I am stuck in a hole. A deep, unscalable, deathly, waterless hole.
But, here is the kicker - so is Jesus.
And, here is the double kicker - he rose from it and will raise you up too!
In the tomb, where you feel dead,
Christ is ready to rise up in you - to make you alive.
In the tomb where all things seem lost,
Christ already won that battle.
It is called resurrection power!
"But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb...and did not find the body." (Luke 24:2-3)
"He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy." (Titus 3:5) Resurrection power!
"He is not here, He is risen." (Mark 16:6)
What looks dead, comes alive.
What seems impossible, becomes possible.
What seems unbearable, becomes bearable.
What seems hopeless, finds hopefulness.
What is it for you that looks dead, dank and dying before you?
Jesus is raising it up to new life. By his stripes you are healed and by his resurrection a new answer to your situation is being revealed.
Jesus both tells and asks you something. Something pointed, like he did to Martha not so long ago, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
Do you believe this?
See your situation and believe this verse over it. Grab it like a lifeline. Call it yours.
As you do, he will lift you up out of the pit. You simply: 1.)hand it over to him 2.) let his resurrecting forgiveness wash over it and 3.) feel the promises clean your shame-soaked body.
Here's what happens - He saturates it with so much light, it nearly blinds you to what was of old. Then, as he raises you to new heights, you move from trauma to transformation (and it doesn't even feel that hard). Why? Because the power of resurrection sinks right into you...
...if only you believe.
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