Raised to Life

I have to be honest, I’m looking forward to writing a blog on fun, family and friends.  With the passing of  Clark Rogers this week and several others I’ve heard about since, all roads keep leading me back to thoughts on the brevity of life.   The word death is such a heavy and serious word and frankly one most of us avoid thinking about or discussing.   Fear and anxiety set in as we ponder the unknown.  During Jesus’ time hear on earth, he displayed His ability to conquer death.  Yes, He overcame His own death on the cross, but he also raised Lazarus and Jairus’ daughter from death to life.  No doubt, it is not as common to see such miracles face to face today, but that is certainly not to say it can’t and doesn’t happen.  It still can and does on occasion, as Jesus is still alive in the heart of every believer and has all power to raise the dead.    

God spoke to my heart yesterday about how He not only has the power to raise the physical body to life, but also the spiritual and emotional decay of our hearts.  He led me to think about the areas in my life that I’ve either pushed away or left for dead.  This could be broken earthly relationships, areas of regret or sin,  my relationship with God Himself, hurts or assaults from my past and so on.  The one thing that stood out for me was a broken friendship from my college years.  This friend and I were inseparable back then.  We loved God together, she sang in my wedding and was even my maid of honor.  Due to insecurities, misunderstandings, and maybe my sometimes overbearing personality, we parted ways and haven’t spoken for almost 10 years.  This was a tremendous loss and an area of a lot of grief, hurt, bitterness, and relational insecurity.  Over those years we have had written contact maybe 3 times. This is something that I’ve definitely pushed to the back of mind and laid to rest.  Although I know God certainly can raise this dead relationship back to life, I’m not so confident that it will be His plan to do so.  This friend and I have corresponded by email over the past 6 months.  Although there was no resolution, healing began in my heart simply through some words of closure.   I trust God that by His power and Spirit, if He wills it, that brokenness can and will be mended.  I pray for it for myself, but for her as well.  I have loved her all of these years, even through the brokenness and decay of the relationship.

What things in your life have you pushed away and hidden in your innermost place?  Is there anything that you have left there that you need to allow Jesus to transform and raise to life?  What areas of brokenness do you need for Him to heal?  Yesterday I journaled this prayer, “Truly, where your Spirit is Lord, there IS freedom.  We can have complete freedom from all that holds us captive, in You.  In Your word You say, ‘I will ransom them from the power of the grave.  I will redeem them from death.  Where, O death, are your plagues?  Where, O grave, is your destruction?’ (Hosea 13:14)  Thank you Lord for your power over death and the grave.  Thank You for your redeeming love and forgiveness.  Thank you that in the name of Jesus, those closed off caskets of our souls, can be opened, cleaned out and raised to life.”

3 thoughts on “Raised to Life

  1. Holly says:

    Interesting thoughts… you’re right though. If God doesn’t surface those old things that we think have been laid to rest (when, really, we’ve just shoved them to the back of our minds) we tend to think that they’re no longer worth the energy of our emotions. I had a close friend betray me. It was enough to cause me to lose ALL trust in this friend. I was hurt, angry, bitter, and completely resentful of the situation and of my friend. Thankfully, God has kept us close. But I never had closure before and so I continued to shove those bitter emotions to the back of my mind. I shed so many tears over the whole situation and spent HOURS hashing the whole thing over in my mind. Recently, God used a special person in my life to speak a lot of truth into the whole thing. I had turned the whole situation into somthing completely about ME. I was hurt. I was mad. I was left high and dry. I was neglected. I was betrayed. But what about my friend? This person needed me more, at this time in their life, than they probably ever needed someone to be there for them before. And I was selfish and clung to the idea that I WAS BEING HURT. Not so. God raised the WHOLE thing back up again, had me re-analyze the thing front to back, and then deal with it differently. The outcome? Total forgiveness. And I’ve never been closer to my friend than I am now. God works terrible hurts into our lives to bring forth something amazing and wonderful.

    1. riveradouthit says:

      So true Holl……..I totally agree. For me forgiveness took place in my heart years ago, but God is healing the areas of feeling hurt and somehow rejected. You can’t MAKE someone love you or desire to be in a relationship with you. But He can change her heart, if He chooses. Either way, I just love that He has the power to make the old new and raise the dead to life in my own heart!

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