The moment you realize you’re powerless to change on your own, God brings the power of the Resurrection into your situation.
“But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9b NLT, second edition).
Life is tough. I realize that’s no surprise to you. You live with that truth every day. Some of us are going through emotional difficulties. Some of us are going through physical issues. Some of us are going through relational issues.
All of us are going through something.
Even one of the great heroes in all of the Bible — Paul, the apostle — went through tough times. The Bible says he was once so depressed he told God he was ready to die. He even asked God to kill him!
How did Paul get through that difficult time?
He plugged into Jesus’ Resurrection power.
Paul wrote, “But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead” (1 Corinthians 1:9b NLT, second edition).
The Bible says Paul felt “crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure.” He got to the end of himself.
And that’s exactly where he needed to be.
There’s only one condition for God’s power in your life: humility. You must admit you need it. God does not give his power to arrogant people. Humility tells the Lord, “You are God, and I’m not. You’re right, and I’m not. You have the power, and I don’t. You are wise, and I’m not. And I am powerless to change this situation, so I’m going to give it to you.”
The moment you do that, God brings the power of the Resurrection of Jesus into your situation.
God specializes in bringing back to life dead things. God loves to turn crucifixions into resurrections.
What’s dead in your life? If God can raise a dead person, he can raise a dead marriage, a dead career, or a dead dream. God can do anything.
That’s the power of the Resurrection.
Talk It Over
- What seemingly dead, hopeless thing in your life do you need God to resurrect?
- What keeps you from believing that the God who raised men from the dead can handle your toughest situation?
- How can you humble yourself?
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