Focus: Multiplied trials
Romans 8:11 (NIV) And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.
The phrase, ‘Every day is a new day’, may not be a positive thought, when you’re working through yet, another trial. In a period of heavy testing, ‘another day’ might easily mean ‘another trial’.
Some people wonder why addicts have such a problem staying clean and why there is such a tendency to relapse. I know from experience, that on any given day, something can happen that has the potential of causing you to think the fight is just not worth the pain. You can’t see an end to it and you just don’t want to feel it anymore.
In recovery, most people have a need everyday to read some words telling them that they can ‘do it’ another day…because when they wake up in the morning, they’re not sure they can.
At a time like that, believing in the resurrection of Jesus is absolutely critical. Human strength is just not enough—you have to believe in something more. Something Supernatural.
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Here is an explanation of how Jesus was Supernatural. When the Spirit of God (Super) entered a human body (natural) God’s Super/natural, ONLY BEGOTTEN SON was born. Isaiah the prophet stated, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14 KJV)
When the Super/natural lifeblood of God’s Son was poured out on the cross, more prophecy was fulfilled. “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10 KJV)
You might be wondering what the resurrection of Christ has to do with depression and recovery. Let’s look again at Romans 8:11, which says, “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.”
When you’re deeply depressed—you feel like you’re dead—or you wish you were. What you desperately need is a real resurrection. If your depression is persistent—then you need persistent resurrection.
People who struggle with recurring depression can feel like failures because they keep having to ‘get the victory’ again—after they thought they had it, but it seemed like it ‘got away’.
I’d like to remind you again of David, who wrote most of the Psalms. Over and over, he poured his heart out to God, asking Him to deliver him from his trials and sorrows.
The writer of the book of Lamentations, in chapter three verses 21 through 24 says, “This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion, ’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’”
The need for new mercies and compassions that don’t fail and are new every morning, points to multiplied trials…ongoing need for ‘resurrection’ of the soul.
God was so faithful in His Word to continually give us physical examples of Spiritual truths. It’s so much easier for human beings to believe in something they have seen acted out. That’s another reason why Jesus had to suffer and die and be resurrected—in order that we might be able to grasp what happens to our own lives when we have faith in God and in the power of the resurrection of Christ.
When we understand the true, miracle working power of God, we can have the faith and hope to believe that no matter how far ‘down’ we sink emotionally—there is still the possibility of the ‘resurrection’ of our emotions—which gives us hope.
It doesn’t matter how many days we live and how many of those days are filled with trials—God has an equal amount of resurrection power to lift us up again and again.
Declaration: I will find new strength through the Word of God and the tangible example of resurrection power.
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