Lord I believe, help my unbelief.

"Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Isaiah 30:18-21

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

God raises the dead.

Standing on trial for believing in the promise that God made to Abraham. Being judged because you think that God is able to raise the dead. Being considered a criminal for holding onto the hope that God has become our salvation.

Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my Strength and Song; yes He has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

The promise that was made to us, is and has been fulfilled right before our own eyes and yet we still ask, doubt, are unbelieving and without trust in the fact that God is able to raise the dead.

God raises the dead. GOD RAISES THE DEAD. God takes the lifeless, the ones that have breathed their last breath, the ones who have departed from their faith, who are encompassed and taken by sin and arouses them from sleep, recalls and causes them to be alive again.

The ability to believe that God is able to raise the dead is rooted in faith. Abraham considered that God was able to do so and because of that history continued to be written, God's plan continued to unfold, and we stand where we are now because it pleased God to bring us here. Faith is pleasing to God, necessary for relationship and raises the dead.

Why? Why should you think it incredible for God to raise the broken relationship? Why should you think it incredible you to take full participation in the love and hands of God? Why should you think it incredible that you are able to live in unity? Why should you think it incredible for God to move mountains and speak volumes and love you beyond yourself? Why should you think it incredible for miracles to happen? Honestly, why do you feel that way?

NIV Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?

KJV Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

MSG For the life of me, I can't see why it's a criminal offense to believe that God raises the dead.

AMP Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?

INCREDIBLE: Definition

  1. unfaithful, faithless, (not to be trusted, perfidious)

  2. incredible

    1. of things

  3. unbelieving, incredulous

    1. without trust (in God)

RAISE: Definition

  1. to arouse, cause to rise

    1. to arouse from sleep, to awake

    2. to arouse from the sleep of death, to recall the dead to life

    3. to cause to rise from a seat or bed etc.

    4. to raise up, produce, cause to appear

      1. to cause to appear, bring before the public

      2. to raise up, stir up, against one

      3. to raise up i.e. cause to be born

      4. of buildings, to raise up, construct, erect

DEAD: Definition

  1. properly

    1. one that has breathed his last, lifeless

    2. deceased, departed, one whose soul is in heaven or hell

    3. destitute of life, without life, inanimate

  2. metaph.

    1. spiritually dead

      1. destitute of a life that recognizes and is devoted to God, because given up to trespasses and sins

      2. inactive as respects doing right

    2. destitute of force or power, inactive, inoperative

God is able to raise the dead. Well He is. And He has become our salvation right before our own eyes. Will you not recognize it? Do you not see?


Bo said...

Wow, Nicolette - fantastic post. I feel like I meet with dead people all the time - and I definitely need more faith. I'm going to print this and stick it in my Bible for easy reference!

Ann Dunagan said...

Hi there! I'm a friend of Bo's . . . who followed her vacation-time recommendation to visit your blog today. I'm glad I stopped by, and I agree with you. Reaching people for Jesus is absolutely a death vs. life matter. And I'm so thankful we serve the one-and-only LIVING God.