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Need A Resurrection?
by Milton Hooper
03/13/08
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NEED A RESURRECTION?

Has life not turned out like you had planned?
Are you in the pit of depression and canít seem to find a way out?
Have your dreams died?

What you need is a resurrection.

When we think of resurrection we often think of a resurrection from a physical
death but Jesus removed the sting of ALL death -- even the living dead. If Jesus
has power over physical death, then surely He has the power over anything dead
in your life!

There are times we go through life and feel as though we are nothing more than
an empty shell. We put up a good appearance to others and play the religious
game but we are dead inside. There is no substance to us, nothing for us to look
forward to but yet another day with pain, another day with depression or another
day of loneliness. In John 11:25 Jesus says "I am the resurrection and the life.
He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." He isn't just the
"I am" in John 11:25 but he's the same "I am" today, right now where you are.
He has the ability and power to resurrect the dead things in your life.

Jesus is the ultimate expert in performing extreme makeovers. He can transform
a forgettable past into a powerful future. All it takes is His touch and our
willingness to surrender completely to Him. The problem we have is that we
want it done instantly and the way WE want it done. Total surrender is a key
factor in the resurrection process because without surrender, a complete
resurrection cannot take place. There is nothing more frustrating than a partial
surrender. It must be all or nothing. We all tend to be afraid of this willingness to
surrender because we think that God will take our surrender and send us to
some remote village in Africa to serve as a missionary. For some, that might be
His will but for most of us, that wonít be the case. He considers the desires of
our hearts very seriously. If we commit our way to the Lord and trust Him, He will
give us the desires of our heart. (Psalms 37:4) Sometimes we don't see Him
doing that until we have gone through the surrendering process and His extreme
makeover when we look back and see how He has led us.

We mistakenly think that one walk through a prayer line and being anointed by a
dynamic preacher will instantly change everything. Even Lazarus needed help in
being loosed from his grave clothes. (John 11) Although Jesus provided the
resurrection with a loud "Lazarus, come forth" he was still bound hands and feet
with his grave clothes. Jesus didn't remove them. He asked others to "loose him
and let him go". There is some valuable significance to that. Yes, Jesus has the
power to call dead things to life, but it is up to us to remove those things which
hinder us. We can't be freed from depression if we don't change our habits of
thinking selfishly of our own problems while ignoring the opportunity to bless
others. Certainly depression is a serious thing and nothing that a person can
simply "get over" but when you get your touch from Jesus, don't go back to the
same habits and grave clothes that kept you in the depression.

Jesus is alive and His Spirit is alive in you! Don't allow the enemy any chance of
rolling the stone and putting you back into your dead situation. Jesus didn't
defeat death only for eternal life after we die our physical death; He also did it so
that we would have an abundant life. If you are a believer and have received
Jesus as your savior and Lord then you are already living an eternal life. Yes,
this physical body will die but YOU will never die. I can't explain all the science (if
anyone really can) about it all but we are promised that we will have a new body.
The physical body you see is not "you" but the container that holds you. That's
the part that Jesus is more concerned about. So do "you" need a resurrection?
Jesus has proven His power over it and is waiting on you. He can take your
broken pieces in His hand and make them whole again.

Suffering isn't fun. In spite of all the TV preaching about prosperity, people still
suffer. Suffering is ugly and we don't like it. Paul didn't like suffering either. He
did like any of us would do; he prayed that God would take it away. God
certainly had the power to take it away the first time Paul asked but He chose not
to remove Paul's "thorn in the flesh". (2 Corinthians 12) God's response was
that His grace was sufficient and that His strength was made perfect in
weakness. I have always read this response God had to Paul's suffering and
rejoiced in it but then I wonder to myself -- what does that answer mean? How
does this grace relieve suffering?

When we pray to God to remove our suffering and He does not do it, His grace is
enough and we have no reason to complain. We sing about it when we sing
Amazing Grace. Once we were lost but now we are found. Grace is God's
goodness to us that none of us deserve. Without His grace, we would all be
doomed and have no hope. If God never does another thing in our lives and
never answers another prayer, He has still done more for us than we would ever
deserve. We deserve eternal punishment but He has provided grace through
salvation that we can have eternal life. He is not under any obligation to answer
anything else but He does. So how does this make us stronger when we are
weak? When we are suffering, how is it possible to gain strength in our
weakness? The ONLY way is in Christ. This isn't something that can be
explained on paper. It must be experienced. It doesn't come in a medical
prescription but in a spiritual remedy. The only way I can tell you is that you must
experience it. Even in suffering, God doesn't abandon you. God is in it. He is
able to make something beautiful out of our suffering.

Need a resurrection?
Are you tired of being in your tomb?
Are you breathing but on spiritual life support?

Jesus spent three days in the tomb before He came out of there. If you are in a
dead situation in your life, maybe you need to spend three days of dedication and
surrender totally on the Lord. Pray, fast and commit your way to Him in your
deadness. Surrender to the point that His grace is sufficient regardless of
anything else. Even if you must still endure your suffering, allow His strength to
overcome your weakness. Then, when He touches you, loosen yourself from the
things that hinder you. Let go of the bad habits, stop hanging out with the wrong
crowd, claim victory over your addictions or anything that will keep you from
experiencing a complete resurrection.

There is nothing in the world that will provide you with a resurrection. The world's
solution is only a temporary fix. A church or religion can't do it for you either.
Too many people have religion but don't know the Savior on a personal level. It
is - and always has been - about relationship. Stop looking for THE perfect
church or think your denomination is the answer, they aren't and they never will
be. Quit following a preacher or evangelist. They only have the power (if they
truly do) that God has anointed them with. God is the source. Waiting in a
crusade prayer line for Benny Hinn to pray for you isn't the source. Buying Joel
Osteen's latest book isn't the answer. Sowing your "seed" for a prayer cloth isn't
the magical formula. Stop following the methods and get in touch with THE
source of our strength. All of these ministries may be legitimate in what they do
but it is time for God's people to seek God for themselves and not look to any
gimmicks to do what the resurrecting power of Jesus Christ can do. He didn't
say "I was the resurrection", He is saying to you today that He IS the
resurrection.

The dead bones SHALL live again!
Your dead dreams will have a pulse!
Your empty shell will be FILLED to overflowing once again!


miltonhooper@cox.net






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