I was saved about 2 years ago. At that time, my heart filled with constant, unshakable joy like I had never known before. Now, 2 years after Jesus filled my life with hope, purpose and a future…I am finally facing my faith.
When we make the decision to follow God with our lives, there is inevitably going to be a season where we are called to “face our faith.” This is the time when you begin to struggle and feel the very real pain of living in this world. This is when your faith and dedication to the Lord is being tested. For me, this time has shown itself since I got married 3 months ago. As an 18 year old girl who went straight from living with her parents in Colorado to her husband in California, I had a lot of adjusting to do all at once. I was suddenly dropped into a situation where I needed to learn how to love my new husband, take care of our house and his needs, find friends, get connected and start serving. All of this with an unexpected full-time job and a very tough ongoing situation at my husband’s work. I have been very overwhelmed, questioning if I have enough strength for all that I’ve taken on. I find my heart in a state of fear instead of joy, and my mind in chaos rather than peace.
Thankfully, I serve a God of greater than! He showed Himself in a church service and a conversation last night, just to show me that He is greater than my struggles.
The sermon last night was named “Get Up.” Must I say more? It was about those seasons that challenge you more than you think you can handle. Those situations that test you and break you down. But mostly, it was about that dream that was lost, that opportunity that was shattered, that hope that you had once but have lost along the way. The pastor spoke very bold and confident words over the congregation, telling us that our season of struggle is over, and the resurrecting power of Jesus is here to tell us to GET UP! He spoke from Luke 8:40-56, but the verse that stood out to me the most was verse 52.
“Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. ‘Stop wailing,’ Jesus said. ‘She is not dead but asleep.'”
If you read the entire passage, you realize that Jesus is saying this about a girl who He raises from the dead. That power, that resurrecting power that raised that girl from the dead, that raised Jesus Himself from the dead, is within us. And these things that we thought were dead, actually are just sleeping in God’s eyes. The pastor spoke about this, telling us that God can take that marriage and bring it back to life. He can take that business and bring it back to life. He can fill your life with purpose again, and your heart with joy. Because we serve a God of the second chance, the third chance, the millionth chance.
He wants to give you patience-ask for it. He wants to give you strength-seek it. He wants to give you hope-knock at the door. And don’t quit knocking until that door swings open and Jesus hands it to you Himself.
Trust Him for the impossible, pray BOLD prayers because bold prayers honor the Lord! He doesn’t need to see you succeed, He needs to see your faith.
So it’s time for you to face your faith?
God is greater than that. GET UP. Verse 53 and 54. “They laughed at Him, knowing that she was dead. But He took her by the hand and said, ‘My child, get up!‘”
“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.”