– by A. K. Chenoweth
Raising the Dead – Is it really so difficult?
Many of us read in the scriptures how Jesus raised the dead. Later in the gospels we also read about the disciples doing the same in Jesus’ name.
So why do we think it’s so difficult or, in fact, impossible to do it now?
Before He ascended to heaven, Jesus told His followers that we would be able to do what He had done on earth and much more.
Why? Because He would be glorified and would send the Holy Spirit to empower us and perform miracles in Jesus’ name.
“Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever trusts in me will also do the works I do! Indeed, he will do greater ones, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12 (CJB)
‘Whoever’ in this verse does not mean Jesus’ followers at that particular time. It means anyone following Jesus at any point in time.
That includes you and me.
Where Is Your Trust?
Personally, I believe that TRUST is the key word in this verse.
Trust is a very interesting word. The definition found in the dictionary is: confident expectation of something; hope. It also means reliance on the integrity, strength, ability and surety of a person or thing.
Based on the verse above, in order to do the works Jesus did, we need to trust Jesus – to have a confident expectation that He is going to do something and to rely on His strength and ability.
It doesn’t say for us to trust ourselves or to rely on our own abilities.
So, my question to you today is, how much do you really TRUST JESUS?
Once you have measured that, and then make the decision to rely on HIS unfailing strength and ability instead of your own, you should be able to raise the dead, heal the sick and rescue this world . . . and then some. Just like He said.
I think it’s time we get going!
This guest post was written by A.K. Chenoweth.
A.K. is the author of The Scribal Wanderer, Benign Surrender: A Love Story, The Genesis Diary, Gaby’s Great Adventures, and 3-in-1 The Voice.
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