I believe in the resurrecting power of Jesus. Completely. Right now, I am sitting with God and thinking about some things in my life that are in a season of winter. Things that are having to die.
In the Fall, leaves fall off of trees and flowers give their final bloom….then winter comes. Things look barren. Death is all around, and it can seem like it will never end. But somewhere underneath the surface, life is stirring. We know that after a few months, God will send the sun and call life back into the dead places. Trees will become green and flowers will suddenly burst through the ground with brilliant color and life! Yes, winter is a season of death, but it’s the death that leads to resurrection!
I am spending time today, mourning the places in my life that must die. Some relationships that must go, and my ideal plan for some other areas in my life. This mourning is a really healthy thing to do and helps prevent bitterness from being able to wrap itself around our hearts and emotions. The permission to grieve can help us continue to be free flowing vessels of the Holy Spirit. But we can’t stay in the grief. We walk out grief to get to the resurrection! There are times we get so determined to have things our own way, we choke out something new that God was trying to birth within us. Our hands must remain open to Him, always and forever. God will bring new life into the places we’ve needed to let go.
I know we’ve spent time in previous days to evaluate our season, but not everything in our life is in the same season. We can have one area that is in the full bloom of Summer, while another place is barren like Winter. So, take a minute and reflect on any situation in your life that is a struggle. Is it a place God is asking you to let go? Is it a place God is trying to birth something new? Are you resisting His work in that area?
After you determine what season your struggle is a part of, then pray and ask God to show you what your next step should be. If it’s release, then ask God to help you let go. If you are to fight for something, then ask Him for courage and boldness. If it is a place to break out of your “box” and see Him in a new way, then ask Him to remove the scales from your eyes so you can see Him clearly.
Once you’ve done the work of searching and asking Him for guidance, praise Him. Spend some time today praising Him for being the Giver of Life. All life. Thank Him for loving you too much to let you be walking dead any longer.
Thank You God for the victory of release! Thank You for extending Your resurrection power over my heart! Thank You for breathing life into me daily. You are my Source. You are my Everything. In Jesus name, Amen.
How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in You. Psalm 31:19
….Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5b
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14