Do You Believe?

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From that time on, Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.  Matthew 16:21 

Throughout the Old Testament, the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus was predicted. You can find references in Isaiah, Micah, Zechariah, and in the Psalms. Interesting, even in Jesus’ own ministry, He predicted His death and resurrection. He shared this multiple times with His disciples.

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.  Mark 8:31 

Interesting, Jesus spoke of His death and resurrection so much, even the religious leaders who had Him condemned and crucified, heard Jesus’ teaching and feared the resurrection.

The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”  Matthew 27:62-64 

As I read these verses, what I find so strikingly similar in my own life, is that Jesus’ closest followers, His disciples, were unprepared for what Jesus said would happen. They were in disbelief of what Jesus said would come to pass.

The disciples abandoned Jesus when He was arrested, Peter denied Him three times, they left Jesus alone on the cross, and they hid for fear of what would happen to them. When news was brought to the disciples of His resurrection, they did not believe. Even when Jesus appeared to them, they thought His resurrection was too good to be true. Thomas wanted to put his fingers through the nail holes in Jesus’ hands and feet.

Does this story relate to our own walk with Jesus?

As we walk this road standing for God’s best in our lives and in our family, as we seek God and His kingdom and as we grow in the Lord, we receive answers from God. He speaks to us a Rhema Word. In the Bible, the Greek translation for rhema is “God’s Word revealed.”

When we get a rhema word from God, do we believe? Do we trust that God reveals His Word to us? I know there are days that I question if what God actually spoke to me was real.

As you pray specifically, are you prepared for the answers that God gives? Is your heart and your life ready? When God moves suddenly, do you stand in disbelief and wonder if what God is doing is real?

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:10-11

As you walk this road, know that God does answer prayer. He may not answer the way you ask, He may delay an answer, but God does move suddenly. God does speak to us. It is important that we are seeking the heart of God and His way for our lives, that we trust that what our Father has spoken will come to pass.

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  Mark 11:24 

We need to have proper perspective through the disappointment and fears we face to what God is doing in our lives and in the circumstances around us.

Stand faithful, growing in the Lord each day. Surrender to His work in you. Trust our God to do what He has spoken. Yes the road is sometimes long and hard, but our Father is right here with us. Lean closer into Him and believe in His spoken Word, His Word revealed to you.

I am blessed to stand for my covenant bride, a truly amazing woman, until death parts us.

David in Texas

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