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“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not, I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

Revelation 1: 17, 18 King James Version

There are times in our lives when we are in the middle of a heartbreaking situation and we feel like there is no hope. We have prayed and done all that we could do in the situation. Take heart, dear friends, Jesus is still alive! He is still our victorious risen Saviour who defeated satan on the cross. We don’t always get the answers to our prayers when we want them. He is very wise and He answers our prayers and the desires of our hearts in His perfect timing. He always answers us unless we have sin in our lives.

Before we ask Him for anything, we need to be certain that we have searched our hearts to see if there is anything that offends Him and if there is something that displeases Him, we need to ask Him to forgive us. We don’t have any right to go to a Holy God and ask Him to help us if we are harboring unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, jealousy, hatred, criticism, sarcasm or anything else in our hearts that is a stench in His nostrils.

It is a privilege to go to our Heavenly Father, not something that we have earned. It is only through the precious atoning blood of Jesus that we are able to approach Him because He doesn’t see us; He sees the blood of Jesus that has been applied to our hearts. Also, before we ask Him for anything we should praise Him and thank Him for all He has done for us and continues to do for us daily.

If we wake up in the morning, He has given us a new day. It is up to us how we react to the new day. We can stay in bed and pulls the covers up over our heads to avoid facing the day, a day that might be filled with conflict and heartaches. We can choose to do that if we wish to do so. God does not make us do anything. He does not pull our strings and treat us like we are puppets. We have a choice. We can choose to get up and serve Him or we can stay in bed and feel sorry for ourselves.

Sometimes He says “yes”, other times He says “no” and then there are times that He says “wait”. We need to be careful what we pray for because we might get it. I have prayed for years for patience because I am not a patient person. I want everything done now. Jesus has been working on that area in my life for two years and I’ve come a long way, but He is still working with me on this issue. I think sometimes He says wait to help us learn patience.

If today your heart is filled with despair, loneliness, fears, heartaches and discouragement, allow our risen Saviour to take them away and replace them with His hope. Remember He is still alive and there is absolutely nothing that satan can do to us that He can’t overcome. Jesus can do all things. He turns the impossible into possible. He calms the raging storms in our hearts and fills them with His peace. Thank God for our risen Saviour who is still alive!

Joanne Lowe
June 9, 2007

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