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Lately, it seems as though the Lord has been bringing much to my attention about “raising the dead”.  I’ve always thought of that as literally raising the dead from physical death.  Oh, how I so often think on the surface.  The things of God are deep and I pray that I will stop and pay attention.  Listen and learn of those things.  He has made it understandable to me through His word that raising the dead is more than raising the physically dead, it means those physically alive and dead in Christ.  Lord, give me the power to raise the dead, including myself.

Here is today’s devotion from Oswald Chambers.  I get it, Lord, I get it.

THE INSPIRATION OF
SPIRITUAL INITIATIVE

Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you, “Get up and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat and throw it overboard – just do what needs to be done!”  That is what we mean by ordinary human initiative.  But when the Spirit of God comes to us and says, in effect, “Get up and get going,” suddenly we find that the initiative is inspired.

We all have many dreams and aspirations when we are young, but sooner or later we realize we have no power to accomplish them.  We cannot do the things we long to do, so our tendency is to think of our dreams and aspirations as dead.  But God comes and says to us, “Arise from the dead…..”  When Gods sends His inspiration, it comes to us with such miraculous power that we are able to “arise from the dead” and do the impossible.  The remarkable thing about spiritual initiative is that the life and power comes after we “get up and get going”. God does not give us overcoming life – He gives us life as we overcome. When the inspiration of God comes, and He says, “Arise from the dead…., we have to get ourselves up; God will not lift us up.  Our Lord said to the man with the withered hand, “Stretch out your hand” (Mat 12:13).  As soon as the man did so, his hand was healed.  But he had to take the initiative.  If we will take the initiative to overcome, we will find that we have the inspiration of God, because He immediately gives us the power of life.

There is much to raising the dead I think.

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