LIFE AFTER THE HOSPITAL

Have you noticed how many songs, sermons and spiritual conversations focus on our human weakness? The dysfunction we share in the curse is always before us like a wart on the tip of the nose.

Pastors and worship leaders focused on coming to God for healing and rest voice the embarrassing state of our powerlessness. 


Maybe you have had a rough week or are going through a crisis… come into God’s presence and let God care for you.

Jesus did invite all who are wearied with heavy burdens to come to Him for rest. We find great comfort in knowing God’s empathy and power to restore. But, is that all there is to spiritual life?

If that is our only mode of relationship to God, we will live out our lives as if we lived in palliative care. We can become spiritual hypochondriacs who constantly are coming to the doctor, but never healing in our real or imagined ills.

Could it be that spiritual first aid is only a small part of something greater in God’s purposes for your life?

Jesus’ resurrection caught the world off guard. His followers needed Jesus to prove that he was alive, that they were not seeing a ghost or collectively imagining His presence. He gave many convincing proofs. Jesus is still proving the resurrection, but God’s power has changed hands. Jesus rose so we could receive God’s power and go everywhere as restorers.


Acts 1:
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

How did the early church receive the power of God? How do we receive it? Jesus’ words reveal some valuable insights into letting God empower our lives.


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