LESSON: John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Today is Palm Sunday. The day we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As I write this post, I sit next to my mom who at any moment will make her triumphal entry into heaven. Chances are, by the time you read this she will have crossed over. She’s lived 95 years and taught me much about love and commitment in the midst of pain. Life didn’t treat her very well, but that didn’t change her knowledge of God’s character. She always told me, “God is our loving heavenly Father and we need to trust Him.” Trust Him. Those words ring in me over and over. When in Zambia, Africa on a mission trip, I awoke one morning with Prov.3:5 and 6 in my head. If you know that popular scripture, it talks about trusting God with ALL our heart. Little did I know that the next 3 years would test my faith in regards to my own physical healing. However, God does want our trust and he proves that He is trustworthy. In praying for the sick, trust is key, believing that God will intervene on this person’s behalf. I’ve prayed for many that were dying and felt defeated when they weren’t healed. However, Jesus said that though we die, we shall live. Death is just another healing, the ultimate healing. So we should not feel defeated when someone we pray for dies. As I think about this, I notice the room is quiet. I feel a sudden panic. I check on my mom and know it’s over. I feel her chest as her heart takes its final beat. My mom wanted two things when she died: to not die alone and to die in her sleep. She got both of her wishes. Now she’s healed – completely and totally healed.
EXERCISE CHALLENGE: Be thankful. Look at those around you, your relationships with family and friends and be grateful for every day you have with them. Look at each day as an opportunity to trust in the one that loves us the most. Take time each morning to build your faith by praying, reading scripture and engaging in worship. Put aside fear of anyone or anything and trust God. Ask Him to lead you to at least one person who is hurting or sick and step out in faith and love them. It’s all about God, so the pressure is off. Just reach out and trust.
ACTIVATION: Holy Spirit we invite your presence. Father, help us remember how faithful and trust worthy You are, for Jesus himself is called Faithful and True. Give us desire to spend time each morning in your presence. Anoint us with your love and strength. Create in us a desire to serve You no matter what and to completely put our trust in You. We come against the spirit of fear and receive a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. We praise You Father in all our circumstances and put our total trust in You. In Jesus Name. Amen
(Post by Rhonda Haley)