I Say to You, Arise!

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“I say unto thee, arise.” Mark 5:41

It’s too late.  The time for a turnaround has passed.  The episode of this life is gone and there’s nothing we can do about it.

“There is nothing we can do about it.”  Sound familiar?  How many times in our lives have these words been spoken by others, or even by us?  These words surface when we are at a loss for how to handle what’s before us.  It could be that we have tried, perhaps multiple times, to work on a solution in the midst of a mess, but our trying has fallen flat, and it just didn’t come together as we had hoped.

At this point, the white flag of surrender is raised, and we give up.  Looking at what seems to be irreversible and impossible, a solution unrecognizable to us, it is easy to believe that the time of hope is no more. “Why troublest thou the Master any further?” (v. 35).  For them, they knew what death looked like and the time for help has gone by according to what they believed to be true, so they spoke, “Thy daughter is dead.”

But when you invite Jesus to your house.  When you ask for Him to get involved with the problem, there is nothing too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:17, 27).

“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe” (v. 36).  Jesus stepped in and took immediate action against anyone who would try to stand in the way of this miracle from going forth.  As soon as He heard the negative report, He countered it with His own promise: “Be not afraid, only believe.”  Their news was dismal, and they were ready to close the case on the possibility of something good coming from this hurt, but Jesus had better in mind.

There is no situation that is beyond His power to help when it is relinquished into the hands of our God.  Instead of holding on to what you see and feel, hold on to your faith.  During these crucial moments, give Jesus space to work a miracle.  Others may not understand, and the full revelation may escape you, nevertheless, “let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6) and believe.

“I say to you, arise” (NKJV).  The command for life to return to this daughter speaks hope: “It is not too late!”  Where we may see the end, Jesus sees a new beginning.  In what area are you hoping to see a turnaround? Believe, trust, and arise!

Father God, we are praying for Your touch in the midst of whatever we are facing.  Healing, deliverance, or just circumstance – Father God, we need You.  We believe that You can work the impossible.  We believe that Your favor and blessings and miracles are still in effect today.  And whatever it looks like, it is not too far gone for You.  Father God, we believe that You can restore, you can bring it back to wholeness and healing, and cause us to arise.  “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1, 2) is my heart’s prayer, and it is in Your hands, O God, we place it all.  In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, we pray, AMEN!

“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

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