I had a dream the other night that I had given birth to a full term baby. I was with the doctor looking to cut the umbilical cord and we were going to wait until it stopped pulsing. Its something many new moms are choosing to do with the idea that the baby is getting its last dose of nutrition from the mother before they are cut free. As we looked at the cord we realized there was no more blood being pumped through to the baby. It was a stagnant empty cord. I looked to the doctor and in our stare at one another I knew that this was not good. Immediately I knew the baby was not living because its life source from me had been deficient. I turned to where she was being held by my husband and uncovered her to see that she was in fact still-born. She was an otherwise healthy looking baby girl who should have lived but was dead on arrival. I looked to the nurses for comforting words as I began to mourn this unexpected loss and their reaction was shockingly indifferent. One nurse spoke that ‘this is normal. it happens all the time’ as if to disregard the pain I was feeling in my heart.
I process a lot in my dream life. This dream confused and troubled me and I was asking God for revelation into what he was trying to say. Often in dreams pregnancy babies and birth can represent dreams and promises that people are holding onto and nurturing and desiring to see come to fruition. Right now, many of you are in situations that seem like complete dead ends. There are people who are looking at the circumstances around them and feeling like the things they have hoped for and dreamed to see come to pass are never going to happen. There are people who are dealing with grief over the fact that they feel like all hope for certain dreams and visions they have wanted and worked for is lost.
Things that at this point many have believed should have been teeming with life and vitality and breakthrough are completely "still-born". People are asking where is the movement? Where are the promises fulfilled? Many feel like in these areas they have absolutely nothing left of their own that they can give to it. The umbilical cord of faith feeding the dream and hope and vision is completely dried up.
People are asking "Where do I go from here?"
We have this painting in our home of a lion. When you look into the eyes of the paining they almost pierce into your heart and you can feel God. This image flashed into my mind as I was contemplating all of this and I heard the roar of Gods voice speaking over this image of this lifeless baby:
“I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE.”
That was it. The roar of the Lord was not just sound but truth that broke through even the most hopeless scenario. At that point I did not need to consider the fact that a still-born situation was in all human efforts an impossible situation. Although through human eyes it was dead and impossible. But Gods VOICE about who HE was in this situation was all that was needed. He can do the impossible.
Only He can bring a dead thing back to life. Sometimes we get to a point where no more amount of nourishing on our part can save a circumstance, a person, a dream, a conflict, a spouse, a child, a Nation. We have exhausted our own human efforts. And then we have a choice to make. Who are we going to believe about the future?
Who raises the dead to life? Who took the widow's promised son in 2 Kings who was dead upon prophet Elijah’s arrival and breathed life back into his body? Who looked at a crowd of thousands upon thousands and decided a loaf of bread and a few fish would somehow miraculously be enough to multiply over and over and over until each belly was full? Who gave barren Hannah a baby in her womb? who made a dead, dry pile of bones rise up into a living, breathing army filled with the Spirit of God?
Many of you are in a place where you are contemplating your circumstances and the circumstances around you and you can not derive any more hope for the future from what you are seeing in the natural. What lies in front of you looks like dead ends and hope deferred.
It is important right now to be listening to God - the dead raiser’s voice over our current situations. We will not be able to move forward daily in what we do to see breakthrough in our circumstance if we do not first believe the voice of the Resurrection and the Life. What are we working for otherwise? Who do we believe? Everything we do must flow out of the agreement that it is God who brings life to lifeless situations.
Some of the things facing our nation and our globe and our personal lives today are so much bigger than anything that we can do out of our own efforts to fix or bring breakthrough. But if we can hear the voice of the Lord, roaring over our circumstance his truth:
“I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. WHAT YOU THINK IS DEAD IS BEING BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE IN MY WAY AND IN MY TIMING. BY MY WILL AND MY POWER I WILL CAUSE LIFE IN THE MOST DEAD AND HOPELESS OF SITUATIONS”
With that confession, will we be able to walk with the One who has the blueprint for dead-raising. He went first into that realm and came out with the "keys" to unlock life. So that now, all things are being reconciled back to him. One dead-thing-brought-to-life at a time. Thank GOD the future isn't dictated by how we feel about it and by what we currently see but by what He says about it. So we get to feel the very real pain of our reality but still have hope in His ultimate plan of restoration. John 10:10 Jesus says that His plan was to come and bring abundant life.
Wherever you are, speak life. Speak the hope of resurrection to your situation. To your emotions. To the brokenness and hopelessness that might seem to surround you. Because Jesus has a better answer. The substance of your faith is not what you can see.
I exhort whoever is reading this to listen to the roar of the Lord over your life right now.. There is so much NOISE currently and it is way too easy to tune into other voices who are just straight up wrong about the hope for your life or your family or your nation or your race. The roar of the Lion of the tribe of Judah is not just empty religious words. Believing what he says about the seemingly dead things in your life will give you power to you need to overcome. When we agree with HIM during the very real pain we might feel we open the door for the glory of Jesus-the first one to overcome death its self-to show up and bring new abundant life.