'HENCEFORTH KNOW WE NO MAN AFTER THE FLESH.' 2 CORINTHIANS 5:16
We've all heard the stories of people in a coma, incapable of response, yet fully aware of what was going on around them. One patient tells of feeling trapped inside his body, listening in despair as his loved ones gave up on him and doctors talked about pulling the plug. There's an important survival principle here. When you speak to someone battling adversity or serious illness, speak life to their spirit. Speak to the part of them that's capable of rising up in faith and responding. 'Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God' (Romans 10:17). How does faith come? By hearing what God thinks, what God says and what God can do when others have given up.
You say, 'But the situation looks hopeless. 'Maybe, but until God has been heard from, the last word hasn't never been spoken. God told the prophet Ezekiel to go and stand in a valley full of dead bones (that's about as bad as it gets!) and say, 'This is what the sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life' (Ezekiel 37:5 NIV). Now, you can't hold on to a loved one when God in His sovereign wisdom decides it's time to take them home. But until then, speak words of life to their spirit. And speak them to yourself too. Faith does not deny the reality of the circumstances it just refuses to be intimidated, limited or ruled by them. That's why Paul writes, 'Henceforth know we no man after the flesh.' So speak life to their spirit and to your spirit too!
Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Gal 5:22, Luke 19:11 -26, Ps 36: 5-9, Heb 10: 19-23 www.mpbs247.org
Soul Food Reading: Gal 5:22, Luke 19:11-26, Ps 36:5-9, Heb 10:19-23