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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Living in Good Friday

Since this Sunday is Easter that means that tomorrow is Good Friday, the day we remember and reflect on Christ's crucifixion.

I have a sneaking suspicion that some of us feel like every day of our lives we are living Good Friday. You know, like Bill Murray in the movie Ground Hog Day.

Let me summarize what Good Friday is known for and you will better understand what I am saying.

Good Friday is marked by betrayal, false accusations, beating, standing alone when you should be surrounded by friends, torture, pain, having to keep your mouth shut when you’re more than able to defend yourself, despair, shame, anguish, hopelessness, defeat and overall DEATH.

So, how do you celebrate Easter when you’re living Good Friday?

How do you dance for joy when you’re knocked down to the floor?

How do you live like He’s risen when you feel dead yourself?

Ecclesiastes 3:4 tells us there is a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

No matter where you are in your walk with the Lord, you will go through times of weeping and times of laughing. You will have days that you want to mourn and days that you want to dance.

The same Bible that says in Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us, also says in Job 5:7 You are going to have trouble as sure as sparks fly upwards.

It’s not a contradiction, it’s simply a fact of life that God has made us to have incredible victory in spite of our miserable failures or incredible sorrow.

Our Christian experience, no matter how powerful, is full of good and bad days: days when the Power of God is conspicuous and days when it’s not.

That’s kind of the difference between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday; one seemingly bad and one very good. But, THE POWER OF GOD WAS JUST AS REAL ON BOTH DAYS.

Now let me summarize the Resurrection Day for you…

It is marked by new beginnings, great hope and great joy, unexpected surprises, enemies defeated, you getting a clear word from the Lord, doors that you thought would never be opened are blown off of the hinges, stones are rolled away, the power of God shows up and is openly made manifest, what was once dead comes back to life…

And you are, once again, totally blown away at the Power of God!

So, if you are living Good Friday every day, hang on, your Resurrection Sunday is on it's way!

God is a God of the impossible. He, and only He, is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above ALL you could ask or think.

That's not just flowery words, that's the undeniable truth!

Has God brought you through some "death" in your life? I would love for you to leave a word of encouragement for our readers today who are standing at some unbelievable crossroads in their life. It's simple, just click on the word 'comments' below.

Until next time, know that if God is for you, who in the world can be against you!!



Pat said...

Years ago I heard a sermon by a black minister called, "it's Friday, but Sunday's on the way"...what a powerful message it was...that's the way I feel when going through trials and realize, "this too shall pass"...it always does...I've always loved Easter Sunday because we're reminded once again that He is indeed ALIVE.....

Unreasonable Grace said...

God is ALWAYS faithful to deliver us - in HIS time and HIS way. This very week, I've watched some dear folks go through hell on earth - I've fervently prayed with and for them. We believed together that God would answer our prayers. And, not surprisingly, He did!!! If we could just see the big picture, from God's viewpoint, all this calamity in our lives would make a whole lot more sense. Even at our lowest point, we just have to believe that He has our best interest at heart. He has always brought me through trials - perhaps not with the outcome I wanted. In hindsight, it's a little easier to understand WHY He allowed me to go through a particular situation: there was opportunity for growth ... in faith and character. If we don't have a testimony after walking through a situation, then we didn't learn the lesson.

This is a great post, Tina. Good word!

Barbara said...

Truth that you have experienced becomes a part of you...This is a POWERFUL, TRUTHFUL word. Hanging on, even in the hard times...seems to be the place where a degree of maturity and trust develops when you "know that you know" that Sunday morning will come, just like He said.

Great and powerful word for this amazing season we celebrate........

Barbara said...

There is something for you on my blog "Beyond Still Waters". You are such a blessing....and I am so glad to have your for a "sister".