One of my favorite bloggers is Pastor Steven Furtick. I highly recommend adding him to your reading list! Here’s a taste!
Upon Further Review by Steven Furtick
Wednesday August 24th, 2011
As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow…When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
This widow’s son. Lazarus. The son of the Shunammite.
All of them looked dead. Were dead.
But then in one instant, everything changed.
Life was reintroduced.
Hope was rekindled.
Vitality was restored.
It reminds of how sometimes in football, the officials will come out after a play or a call has left a team dead in the water. Everything appears hopeless. The game or the opportunity looks over. But then after they have looked at the tape, the officials will say, “upon further review,” and overturn the play or the call. And in one instant, everything changes.
Every dead area of your life is available for further review from God’s life-giving power.
Maybe a relationship in your life just fell apart.
Maybe you lost your job last year.
Maybe you’ve made some terrible mistakes that have cost you a lot of time and opportunity.
It looks like a dead situation.
But it’s not over as long as Jesus is on the scene.
Upon further review, He can restore your relationships.
Upon further review, He can supply all your needs.
Upon further review, He can forgive you and make you whole.
Most of us give up on God too easily.
Don’t lose hope.
With God, nothing in your life is ever beyond its resuscitation point.