We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:10 NIV
My chest felt burdened with a difficult decision I had to make. Opening the front door of my house brought fresh morning air into my lungs. As I walked down the steep hill with a heavy foot, I wept, “Father, help me. I don’t know what to do, but show me.”
Just then, two noisy planes flew overhead, streaking the rosy sky, forming a cross. I tilted my head, reveling at the moment. Then, the thought came to me, Jesus’ death on the cross brings life. Kneeling on the cool pavement, I surrendered my heart to God. I heard a voice inside me saying, “Death brings life. In sacrifice, there is a return.”
I knew what decision I needed to make. During the next six months I followed God with perseverance. I read Isaiah 41:13 daily. “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
I imagined leaning on God’s arm as He took my hand. My weakness felt real, as I hourly relied on His presence. God held me during a time of great challenge. My power came through Jesus’ life. Though I felt death-like pressures daily, He sustained me one day at a time.
You may be in a relationship with a loved one who needs your help or someone you need to let go of. You may have a demanding job or ministry. Ask God for wisdom. It may cost you whether you say yes or no. Your sacrifice may not be appreciated now, but remember the cross. Be faithful to love.
Trust Jesus to bring life and strength to your situation when it feels you’re hanging on.
What is the Holy Spirit prompting you to do? Ask Him. The Lord will be with you.
“Lord, help me to trust you today. Guide and direct my path and decisions. Give me the faith for what I can’t see yet, by the promise of life through Your cross. Empower me by Your Holy Spirit to do what I can’t do alone.
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