John 11:25-27 (NLT)
25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.”
Luke 11:21-23 (ESV)
21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; 22 but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. 23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Strong words. “I am the resurrection and the life”. There is no doubt. It’s not I am a resurrection and life. It’s “the”. Singular. Think of what that means when you’re under attack. We all are. It’s sin and we all do it. How nice is it to know that there’s no one stronger than the one standing at your back, protecting you, lovingly guarding you.
2. LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.
How do we make ourselves available so He can use us to get the message through to those who don’t know? How do we get past the non-belief of non-believers (or non-believing “believers”)?
15. Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
John 14:12-14 (NLT)
12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!