Friday, September 26, 2008

Trust God Who Raises the Dead (Douglas Kelly)

When the heat comes on and when the pressure is such that we cannot handle it, we do not generally feel religious or see that the Lord Jesus is working. It might even seem as if God is doing so much for our enemies. But it is just at those times when we do not feel it or see it, that God is doing tremendous things. A power is stealing through that is far greater than all the forces of death and destruction, and that is able to revive the situation in this culture as it has in other past cultures: namely the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Douglas F. Kelly, New Life in the Wasteland: 2 Corinthians on the Cost and Glory of Christian Ministry (Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 2003), p. 30 (emphasis mine).

2 Corinthians 1:8-9

8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.