I don’t know what you may be going through right now, but there’s no doubt you have something you’re dealing with. We want to overcome. We want to stay positive. We want to keep a childlike faith, but it’s not always easy.
Even if we set aside the personal issues in life – financial struggle, broken relationship, depression or loneliness – ministry leaders have a host of other things to derail them. It’s not easy for pastors to lead in this culture. It can be difficult to grow a church. It’s difficult for local churches as well as denominations. The burden on pastors is great.
And it may not just be the pastors. There’s no doubt it’s becoming more and more difficult for Christians to live out faith in general! Of course, by God’s grace there are some bright spots, but on the whole, Christianity seems to be marginalized amongst the younger generations and it seems like the church is fighting hard to keep up.
But there’s something we should never forget. There’s a truth to overshadow even the darkest moments. This one thing binds us together, brings joy in the midst of difficulties and inspires us with the motivation to keep on going.
Always remember: Jesus was raised from the dead!
What I received I passed onto you. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope 1 Peter 1:3
Never forget that the power for living life comes from God.
…that I may know him and power of his resurrection… Phillipians 3:10a
If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved. Romans 10:9-10
And that resurrection power dwells in you!
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11
Don’t ever forget this.
Jesus died and was raised from the dead to give us life.
It’s the foundation of our faith.
It’s the foundation for the courage to do what God is calling us to do.
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