Is It Really Dead?

Mark 5:21- 43 tells the story of Jesus waking up the daughter of a synagogue leader. Of all the miracles that Jesus performs, I find this one to be one of His most interesting ones. I mean Jesus comes to the house to find a girl that her father thinks is dead, only to see that she is sleeping. The miracle here isn’t that He raises her from the dead or heals her from some debilitating disease. The miracle is the fact that He realizes she is just sleeping and wakes her up. Doesn’t seem like much of a miracle, right? Couldn’t the father or any of the many people that were in the house crying and grieving over her have done that? As a matter of fact, why didn’t they do that?

When we look at verse 38 in this chapter, it says that there was confusion throughout the house when the little girl was thought to be dead. Confusion. The thing that is of the enemy. (1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us God is not a God of confusion, so that means confusion has to be a product of the enemy). Confusion. The thing that will make you think things are that really are not. See, the devil will have you in circumstances believing that something is over, done with and dead, when in actuality, it is still full of life. The miracle here was that Jesus could see past the confusion and see what was really going on.

The same thing applies to our life. Jesus is the only way to see through the confusion that life throws our way. When you feel confused and don’t know which way to go. When your circumstances seem bleak and past the point of no return. Stop listening to the confusion and start listening to Him. Stop getting confused by your circumstances and start looking to the One who can see past your circumstances. See, the author of confusion and lies will have you thinking something in your life is dead, when it’s really just sleeping. He will have you thinking something is dead and gone, when it’s really just gone into hibernation. Sometimes things in your life need to appear lifeless so they can rest and rejuvenate during a harsh season in your life. It has to lay low for a while in order to survive and come back during its proper season. Some things in your life will need to rest for a season so that they can consistently replenish themselves to sustain you throughout your life. If it was around all year long it would not survive. Think about a bear that hibernates each winter. It goes into a deep sleep, and almost death-like state each winter in order to survive the harsh temperatures and lack of food that normally sustains it. If it didn’t hibernate each winter, it would die because the season cannot sustain the bear if it’s functioning at full capacity. The same rule applies to certain things in your life. God knows when the seasons in your life change and He knows that if He doesn’t allow that thing to hibernate for a season, it will die. Every season cannot sustain every blessing. Some blessings that you receive are so great that God has to let it go into hibernation because the current season you are in cannot sustain it.

That’s also why it’s so important to consult Him in everything that we do. Let’s think about what would have happened if Jesus hadn’t have been there with the little girl. In the midst of all the confusion, the father and the crowd of grieving people would have kept on thinking she was dead. They would have wrapped her up in burial cloth and put her in a tomb. They would have buried that little girl alive. Essentially, they would have killed her because when she finally did wake up inside of her tomb, there would be no food or water there to sustain her and continue to give her life. In confusion and hopelessness, they would have killed what was alive, simply by thinking and saying she was dead.

Let that sink in for a minute.

She wasn’t dead, but because they already thought she was dead they would have killed her and caused her death. If this is not one of the best examples of how death and life lie in the power of the tongue, then I don’t know what is. When we speak on things in the midst of confusion and stop speaking life into every area of our lives, we kill our blessings and any possibility of our situation turning around. We literally bury our blessings alive. That’s not to say that some things in our lives don’t die and are only meant to last for a certain period of time, but until you get an autopsy report for God, don’t declare anything in your life to be dead. Keep speaking life into every situation, despite the current circumstances, and continue praying until the Lord gives the final say. Speak life into that child that is strung out on drugs. Speak life into that spouse who seems to have given up on your marriage. Speak life in your finances when money is low and bills are due. Speak life into yourself when you’re overworked, stressed out, and depressed. Keep speaking life into any and every thing that seems hopeless until you hear otherwise from God. Just like Jesus and the little girl, He can see what’s really going on despite the confusion and He has the final say. What you’re thinking might be dead but it really might just be sleeping.

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