Either He rose, or He didn’t…what will you believe?

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“And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.” 1 Corinthians 15:19-22 NLT

I know trauma. I see it every day. I have felt it myself. Some come through it stronger. Others struggle to make sense of it. To make a way. And I can’t help but wonder why some find healing and others continue to flounder about broken and hurting? It seems so unfair.

But the conclusion I have come to is either Jesus rose or He didn’t. Either He conquered the grave or He lies in death. Either He broke the chains or He didn’t. Either He lives or He’s dead. And so it is with us. Whatever we believe…our life will follow suit. Either we have risen from bondage by the power of Jesus Christ or we haven’t. Either He has come into our hearts and minds and begun the lengthy process of healing us and bringing us into Him or we haven’t let Him.

As a counselor I believe in the power of counseling techniques, brain mapping, and altering the effects of trauma. But the inexcusable truth I cannot deny is that true healing cannot and will not be found without the power of Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the grave.

You may he hurting. You may believe strongly in the power of Jesus and yet still lie amidst chains. I get that. I know that. I have been in the basement floor chained to the wall. But what I cannot deny is that He sat there chained with me until it was His ordained time to move. And when He moved He stepped up in a mighty way. And it was my choice to follow Him or stay. I chose to follow. And so can you. The freedom the world offers is shallow. Its gifts are empty. But God never fails. And He is most certainly, unquestionably able.

Wrote this post while listening to Aftermath from Hillsong. Follow this link to listen: http://youtu.be/Pe5635HOzIc

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