This is one of our santan plants that was submerged, along with other plants, during the 2009 flood. When the floodwaters subsided, the plants were covered with thick mud beyond recognition. Now, one summer and one rainy season later, they are defiantly blooming once again.
This reminds me of the Lord Jesus’ resurrection. What, really, is the essence of the Lord’s resurrection in our already-redeemed lives?
We can hope that there emerges new life from floods that overflow us: in illnesses that drag us to the grave, in afflictions that fling us to the dark pit, in heartbreaking problems that engulf us. From the depths and the darkness, we can hope – as the Lord rose up from the grave and lives forever – to come forth, to emerge, to rise up in victory, and spring to a new life, by the power of God.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Rom. 8: 11)
This is the essence of our hope: the Lord’s resurrection. Our Savior, Healer, Deliverer lives forever, therefore our hope never ends.
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore…(Rev. 1: 18)
As long as we believe in the power of the Lord’s resurrection, we can live in hope – however indescribably hard our situation is – that there will always be a new life that will emerge, that will spring forth.
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. (Phil. 3: 10)
I have another powerful testimony to share with you:
Brother Lauro Ombac sought healing from the Lord of his leprosy. He found JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY and there, he received Him as his Lord and Savior. He was counseled by beloved Honorable Pastor Wilde E. Almeda to pray with fasting. He did it by fasting for two meals each day (he only ate once everyday in the afternoon) for 30 days.
Gradually, he obtained the healing that he was seeking for.
So you shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you…I will fulfill the number of your days. (Exo. 23: 25, 26)
If we continue to serve the Lord, He will bless us and will take sickness away from our midst. But Bro. Lauro, with his newfound wellness, immersed himself in his work, and slowly withdrew from worshiping and serving the Lord. After three months or so, his leprosy returned, and it was worse than before.
This time, he was brought to TALA, a hospital in Novaliches, Quezon City that treats this kind of disease. When he arrived there, one of the patients asked him if he had a family. Bro. Lauro answered, yes, he has a family. The patient advised him to forget about his family. He said that those who are brought to the hospital, with a disease such as theirs, never go back home. He said that they are forgotten, until they die.
But Bro. Lauro had once known the saving and healing power of God. Although the hospital is known to be a dead-end road for lepers, he didn’t lose hope. All his days there, he lived in hope. By faith, he declared that he would go out of that place in three months’ time – healed.
Everyday, he worshiped the Lord. He was always on his knees, praising and praying. He also promised to serve the Lord all his life once he got out of that place. As the days went by, his skin became clean. The doctors and the other patients there were amazed at his healing: his wounds dried up and his skin was clean and clear.
After three months, he was released from the hospital upon his request. From that day on, Bro. Lauro served the Lord faithfully and fervently, and his disease never returned. He continues to offer prayers with fasting regularly. He is often found in crusades and wherever the Lord Jesus leads him, testifying and sharing the Gospel.
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What is trying to entomb us right now? A sickbed, a hospital room, a prison of fear, an ocean of problems? Believe that the Lord, our Savior, ever lives to help, to deliver, to heal. Believe that the power of His resurrection will work in us, and He will raise us up.
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