“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24
Father, there are two retreats coming up in the next month. Lord, we ask for you to breathe life into all that has been dead in the lives of those coming to these retreats. We ask for all that was dead to come to life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
While on a visit to another country with Deeper Still, I saw a woman wearing a yellow hoodie with two words written on the back in bold letters. The words were, “Dead Inside.” It immediately caught my attention and broke my heart. What does that mean, “Dead Inside?” Why would somewhere wear something with such a label?
Most of us would not wear a label declaring that we are dead inside. But I wonder how many all around us, every day, are actually “dead inside.” They may not wear the hoodie, but underneath their designer clothes and expensive makeup are hearts and bones crying for life.
I have a friend who described her abortion-wound as feeling like she was one “walking dead.” I know this is popular TV show (I have to admit, I haven’t seen it.), but no matter if you like the TV show or not, we all know that “walking dead” is no way to live.
The Holy Spirit wants us to experience new life. The Holy Spirit is in the business of restoration and renewing.
In Ezekiel 37: 11-14, we can read of the Lord’s restoration power:
“Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!… Behold, O my people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it.”
This is a promise from the Lord not only for the Israelites, but for all of God’s people. He doesn’t want His people being like the walking dead. He has come to bring us life and life more abundantly.
If you are one feeling dry, without hope, and dead inside, today is a new day. I have good news for you!
Jesus wants to breathe His Spirit on you and bring you new life. He wants to restore all that was taken and renew a right spirit within you—one that is life giving and full of beauty.
He doesn’t want us walking around with the label “Dead Inside.” Take off your hoodie and put on the garment of His salvation, His robe of righteousness that declares, “I am a new creation. I am alive in Christ!”