We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:3

 

One of the toughest lessons a Christian can learn is how to trust and praise God in the uncertain time between a promise and its fulfillment. It is a powerful act of spiritual warfare to stand in the middle of death and disease, conflict and unresolved issues, and to cause your spirit to rise and give thanks to God.

 

One of our missionaries, Tracey, was driving from South Africa when the bus ahead of her went out of control and crashed at about 60 miles per hour. Passengers were thrown from the vehicle. She and other motorists discovered a gruesome scene as they went victim to victim. Many had life-threatening injuries, traumatic head injuries, and were lying unconscious.

 

One woman was clearly dead. She had no vital signs, her head was facing her back, and she had one eye lying on her cheek. Our missionary, a Physician’s Assistant, placed the bystanders by each of the injured persons. She then instructed, “Speak life in Jesus’ name.”

 

Minutes later, the woman assigned to the dead passenger screamed. The “dead” woman had groaned, turned her head around, and begun to breathe again.

 

To their amazement the woman’s vital signs were strong, and her misplaced eye was back in its socket. That caused the others to pray all the more earnestly for their patients. Within a short period of time the unconscious victims had regained consciousness and those with serious wounds stopped bleeding.

 

When I heard that story, my mind kept coming back to the people who stood by and prayed even when the situation seemed hopeless.

 

That’s the kind of attitude we must have during times of uncertainty.

 

We must declare the goodness and faithfulness of God even in the midst of our trial, before we have an answer.  

 

It is a powerful act of spiritual warfare to stand in the middle of death and disease, conflict and unresolved issues..

 

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