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“If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:19-20).

The very thing the world accuses us of is what they believe. They believe Christ was a mythical creature and that no one has ever risen from the dead.  Of course, if they are right, we are to be pitied. But Christ has risen from the dead and this is at the heart of our faith. So stand firm against those who think you crazy. Denying the Lord of all creation is truly what is crazy.

Lord, I too often fall prey to the forceful and insistent voices of this age which are hostile against You. Help me to see this for what it is knowing that in You alone is all hope. You have risen from the dead and because You live, I too shall live. Help me to be bold in this faith You have given me that I may stand firm in a hostile world which does not want to believe the truth.

Lord Jesus, You have come to me and called me by my name. You have reached into my life to give me Your life. Help me, O Lord, to live into this life which You have given me. Guide me that I may learn to abide in You as You abide in me. Prepare me as I need to be prepared that I would become whom You are making me to be. Resurrect me with You now and forever. Amen.