You see, when I was younger, I thought my dad was a superhero. I never saw him weak, sick or crying. He was always strong. So I thought he was invincible.
That’s why, one year, when he got sick and had to be hospitalized, I didn’t handle it well.
One day, I walked into his room and he couldn’t formulate cohesive sentences. His mind wasn't working properly. Dad, who was in his 70s at the time, had a fever and a severe infection doctors were struggling to get in check. They told the family that what he was going through at his age was very hard on his body. He couldn’t fight it off the way someone younger, with a stronger immune system, would be able to.
His condition was so dangerous, there was a possibility that he might die.
One evening, after returning home, I thought I was strong and coping with everything okay. But then I broke down. I went to my bedroom, sat on the edge of the bed and wept. My false perception of my father's invincibility was replaced with the grim reality of his situation.
It didn’t look like Bishop Joseph Brinson, Sr. was going to make it through his health battle and I was inconsolable.
But after I got myself together, which took quite some time, I took all those tears, concerns and negative doctors’ reports to the Lord. Instead of accepting the bad news as true and final, I prayed. I knew my father’s ministry work wasn’t yet done. Though he was advanced in years, he still had a purpose left to fulfill.
Well, today, my dad is 81 years old and still going strong in ministry. In fact, he is opening a new church soon. I went to see the building he’s currently working on over the weekend.
The moment I visited the soon-to-launch church (along with other family moments) is captured in my latest vlog, which you can watch below.
Seeing my father, who has been serving the Lord faithfully for many years continuing to thrive, even though the road hasn’t been easy, is a blessing. It is an encouragement and a reminder that God is the final authority in all matters.
Even when doctors felt like he might never recover God knew better.
I shared that to encourage you today. You might be dealing with a negative reality in your own life: relationship trouble, financial problems, issues with your health or the well-being of a loved one, spiritual battles—just problems of any sort. The enemy wants you to believe and accept the circumstances as final. Satan doesn’t want you to trust that you can overcome.
But he’s a liar.
God is saying, “I am the final authority. What I say goes.”
This makes me think about how Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue felt. You can find his story in Luke chapter 8:40-56.
His 12-year-old daughter was lying at the point of death. Desperate for help, this distraught father threw himself down at Jesus’ feet, imploring the Savior to come to his house and heal her.
That’s when the woman with the issue of blood, who had been sick as long as his daughter was alive, came seeking healing. Remember? She interrupted Jairus’ moment, by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment and receiving her healing.
Meanwhile, the delay proved fatal for Jairus’s daughter. Someone from his house came and told him, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.”
What crushing news! All seemed lost. It looked hopeless. Jairus had reached Jesus, told Him about the problem and yet, it appeared too late for him.
In response to the news, Jesus told Jairus, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.”
That was unimaginably hard to believe. How could a dead girl ever be well? Her life was over.
Oh, but it wasn’t.
It’s never over until God says it’s over.
When Jesus arrived at Jairus’ house, folks were mourning, wailing and bawling their eyes out over the tragic loss of an adolescent. When Jesus said she wasn’t dead, but only sleeping. They took a break from crying and started laughing.
They were thinking, Is this guy out of his mind?
But Jesus took the girl by the hand and told her to arise. And at His command, life returned to her lifeless body. It was a miracle!
That day, God showed Jairus that He is sovereign, all-knowing, all-powerful and able to bring hope to a seemingly hopeless situation.
He’s able to show you the same thing.
Here’s something fascinating I want you to get: Jairus’ name is a Greek form of the Hebrew personal name Jair meaning, “Jehovah will enlighten.”
How awesome is that?
That day, God enlightened Jairus and demonstrated the words Jesus uttered in Matthew 19:26, which is what I’m stirring into your cup of inspiration. He said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
As you drink down the contents of your cup, God is enlightening you. He is letting you know that this situation is not too big or too hard for Him.
By man’s standards, this thing is impossible, but not so with God.
If you have been walking around feeling gloomy because circumstances say it’s over, this enlightening word is shaking you out of that dark despair and leading you into the light of God’s word.
Trust Him and you will see the impossible happen.
Now let’s pray.
God, what my circumstances say, differs from what You say, so I choose to believe Your word. I will not give into doubt and unbelief. But I will cling to the truth that what is impossible with man is possible with You. Thank You in advance for my breakthrough. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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