How to Raise the DeadWeekly Posts
2 Kings 4:34 “Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands…”
How do you raise the dead? Well Elisha seemed to have pretty good idea, although it did seem a bit wacky and if anyone tried doing it nowadays they would probably get locked up! A woman’s son was dead, so he proceeded to jump on the bed with the corpse and lie on top of it. Mouth to mouth. Eyes to eyes. Hands to hands. Then the son came back to life.
It turns out this was not just Elisha’s ‘HOW TO’ for raising the dead, but also his mentors too; Elijah. 1 Kings 17:21 “Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!“
Got that Zombie feeling?
Do you ever feel like a zombie? You might appear okay on the surface, but inside you just feel like death. Often there are times in my life and I’m sure in yours too, where you just feel a bit low. Perhaps work is going hard, the stress of studying is getting to you, things aren’t going as planned, you’re not seeing the breakthrough you wanted. All in all you feel a little depressed, tired and hopeless. It’s like you are walking through that Valley of Death and the path just seems to be getting longer and longer. You’re living but you’re not really alive.
How do feel alive when death surrounds you?
This scripture is a picture of how we need to receive from God, and allow him to rejuvenate us, refresh us and bring us back from that ‘death’ feeling. When you feel death overtaking you, you need to stretch out and match yourself with God. We need to allow God to cover us entirely and transform us into his likeness. Mouth to mouth. Eyes to eyes. Hands to hands.
Mouth to Mouth – Speak it.
It is true that the tongue has power of life and death, and not just for others but even for ourselves. What we speak into our situations is how we experience them. If we constantly speak negativity then that is all we will experience. We all have our complaints: “My job is too stressful…My kids won’t behave…My husband is never romantic…My body is always ill/aching…I’m never earning enough”…What’s yours?
Lining up our mouths with God’s mouth means speaking his word over our lives. Speaking hope. Speaking faith. Speaking thankfulness into our situations. Even if you don’t really feel it or even believe it, just say it. Speaking is the start of believing. Start to change your words and what you see will begin to change.
Eyes to Eyes – Perceive it.
The Bible says that your eyes are the lamp of the body. What you see and think about things will define how you experience them also. Often we can become so ingrained in our situation that we fail to see the bigger picture. We need to learn to step back, lift our head up and get God’s perspective of our lives. Lining up your eyes with God’s eyes means getting his perspective for your situation and life.
That means spending time in prayer and worship, allowing God’s presence to transform your thinking according to his perspective. You may have felt it before, when you are stressed out and feeling low, you go to God and you feel the burden lifted and the scales falling from your eyes. You start to see yourself as God sees you.
Hands to Hands – Live it.
Once we have started speaking it and believing it, we must start to live it. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. We have to put into action what God’s desires and intentions are. There is no point in learning a principle but then never actually living it out. James says to not merely listen to the word and ignore it, but do what it says! Practice what you hear being preached.
Psychology tells us that you have 75% chance of learning something when you apply it straight away. Even more so, you have 90% chance of learning something when you teach others it. To get a principle to stick in our lives, we need to learn to act on it straight away and even tell others about it.
“…As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm”
All in all, it’s about encountering God’s presence and allowing him to warm up our souls. When we spend time in the presence of God, our spirits become rekindled and our hearts grow warm with his love. The closer we are to God, the more alive we feel.