I forget what I was doing the other day, but I found myself thinking about what I would do if someone close to me died. I thought that the first thing I would do would be to call my friend Tyler, the founder of The Dead Raising Teams (DRT), who teaches and trains people to raise the dead. Then, I thought about the fact that EVERYONE who has ever heard of him probably has that very same thought. After all, when someone dies an we want to pray them back to life, we all want someone we think can get the job done, right? Then it hit me that I must become the answer.
Its not like this was an entirely new thought—I have had it before about other things, and I firmly believe that relying on Christ in me is a much more effective method of releasing Kingdom solutions in any problem situation. However, there are times where we discover areas where our minds haven’t yet been fully renewed to understand the Kingdom reality God has place within us, and that He has given us power to release that Kingdom and make it manifest in our world.
The truth is that while Tyler is an awesome friend and a really great guy, there is nothing about him that is any different than me in regards to raising the dead other than him being more well-known. We both have the same Jesus living inside us. We both have access to the power of the same Holy Spirit. We both have been given authority over all sickness, disease, infirmity, and death by the very same God of the Bible. So why is he my instant solution?? I must become the answer.
Someone once told me that God’s name “Jehovah Jireh” doesn’t just mean “God provides”. It means “I will become whatever I must become.” In other words, God calling Himself Jehovah Jireh means He is committed to becoming whatever solution we need in any situation. If the problem is lack, He will become our supply. If pain or sorrow, He will become our healing and joy. If death, He is and already has become our abundant life.
At the end of the day, I can’t depend on anyone else, no matter how good of a friend they may be, to manifest the Kingdom on my behalf. If someone in my family dies, I am the designated resurrectionist for the situation. Friends may let me down no matter how hard they try, but God has said that He will never leave or forsake me (Deut. 31:6, Heb. 13:5). He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). At the end of the day, there is only ever God, and me.
I must become the answer, and so must you.
If you want to learn more about how you can be a resurrectionist, check out the resources below. If you want to grow quickly in this area, I highly recommend five things:
1. Sign up for our Raise the Dead Initiative mailing list here to receive updates, and connect further.
2. Get some books. I have written two books on the subject: Practical Keys to Raise the Dead and Faith to Raise the Dead. Tyler’s books are How to Raise the Dead and The Dead Are Raised, and be sure to check out Father Hebert’s encouraging book Saints Who Raised The Dead
3. Join the RDI on Facebook: Raise the Dead Initiative The Raise the Dead Initiative is a group I started to help grow the Body of Christ in this area, and I will eventually develop an RDI teaching curriculum to train believers to pray for and raise the dead. You may also be interested in The Dead Raising Team and Dead Raising Campaign Facebook groups.
4. Look at how you can host or attend a Resurrection School in your area. Contact Tyler Johnson via his website at http://www.oneglance.org/ to arrange the event. Tyler is an awesome man of God and good friend who regularly teaches Resurrection Schools to help transform our understanding on the subject of resurrection life. He has Dead Raising Teams around the world who are ready to mobilize in their area to release the abundant life of Jesus Christ.
6. Look for and actively engage opportunities to raise the dead in your area by reaching out to friends when you hear that someone has died.