God has a Third Day for YOU!

 “He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him. (Hosea 6:2)

 “and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.” (Matthew 17:23)

I think it’s amazing how God communicates and illustrates His message of hope to us. When we are facing challenges, feeling stuck or even hopelessness; over and over again God is trying to instill faith and hope in us. When you read through God’s Word, His message is clear… “Don’t give up”, “there is still hope”, “I’m The God who works miracles”, “death is not the end”, “I’m The God who gives another chance”, “It’s not over until I say it’s over”.

There is great significance in God illustrating to us the “Third Day.” Many times, God used the three-day period to point to an act of Divine intervention. Think about all of the “Third Day” experiences the Bible records and how God intervened…

  • Three men declared to Abraham that his wife Sara who was barren, would bear a son. (Genesis 18:14)
  • Jonah spent three days in the belly of a whale and was delivered on the third day. He traveled three days across Nineveh communicating God’s message of repentance, restoration and revival. (Jonah 1:17, 3:3)
  • Jesus was missing for three days when He was twelve years old. His parents found Him on the third day. (Luke 2:46)
  • Jesus prophesied He would be raised from the dead on the third day (Matthew 16:21, 17:23)
  • Saul was blinded for three days. He regained his sight on the third day. (Acts 9:9)
  • Abraham traveled for three days on his journey to sacrifice his son Isaac. And God provided a sacrifice for Isaac on the third day. (Genesis 22:4)
  • Jesus first miracle was recorded as “there was a wedding on the Third Day”. (John 2:1)

In almost every case where the “third day” is mentioned, God either proclaimed His intervention was on the way or the actual Divine intervention was taking place in the person’s life.

I believe God is communicating to us that we can have a “third day” experience too. Nowhere in the Bible does God give us permission to give up or lose hope. He consistently encourages us to believe.

THREE things to remember about your Third Day:

1. What you are experiencing today doesn’t mean you will experience it for the rest of your life.

  • Seasons change.
  • God has the authority and ability to turn things around in your life.
  • Don’t just wish the bad experience away, start rejoicing that a new season is coming.
  • Jesus is the one who can step out of the boat on a stormy sea, and speak peace in the face of the wind. His voice has more authority and power than bolts of lightning and claps of thunder.

2. The enemy of your destiny wants you to believe it’s over.

  • Satan and those who hated Jesus, thought it was over when He was hanging on the cross and when they buried Him. But on the “Third Day” they had quite the surprise.
  • Failure is not forever.
  • Failure is a way for us to learn.
  • Failure can make us stronger and more resilient.
  • Thomas Edison was a great inventor. He had a lot of success but that success did not come without experiencing failure.
  • “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  Thomas A. Edison
  • “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  Thomas A. Edison

3. When you are faithful to believe, and seek God; He is faithful to answer.

  • “The faithful love of the LORDnever ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
  • “The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.” (Lamentations 3:25)
  • “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

Don’t give up hope. Invite God into your circumstance. He is the key. God has a Third Day for you!

WHAT PEOPLE MEAN TO HARM YOU WITH, GOD WILL USE IT TO BRING YOU TO YOUR DESTINY

Can you imagine…

  • You are promised a leadership role and to be of great influence in your near future, but instead…
  • Your brothers are jealous of your potential and despise you to the point they conspire to take your life.
  • They throw you into a pit, fake your death and tell your father that you are dead.
  • Your brothers sell you as a slave. You are taken to a foreign country.
  • You are working for free and your boss’s wife accuses you that your tried to rape her and you go to prison for something you did not do.
  • You start helping people in prison. You end up helping the right person who can possibly redeem you. This person promises to remember you and get you out of prison. But they end up forgetting you.

Do setbacks sound familiar to you? People trying to hurt you? These events are exactly what happed to Joseph in the Bible.  You can read Joseph’s details in Genesis chapters 39 through 51. Joseph was despised and rejected by family, people lied about his integrity and character, he was overlooked for promotion, he served time for a crime he did not commit, but yet we read how Joseph seemed to have the right perspective and attitude throughout the entire process.

How we adjust our attitude toward people who try to hurt us and toward the setbacks in our life is so important to what comes next in our life.

We can try to get revenge, get even, allow bitterness to rob our joy and destroy our optimism. Or we can learn from Joseph and place priority on our integrity, perspective and attitude.

We may not be able to control what happens to us, but we have the power to control what happens IN us. Attitude and perspective positions us for a better outcome.

Jimmy Dean said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Adjusting our “sails” toward the wind is adjusting the right attitude toward the wrong that people do against us. It’s adjusting the right perspective when circumstances do not go the way we expect them to. Our attitude and perspective determines which direction our life will sail.

Joseph made a statement that allows us to observe the foundation of his heart. Genesis 50:19-20, “But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” This is the rock solid foundation that allowed him to not crash and burn during those trying times, but rather position him to reach his purpose and destiny.

Like Joseph, we can choose to believe God has allowed us to go through trying times, but better days are coming. “I am in the place of God”. The hurtful things that people do, do not dictate our destiny. Remember, while Joseph was going through this process, God was still watching over Joseph and blessing him along the way. God blessed Joseph while working for free. God caused him to prosper (Genesis 39:3). While Joseph was in prison, God was with him, showed kindness and gave him favor with people (Genesis 39:20-21).

When God wants to favor you, NO ONE has the power to stop it.

  • God can take your destruction and turn it around and place you in your destiny.
  • God will use your setbacks and use them to “set you up” for greater things.
  • God can take the doors that have been slammed shut in your life and cover you with His favor to open greater doors.

What people mean to harm you with, God will use it for your good.