What does the message of “Easter” and/or Jesus Christ mean to you? Who is He to You? Is He a prophet? Someone who spoke wisdom and hope? Is He a myth that gives you positive vibes? Does He prompt you at this time of year to “give something up” in a ritualistic way? Was He a “good guy” that prompts you to do “something nice” or treat others as “you would want to be treated”?
People, get ready!! J…esus is ALIVE! This is a time of year (Easter) we remember His RESURRECTION. He conquered the grave. He overcame DEATH so that you and I could live FOREVER in PARADISE with HIM! First He was beaten, tortured, spit on, humiliated and sentenced of a humiliating death that He did not deserve. He did die and was taken to the grave; a cave, a tomb not only blocked by a rock but, by Roman soldiers. Yet, HE ROSE!! They never (still to this day) found his body.
This is when the TRUE FIRE fell on His disciples, when he appeared to them…AFTER DEATH! This really hit me today. So many people I know, even believers have such a hard time (I know it’s hard for all of us) to imagine how truly supernatural our faith is. However, it is when the disciples saw Jesus AFTER DEATH that they went into all the world FEARLESSLY to seek and save the lost. They were willing and did put their lives on it! The disciples went from fear and doubt PRIOR to Jesus death, to full on fire belief once they saw his SUPERNATURAL RESURRECTION come to pass…in front of their faces.
May YOU and I this EASTER SEASON have a supernatural ENCOUNTER with JESUS like never before! We may no longer need reason, proof, circumstances to set our hearts , minds and lives ON FIRE FOR HIM!…and HIM ALONE. May we be transformed to the disciples He would have us be to seek and save the lost in this very lost and Godless world. May HIS KINGDOM COME, HIS WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
As we each encounter hard and difficult times in life, we should remember to fall back on Jesus and to seek and dwell in Him.
Psalms 27:4-5One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
Too often, we get caught up in our lives and feel as if we are tossed and turned by the world. We may feel abandoned by our friends, our loved ones, even God. But, through all of this, we should try to rejoice as Paul instructs in Romans.
Romans 5:2-5Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us
Today marks the beginning of April and the month of Easter. To celebrate the salvation and hope we receive through Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection, the theme for this month is hope.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we, all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit”
As you go through this week, focus on walking and living through your faith in Christ, rather than your works.
Galatians 2:16 ” yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”
The premise of the Bella Image website /blog intrigued me because I think all women struggle with body image and identity issues to varying degrees throughout their lives. Personally, as I have entered the age of AARP and “senior discount”, these thoughts have again surfaced. How do I want to spend my time?; what’s really important to me?; what do I have to offer? It is a time of re-examining my belief system and my place in the Christian community.
After reflection and prayer, I realized that all of my questions contained the same word, I. God made me realize that my problem was a selfish focus on myself, rather than concentrating on seeking a closer relationship with Him. Selfishness has been a part of the human condition since the fall and the fact of my own self focus “snuck up on me” and humbled me. Since having this realization, the struggle continues, but opportunities have come into my life to help me answer the questions and find His “light through the darkness.” Ps 119:105.
As you encounter challenges in your life and the struggles seem overwhelming, just remember who loves you and died for you, so you may have eternal life with Him.
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
As we find our identities within Christ, He gives us a clean heart. These verses are David crying out to God; a prayer we can all learn from.
Psalm 51:10-12 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and upload me with a a willing spirit.”