The “look” of God’s people. God said to Daniel-“O,Daniel, greatly loved of God, listen carefully to what I have to say to you. STAND UP…While He was talking to me, I looked down at the ground, unable to say a word. I said, How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my Lord? My strength is gone… Then I felt my strength returning. ‘Don’t be afraid’ He said ‘for you are deeply loved by God. Be at peace; take heart and be strong!” Daniel 10:7-19. Mary, mother of Jesus, “How I rejoice in God my Savior! For He took notice of His lowly servant girl.”Luke 1:48. Jesus said “I assure you, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” John 5:24 (NLT) We are strengthen, deeply loved and totally forgiven by God. That’s what we look like! I’m praying for you.
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Guilt or Faith?
It is clear enough, isn’t it, that we are sinners, everyone of us, in the same stinking boat with everyone else…Since we’ve complied the long sorry record as sinners and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, GOD DID IT FOR US. A pure gift! God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world…having faith in Him sets us free and clear. Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us… The fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and simply embracing Him. FAITH IS THE KEY. God made something out of Abraham when he was nothing…because he dared to trust God. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway. Because of his faith, God declared him righteous. God will declare us righteous too if we just believe!”Romans 3-5(The Message) Faith in Christ erases all guilt. Have a great day. I’m praying for you
Notice the Angels!
Exodus 37:9″The Cherubim spread out their wings above and covered the Mercy Seat with their wings.” God met Israel where the Blood was sprinkled- the Mercy Seat- and the ANGELS STOOD. Luke 2:9″ And behold, an Angel of the Lord STOOD before them…” proclaiming the Savior’s birth. In the garden of Gethsemane ” an angel appeared to Him(Jesus)…strengthening Him” Luke 22:43. BUT-John 20:11″Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping… And she saw two ANGELS SITTING…where the body of Jesus had lain.!!!” The Resurrection finished the angels work saying, ” He is not here, BUT IS RISEN!!” When the stone was rolled away, the doors of Heaven opened and JESUS STANDS! He is the Way, the Truth and the Life! HALLELUJAH! WHAT A SAVIOR!! Happy Easter!
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.
In April 1866, crates of nitroglycerin were shipped to California to aid in blasting through a mountain to create the Summit Tunnel. One of the crates exploded at the Wells Fargo office in San Francisco, killing fifteen people. Nitroglycerin is an effective explosive, but highly unstable. Yet in another form it’s an effective treatment for heart disease and one of the oldest drugs used in the prevention of heart attacks. What power is unleashed when two elements — nitric acid and glycerin — come together!
When the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible combine in a believer’s mind, there’s an explosion of power, and the mixture somehow strengthens our hearts. Ephesians 5:18 tells us to “be filled with the Spirit.” Colossians 3:16 says to “let the Word of Christ dwell in [us] richly.” Both passages promise the same results — singing, thanksgiving, and power in our relationships. These parallel Scriptures suggest there are two active agents working to help us achieve a renewed mind — the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.
Combine these dynamic agents in your life today.
The Bible without the Holy Spirit is a sundial by moonlight.
D. L. Moody
He Is Risen! Take off the Grave Clothes!
When He had said this Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11:43-44 NIV
This event triggered the Pharisees to crucify Jesus. Lazarus had been dead four days. Jewish tradition prompted the family to bury soon after death, but the Jews also believed the spirit hovered over the dead body for up to three days. This time too had passed. Lazarus was a fully dead man! It was a real miracle to bring him back to life, and this was too much for the Pharisees. What the Pharisees underestimated was that this power would continue to be exhibited in the life of Christians for thousands of years to come. If you are a child of God, you have been brought from death unto life.
Jesus had raised Lazarus from the grave. We should love the story because it shows the power of the Savior. We can know that if He can raise the dead to life, we can trust Him to help us make our house payment or whatever struggles our life may hold. We need to remember that today. Since Jesus has power over death, is there anything in your life that He can’t handle?
Jesus came to give us life! Jesus told Lazarus to take off His grave clothes, to quit “living” like he was dead. Shouldn’t we do the same thing? Have you received Christ as your Savior? Is your name recorded in Heaven as a child of God? Have the angels sung “Glory” over your salvation? Have you personally, without reservation, believed that Jesus died for your sins, and that the only way you will enter Heaven is through the grace of His shed blood on the cross?
Well, TAKE OFF YOUR GRAVE CLOTHES! Quit “living” among the dead. Look alive! Jesus saved you by grace, through faith, not unto death, but unto life! Shouldn’t that make a noticeable difference in your life today? SO LIVE! Don’t let this world steal your joy. Don’t let Satan rob you of your peace. Stop worrying over tomorrow. Start living!
Take off your grave clothes and LIVE!
For HE is the living God and HE will endure forever, His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His rule will never end. HE rescues and saves His people; HE performs miraculous signs and wonders in Heaven and on Earth.” Daniel 6:26-27. “Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: CHRIST appeared in the flesh and was shown to be righteous by THE SPIRIT. HE was seen by angels and was announced to the nations. HE was believed on in the world and taken up into Heaven.” 1Timothy 3:16. ” We are made right with GOD when we believe that JESUS shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us…There is only one GOD, and there is only one way of being accepted by Him. HE makes people right with Himself only by faith…Oh what joy for those whose sins are forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by The LORD.” Romans 3:25-30, 4:7-8. Rejoice in who HE is. HE does it all for us! I’m praying for you.
For to me, to live is Christ . . . .
Think of all the ways human beings define themselves, beginning with gender: male or female. Then we often cite race: Caucasian, Asian, African, Latin, and so on. Then comes nation of citizenship: American, French, Brazilian, South African, Russian — wherever one was born or became a naturalized citizen. And the list goes on from there: region (“the South”), state (“Pennsylvania”), county (“Orange County”), city (“Dallas”), and even neighborhood or part of the state.
But there is one identifying mark that should supersede all others for the followers of Jesus Christ: Christian. A Christian can be of any race or gender, live in any nation, state, or town, and be part of any subgroup. Paul said in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Paul also wrote, “For to me, to live is Christ . . . ” (Philippians 1:21) and, “For our citizenship is in heaven . . .” (Philippians 3:20).
People usually identify themselves by the label that is most important to them. Is “Christian” most important to you?
I reckon him a Christian indeed that is neither ashamed of the Gospel nor a shame to it.
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.