He Has Risen!

He Is Risen Indeed!

Our Savior died in our place and then rose again and that makes us children of the Most High God and what Our Father does for us cannot be undone! (John 10:28 -30)

We belong to Him forever!

When we believe in Christ, the promise that He gives us is an eternal assurance! (John 3:16). So don’t cry – remind yourself day in and day out that He Is Not Dead!!!

We will praise Him for ALL of our days. We will serve Him for ALL of our days.

He Is Risen Indeed!

Good Friday …

Easter is near!  Today — this Friday — is so GOOD!

Jesus, the Messiah –  the Son of the living God! (Matt. 16: 16-17). To see Jesus, was to see the Father  (John 14:9) – and that was, in fact, one of the reasons He came – to reveal the Father and to give us some understanding of the father!

Other beliefs have their god but their gods are buried, and we can find their bones – but not our King! If you worship something other than Jesus – your belief is worth nothing at all! 

When He arose – he took His place at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us! (Heb. 7:25; 10:12). He’s there with the Father preparing a place for all who believe on Him! (John 14:2). He left with us the Holy Spirit that teaches and guides us until He returns.  (John 14:16, 18).  

It is a beautiful thing to know that we have the Holy Spirit at the moment we accept Christ as our Savior and we are sealed until the end of time.  Our Amazing God lives and is active through His children.  And He Is Ready To Save Today!!  If you are not a believer – cry out and ask God to open you heart, your mind, your eyes. Walk in to a church and ask how it is done. Call a church and tell them you want to know Christ. Text, call or tap a friend, that you know is a Christian, on the shoulder and tell them you want to know Jesus!  Don’t wait! Do it today! Receive Christ and begin a life that has purpose and hope until the end of time!  

Easter is near! Our lives in Him mean something! We have assurance about our lives after this!

This Friday is so GOOD! Easter is near!

What Will Your Memorial Be?

Matthew 26: 12 – 13

“Play it safe” is something we hear so often in today’s world.

No want wants to be viewed as being too outside of the box. But when we, in obedience, perform radical acts of service and worship to our Lord, we will necessarily be outside of the box. People will think we are strange, wasteful, odd, crazy — but the Almighty will be pleased and see that generations will know what we have done for Him.

How do we want to be memorialized?

In Matthew 26: 12, 13 – Christ tells his followers about the woman that put the oil on Him. He tells them that she did it to prepare him for burial when she poured this oil on His body. He tells them a substantial truth that wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.

An extraordinarily odd act of service to The Savior brings condemnation and misunderstanding among men, but honor and everlasting memorial before God.

Praying that we will let God remind us that the only reputation worth building, or defending, is His! Help us, Father, to pour ourselves out like the oil in a jar so that You might be worshipped – so that we may be of radical service to You! And may our desire be that You will remember us — and that You will memorialize us in You!

Seasoned With Grace

I live with a purpose — to live and speak in a way that reflects the one thing in my life that truly matters – Jesus Christ.  My belief is that God loved me so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, despite my willful rebellion, to die as a perfect sacrifice for me! Why?!?! To give me the joy of a right relationship with Him for the rest of my days!! My belief is what should mark my words at all times.  I don’t always succeed, my words and ways surely fall short – but it is my goal everyday … one true life goal … That The World Will Be Reconciled To God!

I live among Mormons, Hindus, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims, Atheists, Agnostics and many more.  I have friends among all of them.  I have been told by my friends that what they appreciate is that I don’t spend my days brow beating them into submission to what I hold to be true.  Rather, I spend my time treating my friends who are outside of the household of faith with the love and grace that has so generously been lavished upon me.  Further, I spend my private time – my alone time – studying the Word of God and the life of my Savior, Jesus Christ, so that when matter of faith come up my words will be His words and not my own – colored in dogma or arrogance.  I don’t degrade or denounce what anyone else believes — but I speak and live in such a way that the people around me know that I am certain, sure, and confident that what I believe about Jesus is the absolute truth! Are you getting this?

There’s a lot of hateful behavior and talk going around in our nation right now.  By what we say – it is believed that we would rather kill them all and hold them in disdain than do what God in Christ asked us to do;  love them back to the truth.  I don’t care what they believe or how they are living; the truth is that God loves them and desires that they should not perish.  He didn’t place us on this earth to hate people.  He didn’t place us here to exchange the love of Christ for a gun and hateful words! It is our role to be the gospel to the world.

When we open our mouths, our words should drip with the sweet aroma of the Holy Spirit; offering a positive testimony to this world of the love and light of Christ.  When we are with people our actions should be drenched in grace, truth and love  so that people are attracted to what is within us.  So … are they attracted to what is within you? OR does your judgment, hate and disdain cause them to seek another god?

Our words and lives should be exciting, attractive, winsome, lovely, grace filled, marked by patience – they should reflect what is inside of us! Our words and our lives should be making such an indelible imprint on the world around us that there should be no mistake as to who is King of Kings; the Prince of Peace; the Great I Am.  Our presence in the world should make us unforgettable to everyone we come in contact with.  Do they know that they’ve been with a Christ follower when they’ve been with you?

I am so hopeful that I will never forget that my life is not about me being seen, nor is about me being right.  It is not about me having freedom and liberty on this earth. My life is about the ministry of reconciliation.  I’ve gotta live and speak what I say my heart believes!  As the old folk used to say – you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar!

Colossians 4: 5 – 6 … Be wise in the way you act with those who are not believers. Use your time in the best way you can. When you talk, you should always be kind and wise. Then you will be able to answer everyone in the way you should.

Demons Tremble! Believers Stumble Over the Truth …

You ever just read something in scripture and it catches your mind? changes your thoughts? opens your eyes to even more of His truth? In the Gospel of Mark – Chapter 1, John the Baptist is preparing the way for Christ. He baptizes Jesus. Jesus is tempted by Satan – and is triumphant! Jesus begins His work in Galilee and chooses the 12. Jesus starts healing and delivering people – opening peoples eyes and interest in who He is.

One night Jesus and his disciples leave the synagogue and the whole gang follows James and John to Simon and Andrew’s house. Because Simon’s mother in law is unwell, Jesus cures her and she serves them nicely when they arrive. People were bringing their sick and demon-possessed loved ones to Jesus that night. You have no idea how many people wanted to share their stories. However, according to the Bible, Jesus instructed the demons to keep quiet. Think about it for a moment: Jesus was educating the twelve and everyone else about who He is. However, the demons were aware of Jesus’ identity. They were aware of it!

There is a lot to take in here. Those seeking healing hoped for a miracle when they arrived. They had no idea who Jesus was, nor did they accept His claim to be the Son of God. Because they were fallen angels, however, the demons understood the limitation of their own power and the magnitude of His.

We must always keep the Holy Spirit in the forefront of our minds as we minister. People will believe that we are acting under the authority of Christ as we walk among them. But in the spiritual sphere, we can’t play games! Some of you are going to get it in a second!

Through God, we have powerful weapons at our disposal in this battle! In other words, if we don’t actively seek to be filled, we’re just pretenders who will fall short when confronted with issues that call for spiritual solutions such as healing, discernment, or even knowledge.

Satan trembles at His presence, while mortals stumble over the fact that we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. In order to defeat our adversary, we must be fueled and entirely reliant on this fuel. Without Him, we can do nothing! Without His allowance for us to speak His Word – we will be speaking our own and Oh How Powerless We Will Be! Help us Lord! Help us to just do what you call us to do and not seek that men know who we are! Help us to just do what you call us to do and understand that it is You who will make your presence known according to Your will and not our own.

The demons could identify the Christ and had to be silenced.

Father – fill us afresh with Your Holy Spirit. May the cry of our hearts be that we want more of You! May we see the enemy flee as we walk in the authority of Your name alone! May all who come in contact with us find that they see Jesus in us. May your presence in us speak for itself!