Saturday, April 21, 2012

He Is Risen!!!

As our family celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ this year, I couldn't help but feel so blessed to be a part of the family of God.  the Lord has shown me so much this year.  He is in the process of showing me just how much He will use my life to share His Gospel if only I allow Him to.

I can almost hear Him say take my hand and don't worry I've got you covered.  I start each day as a separate journey holding onto Jesus hand and learning to trust Him.  Its not always easy.  In the world we are conditioned to believe in ourselves and to trust  in our own ways.  However,  I am becoming aware that the Lord's power flows more freely through me  when I acknowledge my weakness.  It is in that weakness that I have begun to realize that Jesus is my strength.  I am so humbled by His great love and patience with me.  I can almost hear my Lord say it is when you are weak that I am strong.  I love this Scripture in Jude 1:24-25:
to Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious Presence without fault and with great joy - to the only God our Savior be the glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forever more!  Amen.
I learned something new this week while reading the Bible.  I need to ask the Holy Spirit every day for a refill.  When I do this it creates a strong connection and His power flows into me continually. It gives me the strength that I need to get up every single morning and start fresh.  I can keep walking with the Lord one step after another that's all He asks of me.  He gives me the strength that I need to resist discouragement and defeat.  The strength to completely depend upon Jesus.  It is when I completely depend upon Jesus and I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.  Even when the path is a rocky and steep, it is still the path of my life.   My journey with the Lord Jesus. 

This past week the Dalai Lama came to Hawaii for a visit.  Everyone was so excited to see him and everyone was calling him His Holiness, much like they do with the Pope.  I couldn't help but think yes he is a good man of peace, but at the end of the day he is just a man. People were bowing to him as if he were a god.  Some people bowed down to him as if they were worshiping him. He met with thousands of people in the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii.  I couldn't help but think where is the separation of church and state here.  If it were Billy Graham coming to Hawaii to speak about peace, or to urge us to pray for peace, he would never be allowed to speak at the Stan Sheriff Arena because there is a separation of church and state.  The last time I checked the Dalai Lama is a "religious leader."  It just seemed like such a double standard. 


 The First Commandment came into my mind.  "Thou Shall have no other gods before me."  Jesus is God.  Unlike all of the other gods that peoples from all over the world worship.  Jesus Christ went on that cross at Calvary and took on all of the sins of the world and died on that cross...  But, it didn't stop there.  Three days after Jesus Christ died and was buried he arose from the dead and walked on the earth.   Scripture presents conclusive evidence that Jesus Christ was in fact resurrected from the dead. Christ’s resurrection is recorded in Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-53; and John 20:1–21:25. The resurrected Christ also appeared in the Book of Acts (Acts 1:1-11). From these passages you can gain several “proofs” of Christ’s resurrection. First is the dramatic change in the disciples. They went from a group of men frightened and in hiding to strong, courageous witnesses sharing the gospel throughout the world. What else could explain this dramatic change other than the risen Christ appearing to them?

If Christ were not raised, then where is His body? The disciples and others saw the tomb where He was buried. When they returned, His body was not there. Angels declared that He had been raised from the dead as He had promised (Matthew 28:5-7). Fourth, additional evidence of His resurrection is the many people He appeared to (Matthew 28:5, 9, 16-17; Mark 16:9; Luke 24:13-35; John 20:19, 24, 26-29, 21:1-14; Acts 1:6-8; 1 Corinthians 15:5-7).

None of the gods from any other religion can say that their leaders arose from the dead.  You can visit their graves.  When you go to Jesus Tomb, it is empty!  He is not there!!!   Jesus is the Risen Lord!!!  He is coming again and I for one am looking anxiously for His coming.If you do not know Jesus ask Him into your heart today.


God created us in His own image so we can know Him personally and have a joy-filled life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and a freedom of choice. Since the beginning of time, we have chosen to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God and ends in misery. The Bible says that disobeying God results in being separated from Him.  Our attempts can never unite us with God. Through the ages, people have tried many ways to bridge this gap and reach God – without success.  I believe that each one of us has a little puzzle piece in each of our bodies that only the love of God can fill.  We try to fill it with all kinds of things like sex, boyfriends, children, drugs, alcohol, education, clubbing, partying and everything else that you can think of.  The thing is nothing fits right in there.  Only God can quench the longing of your soul.
                           
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6
If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you took the pain of the cross to give me new life. I ask you to come into my heart and to give me your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive you now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow you and to serve you all my life. Thank you, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!

2 comments:

It's never too late to choose Jesus!! What a great blog, thank you for sharing!! it helps so much to read something like what you wrote to put things back in perspective.  Thank you Jesus!

Amen!!! It is never too late to choose Jesus as long as we have life!!! God bless you!!! :):):)

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