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What Is Your Resurrection Story?

WHAT IS YOUR RESURRECTION STORY?
For those with ears to hear! I challenge each and every believer today to walk in the resurrection power of our Lord and the Holy Spirit at work in us!
Do you not realize that as you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that you who have been baptized into Christ have a resurrection story, as well?
What can you celebrate as your own resurrection story? What is your testimony of an area of your life where you were dead and now you are alive in Christ?
What area of your life have you let go of and allowed God to work in and manifest His miraculous, wonder working power in? Some past hurts? Some past pain? Some past pleasure that was sapping the life out of you that God has delivered you from and given you Living Water to satisfy your soul? Some past obsession? Some past dependency?
When we turn from our own ways and trust Jesus as our Lord and we are baptized into Christ – we die to our old life and the bondage of sin and we are raised to walk in new life – we enter into a covenant with Christ and the body of Christ – our family, brothers and sisters in Christ, we become new creatures, and our spirits are joined with the Holy Spirit. We should be walking with the Spirit leading us. Resurrected from spiritual death, we are! We will not see our full salvation/resurrection until Christ returns, but we are to walk by faith in Christ and filled with His love, power and self control. Is this resurrection power at work in you today? Here are some scriptures to meditate upon this weekend:
 
2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
 
Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
 
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
 
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
 
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
 
Slaves to Righteousness
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
 
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
Ephesians 1:18-20New International Version (NIV)
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
 
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. I Cor. 15:20-23
Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
 (All Scriptures posted are from biblegateway.com and are from the NIV)
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Laughing at the Days to Come Proverbs 31:25

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Proverbs 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

Do you know why we can laugh at the days to come? Because the joy of the Lord is our strength and joy doesn’t depend on our circumstances – but on our position in Christ – blameless, righteous, victorious, overcomer, blessed, favored, forgiven, redeemed, whole, holy, dearly loved, ambassadors for Christ!!! and so much more – every spiritual blessing has been given to us, Christ paid the price for our sins and our peace and our healing, and our eternity is secure in Jesus! The devil and his followers, demons, have been defeated already and are powerless against us and so is every weapon that they try to use against us – they may come at us one way but will flee from before us seven ways! The written code against us, was cancelled by Jesus, having been nailed to the cross by Him, and so the curse of sin and death has been broken off of us!!!
That is why we can laugh at tomorrow! Because we know who holds tomorrow and who holds our hand! We know who wins the battle of the ages, it is already won and we are to be walking in that today. Who’s with me??


You wanna hear a funny joke? The devil thinks he actually has a chance at taking some of us down! Yeah boy! He had me fooled for several years. I was suicidal and locked inside my own misery and scared to even go to church for fear of being looked down on, etc… I tried to take my own life several times, but guess what? When I was really at the precipice of death that last attempt – the Lord let me know that He loved me and wasn’t ready for me to die, that He had a reason for me to be here. The devil may have had me convinced to kill myself, but God is in control and intervened – He showed me that He loves me and gave me this chance. So, slowly and surely, as I could handle the process, He has been healing me and revealing Himself to me and bringing me through and teaching me. So I give God every bit of glory due to Him which is 1,000,000,000%!!!! And He will do the same for you!

Join me in the joyous journey! Let’s laugh at the future, even if it isn’t looking so bright to our natural eyes right now, in the spirit we can know and see that God is good all the time and all the time God is good! We can know that we are gonna be OK because of His unfailing LOVE.

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Our Destiny

I just noticed something and really put 2 and 2 together. I read an article on ChristianityToday.com by Derwin L. Gray that is entitled “How to Hold on When Everything Is Coming Apart”  about holding on to Jesus in impossible circumstances. I agreed with everything it said about how God brings us through things to mold and shape us – that He is the Potter and at times, in the midst of these trials it may seem as if God is silent, but that He is with us and His grace is at work for us behind the scenes (doing more than we can even ask or imagine). The author quoted Romans 8:28 and 29.

Yes, God is working all things together for the good of those who love Him and who have been called according to His good purpose! And v29 says that those whom God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Put it together – God works in all things for the good of us because He:

  1. knew us before we were born
  2.        set our destiny before we were born

to be conformed into the likeness of Jesus!

that Jesus would be the firstborn among us so that we could then be multiples of Jesus – duplicates of Jesus – God’s children with Jesus as our big brother! How awesome and cool is that?!

And Romans 8:30 goes on to say that not only are we destined, but we are also called by God

and not only are we called by God, but we are also justified by God! We are justified by God by the blood of Jesus, by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus –

and not only are we called and justified by God, but Romans 8:30 goes on to say that we be glorified like Jesus!

Romans 8:30 And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.

Soak this up and let this sink in and reflect:

When we live as Christ by His power, strength, righteousness and His Spirit – God will glorify us – show His glory through us – do we feel like we are glorified? like we are glorifying God? Can we see God’s glory manifested in us? If not – why not?

This is our calling. This is our birthright as believers in Jesus Christ.

God says He will take us from glory to glory – from strength to strength –

if this has not been our testimony – now is the time – let us begin right now to learn from our Lord and start taking those baby steps of faith that He starts us out on so that we do see His glory in our lives.

Our destiny is to shine for the Lord. Our destiny is to glorify the Lord. God has set our destiny for Him to glorify us in Christ Jesus so that the world may know that He is God, that He is love and that He is good. Praise You Lord!

Here is the link to the article: http://www.christianitytoday.com/derwin-gray/2015/february/how-to-hold-on-when-everything-is-coming-apart.html

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Why Do We Want to Serve God? By Jerry 9/7/14

Why Do We Want to Serve God? By Jerry 9/7/14

This is a question that I have asked myself when I was lost and even after I got saved. I particularly wrestle with this question when things aren’t going my way as a Christian.

We, or me, I always want to ask God “why.” Don’t get me wrong I am far from perfect and anyone that knows me could tell you that. But I get up when I fall and ask God why did this happen to me when I am doing my best to serve You?

As I mature as a Christian and look back on my fails, falls and stumbles I see that it was me that failed not God. It’s hard to serve God because we think that we are giving up our life to follow a strict set of rules and we think that there’s no way that I can be perfect like those church people. I’ll be a big failure and a hypocrite and they’ll laugh me out of the church if they ever find out half of what I’ve done.

I thought like that for many years but once I turned my life over to God and started reading His Word and got closer to Him, and even after going to church regularly for the past 4 years, I can tell you that yes you do meet some people like that – not only at church but anywhere you go. The thing is we go to church to fellowship with Jesus, so I pay no attention to those people. But then you meet other people who are brothers and sisters in Jesus there that are in the same boat you are in or even worse – and you start sharing your story with each other and what God has done for you and start serving the Lord together.

You’ll find as I did that it starts getting easier. Really serving God comes down to love. Jesus said that the 2 greatest commands in the Bible were Matthew 22:37-40. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Laws and Prophets depend on these two commands.”

What is it about this life that we love more than we love God? We on this planet are going to have and know pain and suffering with or without God and I would rather go through it with God than without Him. We are His children and He knows what is and isn’t best for us. Like I said I am not perfect and never will be but I/we can’t use that as an excuse not to love God after what He suffered for us. Jesus, our Savior, asked the Father to let the cup of wrath that we deserve not to be poured out on Him but God the Father knew there was not another way. So Jesus took it for you and me and the whole world.

I would just ask you to do one thing give Jesus a chance. Ask Him into your heart right now. Jesus is willing to start with you right where you are. Don’t worry about being perfect or trying to follow all the rules, just ask Jesus into your heart, repent of your sins and believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He willingly died for you and let Him start changing you. He is the author and finisher of our faith.

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Who Are You? (Jerry 3/26/14)

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Who are you? Are you a banker, lawyer, landscaper, stay at home mom? Are you who you are because the world says that is who you are? It’s really not important who we are in the world but who we are in Christ. Would our co-workers know that we follow Christ if we didn’t tell them?

Who was Christ? The religious leaders thought that He was just an unclean, nobody who was casting out demons by the power of Beezlebub. It doesn’t matter if you are the richest person in the world. If you don’t have Jesus then you have nothing. “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?” What does matter is that we know Christ and walk according to His ways. If we have Christ we have everything.

What do we do after Christ has made us new and forgiven us for our sins? Do we just come to church and listen to the preacher until we die? I know that everyone is not called into the ministry and when I say ministry, I am talking about being a preacher, teacher, evangelist. But when we were forgiven of our sins through Christ we were called into the ministry whether we want to be or not. We can minister to those we work around. We can let our life be a testimony. We aren’t to sit idly by and be ashamed to be a child of the Most High God, Creator of the universe. We walk the walk and talk the talk on a daily basis. That’s how we are ministers. A lot of people are scared or worried about being ambassadors of Christ because they think that they have to be perfect. If we wait until we’re perfect to tell people about Jesus then it’s never going to happen.