The Resurrection of Jesus and Believers

The Resurrection of Jesus and Believers

Today we remember the crucifixion…

On the cross Jesus said, “It is Finished.” (John 19:30) 

FINISHED – PAID IN FULL.

For those who place their faith in Christ, all the bad things we have done or will do, are paid for in full, by the blood of the Lamb who gave his life for us on the cross.

Do you wonder if you are lovable?
Do you wonder if he really can forgive you of your sins?
Does your guilt lie to you?

Psalm 103:10-12 answers these very questions:

“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth,so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

This Easter Sunday we will celebrate not only Jesus’ death but that He is ALIVE!!!  Because Jesus resurrected from the dead – we too will one day be resurrected from the dead.  Ever wonder what our bodies will be like in heaven?  This video answers this question and is based on I Corinthians 15.

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I Corinthians 15:55-58 says:

“Where, O death, is your victory?

    Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

 

For those who have placed your faith in Jesus Christ – death has lost it’s sting!  Death brings victory, as we will be resurrected with Christ!

Are you saved?  If you have never accepted the free gift that God has offered you of eternal life, which only comes through faith in his Son Jesus – I bid you – do it today! And if you have questions about your salvation, please ask your local pastor, friend or send me an email.

Verse 58 is my encouragement to you today: “Sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Happy Good Friday. Have a fabulous weekend with your family and Happy Easter!

Walk with the King!

Heaven

 

I’m over at GoodMorningGirls.org today talking about our study in Colossians and heaven!  I thought I’d share it here today too!!!  Oh I can’t wait to get to heaven!!! 


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Martin Luther once challenged one of his students by saying, “I’ll get you a new horse and carriage if you can pray the Lord’s Prayer and concentrate on every phrase without losing your train of thought.” The young man thought, “no problem.” After he had prayed the prayer he however confessed to Luther, “all I could think about was the horse and carriage.” As much as he tried to concentrate on the Lord’s Prayer, his mind was drawn elsewhere.
(source: sermoncentral.com)

 

Do you feel like it’s hard just to sit down and focus on God’s word or talk to God in prayer? Are you distracted by the busyness of this world and your to-do list? Purpose to fix your mind on things above by simply reading verses about heaven this week.

Here is an excellent resource filled with articles and videos on heaven – just click here —>>>

Randy Alcorn’s blog posts and videos on Heaven  

Chime In: How do you stay focused during your prayer time? What helps you keep your mind fixed on things above during your daily life? 

Walk with the King,

 

 

**We are midway through a Bible study in the book of Colossians over at GoodMorningGirls.org  You are welcome to join us mid-stream or if you’d like – hold tight because in just a few weeks we will be beginning an advent study to prepare our hearts for Christmas.  I’ll be sure to share all the details here when we are about to start! I hope you will join us!

Heavenly Asphalt

Good Morning!  Okay I know I’m on a bloggy break – but I couldn’t help myself.  I had my quiet time in Colossians with the  Good Morning Girls this morning which had me thinking about heaven and our future inheritance.  And then I read this devotional by Anne Graham Lotz and felt compelled to share it.  It’s great perspective taking.

The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.
Revelation 21:21, NIV

If the apostle John hasn’t already conveyed to us that My Father’s House is spectacular, his description of the streets surely does. But I wonder if there is a subtle message to us contained in his description – a message that my wise mother, with her characteristic humor, pointed out to me when she dryly exclaimed that you can tell what God thinks of gold because He paves the streets of heaven with it! Gold is really just heavenly asphalt! In other words, there are many things down here on earth that we give a top priority to, which in eternity will be inconsequential and insignificant.

It’s sobering to contemplate how much time, effort, sacrifice, compromise, and attention we give to acquiring and increasing our supply of something that is totally insignificant in eternity. What are your priorities? As you live them out, will they have eternal value and significance?
Blessings,

~Anne Graham Lotz

Anne writes at Angel Ministries and has a live simulcast this weekend “Just Give Me Jesus“  I love Anne!

Okay – since I mentioned Anne’s simulcast – I have to mention Nancy’s too!  Nancy Leigh DeMoss from Revive Our Hearts ministry also has a live simulcast this weekend – True Woman 12  I have been invited for the past two years to attend this conference for free – as a blogger to live blog about it and share all the fun happenings but have not been able to do it (hello – the book is due in 10 days bah!) and I REALLY wish I could.  Someday…someday I’ll go but until then – it’s gonna have to be the Live simulcast for me!  Love sweet Nancy!

These are two women that inspire me – if you aren’t familiar with them – check them out!

Walk with the King,

Not Even Disney World Can Keep Us Happy!

Colossians 3:1&2 says “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Happiness – we all seek after it – we all have tastes of it through out life – but not even Disney World can keep us happy all day long. Long lines, spilled juice, or rain can all potentially spoil the perfect day. We will not experience unspoiled, perfect happiness until we step onto heaven’s shore.

We are commanded to set our hearts and minds on things above – that is heaven. I believe God gives us this command because it is not natural to think this way. I would venture to say that we are regularly disobedient to this command.

Do you ever watch those commercials for the beach resorts and think I wish I were there right now? Ohio winters can do that to you! I can easily close my eyes and picture myself on a beach in the tropics. Try obeying Colossians 3 for just one minute right there in front of your computer. Sit and picture heaven… Now – take the command a step further – let it change your thinking for the next hour…the next day… the next week. Now set your heart and mind on things above permanently!

C.S. Lewis said “If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were those who thought most of the next.”

God’s word says, “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Does it change your perspective on that problem you are facing, the trial you are in, the hopelessness you feel today, the anger that is deep down, or your plans for the future?

I am praying for you today – to let your mind soar and your heart be filled with glee as you meditate on this truth!
Walk with the King!