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Because He Lives I Can Face Tomorrow

Life is hard. Trials and fears come at us from every side. Sometimes we're tempted to just walk away, but because He lives we can face tomorrow.  #Biblestudy #Mark #WomensBibleStudy #GoodMorningGirls

As I sat on the edge of the couch, I looked my son in the eye and explained:

“Honey, life is hard.  This world is broken.  Sometimes our expectations can be too high and we face disappointment. But God is with us in our hurts.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  All of your life, you are going to face heartaches and disappointments. This world just cannot deliver sustained happiness. Joy only comes through Jesus.

Cling to Jesus. Talk to Jesus. Read his word, pray, listen to God, obey God, have faith and always trust God. Never stop trusting son.”

Are those words you need to hear today?

This world is so very broken – it can’t deliver what our selfish hearts desire.

But Jesus – sweet Jesus.

There is no other name like His in all this world!  He is my best friend.  He never leaves my side.  He is always for me.  He never betrays me or stops loving me.  Every morning when I wake up – He is there for me.  Every night as I fall asleep – He is still there for me. In between morning and night, every time I call on Him, He is already there.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow!

Because He lives YOU can face tomorrow!

In Mark 16:6 the angel said:

Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.
He has risen; he is not here.

The crux of Christianity hangs on one fact…

HE HAS RISEN!

I Corinthians 15:13-17 says:

If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.

And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.

More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God,
for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead.
But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 

For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.

Wow – do you see the strong words of this passage?

If there is no resurrection of Christ then…

~our faith is useless,

~our preaching and faith are futile,

~the dead are not raised,

~we are false witnesses,

~and we are still in our sins.

Oh my! That’s serious friends.

But praise the Lord – the angel rolled back the stone and the tomb was empty for all to see!  Then Jesus appeared to over 500 people and then ascended into heaven!  AWESOME!!!!!

Jesus is alive – just as he said!

Our God is not dead – he surely is alive!

And because he is alive – we have the assurance that we too will be resurrected.

Life is hard.  Trials, fears, stress and worries come at us from every side.  Sometimes it is so overwhelming I can’t sleep or I break down in tears… but when morning comes and the sun rises, I am reminded that his mercies are new every morning.

Because He lives – I can face tomorrow.

Whatever you are facing today – take it to Jesus. He is alive! He loves you and He wants you to bring all your burdens to Him.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

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19 Comments

  1. Hi Courtney, I love the way you explain things. Here is a question that i have been wondering since good friday. I grew up catholic and now I am a christian, am i allowed to eat meat on good friday or not? Is that something we still follow this day? Thanks.

    1. Hi, I recently had a friend from our church ask a very similar question. This is what I wrote to her:
      I would say, there’s nothing wrong with the Catholic tradition of fasting from certain things on Holy Days, however, the Holy Days were established by the Catholic Church and are not set as a precedent in the Bible for us to observe. The only things the Bible teaches us to do is to gather, pray and practice communion together, so we (and most Christian, Protestant churches) don’t observe the Holy Days in the same way as the Catholic Church, and we don’t observe the guidelines of fasting on a large scale. The heart behind a fast like this, if you do it in the right spirit, is to use your hunger for those items to direct you to prayer instead of meat/cheese/whatever it is, and so in that way it can be useful to grow your faith and spirituality, but since Jesus didn’t make a big fuss about when and how to fast, just that it is a good spiritual practice, we don’t observe it on a certain day or time. (Jesus also says that you shouldn’t make a big fuss about fasting to those around you in Matthew 6:16-18).
      It is certainly a useful tool to fast, and praying at any time is always a good thing, but spirituality that is done because you have to, is always less effective to our heart than acts of prayer and fasting that come from a desire to know God more deeply. So it’s really all about where your heart is. If there is any guilt in you if you don’t practice these things, know that that is not from God, and it doesn’t really matter to Jesus if you do or do not practice these things, or when you do, but that your heart mind and life are tuned to Him in every way possible. Hope that helps!!!

      1. I am Catholic. As a Catholic, I feel I am a Christian. I sometimes feel offended when someone says they were a Catholic, but now they are a Christian. My Mom, her Mom ( my Grandmother), my Aunts, cousins, etc. are all Catholic. Catholicism is Christianity.

        I thank God everyday for my Mom. Through my Mom’s example and how she raised us, my faith is very strong. I love the Lord with all my heart. I hope I can be as good an example as she was, to my daughters. I lost my Mom five years ago, even though it feels like it was just yesterday. I feel her presence with me always. I go to church and still feel her next to me. Her faith was and is always there for me to lean on.

        We do have certain traditions, if you want to call them that, that we follow as a means of penance. This was a sign of respect and love towards God. Lent is a very special time to me. We do not eat meat on any Friday’s during Lent and try to practice that the whole year through. Lent is, for me, a time to reflect on the gift that Jesus gave to us and ask forgiveness for my sins.

        I am very thankful that the Lord has guided me in the direction of Women Living Well. Women Living Well is very powerful. I thank God for you Courtney. Your work here has helped in me in so many ways. I have shared Women Living Well with my daughters, my family, my friends and co-workers.

        May God bless you always,

        Diane

        1. I am one of those who says that I used to be Catholic, but now I am a Christian, because I really wasn’t. And there are those who grew up Baptist, or Presbyterian, or Lutheran, or Methodist, or any other denomination who said sincerely they were Christian, but really weren’t. Maybe they thought that they could count on going to church, or reading the Bible, or their family history to be accepted by God. But we can really only count on Jesus sacrifice to save us from our sins and bring us into his family. So many of us thought it salvation comes through what we do, but it really comes through believing in what Jesus has done.

        2. Catholic and Christian is not the same thing. Read your bible and look up what the differences are. It is not the same.

        3. There is only one thing we must do to be a Christian and if – as a Catholic or any religious denomination-we do not, then we are truly lost. Catholic or Protestant, if we claim the Lord Jesus Christ as our ONLY way and payment for our sin, then we are Christ’s. The traditions and works are only ways of expressing our love and devotion to Christ and of teaching our children, but have no hold or weight on our salvation.

        4. I have seen Catholicism as a religion where you have to do works to get right with God to earn salvation. From the sacraments, to the penence, to confessions, to saying the rosary, to even if you die you go to the mythical place of purgatory. There is no biblical verses supporting purgatory. We are given the Son of God who was born sinless and died for us. He rose on the third day. Extended His grace and mercy to each of us regardless of our works. We need to humle ourselves and ask Him into our souls. I tried to explain to a Catholic, that prayer and medication (chemotherapy) was going to heal a mutal friend better than believing in blessed dirt. Jesus is our mediator, we go straight to Him and request, cry in our need. If He desires to heal, He will, in His time.. Yes, I was a Unfulfilled Catholic. I am a born-again Christian.

    2. The ONLY true Holy Days are listed in HIS word. Easter and Christmas are not there. His word says NOT to do what “the nations do”. He says, “If you love me you will obey my Commandments”. Check out what HIS commandments are. If you follow them, you are showing true love to Him. Test everything you hear and do by His word, the truth will set you free!

      testeverything.net
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    3. I have similar struggles to you Alejandra. I was raised Catholic but was saved 10 years ago. Many in my family are also no longer Catholic, but still keep some of these traditions out of “Catholic guilt”. You are only obligated to do what is in the Bible. Catholicism is all about sacraments and working towards grace. Evangelical Christians understand that we have freely received grace and do not need to put on a show to please God.

  2. I was at a church with family out of town yesterday instead of my own church. The pastor preached on 1 Corinthians 15. It was wonderful and not a passage I had studied much nor one I had heard preached on Easter. With you quoting it this morning in your article, I’m thinking God wants me to take another look. ? It’s certainly through provoking to imagine if there was no resurrection then our faith is in vain. (My family’s church uses KJV only of the bible.)

    1. Our pastor preached on that same passage yesterday! Great sermon, and I was excited to read it here again this morning!! Thanks, Courtney!

  3. YES, He is risen and in Him all things have become new. Rejoicing in the “new covenant” in His blood shed and body broken for me. I am set free in Christ — God’s eternal Yes! Thank you, Courtney, for this great study in Mark. Looking forward to our walk through Deuteronomy. God Bless!

  4. My church preached this message on Easter…”What If”…there was no resurrection? All would be in vain.
    I thank God and praise him for his grace..for giving us Jesus to be sacrificed for our sins and giving us eternal life through his resurrection!

  5. Thank you so much for this reminder Courtney! Sometimes I get caught up in anguish when I hear about terrorist attacks ect. and I know that’s not what I need to be focused on. I need to be focused on living God’s purpose for my life!

  6. Hello Courtney
    This is timely in my life. We are ministers in an isolated fly in community. We teach at a christian school. Unfortunately the board members are not christian. They lack Gods wisdom and on in particular has a jezebel spirit. She has corrupted the board and they are trying to remove all the staff and close the school. It have been here for 20 years. I could really use intercessory prayer right now.
    I’m so overwhelmed but this turn of events.

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