Jesus Dies and is Raised from the Dead

I Corinthians 15:19-23
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruit of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive, But each in his own turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when He comes, those who belong to Him.
 
Jesus, the Son of the Living God, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, dies on a cross in obedience to God’s will, so that we might receive forgiveness of our sins through His sacrifice. God the Father was determined to forgive us even though we did not (could not) deserve His forgiveness. Jesus came to make that forgiveness possible.  When He died for us, He destroyed Satan’s hold over us forever. After His death, He was buried. But Jesus did not stay in the grave. On the third day, He was raised from the dead. After His resurrection He was later seen alive by many people. He will never die again, Because of His sacrifice, His death, and His resurrection, we may have eternal life. Jesus died once for all of us. When He was resurrected by the power of God. He conquered death once for all of us. Now He is alive forever. By His grace we can share in His death and in His resurrection.


God The Alpha And The Omega

Revelation 1:8
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
 
God does indeed exist. He says in His Word
that He is the Beginning and the End. He says that His name is “I AM WHO I AM”. Jesus, His Son also laid claim to that name.
At the End of all things we know, God will create new things for us to know as His children.
Isaiah 65:17
“Behold I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”
 
Revelations 21:1-6 tells us what the new heavens and the new earth will be like. Since God is the Beginning of all things and the End of all things, He must be in the middle too; where we are!!
 
God is really important!
 
God loves us! He is so all encompassing, so present, and so indispensable, the only thing He could call Himself is “I AM”. Everything else hinges on how we accept that and how we relate to Him.
 
 
 


God Created The Seen and Unseen

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
 
Hebrews 11:3
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 
 
God exists. His name is “I AM.” He created everything there is whether it is seen or unseen. That includes everything and everyone. He created everything that you can touch, everything that you can see, and everything that no one can see. Everything that was created, was created by Him.
 
Since God made everything originally so that it was good, He is the only One who can tell us how to live our lives effectively, happily and in fullness. Later, He came Himself to teach us in the person of Jesus Christ. 
 
We can listen to all Jesus has to tell us. The Bible contains the truths we need. We need to listen to God, think about His words, and be ready to apply them to our lives.
 


How God Sees You

Because of what Jesus did for us in His own body by His death on the cross, He is able to bring us into the very presence of God.
 
Col. 1:22 (Nlt)
You are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault,
 
Remember, Jesus never sinned, but He willfully took on your sins. He did this that you might become the righteousness of God in Him.  It’s as though sin has never touched you. God says that you are cleared or not guilty of sin, which means that you are right with God.
 
Isa. 54:17
This is a blessing He gives to you.
 
He has always wanted to treat you as though  you have never sinned.


Your Inheritance IS Secure

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us. 1Peter 1:3-4
 
The most importance treasure you can ever have is your inheritance. It includes everything Jesus earned for you on Calvary’s cross.
 
Everything of true value is waiting for you – all the beauty, the glory, the freedom of our heavenly home. You will never outgrow its blessings. That inheritance will keep its value forever.
 
You share in Jesus’ resurrection right now. You have forgiveness and eternal life today! 
 
One day you will enjoy heaven, too. Christ, Himself, is keeping your inheritance safe.
 


Is It Faith?

Hebrews 11:1-3 (NLT)
What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. 2) God gave His approval to people in days of old because of their faith. 3) By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

Faith is the conviction based on what God says in His word will come to past in our situation.

The beginning point of faith is believing in God’s character. He is who He says.

The end point is believing in God’s promises: He will do what He says.

When we believe that God will fulfill His promises even though we don’t see those promises materializing at the time, we demonstrate true faith.

God called the universe into existence out of nothing; He declared that it was to be, and it was.

Our faith is in the God who created the entire universe by His word. God’s word has awesome power. When He speaks, we need to learn to listen and then respond.

Believing that God exists is only the beginning. God will not settle for just acknowledgment of His existence.

He wants a personal, dynamic relationship with you that will transform your life.

Those who seek God will find that they are rewarded with His intimate presence.



Faith Gives Substance To Hope

Matt.13:19
When anyone hears the word of the Kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away that was sown in his heart.
Remember, according to Rom.1:16, the word is the power that God uses to bring salvation into our lives and perpetuates it continually with healing, deliverance, soundness and wholeness; therefore, you do not want the devil to steal the word out of your heart. Without the word or a revelation of the word, you will not be able to exercise the faith we have because you cannot exercise or believe for something you don’t know you have. The word of God projects a picture of what you have, what you can do and who you are in Christ Jesus; you call that revelation knowledge. revelation is something that was not revealed but now is; it is what the Bible calls hope.
Heb.11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for………
Faith can only give substance for the things you hope for. No hope or a picture or a revelation of God’s word, you will not be able to receive anything by faith because faith needs hope for it to be come substance; therefore, if the devil steals the word, he steals the picture, image, revelation and your hope of what that word was assigned to accomplish in your heart.


Your Heart Affects Everything You Do.

Pr.4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.
Your heart affects everything you do, even the words you choose to speak. The words of your mouth reveal what you really believe and according to your faith be it unto you; you are framing your world with the words of your mouth because you have the same spirit of faith that God has; this is the law of faith and a law, if properly applied will work every time.


Obedience Equal Freedom

Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT)
Just as you accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to Him. Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done.
 
Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of life with Christ. But you must continue to follow His leadership by being rooted, built up, and strengthened in the faith. Christ wants to guide you and help you with your daily problems. You can live for Christ by:  
1) committing your life and submitting your will to Him (Romans 12:1-2). 
2) seeking to learn from Him, His life, and His teachings; (Colossians 3:16) and
3) recognizing the Holy Spirit’s power in you (Galatians 5:22-23).
 
Christ alone holds the answers to the true meaning of life because He is life. Christ is the unique source of knowledge and power for the Christian life. No Christian needs anything in addition to what Christ has provided to be saved.
 
We are complete in Him! We have faith that assures our salvation.
 
 


Grace Bought It Faith Receives It

John 10:10 (NKJV)
 
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
 
All sin, sickness, disease, human suffering, and natural disasters are the result of Satanic hatred of the human race.
 
There was no destructions of any kind until after sin came on the scene into the human family.
 
There are no tornadoes in heaven.
There is no sickness or disease of any kind in heaven.
 
If God was going to put sickness and disease on anybody, He would have to steal it because He doesn’t have any.
 
And if it was the will of God for anyone to be sick, there would be sickness in heaven.
 
So take your God given authority and stand against anything that did not come from your heavenly Father. 
 
Redemption is the result of the great love God has for mankind.
(All People)
 
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…
 
Romans 4:16
Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed,…
 
It is by faith that it might be by grace and grace is where everything is.
 
No faith, no grace
no grace, no Holy Ghost
no grace, no salvation
no grace, no money
no grace, no healing
it’s all in the grace!
 
Grace bought it and paid for it two thousand years ago and faith receives it.
 
Faith calls things that be not as though they were.
 
Faith can be weak and faith  can also be strengthen.
 
Put you feelings where they belong. Your feelings belong to you, you don’t belong to your feelings.
 
Our mind is our mind, no devil, no person can make us think any-thing we don’t want to think.
 
Our confession should be, “I think the Word of God”.
 
2 Corinthians 10:5
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
 
If it doesn’t line up with the Word, refuse to give it place in your thought life.
 
You have the promise in the Word of God. Faith, the blood, the Word and the mighty name of Jesus.
 
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is one hundred percent for you.
 
One hundred percent of every-thing He has, everything God owns, everything God will have belongs to you if Jesus is your Lord!