The Empty Tomb.

The Empty Tomb

We have before us today the open sepulcher, the bewildered alarm it caused, and the faith it both elicited and excited. John’s Gospel comes to a conclusion in chapter 20 with a proclamation of Jesus’ victory over death and then is followed in chapter 21 by an epilogue.

Each Gospel writer stresses certain aspects of the discovery of the empty tomb. John began his resurrection story with a testimony of how he came to personal faith in the Resurrection by considering the evidence found in the open tomb. The empty tomb bore witness to a physical or bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Contrary to cult heresy our Lord was raised in the same body He was crucified in. He is risen.

“For in Him we live and move and have our being…”

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Many today are perplexed by the lack of healings experienced in the Body of Christ, both in the soul as well as in the body. Why is this, has God changed? See Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8. He changes not. There must be a steadfast faith in the promises of God as revealed in Scriptures, which are given to rid us of any uncertainties in regards to healing. 503e00f5c49dc0dcfaf8bed60d4b5db2

I would offer that there is much uncertainty concerning God’s will in the matter. Appropriating faith cannot go beyond one’s knowledge of the revealed will of God. Before attempting to exercise faith for healing, one needs to know what the Scriptures plainly teach, that it is just as much God’s will to heal the body as it is to heal the soul.

Psalm 103:3 says, who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases…

Each of God’s promises brings revelation of what God is eager to do for us. Until we know what God’s will is, there is nothing to base our faith on. This is why our mind’s must be “renewed” so as to come into agreement with the mind of God as revealed in the Word of God.

There is a word that seems to be missing in many Christians minds, that word is “Appropriate” the dictionary definition is one I like very much. “To take exclusive possession of.” Faith for the appropriation of God’s promised blessings is the result of knowing and acting on God’s Word (Rom.10:17). The renewed mind appropriating the right mental attitude, as expressed in (Rom.12:2).

 

“Jesus I know; Paul I know but who are you?”

You need to know WHO you are in Christ so that you know WHAT to do, WHEN to do it, WHERE to go, and HOW to do it! 

Who you are in Christ

Because you are in Christ, EVERY ONE of these statements is true of you.idendity-in-christ-sermon-series

  • I am loved. 1 John 3:3
  • I am accepted. Ephesians 1:6
  • I am a child of God. John 1:12
  • I am Jesus’ friend. John 15:14
  • I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him. Romans 8:17
  • I am united with God and one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17
  • I am a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in me. 1 Corinthians 6:19
  • I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27
  • I am a Saint. Ephesians 1:1
  • I am redeemed and forgiven. Colossians 1:14
  • I am complete in Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:10
  • I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
  • I am a new creation because I am in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12
  • I am established, anointed, and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21
  • I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
  • I am God’s co-worker. 2 Corinthians 6:1
  • I am seated in heavenly places with Christ. Eph 2:6
  • I have direct access to God Ephesians. 2:18
  • I am chosen to bear fruit John. 15:16
  • I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. 1 Peter 2:5
  • I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I share His nature. 2 Peter 1:4
  • I can always know the presence of God because He never leaves me Hebrews. 13:5
  • God works in me to help me do the things He wants me to do Philippians 2:13
  • I can ask God for wisdom and He will give me what I need. James 1:5

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Do you want to know a secret?

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. Psalm 25:14-15.

In all era’s godly men and women have practiced the fear of the Lord. The Scriptures have a lot to say about the fear of the Lord.

  • It is “clean enduring forever” (Ps.19:9).
  • It can be learned (Ps.34:11).
  • It is the “beginning of wisdom” and the “beginning of knowledge” (Ps.111:10; Prov. 1:7).psalm25-14-15

Our text reveals several promises to the one who fears the Lord:

  • Guidance: “Him shall He teach in the way that He chooses” (Ps.25:12).
  • Spiritual prosperity: “He himself shall dwell in prosperity” (ps.25:13).
  • Future posterity: “his descendants shall inherit the earth” (Ps. 25:13).
  • Divine confidant: “The secret of the Lord is with them” (Ps.25:14).
  • Covenant: “He will show them His covenant” (ps.25:14).
  • Deliverance: “He shall pluck my feet out of the net” (Ps.25:15).

God reveals His secret council in close friendships, as He did to Abraham who feared the Lord (Gen. 18:17-19), and as He did to the apostles (John 15:15).

 

Are you in the Word enough so that it is converting your soul?

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple… Psalm 19:7 NKJV.

That the “law of the Lord is perfect” is direct reference to the absolute, complete, and entire trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures, which constitute the Bible. psalm nineteenseven

The Word of God is perfect in its accuracy and sure in its dependability. There are two terms generally used to describe these features of God’s Word:

  1. Inerrant (perfect) means that, in the original copies of each manuscript written by each Bible book’s respective author, there was nothing mistaken or tinged with error. (Further, the excellence of the Holy Spirit’s protection of the Scriptures over centuries has insured that the copies delivered into our hands from generations past are essentially the same. Even literary critics who claim no faith in the truth of the Bible attest to its being the most completely reliable of any book transmitted from antiquity, in terms of its actually remaining unchanged and dependably accurate.)
  2. Infallible refers to the fact that the Bible is unfailing as an absolutely trustworthy guide for our faith (belief in God) and practice (Life and behavior). This is so because God is true (John 3:33; 17:3), because His Word reveals His truth (17:17), and because God cannot lie (Num.23:19; Titus 1:2; Heb.6:18).

 

Are we killing all our darlings, pride,fear,sloth?

I remember back when I attended church with my parents, the church we went to sang three songs and sat down. I also remember many years later participating in praise worship when the saints entered into high praises; where the air is thick with the presence of the Holy Spirit and demons literally screamed out of a person who needed deliverance. Our sacrifice reached heaven as a sweet smelling aroma.

  1. We have an alter from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 14. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. 15. Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:10-15 NKJV.

Why is praising God a sacrifice? The word “sacrifice” (Greek thusia) comes from the root thuo, a verb meaning “to kill or slaughter for a purpose.” Praise often requires that we “kill” our pride, fear, or sloth—anything that threatens to diminish or interfere with our worship of the Lord.

We discover here the Basis of all our praise: the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by Him, in Him, with Him, to Him, and for Him that we offer our sacrifice of praise to God. Praise will never be successfully hindered when we keep its focus on Him—the Founder and Completer of our salvation.

His Cross, His blood—His love gift of life and forgiveness to us—Keep praise as a living sacrifice!pwbnr-960x430

The Manifest Presence of Christ.

 

“For this reason I bow my knees to the “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God…” Ephesians 3:14-19 NKJV.

Many Christians here in America as well as the rest of the world have prayed for revival, year after year hoping for another great awakening, like what the Puritans experienced. Some see revival as a huge influx of new believer’s, bringing many who are trapped in darkness by the god of this world into the kingdom of God, rightly so.

During the Great Awakenings, Puritans spoke of revival as “the manifest presence of Christ.” Prayer for revival is an invitation to this—to something wonderfully beyond God’s “essential presence” (that is He is always with us-Hebrews 13:5), and beyond His “cultivated” presence (that is, as the believer grows to know and walk with God daily). holy-spirit-

The apostle Paul prayed for believers to know that order of reformation or revival that brings about an intensification of the presence and power of Jesus Christ.

In our text’s prayer, Paul asked that the Holy Spirit deepen His work in their lives in three ways: 1) that Christ would dwell—more literally, “be at home”—in their hearts by faith, that is, that He would move from being an acquaintance to being the center of their church family; 2) that they would grasp God’s love at a spiritual level, beyond intellectual or theological knowledge; and 3) that they would be filled with God’s fullness, that is, that the Holy Spirit would reveal the things of Christ (John 16) more fully achieving God’s fuller work in each life —unhindered, unquenched, ungrieved.

 

 

A Cross found Within!

 

Breaking News! Atheist’s are outraged over the discovery of Christ’ cross uncovered in our bodies. Liberals are crying “ This is politically incorrect,” the ninth circuit court of appeals has ruled the findings as “unconstitutional.”

All of creation has God’s copy write in one form or another. After all God did say that we can “clearly” see His qualities on creation.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and divine nature, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

Imagine that God has left a clear message inside our bodies (a message in a bottle). A while back a protein molecule called, Laminin, was discovered.

“Laminin is a protein found in the extracellular matrix, the sheets of protein that form the substrate of all internal organs also called the basement membrane. It is the major non –collagenous component of the basil lamina, such as those on which cells of an epitheliumsit. It has four arms that can bind to four other molecules. The three shorter arms are particularly good at binding to other laminin molecules, which is what makes it so great at forming sheets. The long arm is capable of binding to cells, which helps anchor organs the actual organs to the membrane. Structurally, the laminin protein is made up of three polypeptide chains—a, b and y, giving it a total of six “ends,” accounting for a lot of its flexibility in connection with various molecules.” Wikipedia. the link

The function of this molecule is a severe blow to evolutionists. This is one amazing molecule! Laminin is responsible for holding all of our body structures together. The most extraordinary fact is that it is in the shape of a cross. The symbol that showed the love of God and His power over sin.

This molecule that holds our body together is in the shape of a cross by God’s design carried in all our bodies whether we believe  Word of God or not.

Growth Hindrance #2

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Adulters and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4 NKJV.

Growth Hindrance #2 the World. The spirit of the world (Greek aion) is one of the unending enemies of the believer. World refers to the world system—to all its values, mind-set philosophies of life, and priorities that run contrary to the will and way of God.  playing in the world

The world suggests that your success requires you to turn away from the path of godliness—to neglect developing your relationship with God. But Jesus said a life without God or the things of God is worthless, regardless of its appearance (Mark 8:36).

Romans 12:2 provides a strategy to combat the pull of the world, through the renewal, or “reprogramming,” of our minds. The Holy Spirit’s power can transform our minds (Phil. 2:5, 13; Titus 3:5) and redirect us toward the things of God (Phil.4:8). To gain victory over the Devil, resist him! To gain victory over the world, renew your mind!the three evils

Tomorrow: Growth Hindrance #3 the flesh.

I found this post by Dr. Michael Brown very interesting.

Since When Has the Gospel of Christ Been Popular?
BY MICHAEL BROWN , CP OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
December 1, 2014|8:10 am
  • For the last several years, Christian leaders have been asking, “What’s wrong with us and our message today? Why do so many people have such a negative view of the Church?”
But are those the right questions to ask? Should we expect the gospel to be popular with the world?
On the one hand, it’s always good for us to examine ourselves and to ask the hard questions.
Are we rightly representing our Savior? Do our lives reflect who He is?
Does the society associate us with purity or corruption, with integrity or scandal, with compassion or selfishness?
Sadly, all too often, we have fallen short in our conduct and example to the point that, in 1989, I wrote, “Look at our American scene today. The reproach we suffer is not for the Messiah’s sake; we are not scorned because of our militant stand. No. We are mocked because of our leaders’ sins, because of our failure to be holy and clean. Gospel and greed seem to go hand in hand, and our society equates evangelist with exploiter. Yet Jesus is the Head of the Body! How can this be?”
And if we’re really candid, we will have to admit that we have often put our trust in the arm of the flesh, leaning on parties to carry out our agenda rather than trusting in the power of the gospel and the life of the Spirit (with the help of the government rather than dependence on it).
For all these failures (among many others), we need to humble ourselves and repent, having dishonored the Lord and driven sinners away from Him. May God help us to take responsibility for our sins!
But there’s another side to the story that is often overlooked today.
Who said the gospel is supposed to be popular with the lost and rebellious? Why do we measure our effectiveness for the Lord and our loyalty to Him based on what the world thinks about us?
We are certainly called to let the light of our good deeds shine brightly (Matthew 5:14-16), to live honorable lives before non-believers (1 Peter 2:12), and to have a good reputation with outsiders, especially if we are leaders (1 Timothy 3:7).
But let us not deceive ourselves. We will never be more Christlike than Christ, and just as the world hated Him, it will hate us too, no matter how exemplary our lives might be (John 15:18-20).
You say, “But isn’t the gospel good news?”
Yes, of course it is good news – unspeakably good news.
It is the message of salvation as a free gift through the shed blood of Jesus.
It is the message of unmerited forgiveness, the almost inexpressible display of divine mercy, the astounding declaration of the love of God.
But it is a message that calls on sinners to repent and acknowledge their guilt and to confess Jesus as Lord (Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9-10).
And it is a message that is often criticized, maligned, and mocked, a message that is very costly to preach.
That’s why the apostles were persecuted and killed, why servant-messengers like Stephen were stoned to death, and why Paul reminded Timothy that everyone who lived a godly life would be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).
The truth is that godliness is not always popular, and when everyone speaks well of us, we know that something is wrong. That’s how past generations spoke about the false prophets (Luke 6:26).
People who live in darkness, by their very nature, hate the light.
People who are proud and rebellious do not take well to the call to submit to the lordship of Jesus.
People who are self-righteous are not quick to admit their guilt.
That’s why the rulers of the nations “take counsel together, against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.'” (Psalm 2:2-3)
As Paul wrote, “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Or, in the words of John, “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).
Yet today, as if Satan had not blinded the hearts and minds of the lost, we are told that if the world is to accept us, we must avoid controversial social issues (like abortion and same-sex “marriage”) and preach a non-confrontational, positive-only message.
But to do so is to conform to the world rather than transform the world, to bow down to the spirit of the age rather than liberate the lost from the dominion of darkness.
How can we be so shortsighted and naïve?
Long ago the people of Israel said to the prophets, “‘Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.'” (Isaiah 30:10-11)
In response to this challenge, the prophet Isaiah replied, “Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel . . .” (Isaiah 30:12).
That is exactly what we must do today, seeking to please the Lord rather than people, exercising wisdom and compassion in the midst of our obedience yet being determined to speak and do what is right regardless of cost or consequence. That is the ultimate manifestation of love for a dying world.
Otherwise, in our zeal to avoid offending the world, we end up offending the Lord.

 

Discerning the time!

 

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“ And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”Romans 13:11-14.

Are you struggling in your Christian life to be committed in prayer, reading and meditating the word of God and also to do your part to serve Him in every means you could. Is it a struggle and starve situation, where there is no spiritual profit? Like  any other relationship Jesus wants us to savor the beauty of being with Him. He wants us to do it out of love and commitment to Him than being a Hipocritic to our own self.

We are a time bound generation. Everything we do or practice is designed by the time available for a task, time designs the depth of  our relationships, fellowship, recreation and also sets and limits our Christian walk. Today Holy spirit is calling you to come out of that spiritual sleep pattern that have  trapped you in for long. Many time our spirit is ready but our body is so fragile with the fallen nature of clay, that we are succumbed into temptations by  flesh.

The result is gratification of self and slumber of  inner man.  Many times Satan binds our spirit from the knowledge of time,  often we forget the crucial time we are living in, we live in our comfort zones unaware of our mission to be useful for the Kingdom of God. We need to put away the sleep, let’s come out of those cozy blankets that tempt us to take extra hours of snooze, it could be anything that blinds you from reaching the mountain God have set before you, detracting you from savoring the sweet fellowship with Christ.

Let’s examine our priorities in life, take some time to sit in the presence of God and analyze the time we neglect each day on our fanciful likings towards small things in life, the time we overspend with a loved one, the time we waste in for the luxuries of life.The holy spirit will reveal the corrections needed in your life.

In the above portion I was happy to read the verse “for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”Salvation can become near to us only if we grow in our salvation. Each day we need to experience a growth , a better experience with God, a new lesson learned from Him, growing in the fruit of the spirit.Inability to grow in our faith life is spiritual death and slumber.

We can attain this growth only if we put on Christ in each day of our faith life. With out His image growing in us we will not be able to overcome the flesh.Dear child of God if you are in a struggle to improve your relationship with Christ, don’t take it by yourself. Pour your heart in the presence of the author of salvation,Jesus himself. He has plans for your life.

It’s hard to climb the mountain of God by our strength,but if you fully yield yourself to obey Him and clothe yourself with Christ, He will bless you with grace and transcend you into new levels in your faith life where you won’t be just practicing faith, but day by day you become perfected in faith. The  time, for the glory of God to be revealed to us is so near, lets be prepared and let the armor of light which is the character of Christ shine through us.Let the grace of God encompass us to fulfill another years journey without slumber.

Blessings,

Smitha Thomas.

 

 

 

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