DEATH AND EVIL EMOTIONS

Death is a sensitive  matter that brings about all sorts of negative evil emotions and disagreements due to accusations blaming others as their cause of a death. God said it’s appointed unto man to die and there is a time to die except unless one of those who will never see die in the Rapture. It clearly says in the Bible an average age of life is between 70 to 80 years although exceptions mean that some die younger and other people live hundreds of years. However awareness of existence of facts of life about death does not make death easier to accept, no matter how long the person lived. Even when a loved one is ill for many years there is expectation for recovery despite doctor’s prognosis. Letting go of loved ones is painful and soon turns to anger of feelings of being abandoned by loved ones. Soon anger turns to denial and the blame of anyone as cause of their death. Often accusations are levelled against a frontline staff for not trying harder to save loved ones despite the best medical resources. Relatives accuse and blame others for causing death through evil spirits using, sorcery, witchcraft and divinations charms, curses and spells. Often the shock caused by the death is compounded by financial demands imposed on relatives for a grand burial beyond their means and resources. The family is given a list of items to buy by the elders before burial takes place. The families compete for the corpse and the process of burial instead of unifying in grief for the sake of their loved ones. In some parts of the world burial is bigger than wedding so requires lots of money. And the sudden death burdens relatives obliged to provide coffin, food, clothing drinks accommodations for guests. This causes so much debt and puts pressure on families of the deceased because the resources are diverted for burial rather than investments into projects to help those alive. Fear of being haunted and punished by the deceased, if not buried properly or revenge for ” whoever” is responsible for the death becomes their obsession. Until the dead tells them who caused their death, a cloud of suspicion hangs around alleged suspects. They are often targeted and victimized, beaten, ostracised and in some cases killed to ensure that person does not kill more people. Thoughts and fears of potential deaths to be caused by a “perpetrator” drives the community to eliminate such an evil person from their midst. A closer look at alleged perpetrators involve the issue of land disputes envied prosperity and labelling them ritual killers for the material gain. Sudden change in wealth, buildings, or good fortune is thought to be the result of such killings. These are some reasons for delays for funerals for months or years until these issues are resolved. Grief and sorrow overshadow reality with strong desire to pin death on perpetrator for closure to project the pain and loss on them. People are fined, chased away from community banished for life so if anyone shows compassion to them are accused of being part of evil circle causing death. Adults or children are accused by the witchdoctors who fuel confusion by their condemnation of people targetted as perpetrator. Anger, and hatred causes bitterness, sickness, due to unforgiveness, fear and chaos as confusion in the family tarnishes many generations holding grudges by blaming members. An unforgiving person is very poor in spirit, suffers afflictions, many hardships, hypertension, pressure, lack of sleep, stress, exhaustion and serious depression, poor diet so low immunity. These affects quality of life made worse by the copius painkillers literally killing them. Challenges in life of the matured born-again child of God promotes them through furnance of faith to overcome in victory. What does not kill you makes you stronger so problem strengthen you for testimony to the Glory of God God gives solutions in Jesus Name to prove HIS miracle power is same yesterday, today and forever. Problems draw you closer to God to triump always. And we know nothing can separate us from the LOVE OF GOD including death. Personal neglect and the lack of drinking water causes dehydration and death. Do not seek evil sources of secret family idols in shrines through divination sacrifices or offerings on altars destroying people. Their potions, lotions, charms, rings and objects tie them to evil covenants killing them. God says MY people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. These professed Christian believers consult family idols as history reveals in covenant rituals for protection, power, childbirth, help sought for healing and material riches that ENSNARE family to evil spirits. So family members dedicated in the womb or after birth for life to witchdoctors to continue covenant bondage to powers of darkness yet confess to BELIEVE in God as Christians. Deep-rooted rituals secret rituals take place despite official church burials or business success. The family perform secret rituals involving witchdoctors in the name of culture. So these rituals require families paying the huge sums of money to witchdoctors for buying, cows, goats etc to pacify gods or idols from destroying more people. And sadly these rituals cause these divisions separating them from God depriving the family of joy, peace, love and unity. The family gets the worse problems because they held captive by dark powers. Some remain slaves to witchdoctors held in a spiritual captivity and the families takes loans to pay them. Younger generations have no idea of causes of evil challenges in their life as dedicated in the womb by rituals performed by these witchdoctors or herbalist. Fear of evil eyes of enemies reinforce greed of witch doctors fueling hatred among people seeking solutions to problems in time of need. Yet God the Giver of life warns about death as part of life to prepare to deal with death to cope better and to mourn with HOPE OF ASSURANCE OF ETERNAL LIFE IN THE RESURRECTION.

So it is important to remember children pick on these issues affecting by them if unresolved early. The child listens to various insinuations and made to take sides in such conflicts. Developing children who see physically and experience these matters need help to teach them the topic of death and loss sensitively in primary schools to fulfill section (a) of aims of the 1988 Education Reform Act to promote spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, physical development of pupils at school and of society. These issues must be addressed during Death Education in the home and by Teachers in their curriculum. Doctors also call for death education in schools to be taught in classroom to demystify death, ageing and dying. They need resiliency, more compassion positive proactive approach to death. Death Education in Schools is critically important to bring awareness for better understanding and for future generations. Afterlife has many beliefs so necessary to explain a human body is subject to change or decay over lifetime so demands better care of life to treat it as a precious priceless gift to treasure. Someone people think teaching death education in schools is too sensitive or inappropriate so might do the opposite of putting fear in them. Death education if discussed appropriately will not harm children but rather enhance knowledge and understand from the early years as young as three years if relatives died to help them express grief.

Teachers must be trained to handle the changes in children bereaved, the level of coursework, homework, studies and focus or concentrations. Schools must provide one-to-one counselling room for those children grieving to express the grief in private using Educational resources provided for schools, teachers to bring awareness. Healing takes years but a good enough starting point to help ease the pain. Relatives are traumatized after death and some think there is no light at the tunnel. Yet with the right support and compassion families will overcome death to find peace in the midst of adversity of death. Restoring hope after death or questions of cause of death can be dealt with by teacher in simple terms without indepth medical terms to help rather than confuse children. An expert paediatrician if required can be invited to guide children to express and write journals or scrapbook, drawings and to express grief after bereavement. Above all children need financial support, food and extra input into an academic work to catch up with loss of time away from school during such funerals. A conflict over the deceased loved ones seriously impacts children for the rest of live. So it is important to be careful what is said in front of them or listening nearby. The property and assets of a deceased is the major cause of divisions in the families. The family makes sacrifices to educate a deceased person so feels more entitled to their belongings. A wife and children are antagonized by deceased family for feeling cheated while deceased lived. So they are punished to pay for the costs of the burial for killing their only source of income. These issues must be addressed immediately to give scholarship to the children go continue their education. If not death of a parent ends education. Or death of adult breadwinner ends the well-being of elderly parents. Vitriol and rage caused by death means litigations in court drains limited resources. These parents need support too to help their children so both need encouragement. Life originates from God so not owned by anyone. Jesus said He gave His Life to overcome death so the sting of death is crushed by Jesus Christ’s resurrection power by raising from the grave. And so a believer in Jesus Christ is expected to live by God’s Biblical commands only. A secret ritual unseen or unknown to the pastor is SEEN BY GOD. All will be held accountable by God to give an account for their life and other people in their families. These are serious matters to reflect to make a right choice to please God. Living by God’s standard affects a family divided in their thoughts and the actions contrary to God’s WORDS. And it important to remember you come as an individual into this world and will face God as an individual on judgement day. Better to obey God than follow the men leading you into sin and destruction in the name of cultural belief. Despite all the punishment a deceased does not get out alive because of vengeance so does not really solve any problems. Believers can humbly share their faith from Bible in advance on God’s stance on the death and resurrection. Jesus guarantees joy and eternal life after death for a season so believers are assured of seeing loved ones again in the resurrection Rapture if a Christian believer. This means death is not the end families or loved ones, all will be reunited without pain, sorrow, grief, tears or crying anymore in perfect joy eternally. It’s important to EDUCATE people to understand CREATOR GOD’S words on burial and funerals. Excessive display of wealth to show off to others or pay money for journey or bury cars in graves with personal belongings are unbiblical. Worldly attitude to life seeps into church burial ceremonies despite Bible’s position th material goods does not constitute a man’s life. The worldly goods become completely useless in the afterlife and people must know this. The amount of money invested in death will change communities if it’s invested in a life of a deceased while alive. Believers must carefully pray and study word of God and seek deliverance from all these generational entanglements. Educated family members have an important role to play not to be deceived by envious evil people misleading them. God says in his words that where is no vision the people perish. The devil is a liar using deception to often manipulate illiterate family members without knowledge or understanding of medical biology, body chemistry, health and well-being. And so every death is placed on the targeted victim blamed or ostracised to ease the pain of death. Instead hatred breeds depression, low immunity, disease and heart attack, mental illness or madness. Unforgivingness over years destroys the health of people, as stated, hatred is the poison drank by a person expecting an enemy to die. It kills joy, causes misery and deep anger unleashed on innocent family members or colleagues. Endtime events are fast happening so this is time to ask GOD FOR HIS MERCY, GRACE, COMPASSION, FORGIVENESS, LOVE for yourself and your loved ones in Jesus Name. Jesus taught us to forgive and to receive Forgiveness from God so release people to God. Forgiveness does not mean you become best friend of enemy to hang out with them but it clears your heart from offending God and Jesus and grieving the Holy Spirit. The Bible says all sins will be forgiven except the sins against the Holy Spirit. Lifespan is the will of God so work with God and take of your body, Spirit and soul in Christ. 

 

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ALMIGHTY GOD IS SO GREAT

“You Are Great” is a Glorious song dedicated to God and Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s GREATNESS and AMAZING MARVELOUS WORKS given the Holy Spirit in Jesus Name through Steve Crown to Bless. Steve Crown is a Nigeria gospel music artiste based in Abuja. His music career soared after his first hit song “You are Great” took the market by storm. Steve Crown hails from Benue State and currently resides in the capital city of Nigeria Abuja. He sowed his first income to God so Steve Crown as a gospel artiste this hit song You Are Great, is one most Pentecostal Christians know. Steve Crown is also a  songwriter and true worshiper of God. And God’s Spirit upon his life ministers to many people including healings that happen through praise and worship of God. By the Grace of God Steve Crown Uche Okolo is a fast-rising Nigerian gospel minister, presently, shares the stage with many great Gospel musicians like Don Moen among others. Steve has won numerous awards including 2016 Gospel music of the year for the above song “YOU ARE GREAT” dedicated to the ALMIGHTY God and His Son Jesus. And Steve says no matter what you are going through GOD IS GREATER and will see you through it all in Jesus Name. Above all, Steve writes songs from God’s words in Bible. He used Jesus’ words in Bible that offence will abound in the last days if you PLEASE GOD AND WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH people will be offended. Steve takes inspiration from God’s majesty through his reverence for God by pondering on God’s marvelous works of miracles of hanging universe, firmaments, earth, space and heaven on air. Each working in sync as perfectly as God designed and performs functions as made to do. Steve says it was from his realisation of God’s Greatness that this song came about. This is encouraging to see young men especially passionately in love with God and hot for Jesus their first love. We give glory to God for their heart for God and pray that more young men and women and all people will be added daily by God’s increase through You Are Great reaching hearts changing lives in Jesus’ Name with thanks and Glory to God.

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THE NEW GLORIFIED BODIES

Glorified body of Jesus meets disciplesChristian believers in Christ in the grave wait for new glorified bodies like Jesus’ Resurrected body during Rapture. John 5:25 & 5:28 says a time will come dead in graves will hear shout and come out of the graves in first resurrection. Jesus’ Glorified body looks exactly as He lived so was seen and recognised, some touched His wounds and ate with Jesus on many occasions. Jesus went through the walls of a locked door of the Upper Room and interacted with people. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 says dead in Christ will rise first then we who are alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to heaven. During Rapture Bible says in a twinkle of an eye the dead will arise alive first and given new glorified body with those alive before ascending to heaven. God will revitalise dead human figures to resurrect and make them alive again. In Matthew 27:52-53, Jesus’ Resurrection manifested in graves opening and those buried came out of tombs alive. They came out of the graves and went into the HOLY CITY Jerusalem in Israel and appeared to many people. Godly bodies of many saints who died and decayed is clearly stated, came out of their graves alive, seen by many people. Matthew’s statement said those who came out of opened graves, who had been buried went out alive to visit their families and loved ones so lived again. Jesus’ death and Resurrection brought life as Ezekiel 37:1-14 miracle described in the valley of dry bones to prove RESURRECTION POWER of the Living God ALMIGHTY. In the same way, those who died in Christ will be resurrected in the Rapture alive into heaven. Glorified bodies like Jesus live on earth and heaven yet Rapture miracle sounds so impossible to some human minds, they say it will never happen. The thought of dead people coming alive again after so many years of passing as decayed bones is often dismissed. With GOD All Things ARE POSSIBLE as Jesus lives again after burial three days in the grave. Similarly resurrection of all dead in Christ will be happening during Rapture. When Jesus comes in the CLOUDS, Trumpet sounds and shout wakes the dead in Christ so they arise first to meet together with those alive in the air. The Rapture event is imminent but depends on God’s timing alone. Eventually when Rapture happens people will recognise loved ones and reunite as a family. The most important point is that God’s commands restores lives again. Numerous miracles of the dead raised to life is in Bible so all Christians in Christ will be resurrected in Rapture. As vision of Ezekiel 37:1-14 describes spiritual lives restored in the valley of dry bones so will Rapture be. It is significant and relevant to compare these processes described. Because they give insight to Rapture life resurrection although initially means nation restored to God. God will physically restore dead dry bones in Christ in graves in exactly the same way as dry bones in the valley. The Trumpet call sound heard from the four corners will bring dead back to life instantly like Ezekiel 37:1-14. Miracles of God often have precedence in Bible to encourage people to believe. The Spirit of God in mankind is eternal so never dies and this Spirit returns into dead people, wakes them up from death sleeplike coma alive. The vision shows life depends on God’s Power not on circumstances of the people. Putting “breath” of God’s Spirit into the bones shows God will restore them physically and spiritually. Those in Christ fulfill this prophecy with Israel when God will gather believers in Christ from all lands into heaven. Later Christ will return to establish His Millennial Kingdom in the land of Israel says Matthew 24:30–31. Human bodies as described in 1 Corinthians 15:42–53 are perishable, dishonourable and weak due to sin. Our glorified bodies will be imperishable, honourable and powerful. Our new bodies will be no longer mere “natural” bodies but “spiritual” bodies focussed on heavenly places, at one with Holy Spirit of God like Jesus’ Glorified body. Resurrection of Jesus guarantees us that physical death in a grave is not the end. The body sleeps but the spirit soul goes to the LORD God as Philippians 1:20-24 stated. Awake and sing who who dwell in dust for yout dew like dew of herbs and earth shall cast out dead says Isaiah 26:19. Lord Jesus returns in cloud with spirit soul to raise the body in glory and unite body with soul as one being to share His Glory forever.IMG-20180314-WA0005IMG_20180615_060104picture-201Is-the-Hope-of-Rapture-to-meet-Jesus-Christ-Achievable

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John 11:17-27 says Jesus is Resurrection and The Life 17 so Jesus found Lazarus was in the tomb four days. 18Bethany was near Jerusalem about two miles off 19 and many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.20 Martha heard Jesus was coming so went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 I know whatever You ask God HE will give You. 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”24 Martha said to Him, “I know he will rise in resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and all who live and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord I believe You are Christ, the Son of God who came to save the world.” Jesus wept, prayed and thanked God for hearing His request so said, “Lazarus, come out.” Immediately Lazarus walked out of the graves after he was buried four days. Events taking place in alignment with God’s plans are unfolding daily to prepare people to get ready for the Rapture. Only God knows exact day, hour or time but it is good to educate yourself and be in the know to make informed choice. It is written in Ezekiel 37:1-14 in the Bible describing detailed process God used to bring dry bones to life. The Hand of the LORD God came on Ezekiel in the Spirit of the LORD in the valley full of human bones. Ezekiel  was asked to cause dry bones to live again after all hope was lost. God asked Ezekiel, ‘Son of man, can these bones live? Ezekiel answered, “O Lord God, You know.” God said “Prophesy to these bones and say to them ‘dry bones hear the word of the Lord! The LORD God said speak to these bones, “Surely to cause breath to enter you to live. I AM will put sinews on you to bring flesh on you to cover you with skin and put breath in you and you will live. Then you will know I AM the LORD. Ezekiel prophesied as commanded and there was noise and suddenly a rattling and the bones came together bone to bone so sinews and flesh came on them and skin covered them but there was no breath in them. God said to Ezekiel, “Prophesy breath, prophesy, son of man and say to breath, ‘Thus says the LORD God, “Come from four winds, O breath and breathe on the slain that they will live.” And so Ezekiel prophesied as God commanded and breath came into them and they lived and stood on their feet as an exceedingly great army. So God said, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost and so are cut off! Prophesy the LORD God says, “O My people I will open your graves and you come up from your graves, and bring you into land of Israel. You will know I AM the LORD when I open your graves O My people to bring you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you and you will live and I will place you in your own land. Then you will know I AM the LORD and spoken it and performed it,” says the LORD.” This Spiritual change is seen in physical manifestation of nation of Israel and all the nations on earth are grafted in Christ through God’s Eternal covenant with Abraham. Just as a dead situations are restored to life so dead in Christ are restored to life in the Rapture as people believe. Some dead people are best preserved cardava seen waiting for resurrection if Godly believer in Christ. The body of a 2,000-year-old Chinese woman is most well-preserved mummy in the world. Xin Zhui died in 163 BC so found in 1971, her hair was intact, her skin was soft to the touch, and her veins still housed type-A blood.

Xin Zhui Mummy Under GlassMore than 2,000 years old, Xin Zhui, also known as Lady Dai, is a mummified woman of China’s Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) who still has her own hair, is soft to the touch, and has ligaments that still bend like a living person. She is widely recognized as the best-preserved human mummy in history.La-DoncellaThis 15-year-old girl’s remains frozen in cross-legged position until discovery in 1999. Another little girl’s corpse called the Sleeping Beauty rests in little glass coffin deep in the Capuchin Monk Catacombs of Italy. She breathed her last in 1920 and General Lombardo was so undone by grief he decided he would not part with his daughter’s remains no matter what it took. Result seen today in the world is little Rosalia’s corpse.Rosalia-LombardoUrna_amb_les_restes_de_Sta._Joaquima_al_Mas_Escorial_de_Vic,_24.08.2004stSeraphinIncorruptInterestingly some think there will be no Rapture because flesh and blood cannot dwell in God’s Kingdom. A new glorified body is given so it’s not just a mere flesh and blood anymore. A body is renewed without sickness or body limitations so life is restored in perfect image of God without sin. As Ezekiel’s Spiritual Gospel message came alive in the living history of Israel so Christian believers in Christ Rapture alive into heaven to escape GREAT TRIBULATIONS but God allows unbelievers to remain on earth according to their faith. Seek God in prayer to help you discern HIS SALVATION plan in Jesus Christ.

Some bodies are preserved naturally without any chemicals or herbs used like Egyptian mummies. Others were preserved in formalin to keep the body in good shape without decay. True life stories exist of some graves exhumed accidentally by builders, explorers or relocation of cemeteries to new burial grounds. And during such occasions caskets unsealed by nails or due to decay if nails open. Such preserved bodies look as if just freshly buried so do not decay. Totally decayed bodies turned to dust, partially decomposed flesh or bodies preserved intact in Christ in God to be resurrected. Jesus said some people will be approved by God into an eternal life even without knowing so in advance. Due to their Godly works were recognised and accepted by God. People will be surprised to see such dead arise in the first resurrection Rapture at a Trumpet call with shout in the twinkle of an eye into heaven when Jesus comes with their spirit in CLOUDS.

FOOLED BY FOOD LABELS?

We often think of food as healthy or unhealthy, good for you or bad. So the companies use this to their advantage in their branding and packaging, to give foods health haloes that suggest they are healthy, when the reality may be more complicated than that. Seducing claims such as ‘natural’ and ‘low fat’ lead many of us to overestimate how healthy a food is. It can also discourage us from reading the nutritional details on the back label.

What do labels really mean?

Organic: it’s easy to believe that ‘organic’ equals nutritious. But organic certification does not guarantee the nutritional quality of food – instead it states the production methods. A US study has suggested that when food is labelled ‘organic’, people tend to believe it contains fewer calories.

Superfood: the term ‘superfood’ has no regulatory approval and no accepted definition – it is more a marketing word than a health one. Regardless, it’s been shown to have a strong effect on consumers – 61 percent of us have bought something because it is labelled ‘superfood’, according to YouGov.

Low fat: ‘low fat’ doesn’t always equal healthy. In the UK this label means the product must have less than 3g of fat per 100g. But when producers take out fat they often pile in sugar. Studies have shown that a ‘low fat’ label can trick us into eating more.

Low sugar: similarly to the ‘low fat’ label, ‘low-sugar’ foods can be high in fat and calories. The ‘no added sugar’ label doesn’t guarantee a low sugar content. Companies use fruit juice concentrate as a sweetener, as it does not have to be labelled as ‘added sugar’, but it is essentially sugar.

Natural: this word evokes a sense of healthy, unprocessed food. The Food Standards Agency states that ‘natural’ should mean that the food is made up of ingredients produced by nature. Many contain chemicals renamed to be more appealing to consumers. ‘Carrot concentrate’, for example, is a highly processed ingredient that’s used as a yellow food colouring.

Labelling and digestion

When individuals think they have consumed more calories than they have, their bodies respond as if they have actually consumed more. In a 2011 study, milkshake was packaged in two different bottles. One was labelled ‘Sensishake’, claiming to be a low-calorie drink with 0 percent fat, no added sugar and 140 calories. The other labelled ‘Indulgence’ and advertised as a rich treat with 620 calories. Both drinks had 380 calories. The study measured the participants’ level of ghrelin, the ‘hunger hormone’, whose levels drop in the body after a big meal, signalling to your brain that you’re full. They drank ‘Indulgence’ milkshake and their ghrelin levels dropped three times than when they drank ‘Sensishake.’ The difference in ghrelin response is seen as consistent with what happens if the individuals really consumed drink with different calorie counts. The results are consistent with well-documented placebo effect.

Location, location, location

We are bad at estimating how many calories are in food, and labelling makes this even more difficult. It turns out location really is everything. Research suggests that when people eat at a fast food chain labelled ‘healthy’ (even if it isn’t), they greatly underestimate calories consumed compared to when they eat somewhere they believe to be ‘unhealthy.’ They may also order more side dishes, drinks and desserts when eating out somewhere ‘healthy’.

‘If I have a low-fat snack I can eat more of it’

If you have a salad for dinner, do you think you deserve a slice of chocolate cake? A front label only gives limited information and it’s important to read the ingredients list at the back. Even if you are trying to reduce the fat in your diet, eating foods with the fat swapped for sugar will not necessarily be better for you. A great way to eat better is to cook for yourself so you know exactly what you’re eating.

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TREASURE IN CLAY VESSELS

pottery-ceramicTreasures in clay earthware vessels hidden, priceless gem, preserved to encourage you to hold on, endure by faith Jesus Name.

A rock collector named Rob once went on a dig and found a rock he described as “purdy and big.” He tried unsuccessfully to sell it, and when that failed, he kept the rock in his closet in the dark. “We have treasure in earthen vessels, surpassing greatness of power and will of God not from ourselves but from God. Although afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed says .” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 in the Bible. Rob had guessed the blue chunk of rock could bring as much as $500, but he would have taken less if something urgent came up like paying his power bill. That’s how close he came to selling for a few hundred dollars what turned out to be the largest, most valuable sapphire ever found. The blue rock Rob Cutshaw had abandoned to the darkness of a closet two decades ago known as “The Star of David” sapphire weighs nearly a pound, and could easily sell for $2.75 million. How many have a treasure hidden in the darkness of our lives, unaware of its immense value? God wants nothing more than for you and me to have full access to all blessings and rewards He’s already laid aside for us to have.bIt’s easy to live life unaware that God has set aside this treasure to have. I can often live in desperation, wondering when I’m going to get a break, questioning when God’s going to finally come through. So, how do we discover this fantastic treasure and let God take care of our needs? Sometimes, for God to meet our need we first plant seed for others.7759295-handmade-clay-jars-characteristic-of-central-java-indonesia

Many years ago, our church ministry was about to be kicked out of a school where we’d been meeting for Sunday service. While we had no idea what would happen, we continued to teach the Word and take care of each other like brothers and sisters in Christ should. I was still at Dallas Seminary, and one day I walked by a staff member there who casually said to me, “Oh, by the way, did you know that that small church on Camp Wisdom Road is getting ready to move, and they’re looking to sell?” Before the year was done, we moved to our permanent church home. Because we stayed diligent in fulfilling our calling as a ministry, teaching the Word and caring for each other, God revealed a wonderful treasure that was mere blocks from the school we had been occupying. God has called you to a mighty work as well. The hardships we face can be distracting, even paralyzing sometimes. But God wants to know whether our focus is on Him or on our hardships. When we stay diligent with what He’s given us, God will fill us to overflowing with even more down the road. Consider this example. If you wanted to purchase a particular amount of rice, the person behind the counter would pour that rice into a measuring pot or scale of some kind. But they would not fill it to the precise measure straight away; they would only go three quarters of the way up and then shake the pot and press on the rice. The reason for shaking is to both level out the rice and fill in any gaps formed underneath. In other words, because of the shaking and the pressing, you get more rice. That’s what God can do in the midst of your trouble; He lets life press down so He can “fill in the gaps.” AsEarthen_Vessel_thumb[1] 2 Corinthians 4:8 reads, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing.” Most often, it’s in life’s darkness that God prepares us for His best. Lord, I ask You to give us peace, to weather the storms of life and relax in dark times, knowing You are with me. Fill me with a greater measure of Your courage, that I might stand boldly against the enemy’s attacks. Finally, I ask for patience as I wait for Your great treasures, both here and in the life to come. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Isaiah 33:6, “God is the stability of your times your wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the LORD is God Almighty’s treasure.”

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RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD

30133Hebrews 9:27 says it’s appointed once to die in Bible yet people live again after a clinical death resuscitation with proof of their confirmed death certificate. Some assume verse means mankind dies ONCE ONLY so never lives after death. Yet Scripture shows Jesus’ resurrection brought life after death and Jesus lives in heaven. Christ was sacrificed once to take away sin He will appear a second time in the CLOUDS in Rapture to bring salvation. Also other physical resurrections happened in life prior to Christ’s resurrection in the Old Testament showing a young boy died and was brought back to life by Elisha in 2 Kings 4:19-37. Another dead man was revived when his body touched the bones of prophet’s Elisha’s grave in 2 Kings 13:21. Individuals in Old and New Testament died but raised from death by Jesus and disciples. Many people were raised after Christ’s death, Resurrection God brought them back to life in Matthew 27:52-53, they went back to their homes, where many people saw them including their miracle experience for their relatives and friends reunions. The Bible account of these people God resurrected at Christ’s death eventually died again and their families buried them again. All other saints who died wait in graves to be resurrected to life in glorious spirit body. They did not die ‘once only’ but lived after resurrections and died second time later. They lived the rest of their resurrected physical lives and died again, buried, awaiting resurrection to spirit life upon return of Jesus Christ in Rapture. Proverbs 18:21 in Bible says death and life are in mouth so choose life. Those who do believe in Rapture of Daniel 12 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-53 go to God in heaven before the Great tribulation starts. The others stay asleep in grave until a thousand years after Millineal reign of Jesus and raised so their spirit soul after death does NOT go to heaven to be with God for saying Ecclesiastes 9:5 that dead know nothing. They quote John 3:13, none ascends into heaven only Jesus who came down from heaven or Jesus Christ referred to death as sleep in John 11:12-15. But Enoch and Elijah went ALIVE into heaven so those left behind’s flesh and spirit stay ASLEEP in grave. Those in God in Christ who believe in Rapture are resurrected by Jesus in Rapture alive into heaven.

Raised From Death in the Bible

People Raised From the Dead

The widow of Zarephath’s son was also raised from death. The prophet Elijah was at house of widow in Zarephath when the woman’s son died. She said Elijah brought God’s wrath for her sin.

She carried the boy into the upper room where he was staying, Elijah laid him on a bed and stretched himself on the body three times. He cried out to God for the boy’s life to return. God heard Elijah’s prayer and child’s came back to life and Elijah carried him downstairs. The woman declared prophet a true man of God and his words to be true in 1 King 17:17-24.

Shunammite Woman’s SonElisha Heals Shunammite Woman's Son

Elisha, the prophet stayed in the upper room of a couple in Shunem. He prayed for the woman to bear a son, and God answered. Several years later, the boy complained of a pain in his head then died. The woman went to Mount Carmel to Elisha, who sent his servant ahead, but the boy did not respond. Finally, Elisha went to see the dead boy. He cried out to the Lord and laid himself on the dead body,  mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. The boy’s body grew warm so he sneezed seven times and opened his eyes. Elisha presented the boy back to his mother, she fell and bowed to the ground in 2 Kings 4:18-37.

Resurrection of Israelite ManValley of Dry Bones

Elisha the prophet died and was buried in a tomb. Moabite raiders attacked the Israel in spring interrupting a funeral. Fearing for their own lives, the burial party quickly threw body into Elisha’s tomb. As soon as body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man came to life and stood up on his feet. This miracle was a resurrection from grave into a new life in 2 Kings 13:20–21.

Widow of Nain’s SonJesus raising the widow's son at Nain

In a village of Nain, Jesus and disciples encountered a funeral procession. Only son of a widow being buried. When Jesus saw her, his heart went out to her. He touched the bier that held the body so pall bearers stopped. When Jesus told the young man to get up, the son sat up and began talking. Jesus gave him back to his mother so people were astonished Praising God, they said, “A great prophet has appeared among us. God has come to help his people” in Luke 7:11–17.

Jairus’ DaughterJesus raised the dead daughter of Jairus

When Jesus was in Capernaum, Jairus, a leader in the synagogue, begged him to heal his 12-year-old daughter because she was dying. On the way, a messenger said not to bother because the girl had died. But Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; only believe, and your daughter will be healed.” Jesus arrived in a house to find mourners wailing outside. When he said she was not dead but sleeping, they laughed at him. Jesus went in, took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up.” Her spirit returned and she raised to life again. Jesus told parents to give her something to eat but not tell anyone what happened in Luke 8:49–56.

Lazarus was raised by Jesus Tomb of Lazarus

Jesus’ friend Lazarus was very sick so Martha and Mary sent for Jesus to come heal him in Bethany. Jesus delayed so He did not arrive before Lazarus died. Jesus stayed two more days but later arrived in Bethany when Lazarus had been in the tomb four days. Martha met them outside the village, where Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again. I am the resurrection and the life.” They approached the tomb Jesus wept. Jesus ordered the stone rolled away, saying, “Did I not tell you if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” Raising His eyes to heaven prayed aloud to Father God. He commanded Lazarus to come out and he did so walked out, wrapped in burial cloths in John 11:1-44.

Jesus Christ was raised ALIVEThe Resurrection of Jesus Christ

After mock trial Jesus was scourged and taken to Golgotha outside Jerusalem by Roman soldiers nailed Him to the Cross on Friday and His body was put in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. So tomb  was sealed and soldiers guarded place. Sunday morning, the stone was rolled awayand empty and angels said Jesus raised from the dead. He appeared first to Mary Magdalene and to his disciples plud many others around the city told in Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-21:25.

Saints in JerusalemResurrection

Jesus Christ died on cross as earthquake struck, breaking open many graves and tombs in Jerusalem. Jesus’ resurrection from death raised Godly people raised to life appeared to many in the city in Matthew 27:50-54.

Tabitha or Dorcas, Peter raisedPeter Raises Tabitha

Everyone in city of Joppa loved Tabitha. She was always doing good, helping the poor, and making garments for others. One day Tabitha named Dorcas in Greek grew sick and died. Women washed her body then placed it in an upstairs room. They sent for apostle Peter, who was in nearby Lydda sent all from room, Peter fell to his knees and prayed. He said to her, “Tabitha, get up.” She sat up and Peter gave her to friends alive. So many people believed in Jesus because of it in Acts 9:36-42.

Eutychus raised by Paul Paul raises Eutychus from death.

In a packed third story room in Troas a young man sitting on a window ledge fell to death during sermon by apostle Paul. Fell from the windowsill a young man Eutychus dozed off,falling out of the window to his death. Paul rushed outside and threw himself on lifeless body. Immediately Eutychus came back to life. Paul went back upstairs, broke bread, and ate, people saw Eutychus alive again in Acts 20:7–12. So many people in modern times are raised alive from the grave in many countries today. You tube videos record testimonies of millions of people raised from death all over the world. So Resurrection Spirit of God in Christ is still at work today in all countries because Jesus is the same Yesterday, today and forever. So people from all nations died more than once because Jesus tarried. Some will never die before Rapture if the CLOUDS takes place so Jesus comes sooner. No matter when Rapture takes place people alive will join those raised alive from graves.

hebrews-9-27-free-bible-verse-desktop-wallpapersScriptures is very clear out of soul body, buried goes to Heaven immediately if a believer or to hades or hell if not. When Lazarus died, the angels carried him to Abraham’s Bosom. He saw and talked to rich man across the Great Gulf and in torment and pain in eternal judgement in hell. In the Book of Revelation the souls of those killed during the 7 years of Jacob’s Trouble of Great Tribulation, were under the Altar of God in heaven talked to God and God talked to them. The asked how long was it going to be before God avenged their death and God replied they had to rest a little longer until others were slain as they were. They did not wait in a deep sleep in the grave. When the Rapture happens, Jesus will bring the souls of those who had died with Him and Jesus will call their glorified bodies up from the grave to reunite with their souls in the clouds. Those who are alive, will be translated like Enoch was in Genesis and join Jesus in the clouds. Scripture is clear on this so we should not contradict Word of God. All who believe death is ONCE ONLY remain asleep in graves on earth until the MILLENNIAL second resurrection of all dead after Jesus’ rule and Reign on earth. They do not believe God can take their Spirit soul to heaven so GOD let’s them remain asleep in the graves never enjoying joy of heaven as idea comforts loved ones to know dead person is still around just sleeping in a grave. This is in line with concept of those left behind on earth saying flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. They are left behind on earth as God grants them the permissive will belief because of not thinking God changes HIS mind at times in Scripture to rise or live after death. Hezekiah was appointed to die but he refused to die so God changed HIS mind and extended his life 15 years. As Jesus said later no man ascended into heaven in John 3:13 in a manner He did. Enoch went alive into heaven, Elijah went to heaven alive but not in the grand global style Jesus did as sent off by disciples on Mount Olives. The faithful Christians in Christ will be resurrected into spirit life by Christ as their First of the firstfruits in rapture. Saints whose body in graves AWAIT their resurrection 1 Corinthians 15:20 – 23 will go in the Rapture. Their Lord and Master Jesus built mansions for them to go into heaven before the GREAT TRIBULATIONS of mark of the beast starts. It is important to make up ones mind because whether you believe it or not Rapture will take place as days Noah’s family was saved in the flood. it is appointed unto man to die once Lot was saved in Sodom and Gomorrah from the fire so GREAT TRIBULATIONS of endtimes from the EARTHQUAKES and unseen evil is too unbearable. But those who prefer to stay left behind are allowed by God to do so. Both beliefs of two groups of Rapture and Left Behind are valid for its not exclusively only one correct answer. Jesus said two will be together and one will be taken but the is left behind. In maths correct answer is accepted as long as you can prove your method at arriving at the right answer. In the same way God let’s those whose standpoint in Bible agrees with Rapture point of view go to heaven and those who stand on a left behind perspective left on earth accordingly. Rapture is coming for those AWAITING Jesus in the CLOUDS but those who prefer SLEEP in graves will be left behind until after the 1000 years of Jesus Rule and reign. It is a choice of each person to decide if they prefer Rapture or want to stay asleep in the grave until after Jesus’ Millennial Resurrection of the dead for judgement. Those taken to God into heaven receive REWARDS for their service for God but others will stay asleep until after 1000 years rule of Jesus before being judged. So Bible says, according to your faith be it into you because God does not force people against their will to resurrect in glorified body to HIS physical Presence in heaven. SO UNLESS YOU BELIEVE IN THE RAPTURE YOU WILL NOT EXPERIENCE IT. The Resurrection of Jesus is different from all resurrections because Jesus’ resurrection is first “permanent” resurrection. All other resurrections in Bible were “temporary” so those raised to life died again Lazarus died twice but Jesus rose and never died again. This is why, He is firstfruits of all those “fallen asleep” in 1 Corinthians 15:20. Jesus’ resurrection justifies us in Romans 4:25 ensures eternal life because Jesus lives we will have eternal life in John 14:19. It is good to know death is not end of life so believers mourn with hope of eternal Resurrection in Christ Jesus. Father God our Comforter comforts through Holy Spirit to bear grief, sorrow for a season of crying and tears during passing into Glory. Yet we have full assurance loved ones will rise again in Christ’s Rapture and be reunited in the Presence of God in heaven. Then later dwell with God on earth physically when New Jerusalem comes down to Israel under Christ Jesus our KING of King’s rule forever. There will be no more tears, sorrow, pain or grief for God wipes all our tears away to live forevermore in Eternal joy. Death is painful yet we have hope of living again in joy in resurrection of Jesus Christ. Carletonville mortuary in South Africa where the woman was found aliveA South African woman was discovered alive in a morgue after being declared dead in a car crash. The woman was found breathing by mortuary technicians several hours after being certified dead by paramedics at scene of pile-up outside Carletonville, southwest of Johannesburg. We followed our procedures – we’ve got no idea how it happened,” Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick told AFP. The crew is absolutely devastated – we’re not in the business of declaring living people dead, we’re in the business of keeping people alive.”The unnamed woman from Gauteng “showed no signs of life” following the traffic accident in the early hours of 24 June, Mr Bradnick added. Carletonville mortuary in South Africa where the woman was found alive. She was found alive in morgue fridge many hours after the crash in which victims’ car rolled, throwing her out of vehicle. All the right checks were done: breathing, pulse so patient declared deceased, Mr Bradnick said. After being discovered alive, the woman taken to Carletonville hospital is now recovering. “Paramedics are trained to determine death, not life” a source at Carletonville mortuary told Sowetan newspaper. Other deaths came alive:-

Pastor Daniel Ekechukwu died and also came back to life in a basement room of a church at Reinhard Bonke crusade in Nigeria, Africa. By prayer and massage to soften dead body from rigor mortis suddenly Daniel sneezed and arose with a jump. Between 3:50 and 5:15 PM on Sunday, Daniel who died Friday night around 10:00 PM slowly became fully coherent over the next few hours. The video of his testimony is below to see. A report on the website of Christ for all Nations declares: Three days Daniel was in a mortuary, did not breathe, his heart stopped beating. In hot climate, without ice chamber was injected with chemical to keep back mortification. Corpse was carted around for hours, pulled about, and lay in airless narrow coffin hours completely dead with death certificate. This public event was demonstration of revival from death by God in Jesus Name through wife Nneka’s faith. Her incurable faith prevented Daniel’s burial to bring him because she was convinced God will bring him back to life. She said Reinhard Bonnke as a man of God in the atmosphere of faith he ministered, this miracle was possible. The faith of Nneka dictated the whole event and her faith was honoured by God. She stood on the word of God that women receive their dead alive in Bible. Pastor Ekechukwu shares his testimony of his story of what happened when he was in heaven and saw hell. Now Pastor Daniel’s message is repentance of the church to prepare the church to stand before Jesus, and many have indeed repented after hearing his testimony live in real holiness. Ministry of Reinhard Bonnke in Nigerian crusade and in all the world share his testimony on TV and travels to share testimony.

DEVIL HAS NOTHING IN ME

downloadJesus said, “the devil has nothing in me” in John 14:30 while chatting with His disciples. There is nothing in Jesus to connect the devil as point of contact because Christ has no sin in Him says John 18:38 so the devil has no power over Jesus. And the prince of this world has nothing in our Lord and Saviour Jesus for the devil was completely defeated in the temptation and departed from Jesus. So turned his attention to God’s Children to attempt to destroy and separate them from love of God. The devil does not want people to know about his plans to deceive or fool people that he is a murderer from the beginning. There is no truth in the devil so he lies and transforms himself into angel of light. And satan does not like God’s TRUTH so uses the workers of lawlessness in Matthew 7:22–23 to try to convince people to rebel against God. It is done in subtle ways with good motive ending badly in the long run. Since the beginning was thrown out from heaven so comes to cause havoc on earth. Many people are unaware of his strategies so do not realise his impact on their lives. They think they just have bad luck or a bad misfortune in life. However, there is a spirit at work through principalities and powers plus spiritual wickedness in high places. Strategy used is so effective and harmless but things later fall apart years later after the damage is done. At first things seem normal so do not think anything of the choices made. However with hindsight, the danger signs were there all along but not understood. The spirit at work is not realised until after people learn what is going on in their lives is discerned. The warning is given by Jesus to ensure His followers have nothing of the devil in them. So people have no idea the devil has anything in them because of how he is portrayed on TV, media, films and in the church.081005-john-14-1-31-28-728 Yet there is indirect effect through decisions made daily that can mean the devil has something in people. Through deception and promises of better life or enjoyment choices often made show consequences different from expectations. A careful look at life at a deeper level reveals the compromises made unawares. Example is seen in the restlessness and distress although doing the right thing. This is a direct result of unseen realms through supernatural understanding the mind’s eyes become opened to recognise God’s way. Once transferred from kingdom of darkness into God’s Glorious Kingdom of Light, one begins to ‘understand the reality of actions of the devil. Especially in a society that celebrates the devil as a harmless fun its implications are harder to comprehend. The devil is represented by serpents in physical, spiritual forms, shapes or types well-known globally. It is the symbol of Egyptian rulers who wore them in their golden emblems. The serpent is worshipped in temples and kept as magical protection alive in some homes. It is given to those seeking wealth through occulted means hoping to vomit money automatically as it is venerated. DNA blood incisions on body of cult members meeting annually reinforces satanic celebrations that God forbids. One major characteristic is the effects of spiritual attacks compounding the original problems seeking help with. While it seems as if childless couple has a baby after consulting shrine, there is a bizarre ritualistic taboo to observe for a survival of that baby. The rules are to be maintained throughout the life of such a baby by the parents who got help from a temple. The child is dedicated to a god for life together with their whole family who observe rituals in secret because a church will excommunicate and shun them if their secret deeds come to light. IMG_20180703_224623A child taken to both a shrine and God’s Church is baptised, confirmed and takes communion plus get married in church. So many people have this sort of history and over time when they no longer pay homage to shrines experience adversity without knowing why. Later some learn about their family and do deliverance by casting out demons from their lives. Fully become believers and devote lives exclusively to God seriously with total commitment to God. They break free without fear of the past because Jesus lives in them now so in Christ they live, and move and have their being. Jesus destroys all works of the devil in their lives and delivers them from all their destructions. Strong faith in God in Christ is absolutely the only way to ensure protection against an occult background. The ritual tokens including serpents must be gotten rid of by a deliverance pastor. Housecleaning of symbols, images or memories kept of serpent, shrine is burnt as Apostles did burning charms, magical books, rings in the book of Acts of the Apostles. Dreams are another source of serpent attacks to try to put fear into people at night. The delivered person has a nightmare dream of serpents always in different forms of threatening them or slathering nearby. Regularly dreaming of seeing serpents is signs of attacks to put fear, confusion, hopelessness into a person. The devil transforms as serpent triggers fear and put disease in a person by biting them or marries them, kissing them or surrounding them in dreams. It is a serious attack so break it because Jesus crushed the serpent under His feet in Jesus Name for all believers. Some do vomit things eaten, drunk or smeared on them for ‘protection.’ Fast and pray for God to rebuke satan from your right hand in Jesus Name. You must now be under new management of Jesus Christ by abiding in God in Christ Jesus. Your life must be hidden in Christ in God so the devil has to try to fight Christ in you.the-devil-s-got-nothing-on-me-my-friend Once you give your life to Christ with an access to all areas of your life, Jesus takes full control of your life and family. As you and your household serve God by abiding in Jesus and His Words in the Bible, the devil will run from you. The devil seeks those to destroy like roaring lion so does not access everyone. Total dedication to Jesus as your first love, hot on fire for God is important. Note that the more faithful you are serving God so is the devil drawn to strong believers to try to sabotage God’s Spirit at work in them.Whenever God’s Children meet the devil shows up to create mayhem to lure vulnerable ones. Abide in Jesus and let Jesus” Words abide in you so ask Jesus your desire to remove serpent from you so it is done for you in John 15:7. Pray to God in Jesus Name to take care of your life and come to God’s Throne boldly in Jesus Name through the Blood of Jesus. Knowing how to pray is a conversation with God to reveal HIS strategic secrets to you in advance through His words in the Bible. Abiding in God in Christ and His Word in us is a blessing to ask for what we desire in line with God’s word. Abiding in Jesus means that His desires become your desire so the devil has nothing in you. It is God’s will that all must have Spirit of God in them and to prophecy. Bible Scripture says pray directly to God’s Throne room according to Jeremiah 3:33. 1. Praise God. 2. Thank God. 3. Pray for forgiveness 4. Ask for God’s Blessing, Favour, Intervention, Healing and deliverance. 5. Intercede for others. Attend a Bible believing church to worship God called to be active participant member not merely an observer.  We can make a difference in Jesus Name and give Glory to God.