JESUS RISEN WITH THE DEAD

1555629384060-1313627143.jpgMatthew 27:51-53 says Jesus resurrected with Saints raised from death who came out of the graves and went to Holy City Jerusalem so appeared to many people. The Temple veil was torn, rocks split by earthquakes tombs opened many dead saints were raised from death. So they came out of graves as Christ was raised and went into Jerusalem so alive again.1555626585825-1635185667.jpgMatthew 27:51-53 is clear the dead were alive and so went home to their families seen by over 500 people. Some speculate they ascended into heaven like Jesus did after they were raised from death and seen after their appearances to many. A research of this true story does not talk about them anymore in the Bible after appearances during Jesus’ Resurrection. 1555626945722996338447.jpgThey symbolized and illustrated Christ’s victory over death to confirm God’s gift of the resurrection power of God. Christ defeated death and raised many people during his ministry. Victory over death is again revealed to prove to all that the dead in the grave for years came back to life as God promised will happen in resurrection of the dead for Rapture.1555629260277-160608383.jpgThey were alive not so like zombies or comatose walking dead but came back when the Spirit of life entered them to restore life. They were eating, drinking living normal lives like Jesus did after receiving His Glorified body in physical flesh on the earth. Bodily Resurrection is Life force restored to flesh, James 2:26 Resurrections in the Bible.1555627050162-1313627143.jpgThe Soul gets back into the body, 1 Kings 17:17-23 so the flesh is warmed again as seen in 2 Kings 4:32-35. The Resurrected speak, Luke 7:15 and bodily functions resumed in Luke 8:55; John 11:14, 17. A consciousness is regained in Acts 9:37 so life force is restored to a flesh in James 2:26. Resurrections in the Bible happen often through Jesus and His disciples. 1555627881500-1068246670.jpgThe Resurrection of the dead happens and is well documented in books, and you tube videos for testimonies to the GLORY of God. Again today in real life many churches witness resurrection all over the world of the dead as medically proven and certified dead by doctors. Some wake up in the mortuaries before burial or after in their graves still alive.wp-1555628187783..jpgJesus said the dead will arise so women received their dead back alive because though they died yet they shall live as Christ promised. The living in Luke 24:5 have physical bodies and Luke 24:36-43 says they are not invisible spirits ghosts but conscious, with cognitive physical activity. John 12:1-2 describe the human traits of those raised from the dead.1555627145304-860916511.jpgPeople were raised from death as an act of God’s mercy in Luke 7:12-13 provides confirming evidence of God’s POWER, presence and approval of life extended by the grace of God. Elijah as a prophet in 1 Kings 17:24 received God’s approval alive into God’s PRESENCE. Luke 7:16-17 is similar reason for Matthew 27:52-53 to prove God’s Authoriy over death. 1555627538404776795221.jpgProphets and Jesus already foretold that there will be resurrection here on earth for a reason. Resurrection accomplished increased faith in God’s Miracle POWER so many people believed in John 11:45; 12:10-11, 17-18; Acts 9:42 like Lazarus, Dorcas and saints of Matthew 27: 52-53 are favours of God miracle opportunity to Glorify God in Luke 7:15-16 proves Jesus True Witness Messiah Son of God.1555626657451-160608383.jpgLike Rapture resurrection of the dead to come to live in heaven they continued to live until eventually they died later. In 1 Corinthians 15:22 sees son lived in 1 Kings 17:22 so presented to his mother after raised from death. In Luke 7:15 Lazarus resumed his normal activities in John 12:1-2 they continued to live to ripe old age and succumbed to death.1555627968461990063215-1.jpg Ecclesiastics talks of mankind returned to dust and spirit returned to God after death. And Rapture says in the twinkle of an eye dematerialized body reformed instantly by the miracle POWER of God. It sounds illogical to human minds that a decayed body is restored with organs functions normally again. Supernatural things of God are beyond the analytical thinking process so is received by faith.1555628979164-1635185667.jpgAll in Christ will rise again in Rapture as the Saints did during the resurrection of Jesus. The Saints uplifted faith of those traumatized by Jesus death or suffering in state of fear for their lives. They had seen Jesus raise the dead but somehow could not understand Jesus telling them if his death and resurrection. So miracle helped to assure them of Eternal life in Christ in God’s Kingdom ruled by Jesus.1555630008624-1313627143.jpg1555629650846-1635185667.jpg1555740335876-160608383.jpg1555790225873-160608383.jpgEzekiel predicts the coalition union of return of two nations Israel and Judah in verses 15-22 by two sticks tied. This is symbolic of uniting of Jews and Gentiles in Christ and His Church. The prophet foretells the Kingdom of God in Christ to be set up in Israel and God’s Sanctuary to Glorify and worship God by His Grace in verses 23-28 to fulfill God’s Covenant.IMG_20190420_160925.jpg1555740700579-1313627143.jpgThose resurrected went to their homes in Matthew 27:53 appeared and then ascended into God’s PRESENCE later in paradise. This shows the sting of death had been taken away so lived out their physical lives and died like others raised but Jesus is the exception. In Acts 2:24; Colossians 1:18; Revelations 1:18 Jesus will resurrect the dead bodies in Christ in 1 Corinthians 15:22 together with those alive in Rapture to heaven.1555742807541-1635185667.jpgThe powers and authorities misjudged Jesus and thought killing Him will end the Kingdom of God. The lesson is Christ has Power over physical and spiritual death in John 11:25-26. Christ Jesus is real so have faith in Him and in His Power over death. Revelations 1: 18 says the dead in Chrit will experience first bodily resurrection in Rapture as John 5:28-29 confirms, live forever in eternal life with God, Jesus and family. 1555629445884-860916511.jpgResurrection stops death due to sins of Adam and Eve’s DNA passed into many generations after thousands of years so erased by the Blood of Jesus. In Christ is eternal life of Colossians 2 :12-13 and in Romans 6:4-6. Christ’s Power over both the physical and spiritual death is seen in John 11:25-26 to restore mankind to God. Through Role Model Jesus, nation of Israel returns to God in a life Eternal through Jesus Christ’s Power of defeat over death to live forever in Victory.

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JESUS DIED YET LIVES AGAIN

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JESUS’ GIFT HEART OF FLESH

Ezekiel 11:19-20 Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh and give them heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their Elohim. Scripture helps us to establish faith to understand the righteous standard of God and hear the Word as doers. Yet remembering to focus on the Word of God is a challenge in a too much information highway life. But it means diligently study His Face to deliver us from slavery of sin. The Holy Spirit implants in our new hearts God’s living sermon making us Ambassadors of Christ representing Kingdom of God in our heart to world. The distractions of life and difficulties of everyday life cause the word of God to drift from our minds and hearts if we are not alert. 1551789664406220201285.jpgA season of hardships becomes times of trials testing our faith in God to remain Faithful in adversity. Often people say ” do not lose heart” meaning confidence in God can be shaken by circumstances of life. Though shaken but not stirred by fear to give up on God. That is the time to run to God to embrace His Love more than ever before. Feeding our mind and Spirit with encouraging words of God builds up faith to be strong in the LORD and to live in the POWER of HIS MIGHT. Jesus literally carries us in His footsteps when heavily weighed down. The Holy Spirit hears our groanings so takes over to intercede with Jesus on our behalf to God. Jesus is anointed by God to heal all the broken-hearted people hurt, abused offended, disappointed in the Church. It is the Holy Spirit that brings the comfort and healing into damaged hearts. Many trials and traumas have caused pain in our hearts but Jesus can heal us if we let Him. We are not to depend, rely on our own minds because the Bible warns us not to lean on our own understanding. 1551766194019918402347.jpgA perfect time to examine your spiritual health and recalibrate your heart is use a safe facility centre to reflect on your life. Personal revival is the key to open your heart and soul to Jesus away from a busy world distractions. Tough times affects focus not to remember Goodness of God. Issues of life become bigger than they are so we need places of retreat to regenerate recharge our life batteries. A Sanctuary away from rat race becomes useful time to reflect, seek help from the trained counsellors if necessary. Others take time out from hustle bustle of work life to think through circumstances and make better choices and decisions. This helps a person recover from emotional, physical or psychological traumas. And a choice to seek help may depend on the resources and funding available to each person. The heart is subject to change of experiences encountered and personal attitude towards life. Believe in God and confidence in HIS Words feeds the mind and Spirit with soul food. It is essential to treat emotional and physical heart as the effects of trauma can affect both if a person is predisposed to any symptoms. The spiritual heart requires the regular check up with the word of God to keep fit as part of an emotional exercise.         IMG-20190305-WA0001.jpg1551728664165671369936.jpgThe believing heart is softened towards God and His Words but message of the Cross is foolishness to those perishing. A foolish man says there is no God is what the Bible says. Without a heart for God in Christ it is hard to believe in God. The heart is exposed to many different ideas and adverts so it can make it difficult to know what to believe. The manual for life is the Bible to guide us to know how to respond to circumstances in life. The human heart is deceitful and can be evil without knowledge and understanding from God. And going to Church does not a person a believer just as if sleeping in garage does not make you a car. This is why we guard our hearts from what we hear, see or watch. World events impact thought process stored in subconscious mind. The heart replays and relays such ideas to the mind to filter and to express how we feel about situations in life. The processes happens so automatically we may not realise it’s happening. We are to guard our hearts because out of the heart proceeds evil. Jesus said that what proceeds from the heart defiles the man so be careful what you store in mind or your heart. God over rules the heart to direct and control when necessary but gives freewill choice to make decisions.15517705818061171033568.jpg15517713910371171033568.jpgA heart of a king is in the hands of God says Proverbs 21:1 to be turned where God wants to turn it to do HIS bidding. Proverbs 21:1 says the king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD like the rivers of water turns when HE WILLS. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened to accomplish God’s purpose in Egypt for the Exodus. So the rebellious heart becomes insensitive to the Spirit and Word of God until there is a time God is forced to intervene. As the end time events happen its important to call upon God for HIS Grace, Mercy and Compassion. All need Jesus now more than ever before to Remind God of HIS Promises to give HIM no rest for HIS ANSWERS to prayer to restore or bring changes in the world. At times God’s Grace seems delayed than expected but it does not mean its forgotten. Timing is necessary to know that the anticipated expectations are from God according to HIS plans and purposes for our lives. At times our thoughts are not in line with desires of our hearts. God’s thoughts are Higher than our thoughts and the plans or purposes of our hearts. 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MOTHERING DAY’S FLOWERS

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ACTION FAITH & GOD WORKS

1551352632924-645837703.jpgFaith does the works of God in practical ways by applying theology to help others. And Jesus said whoever feeds or gives a coat, provides shelter or gives drink to the least in His Name is a sheep in His Kingdom. Faith in action works if the gospel preached with loving care to the people. Some think doing works of God earns ‘salvation’ some believers do not show kindness, compassion for fear of displeasing God become Scrooge. Justify lack of compassion by excuse is “works” but is this thinking correct? God commands farmers to leave edges of harvest for the poor and travellers to collect and eat for free. Other people help by donating to charity for good causes. But debate comes up because generosity to the stranger or others seen as lazy parasite. Some use excuse of sponsoring bad habit substance abuse, addiction to alcohol or drugs as reasons not to give. 1551352500856-1051422665.jpgSituations of the homeless approaching others for help is considered an offence to beg so most turn to other ways to get funds but risk their lives. Many people refuse to give them support except to help themselves. In Bible on numerous occasions Jesus preached and taught the multitudes, He fed them. As gap widens between rich and the poor qualified but unemployed without wages on the zero hour contract life is difficult for them. Some are trained as back up emergency stand by staff to fill in for absent staff on vacation, sick or on maternity leave. Tied to company, cannot seek other jobs in the interim, with bills to pay and rent arrears while employers raise their own salaries and bonuses. So the question is how to reach out to help others without judging them. This debate between faith as God works of salvation and salvation based on faith alone exists for centuries.1551353502361-1148304073.jpgThe Bible speaks volumes on this topic of salvation good works. Interpretation or proper understanding these passages is vital to our relationship with the Lord and relationship with others. Search for answers to this question in God’s Word says “Know, O foolish man faith without works is dead. Abraham our father was justified by faith works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar. So faith works together with GOD WORKS by works so faith is made perfect. A man is justified by works not by faith only says James 2:20, 22, 24.” Passage in James 2 proves faith alone is not good enough; we must demonstrate good works of salvation. It seems James is not teaching as Paul said salvation of faith alone in Romans 5:1. 1551352225546-1871068647.jpgTime and time again, Paul says works cannot save but faith is knowing Lord Jesus as our Saviour. “For by Grace you are saved through faith not yourselves; so the GIFT of God not by works so none should boast in Ephesians 2:8-9.” James 2 in full context, is not telling us to earn salvation but confirms that good works helps prove we are really true believers. “Faith by itself works is dead. Show me faith without works and I will show you faith by works in James 2:17-18.” When we accept Christ as our Saviour, there is immediate change. A sinner is immediately forgiven, washed clean of sin and restored to a right relationship with the Lord. No fear of consequences of sin because fully justified in His eyes; covered by the blood of Jesus Christ and His SACRIFICE on the cross. The old self dies to become a new creation says 2 Corinthians 5;17.1551352378675-1148304073.jpg15513524560901901586626.jpgWe are sanctified by blood of Jesus daily by process of constant learning to grow on faith journey. Cultivating the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 in serving God. And 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 reveals the intricacy of Body of Christ working together by love to bring Him Glory and share His Love and Truth in the world. Kindness, compassion and our love to others promotes work based salvation. Jesus moved with compassion in His ministry by His example so expects His followers to do so. Matthew 9:36; 14:14; Philippians 2:1-8; Ephesians 4:32 says be kind and loving to others as Jesus did to those around Him and even those who hated Him. Help and serve others but be not absorbed in works with improper motive. Not a people-pleaser by nature constantly looking for others to praise for good things done to get rewards. 1551352589680-1991211124.jpgJesus sees through ego or pride to earn His good favour by doing good things to others. Developing fruits of kindness and love is Godly works in life. Keeping the heart in check to ensure right motives to serve others. Knowing these things helps to save us so extremely important. The rich man in Bible missed heaven for mistreating Lazarus. God discerns the intentions of the heart and readily help us approach HIM in humility with desire to grow in faith. By our love others know we are Christians as the words of John 13:35 show, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” It is a great reminder of the responsibility to love others the way God LOVES us. God is LOVE so whoever lives in love lives in God and God in them …We love because Jesus first Loved us,” in 1 John 4:16, 19. 1551353298802-1148304073.jpgGod’s LOVE is unconditional, endless so let’s rest in God’s amazing LOVE and extend love to our spouses, kids, friends and strangers in need of kind words or help.  In Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and Earth shall pass away but MY WORDS Shall Not pass away. Psalms 119:11, “YOUR WORD I have I hidden in my heart so I will not sin against God and Joseph refused to sin against God. In Psalms 12:6, “The WORDS of the LORD are Pure Words, as silver is tried in furnace of Earth is Purified Seven Times.”Psalms 19:14 says “Let the WORDS of our mouth meditations of our Heart be acceptable in YOUR Sight O LORD Our Strength, and OUR Redeemer in Jesus Name. And Psalms 119:105 says “YOUR WORD is a Lamp unto my feet and Light to my Path!!! THANK YOU OUR FATHER LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. Thank you Son Lord Jesus and thank you Holy Spirit in helping us to love another in Jesus Name. 

LYRICS

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, And we pray that our unity will one day be restored And they’ll know we are Christians by our love by our love Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love
We will work with each other, we will work side by side We will work with each other we will work side by side And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.
Songwriter: Peter Scholtes
They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love lyrics © Music Services, Inc