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An Easter Gift for You

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the key to the Christian faith

Written by Joy on 05/04/2015
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Crucifixion, Easter, Jesus, Life, Resurrection
“Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live, ” John 11:25

During Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This event is the key to understanding the Christian faith. Without Easter morning, what Jesus taught and modeled would only bring us condemnation. “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” I Corinthians 15:17 Let’s learn more about the special Easter gift God has for you.

Love
At the time of Jesus’ coming, the Bible already had many detailed predictions about Jesus’ death on the cross. His own words in Matthew 12:40, Mark 8:31 and John 2:19-21 show He knowingly and willingly went to the cross. “No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily…” (John 10:18). His death was not by accident. It was not for His own glory. He died to rescue us from our sins. “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8)

Life
Easter is not just about the death of Jesus. His resurrection was a victory! Because He conquered death, we can be sure of the resurrection He promises for those who believe in Him. “‘Death is swallowed up in victory’…But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54,57). Jesus’ triumph over death keeps us from spending eternity separated from God.

Hope
Many religious leaders tell of various ways to reach heaven. Yet, no others have shown proof that theirs is the true way. “Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said…After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

Jesus predicted His own death and resurrection, and then he accomplished it. He also promised to prepare a place in heaven for all who believe in Him. (John 14:1-6) He Himself is the bridge to eternal life. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Will you accept this Easter Gift for yourself? Click here to accept God’s gift of eternal life.

Pray this week:

Thank you God for the gift of love you gave me through Jesus. I accept Jesus’ death as payment for my sins and I trust in the life and hope that Jesus offers.

Jesus is different than every other religious leader in history. How did Jesus predict his own death and resurrection? Connect with a caring Christian to find out.

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Recovering From Addiction

How far are you willing to go in destroying your life with an addiction?

Written by David on 28/03/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Repentance, Forgiveness, New Life, Restitution, Brokenness
If you have sinned, you should tell each other what you have done. Then you can pray for one another and be healed. The prayer of an innocent person is powerful, and it can help a lot.

James 5:16
The end of the line for an addicted person is a self-made prison with four walls — Terror, Confusion, Frustration and Despair. There seem to be no doors or windows, and fear fills your life as you see that you’ve embraced self-destruction of your own accord. There is no protection for what awaits you in the deepest, darkest, isolated, solitary moment of an out-of-control life of sin.

God’s Word is there to give you hope. But first there must be a "death:" “In the same way, you must think of yourselves as dead to the power of sin. But Christ Jesus has given life to you, and you live for God.” (Romans 6:11) This is because the hope is not found in yourself: “I know that my selfish desires won’t let me do anything that is good. Even when I want to do right, I cannot.” (Romans 7:18)

Apathy Gives the Enemy Power
Do you spend a daily time with the Lord? Make it a daily quest in your life. Many days I falter in this goal to be in the presence of the Lord through His Word. But I know that my mind, left to itself, will wander to a place of apathy. And I know where this leads: shame, anxiety and destruction. This is what the Bible calls evidence of the "natural man:" a sinful nature seeded in our heart. “More than anything else, a person's mind is evil and cannot be healed. No one truly understands it.” (Jeremiah 17:9)

Where are You Looking for Your Fulfillment?
King David allowed his own heart to wander. It threw him into the four-walled prison: Terror, Confusion, Frustration and Despair. “In the spring, when the kings normally went out to war, David sent out Joab, his servants, and all the Israelites. They destroyed the Ammonites and attacked the city of Rabbah. But David stayed in Jerusalem. One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of his palace. While he was on the roof, he saw a woman bathing. She was very beautiful.” (2 Samuel 11:1-2) King David should have been fighting alongside his men as other kings went out to war. Instead, he stayed behind, allowing his eyes and mind to wander and looking at the beautiful Bathsheba. He fixed his eyes and didn’t turn away. Acting against God’s will according to his own desires resulted in an unexpected sequence of events. His sinful thoughts and pattern of behavior led to a terrible outcome.

Hope is Found in Brokenness Before God
God searches the heart to find what is good in us. The good is what He has planted. It is a seed that yearns to have a true, authentic relationship with Him. You must have a broken spirit, as David eventually expressed: "I know about my sins, and I cannot forget my terrible guilt. You are really the one I have sinned against; I have disobeyed you and have done wrong. So it is right and fair for you to correct and punish me." (Psalm 51)

And Once You Have Confessed and Received His Restoration…
Focus on what is hopeful and favorable. “Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8) True faith continues to take God at His word. “If we are not faithful, he will still be faithful. Christ cannot deny who he is.” (2 Timothy 2:13)

This is the turning point of our conversion: repentance, total acceptance and submission to Him through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit living in us. In spite of this, it’s possible to wander in dissatisfaction, looking to fulfill our lives with worldly pleasures and worthless things. When we do this, we can quickly be distracted from God. Losing our perspective about what is important leaves us with emptiness. So the temporary pleasure ends with shame and self-destructive despair. It’s like falling on the sword of our own actions and desires.

The Path of Restoration for a Broken, Sinful Life
God is the answer for the broken hearted and sinful man. Addiction may have taken you to a place of desperation and even complete destruction of some things in your life. Remember that God is much bigger than any "hopeless" situation. Yet there has to be a complete turnaround. You must confess. Admit your sinful habits. Complete confession means confronting your ways from the moment they led you away from God all the way to the end. You need true, transparent, genuine repentance. God will forgive your sin if you confess. (1 John 1:7-10)

Pray this week:

Lord, keep me safe from the sinful ways of my heart. Fill my heart and mind with your thoughts and keep me in the path of righteousness. Create in me a pure heart and make my spirit right again. Amen

Your story could be complicated, like that of Zacchaeus. (Luke 19:1-10)

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While I Kept Partying, My Parents Kept Praying – Part 3: Profession of Faith

My transformational moment

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Salvation, Testimony
This article was written by Andrew Palau.

Six months after I read Say Yes! Dad invited me to a Palau outreach in Jamaica. While I had absolutely no interest in going to an evangelistic gathering, I reasoned, I love my folks. I love to travel. And I love to fish. And, then, to make the invitation even more enticing, it was freezing at the time where I lived (Boston). The thought of traveling to warm Jamaica was quite appealing.

I was 27 years old when I listened to Dad tell the Jamaican crowd about the difference that Jesus Christ makes in a life. I had heard that message hundreds of times before, but for the first time I sincerely wanted that difference. I made a profession of faith that day.

Despite my profession of faith and getting involved in Bible study, I did not feel a real sense of intimacy with the Lord. I’d ask Him, Why is this not working for me? I’m really sincere.

And then the Lord mercifully opened up my eyes to see what was keeping me from Him in an intimate way. I had never verbally confessed my sin. I just wanted it to go away. I finally apologized to my parents for the many ways that I had gone against not only their teaching, but also the Lord’s. It was a radical, 180-degree turnaround for me-a transformational moment.

What has happened in the last 14 years can only be attributed to the Lord’s amazing grace. I am following in Dad’s footsteps as a world evangelist and teacher. Me, the kid who once wanted the world much more than Jesus Christ.

Think about your moment of conversion – when you finally surrendered to God and His will for your life. What struggles did you experience in the days and weeks following? How did God gently draw you closer to Himself? 

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Why Am I Sick?

In many cases sickness has nothing to do with punishment for sin. In fact, God often uses suffering for His glory and our own good.

Written by Hope on 03/10/2015
Series: Weekly Devotional
“[The Lord] said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9a

What is your health like? Do you know that God loves you and can work in your life, even if you are suffering physically?

What You Might Have Heard
Many Christians have heard that sickness or illness is caused by your sin or weak faith. Under Old Testament Law, God promised the nation of Israel: “If you listen to [God’s] regulations and faithfully obey them,… the Lord will protect you from all sickness” (Deuteronomy 7:12, 15). But “if you refuse to listen to the Lord your God, all these curses will come and overwhelm you (Deuteronomy 28:15), including being afflicted “with diseases” (Deuteronomy 28:21). Does that still apply today?

Sickness Itself Is Not Evidence of A Curse
In many places, God’s Word gives hope to those suffering sickness. In John 9:1-3, Jesus Himself explained that a man’s infirmity was not a punishment: “As Jesus was walking along, He saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” His disciples asked Him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.”

God Uses Our Trials For His Glory
The Apostle Paul wrote much of the New Testament. Very few Christians have been used to bring God glory as much as God used Him. However, God allowed Paul to suffer, to have “a thorn in [his] flesh” which he repeatedly “begged the Lord to take away” (II Corinthians 12:7-8). The Lord did not answer Paul’s prayer with a “yes;” instead, God used this suffering for His glory, for Paul’s good, and for the building up of the Church.

You may discover that it is God’s will for you to endure illness. It is not His will for you to accept it passively, but to ask for recovery, even recruiting others to pray along with you. (See James 5:13-15) But even in the midst of sickness and suffering, we must continue to seek the Lord, for “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28). God can use any situation, any trials, any suffering for your good and for His glory.

Pray this week:

Dear Lord, no matter what, please help me submit to Your will, trusting You to work all things for my good and for Your glory. In Jesus’s Name, amen.

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Be Christ-inside Minded

…for ye are the temple of the living God; as God
hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them;
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people
(2 Corinthians 6:16
). 

God lives in you. You have to become
conscious of this. You’re the temple of the
living God; He’s made His home in you now. He no
longer dwells in earthly tabernacles. The day Jesus
was crucified was the day God left earthly temples.
While Jesus was on the cross, the Bible says there was
darkness in the earth for three hours. The rocks began
to split; the earth began to quake. The presence of God
had been in the Holy of Holies, separated from the
Holy Place with a thick curtain. But when Jesus said
on the cross, “It is finished,” that thick curtain was cut
from the top to the bottom, and the Holy of Holies
was opened, and the presence of God departed from
that temple.
This symbolizes that the most Holy Place is open
to everybody. Before then, only the High Priest could
go into that most Holy Place where the presence of
God was, and that He did once every year. But through
Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, the
Church was born. And then, the human body became
the living tabernacle of Almighty God. Today, everyone
who’s born again has become God’s dwelling place. 

Do you see why you ought never to be discouraged
or defeated in life? It’s because the greater One lives
in you. He lives in you in all His glory, majesty, power,
and dominion. No wonder the Word says though your
body may be dead because of sin, now that Christ
lives in you, He gives it life, because of righteousness
(Romans 8:10). In other words, Christ in you is your
healing and health. Christ in you is your prosperity and
assurance of a life full of glory and excellence. Have
this consciousness.
Colossians 1:26-27 says, “…To whom God would
make known what is the riches of the glory of this
mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you,
the hope of glory.” What God wanted before the
foundation of the world was for Christ to take up
His abode in the quarters of our hearts; and it has
happened. He’s not far away anymore; you don’t have
to seek or search for Him anywhere else; He lives in
you. Become “Christ-inside” minded.
Confession I’m the seed of Abraham and therefore an heir according to the promise. I belong to the wealthiest and most sublime family there is, and I walk in blessings untold. I’m empowered to prosper, and positioned to be fruitful and productive, glorifying God with my life, in the Name of Jesus. Amen

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You’re The Blessed Of The Lord

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings
in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
Notice the construction above; the Apostle
Paul wasn’t praying or making entreaties or
begging God for spiritual blessings, no! It’s an energetic
outburst of luxuriant, profuse, and exuberant worship.
He glorifies the Lord who has blessed us with all
spiritual blessings in the heavenly realms. He had the
mentality that he was already blessed with all spiritual
blessings that exist, and became poetic in praise. This
should be your testimony!
Be full of praise to God because there’s nothing
you don’t have, and there’s nothing you can’t do!
You’ve been endowed spiritually with all things, and
for all things. Why did Paul use the phrase “spiritual
blessings?” It’s because if you have the spiritual
blessings, then you have all earthly blessings, because
the spiritual gives birth to the physical. The lesser is
included in the greater.
This world came from the spirit realm. The Bible
says in the beginning, God created the heaven and the
earth (Genesis 1:1). God is a Spirit; so, the spirit-world
pre-existed the physical world. Therefore, the spiritual
blessings are greater than the physical blessings,
because they’re the ones that give rise to the physical blessings. So, there’s no need to beg God to bless you; instead, become exuberant with Him in praise for already blessing you with all spiritual blessings. He’s given you all things (1 Corinthians 3:21), and made you a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter1:4). He’s made you sufficient in His sufficiency; to be fruitful and productive in every good work. He’s given you His Spirit to lead and guide you in wisdom to fulfil your destiny in Him and be all that He’s ordained you to be. This should be your thinking, testimony, and
worship. Learn to say, “Blessed be God, who has blessed me in all things, and made me the testimony of His glory and revelation of His grace and righteousness.” You’re the blessed of the Lord, and not only that, you’re also the conveyor and vent of His blessings. 
Prayer
Dear heavenly Father, I worship
and extol your Majesty today,
for you’ve blessed me with
all spiritual blessings in the
heavenly realms in Christ.
I’m conscious that I’m the
conveyor of your blessings,
imparting my generation with
the blessings of your Kingdom,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

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The World Is Yours

Therefore, let no man glory in men. For all things are
yours (1 Corinthians 3:21).
Being born again, there’s a high calling upon
your life. Therefore, refuse to allow your virtual
circumstances make you think differently. Jesus said
you’re not of this world (John 15:19). He chose you out
of the masses; out of the world; you’re of a different
breed. You’re an heir of God, and a joint heir with
Christ, which simply means, you own the world.
The Bible says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and
the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell
therein” (Psalm 24:1). However, God willed the whole
world to Abraham through the covenant He made with
him and his seed. Galatians 3:16 says, “…to Abraham
and his seed were the promises made. He saith not,
And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy
seed, which is Christ.”
Therefore, God was looking beyond Abraham’s
physical descendant; He was looking at Christ.
Galatians 3:29 says, “…if ye be Christ’s, then are ye
Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
We’re the seed of Abraham and, by extension, the
possessors of all things. All the promises God made
to Abraham, by which he became the possessor of
all things are fulfilled in us! As a result, the Bible says,
“Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are
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2-YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN
Acts 17:16-34
Job 6-8
2 Corinthians
13:7-14
Isaiah 25
Confession
I’m a joint-heir with Christ and
the seed of Abraham; the world
belongs to me. I don’t lack any
good thing, because I’m an heir
of God, and a joint-heir with
Christ. I lay up gold as dust,
living in God’s superabundance,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Psalm 33:5; John 10:10 AMP; Galatians 3:29

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