What do you Imagine?


Ephesians 4: 20-21

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”                   Ephesians 4:20-21

I recently visited a nail salon where the décor was a dark purple and the wall decked a sugar skull, and a picture of John Lennon with the phrase, “a dreamer”from his still popular song; Imagine. There were other earthy items, but it was those two images with emphasis on that particular song which really got my attention because I believe they speak volumes of what many believe today. The beginning of the song (Imagine) begins with these lyrics:
Imagine there is no heaven, it’s easy if you try, no hell below us, above us only sky.”

But the next lyric in this song explains why an unbeliever would want to imagine no heaven or a hell because there would be no God or accountability, just living for today:
Imagine all the people living for today”: The unbeliever says in his heart, “let us eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow I may die.”
(1 Corinthians 15:22, Luke 12:19,Isaiah 56:12, Psalm 14:1)

Lennon’s song goes on to suggest, it is countries, possessions and religion which separates us and prevents mankind from experiencing peace and becoming one.

But the heart of man is deceitful above all things and it is not in his heart to do good but to do what he desires at the expense of others. God’s way is to know the way of loving one another through the regeneration of the heart which receives God’s Truth. (Jeremiah 17:9, John 3:3, 2 Corinthians 15:17)

The Truth is that we sin and deserve the punishment of our sins. This is God’s justice. God’s love and mercy and grace is that He sent His Son, Who knew no sin to take on the punishment for the sins of the world. Those who confess they sin and need a Savior, discover the solution to their sin nature is found through faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore , they no longer want to sin and are changed, born again and start anew in the Kingdom of God where they have abundant living and experience eternal life. (John 3, John 10:10)

John Lennon dreamed there is nothing to kill or die for. But God so loved the world He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son to die for the forgiveness of all our sins and to save us from the wrath of God’s eternal judgment to come. If there is nothing worthy to die for there is nothing worthy to live for. Everything then is of no good or bad consequence. Life is lived in vain. (John 3:16, Romans 10:8-9, Ephesians 1:13)

“The attitude seems to be that if only we could remove God from the equation, then everyone would be not only good but better than ever.” Ben Carson

Jesus said, He goes to prepare a place for those who have come to believe in His great salvation. Where He is , they who believe, will be there also , for eternity. (Hebrews 2:2-3,Luke 23:42-43,John 14:3)

I can Only Imagine what Eternal life with Christ will be.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Resources:

– “Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk”            by Ben Carson

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Exposing the Third Eye


Gods Eye is Upon Us

 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8

 “The third eye is a spiritual concept associated with enlightenment and direct communication with a higher plane of existence.” Wikipedia

Communication with what? How dangerous is that?

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
Jeremiah 17:9

God Consciousness vs. The pursuit of  opening the third eye to “Nothingness”

There is no such thing as a third eye but rather a false pursuit of “spirit consciousness”.

Recently, I’ve been aware of another spiritual deception called the “Opening of the Third Eye”. Many westerners are being introduced to this through the practice of spiritual meditation sometimes accompanied by Yoga. Yoga is often introduced as a form of exercise for strengthening the muscles through stretches  accompanied with spiritual meditation which is an eastern religious practice. http://www.yogabasics.com/learn/philosophy-of-yoga/

Counterfeit vs the Truth

Satan is aware of the “God Consciousness” in every human being. He is determined to deflect from the reality of God’s existence by filling the spiritual void within us. It is God’s plan to reveal Himself, it is satan’s plan to camouflage His truth with a blurred and distorted vision or counterfeit of Who God is and His relationship to mankind. (John 8:44)

Counterfeit: “That which is made in imitation of something, with a view to deceive by passing the false for the true; as, the bank note was a counterfeit.” (Bible Hub)

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:4

“Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

New Age Spiritualism
The quest for spiritual awareness is associated with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sufism mysticism and the “New Age” phenomenon which incorporates all spirituality.  It is a deception which promises knowledge of “self” and becoming one with the Universe while making void the existence of a personal God. But God’s existence is manifested in His creation, His Word and in His Son.

 Proof of God’s Existence and Love

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Romans 1:18-20

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:16-18

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

God has a purpose and a plan for Our Life

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11


“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;

And in Your book were all written

The days that were ordained for me,

When as yet there was not one of them.”

Psalm 139:16

 

The Divine Truth and Satan’s Counterfeit

With every “Divine Truth”, Satan seeks to produce an attractive counterfeit or lie. The centrality of opening one’s third eye, is pursuing the “I am” or “self” by experiencing “Nothingness”. How absurd! It’s also a journey which gives no guarantee of what you will find. So how do you pursue that which you do not understand and ultimately accomplishes nothing but a fixation on self. How dangerous is that?

 The Truth: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:27-28

Pathway to Death: “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” Proverbs 14:12
Pathway to Life: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

“I am”: God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites:
‘I AM has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:14
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, “I am”.”  John 8:58

The Truth: Mankind was created in the image of God (male and female) and in the pursuit of God, mankind (male and female)discovers who they are in relationship to their CREATOR.
(Exodus 3:14, John 8:58, Hebrews 2:5-9, Jeremiah 29:11-14,Genesis 1:26-27)

Seek God for Yourself: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

The Pursuit of Self

But to pursue oneself is to pursue the deception which caused Satan to fall and tempted Eve and all mankind to rebel against God; opening their eyes to self-centerness instead of choosing to trust God.
(Genesis 3:1-7, John 3:16, 2 Timothy 3: 1-5)

The Lie: By getting in touch with one’s inner self- a whole world opens up where one can somehow, by opening the inner spiritual eye, through exercises of meditations, visualizations and oneness with nature, achieve inner wisdom and knowledge which leads to perceptions beyond one’s physical eye.

The Truth: “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-18

So, who is behind this promise of wisdom in the pursuit of opening one’s spiritual eye?

It goes back to the very beginning when mankind first believed the lie:

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5

Only God Can Open Our Spiritual Eyes

It’s a false deceptive narcissistic concept originating with the counterfeits of Satan, propagating the notion that through transcending physical awareness, it is possible to transform oneself into a holistic human being and discover one’s true self. But God’s Word tells us only through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ can our eyes be open to the Truth of who God is and our purpose in life:

“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1 18-19

“To open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’ Acts 26:18

“You will open the eyes of the blind. You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.” Isaiah 42:7

Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord
Testimony of a Child Who is Blind yet Sees

God is not in everything but has created everything for His divine purpose:

Metaphor of the Rebirth
Just as a caterpillar is designed and predestined to conform and change into a new creature, those who come to trust God having faith in Jesus Christ, are circumcised of the flesh, “born again” with God’s divine nature through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit; Whose work is to sanctify our spirit, guide us in His ways, conforming us ultimately into His image and upon His completed work, we will see Him as He is.
(2 Corinthians 5:17, John 3, Romans 8:29-30, Philippians 1:6)

“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.”
1 John 3:2

The Pathway to Life

The most menacing element of the delusion of the “third eye”; it makes void of God the creator and His sovereignty in the affairs of mankind.  With the rejection of the existence of a God who is Good, as revealed in His Word, everything in contrast to the Truth seeks to enter in. These are demonic beings who lead the pursuer of self, astray. But through faith in Jesus Christ, whom God has sent to reveal His divine nature and procure our salvation, we can know the Truth and the Way to eternal life. By receiving and believing this truth, we are then sealed with God’s Holy Spirit, the guarantee of our salvation and eternal life. Once a believer is sealed, the lies of Satan can never persuade.  Other pathways lead to eternal darkness, judgment, torment and destruction, but God has provided the way, the only pathway to Himself through faith in Jesus Christ.
(Proverbs 14:12, John 14:6, Ephesians 1:13, Romans 10:8-13, Romans 1:16 )

 

If we seek a pathway to ourselves, we are left with the emptiness of self. Nothing can satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst; our most basic spiritual needs, but God.
(Jeremiah 2:13, John 4:10-14, John 7:37)

Guided in Truth

We were made in the image of God, but because of sin; which is rebellion against God, we were separated from Him, and instead of being guided by God, we sought to live a life apart from Him, which means death, because there is no life apart from the presence of the One Who is Life and gives it.
(Genesis 2:7, John 20:22, Ephesians 2: 1-2)

Jesus is God manifested in the flesh

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5

God Watches over those Who Believe

God has His eye (divine guidance) on those who love Him and through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, have received His Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is by faith in His Son, believing His Word, we are guided into all Truth. There is only One Truth concerning Life and only Jesus Christ has revealed it through His death and resurrection.
(John 3:16, John 14:6, John 14:26, John 10:28-30, Romans 10: 8-13)

The Apple of His Eye

Those who love God and have faith in His salvation through Jesus Christ become the Apple of His Eye. And His teachings become the Apple of the eyes of those whose eyes have been opened to the TRUTH, becoming One with God and one another.
( Psalm 17:8, Proverbs 7:2, Zechariah 2:8, John 17:21)

“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” Job 42:5

“Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

Believing in Jesus Christ Opens Our Eyes

If we acknowledge our sins and are sorry and repent, then we make ourselves ready to receive the Truth about Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. God is Holy, and only those who repent of their sins and confess Christ as Savor are forgiven. We can not make ourselves perfect or worthy of His love, He gives it freely (unconditionally) through believing in His Son, Jesus Christ who was crucified and punished for our sins, and was raised from the dead to demonstrate His power over death and the gift of eternal life. For there is no greater love, than to lay down your life for another.
(Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 10:8-13, John 9:25)

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

 Merchandise of the Deceivers

If it is our aim to seek after ourselves rather than seeking God, our creator, Whom the Word has revealed, we leave ourselves wide open to deception and make ourselves merchandise of false prophets. Those who are in Christ have no part in darkness.
(2 Corinthians 4:4, 1 Timothy 6:9-10, Ephesians 5:11)

 

Deceptive Practices, False Prophets and Profits
“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” 1 John 4:1

 
Isis Store

 Isis, a New Age shop named after the Ancient Egyptian goddess that is located in St Albans, southern England.

 False Prophets

“But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves.  Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.” 2 Peter 2:1-3

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3 :1-5

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12

 Spiritual Guides vs The Holy Spirit

Spiritual Guides: (counterfeit): in the process of “opening the third eye” the seeker is told to get the assistance of a spiritual guide to reach this higher spiritual plane. These are supposedly, human gurus or spirit guides channeled through meditation. This is satan’s counterfeit to God’s Holy Spirit (Truth)

Holy Spirit (Truth)“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17

“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit – just as it has taught you, remain in him.” 1 John 2:27

Counterfeit Tools and God’s Truth

 Visualization (Counterfeit): Is imagining what you desire to bring into existence. This is counterfeit to what Christ gives us when we come to believe in Him as our personal Savior which is “Faith” and trust in Jesus Christ and His Word – (Hebrews 11:1, Mark 11:24, Psalm 37:4-11)

Faith (Truth): “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Assurance of Salvation (Truth):
 “But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10”8-13

Prayer (Truth): “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  Mark 11:24

Meditation (Counterfeit)– “Meditation can be defined as a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.” Wikipedia

Meditating on Jesus Christ and His Word (Truth): But God has told us to meditate not on an object, but the person, Jesus Christ revealed through His Word ( Bible). He also tells us to think on things that are worthy of our attention which produces faith and hope.

I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word. Psalm 119:15-16

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8

Seeking after God’s Wisdom

And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Job 28:28

Jesus Christ is Real:
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.  The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.  We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
We write this to make our joy complete”. 1 John 1: 1-4

Only Jesus Christ Can Open Our Eyes to the Truth

Dear Ones, if you acknowledge you sin, and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you, believing Jesus Christ was crucified and took on the punishment for your sins, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you have past from death to life and will be saved from the wrath of God and experience eternal life. His Spirit will dwell within you guiding you and teaching you all you need to know until His coming.
(Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Corinthians 15: 51-58)

“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:30-32

 Resources

https://www.gotquestions.org/sixth-sense-third-eye.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Age

Bible Hub: biblehub.com

 

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Sharing the Fruit of My Trials


pearl

1 Peter 1: 3-9, 1 Peter 4: 12-19 Matthew 13:46

heart-turquoise-howlite“If you have placed your faith in God’s grace for salvation through Jesus Christ be Encouraged.”

(1 Thessalonians 3:2-3)

heart-turquoise-howlite“The Lord, He is Good. His dealings towards you are always Purposeful , Compassionate, Producing Eternal Fruit.”

 (Romans 8:28, Hebrews 12: 5-6, Jeremiah 29:11)

heart-turquoise-howlite“In all of your trials and in all of your circumstances you will come full circle with this knowledge; God is Good, Merciful, Trustworthy and Faithful to
“Complete your Salvation.

(Romans 8:1, Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 1:6)

heart-turquoise-howlite“The One who has made Salvation possible not by your works but only through His Work at the Cross is Worthy of your Trust.”

 (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 heart-turquoise-howlite“He will keep you in faith until the Day of His Coming.”

 (1 Peter 1:7, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30)

 heart-turquoise-howlite“You are Sealed through His blood covenant and are Made ready by His Holy Spirit.

(Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Corinthians 1: 21-22, Hebrews 9: 14)

heart-turquoise-howlite“He is the Good Shepherd who looks after his sheep with meticulous inspections, cleansing you with His Sanctification while Restoring you to Himself.”

(Psalm 51: 12-13, John 17,19, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 1Corinthians 6:11, James 5:19,
Galatians 6:1, 1 John 1:9)

heart-turquoise-howlite“No one can snatch you away from the Good Shepherd who has laid down his life for your soul.  You are in His Sheepfold and All his Gates lead to New and Green Pastures.”
                                          (John 10: 28-29, Psalm 119: 67, Psalm 100:3-4, Psalm 23:2)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Every trial is filtered through His Love and Accomplishes His Will for You.

 (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Every trial works towards the goal of Renewal and Transformation.”

(Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

heart-turquoise-howlite“In every circumstance it is His desire that you “Know Him as He Really Is.”

 (Job 42:1-6, 1 John 5:20, John 17:3, John 4:23-24, 1 John 2:3)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Trust in His Goodness and be patient in your trial, allowing the Lord to accomplish his Perfect Will, Establishing your Faith in Him.”

(Colossians 1:23)

heart-turquoise-howlite“God will bring you to the “Cross”- road of decision where you choose to Decide in Whom you will Trust.”

(James 1: 2-5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“When He has finished the work, in the fullness of time, He will deliver you.”

(Romans 8:34, Luke 22:32, 1 Peter 5:6)

heart-turquoise-howlite“You will not be put to shame as you Focus on Him.”

(Psalm 34:5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Your face will shine like the sun (Son) Reflecting His Love.”

(Psalm 34:5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“And you will know that the Lord, “Yes” the Lord, He is Good; He is always Good!”
(Psalm 86:5)

                Doula Faith

 

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Christ’s Perseverance – Our Victory


race cross

Hebrews 12:1-4

 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.”


One of the temptations which confronted Jesus immediately following His baptism, occurred during the 40 days while He was fasting and praying in the wilderness. Satan tempted Jesus to forego the suffering and receive His Kingdom now. All He had to do was to bow down and worship the “god of this world” and it would instantly be His.  Jesus was God in Spirit but man in the flesh, so it was, Satan was attempting to appeal to Christ’s flesh which is man’s weakness to gratify.
(Matthew 4: 1-11)

So right from the starting line, Jesus was confronted with Satan’s persuasion to simply give up, to spare His own flesh. But what was Christ’s determination all about and why was He running this race to Calvary with such absolute conviction? He kept in mind His mission to set us free from Satan’s power and God’s sealed judgment to come. He was resolute, unyielding to the end.
(Isaiah 50:7, Luke 9:51)

Think of it, Jesus was God incarnate, Sovereign in all things, yet He laid it all aside, left Heaven’s home, humbling Himself, while relating to the very ones He created; focused on one thing- Our Salvation. (Colossians 1: 16-17)

Have you ever endured ridicule, rejection, animosity, by the very persons you’ve loved and wanted to help? One would hardly lay down their life for a friend but how about your enemy? Yet, even while they were driving the rusty nails through Christ’s hands and feet, He was asking His heavenly Father to forgive them because He said “they didn’t know what they were doing”. (Hebrews 12:3, Luke 23:44)

No matter the pain, the injustice, the indignation of being stripped naked, hanging from a cross, Jesus took the time to give a repentant thief the hope of knowing he would be in paradise with him because of his faith. (Luke 23:33-43)

And as Jesus looked down from the cross He confirmed and established the relationship between His mother and one of His disciples. (John 19:26)

The most agonizing moment was when He endured the separation between Himself and His Heavenly Father, never knowing a moment without His presence, he felt abandonment for the first time from the Very One He Trusted, loved and obeyed without reservation. He was alone, completely alone as He took on the punishment for our sins. (Matthew 27:46)


What are we facing? As children of God, we will never have to suffer for the whole world or be abandoned. Is there any circumstance that can separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus? The only thing separating us from His great love is unbelief and rejecting His Son’s atonement for the forgiveness of our sins.
(Hebrews 3:19, John 3:16, Romans 8:38-39)

What joy Jesus must have experienced when He first appeared to His disciples and stood before His Father displaying His nail scarred hands. He did it! And He did it against every temptation and hardship anyone could possibly endure. That is why He sits on the right hand side of the Father awaiting His everlasting Kingdom.
(John 20: 19-20, Romans 8:34)

I’ll never forget the inexpressible joy I felt when I accepted him as my Savior, and the inner joy of hearing of my grandfather’s prayer of repentance and how God Reassured him he too, would be in heaven.There is nothing to describe the presence of God’s Holy Spirit confirming the glorious truth. A Sunday School Teacher and a Child’s Faith

Hallelujah! He is indeed Risen and many have witnessed His resurrection with their own eyes and faith.
(Luke 24:32, John 20:29)

How about you?


“According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.”  1 Thessalonians 4: 15-18


“O you redeemed ones, on whose behalf this strong resolve was made—you who have been bought by the precious blood of this steadfast, resolute Redeemer—come and think awhile of Him, that your hearts may burn within you and that your faces may be set like flints to live and die for Him who lived and died for you!”
— C.H. Spurgeon

 

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