Christians are Christians and have all the promises and rewards and relationship and security that God provides because of the work of Jesus. And yes, His mode of sacrifice was the horrific cross. But instead of the torture He went through for me, I cannot help but wish the symbol of Christianity was an empty tomb, a grave with the stone rolled away. Because if He had died that horrible death for us and stayed dead, it would have been an incomprehensibly nice gesture but have no eternal value or meaning. But He rose from the dead! The resurrection is the power over death once and for all for all of us who accept Him. And some even keep Jesus on the cross! Hard for me to take. Our hope is the resurrection. I will buy a necklace with a pendant not of a cross but of the empty tomb, thank you very much. And I am so very thankful for His resurrection after His sacrificial death. We live and are secure and loved eternally because of Jesus. 😄 ❤ ❤ ❤
I just read a book called Feeding Demons by Perry Stone. (It is available on his website.) It expounds on the lies and limitations of demons in people. It is a very good book. There are some principles worth sharing about it (but I encourage those seeking more detail to get the book and read it- I am not affiliated with him other than being a sister in Christ.)
Principle 1: God and Satan are in no way, shape or form equal forces. God is infinitely more powerful and Jesus already won the final victory over all satanic forces and demons. Satan is a defeated enemy and he knows it but lies, lies, lies.
2. Jesus has complete authority over demons. As such, those who are humbly close to Jesus also have authority over demons because of Jesus and only in His name.
3. Every person has free will to allow or not allow demons in. We cannot cast a demon out against someone’s will. They must want freedom.
4. Prayer and fasting to and for God builds up spiritual power. You get stronger against the enemy by prayer and fasting. Closeness to God is everything.
5. Jesus’ protection is available to anyone who humbly asks Him to cover and save them and has faith. Faith is crucial and allows Jesus to work through you and salvation is our hope and peace. ❤
You are valuable because God lovingly and intentionally made you. You are not valuable because of what you do or who you know or what you know or anything else but you are valuable because of God who made you intentionally and well with love. Know that. Understand it. And you will want to draw closer to Hod, your Maker and He will change your life for the better. You are secure when you are in His arms and He values you. That is the absolute truth. ❤
I saw a funny satire on progressives by Babylon Bee that stated “Progressives push to remove oppressive one way signs”. It is funny because people are on the verge of losing their mind like this. By making everything relative or subjective rather than objective, we end up with a moral agenda or do whatever the heck you feel like today. There has to be absolutes. “Only go this way” is certainly a big one that many people are accosted or offended by when Jesus says it in thr Bible. “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me.” You would think He was telling people to hold their breath for an hour. People want the “God is love” message but not the “only way to be saved” message. It is funny how people are. The easy stuff they are okay with but don’t make them actually have to do something or change or be convicted of going the wrong way or whatever. Then it is suddenly offensive and ridiculous and too inclusive or what not. The thing is that it is what it is. Truly it is that simple. So do it. ❤
This made up word “rapture” is a church – slang for being caught up or caught away from earth by God to be saved from the blest part of the tribulation. Being spared and thus rewarded for humble obedience and relationship with God by not going through awful times on earth is the crux of it. People get bogged down by pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation rapture, but to me that majors on the minors and is not necessary for salvation. If we stay close to God and accept and value salvation through Jesus Christ and live in relationship, communication, worship and obedience with God, heaven is our inheritance and when the rapture happens, we will be caught up to be with Him. If we are living in right relationship with Him, are saved by Jesus’ grace sacrifice and resurrection and live in forgiveness and service to mankind, we have our assurance of salvation, a home in heaven and the fruits of the Spirit no matter what. Be and live right, true and saved and God will keep us forever. If you have some sin struggles- from lying to gossip to unforgiveness to sexual sins to theft to drug abuse to murder and everywhere between, humbly pray for help from God and stop doing them. God is very forgiving. And He wants every person saved and to clean house so He can rescue/rapture as many as possible- everyone would be ideal. He loves us- you, me, everyone. ❤
Matthew 28:1. ‘After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8. So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”‘
Happy Easter to you all!
This is the greatest party celebration day of the year!
Today we party that Jesus Christ our Messiah rose from the dead, providing salvation to us!!
There is no greater or more powerful, generous loving gift in history!!
Here we now can live eternity with God in heaven!!
Jesus Christ our Messiah is risen!!
Praise our amazing, perfect God!! ❤ ❤ ❤