Posts Tagged ‘Resurrection

18
Sep
19

YOLO?

You only live once or YOLO is a common idea and phrase among younger generations. It is the idea that since we only have one life, we might as well live it to the full. We only get so many trips around the sun, so we should go for the gusto and have as much fun as possible. We should have as many experiences as possible. Don’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. Live for today because YOLO! Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:6 (NLT):

That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead—so although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit.

In 1 Peter 4, he was talking about how we all will live forever and be judged by God. We may suffer in this life, including persecution. It may be tempting to give up on our faith because we believe that the suffering isn’t worth it. Peter is telling us that since we will all stand before God in judgment, we must hold on to our faith. We must persevere for the sake of the Gospel. You might only live once on earth, but you live eternally in either Heaven or Hell.

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08
Jul
19

Trusting In God

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most important event in human history. Why? Because it changed everything. When God the Father raised Jesus from the dead, He defeated death forever. He conquered sin forever. He sealed the fate of the enemy once and for all. God showed us that we could trust Him to keep His promises.
1 Peter 1:21 (NLT) says:

Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

Do you trust Him? It’s one thing to believe that Jesus came and died and rose again. It’s another thing to put your trust in God for all of your needs. When life is hard and you’re going through difficult times, do you trust God? When a loved one is sick in the hospital or dying from a terminal illness, do you trust God to get them – and you – through it? When there are financial needs that you’re struggling to meet, do you trust God to provide? Do you really trust Him to be your provider, your protector and your promise keeper? Trust is hard, my friends. It’s one thing to say, “I believe.” It’s a totally different thing to say, “I trust.” Here’s the thing: you can trust Him. He raised Jesus from the dead and He can raise your dead hopes and dreams back to life as well. He conquered the grave and He can conquer your fears. So trust in God today for He is trustworthy.

20
Jun
19

Living With Hope And Expectation

Several months ago, I discontinued writing my little devotionals. I believe that the time has come to start writing again. So I am reading and writing through 1 Peter. I hope you enjoy and receive a little encouragement along the way…Shawn

 

How are you living your life? Do you live with a feeling of drudgery and dread? As if everyday is just the same ol’, same ol’? Or do you live with anticipation and expectation of something great? Peter, in his first letter to the church said this in chapter 1, verses 3 and 4:

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. – 1 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT)

We who are followers of Jesus Christ have been saved by God’s mercy through the Resurrection of Jesus. Just as God raised Jesus from the dead, so too will He raise us from the dead. We have the promised inheritance of Heaven. This changes everything! We can live with hope and expectation rather than fear and dread. As you go about your day today, remember the promises of our faithful, merciful God. He has promised you Heaven and so much more. Live today with the expectation that one day you will see Jesus face to face. Hang in there today, because no matter what may come against you, it cannot change God’s promises nor His ability or willingness to keep them.

01
Aug
18

To Know Christ

Do you know Jesus Christ? Do you know Him in a personal way? I don’t mean to know things about Him. Do you REALLY know Him? The apostle Paul wanted to know Jesus and he wrote:

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. – Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)

To know Jesus is to know more than facts and figures about Him. It means to participate in the life of Christ. It means to know and experience the power that raised Him from the grave. It means to experience His suffering and death. It means to become like Him in the way that you love God and in the way that you love, serve and forgive people. It is a relationship based on His grace that will never end. Knowing Jesus is more than just a trivial pursuit. It is the pursuit of an eternal relationship with your Savior and Lord.
16
May
18

The Same Spirit

God’s promises are truly wonderful. He has promised to provide for us and take care of us. He has promised to never leave us or abandon us. He has promised to forgive our many sins. But wait! There’s more! He has also promised resurrection. Paul wrote:​​

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. – Romans 8:11 (NIV)

God’s Spirit lives in the heart of every born again believer in Jesus Christ. This is the same Spirit of the God who raised Jesus back to life. We have such power and potential at our disposal, but we hardly ever tap into this power. God’s Spirit can help us overcome sin and temptation. God’s Spirit can help us live abundant, fulfilled lives. God’s Spirit can comfort us when we are grieving. God’s Spirit can give us hope for the future. This is the Spirit of Him who makes all things new, all things possible and every promise, “Yes.”
02
Apr
18

Jesus Is Resurrection And Life

The Easter 2018 message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 11:25-26.

12
Mar
18

Things Worth Remembering

Peter, as he wrote his second letter, had been made aware by the Lord that his time was running short. Peter would soon lose his life as a martyr. Before he would die, though, he wanted to remind those to whom he was writing of the important matters of the Gospel. He wrote:

I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body,14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. – 2 Peter 1:13-15 (NIV)

There are things that we have to remember and there are things worth remembering. The most important thing worth remembering is that Jesus loves us and He died for us and He rose again. These three facts can just about get us through anything we face. Whether it is persecution or pain, heartache or disease, loss of loved ones or loss of a job, these three facts are worth remembering. The love, death and resurrection of Jesus can change lives and give us hope and peace that just can’t be explained. So cling to these things because they are worth remembering.



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