Archive for the ‘Because He is Alive…’ Category

Shortly before his death on the cross, Jesus gave his followers a beautiful promise that would happen after his resurrection:

“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.” John 15:26

Though they didn’t fully understand at the time what that would mean, the disciples certainly remembered that promise after his death and resurrection.  On the day of Pentecost, days after Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jesus’ disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered to preach the Gospel in miraculous and incredible ways (Acts 2).  The disciples encouraged their listeners to place their trust in Jesus Christ and they too would then receive the gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside them (Acts 2:38).

What are the benefits of the Holy Spirit living inside me?  Here are just a few:

“Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son in to our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.'” Galatians 4:4-6

“Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance …” Ephesians 1:13,14

“…you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

“He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:5

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22

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There are times we need someone else to plead our cause.  We don’t have the expertise, the knowledge, the experience, the position, or the strength to present our own case, and so we need someone else who has our best interest at heart to intercede for us.  Someone who loves us deeply and will not fail.

Because Jesus is alive, He intercedes for us with the Father.

Romans 8:33-35 says this, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?  It is God who justifies.  Who is he that condemns?  Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”

It is easy to feel condemned…and it is easy to think that no one has our back.  How does this truth, that Jesus intercedes for you, encourage you today?

What confidence does this passage give you in your relationship with God?

Take a few moments to thank Jesus for being your very own personal representative, faithfully interceding at the right hand of the Father.

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Who is in control of my life?  Who is control of this situation?

Whether it is an issue at work, or family strain, or that old temptation that continues to harass us…these are valid questions that rise at various points in our life, even daily.  In these circumstances it is important to remember that because Jesus is alive, resurrected after His death for us on the cross, He is in control.  He is the One we should turn to.  He is on the throne!

Hebrews 12:1, 2 says this, “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

It is easier said then done to “throw off” those hindrances.  Real life has a funny way of weighing us down and distracting us from the Lord.  And so this verse reminds us to “fix our eyes on Jesus.”

When one of my kids was young, he needed stitches in his forehead due to a dog bite.  With intensity he fixed his eyes on his daddy while the doctor began the process…he knew exactly who he could trust and his gaze was unwavering as he persevered through the painful circumstances, eyes glued to his father.  We would do well to follow that example with the circumstances in our own lives, fixing our gaze on the Lord above, focusing on His Word and Guidance as we persevere through our life’s unique path.

Because He is alive, He is on the throne.  Because He is on the throne, He is in control.   Because He is in control, I can trust Him.  Because I can trust Him, I will fix my eyes on Him.

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Yesterdays devotional highlighted how Jesus’ resurrection can bring new life, we can be reborn into a glorious hope.  Todays focus links to that truth; we are children of God, heirs to the Father through Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection.

I Peter 1:3,4 tells us:  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth in a living hope through the resurrection of jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you…”

Galatians 4:7 says this, ” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has also made you an heir.”

The only problem is sometimes we forget our position.  We fall back into old habits of living, old mindsets of slavery to the passions that mark this world with sin.

Imagine for a second the sadness of a person who is heir to a fortune turning her back on her loving family simply because she forgets who she is?  She rummages in the garbage for food to eat, meanwhile there is a delicious meal waiting for her in the dining room to be shared with her family.  She sleeps in the dirt of the yard, though a comfortable bed is hers for the taking.  She works for minimum wage for a street vendor, though the family business has a spacious corner office with her name on the door.  It sounds impossible, yet that is what we do spiritually because of the many distractions and temptations placed in our path by the evil one who wants us to remain enslaved. We forget our position as child of God and heir.

God reminds us in His Word what our true position is, and we as His children also have the responsibility to remember our position, and act accordingly.  Let’s commit to living up to our calling today!

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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”  I Peter 1:3

It is spring! The new season brings forth the hope of new or renewed beginnings in life and the anticipation of what is ahead.  My family, like many others is celebrating Easter and the beginning of spring.  We are traveling south to escape from Michigan’s unpredictable weather and the commotion that each day brings in hopes to relax and return home refreshed and renewed.  While driving to our long awaited vacation spot, I begin to reflect on God and his mercy that he has shown us through Jesus Christ so that we can have new life.  My eyes are drawn to the beauty that surrounds me as we are traveling through the hills of Kentucky and the Mountains of Tennessee and Georgia.   The luscious green grass and trees that have blossomed and flowered ever so beautifully, declare that spring is definitely here.  The splash of pastel colors that fill the scenery paints an image that is breathtaking, giving evidence of God’s splendor and magnificence.  All of the beauty of new life that has sprung forth is reminiscent of the life we have in Jesus Christ. 

Celebrate Jesus!

Just as certain that spring brings forth the promise of new life, so is our hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  He is alive.  He was crucified and died for the sins of mankind; the grave didn’t keep Him in the ground.  Through the Power of the Resurrection, we are alive in Christ.  Praise God, because he lives, we too, have a promised of a new life.  For this reason we have so much to live for, we can celebrate Him by living our life for Him.

How can I obtain new life in Christ?  Acknowledge that He is your savior, redeemer; put your hope in the One who died and rose again. 

Father God, I acknowledge that without you, I am lost with no hope for eternity.  Because of your great love for me and your desire to reconcile me to you, you have paid the ultimate price.  You sent your son Jesus Christ to die for me.   Through your power, he is resurrected and because he is Alive, I have life.  Thank you for your love and mercy given to me. 





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