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He is Risen!

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 20.04.2014 15:25

He is Risen!

BIBLE MEDITATION:
“He is not here: for He is risen.” Matthew 28:6

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
It is a disturbing truth that Jesus Christ literally came out of the grave. You just can’t be neutral about the resurrection. If you are a thinking person, you’re going to have to face the fact of the resurrection.

Either it is true or it is not true. Either He came out of that grave or He did not. Now which side are you on?

You can’t just ball it all up and say, “It doesn’t really make any difference. Let’s just put our arms around everybody. We all believe the same thing.” No, no, no! When you take a stand for truth, you’re going to have a head-on collision with the darkness that doesn’t want the light shining in!

ACTION POINT:
Pray for those in fulltime ministry as they proclaim the truth to a lost world. Pray for God’s protection as they go to the frontline and battle for souls!

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The Glory of Christ’s Resurrection

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 21.04.2014 08:31

The Glory of Christ’s Resurrection

Written on Sunday, April 20, 2014 by Franklin D. Leupp, Sr.

The world is once again recognizing that the advance of years -
such as “2014,” is based on the life of Jesus Christ. 2014 years
since His approximate birth. But this is not just an observation
of His birth, but more important, the birth of the Son of God;
the Christ; the Savior of mankind. When the world without Christ
has nothing really to celebrate, there are hundreds of millions
of believers in the risen Christ Jesus, who rejoice in this
miracle of God’s power even over death. And so, as Christians
around the world not only celebrate Christ’s resurrection, but
His love for all mankind in that He was not willing that even one
should perish, but have everlasting life. How will we do that?

He said to believe in Him; that He is the Son of God – and, as
the apostle, John wrote in the Gospel of John, chapter one: “In
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word WAS God.” He came to forgive and to save all who would
repent and believe in Him and to give His life as a sacrifice for
the sins of all.

Jesus commanded His disciples to spread the Gospel, the Good
News, throughout the world. Why? Because, as in John 3:16: “God
so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever
believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God gave us His Ten Commandments as the ultimate guideline to
life – a guide to our relationships to Him and to each other.
As in all of life, when a person commits a crime, hurts someone,
betrays someone, there is a penalty to pay. Sometimes it leads
to the loss of trust; to broken relationships; and even to death.
But there is always a penalty associated with it – call it
“consequences.” Break a law, go to jail. Well, God saw the
sinfulness of mankind and with sin (law breaking) comes penalty.
He knew that we were not capable of atoning for all our
lawlessness and therefore He sent His Son, Christ Jesus, God in
the flesh, to pay the ultimate price, blood sacrifice, for our
sins. He died on the cruel Roman cross, giving His very life for
each of us.

But that is not the end of the story: He was dead and
buried…but He rose from the grave and so, at this time of the
year again, believers celebrate His victory over death.

There has probably been at least one person in most people’s
lives, who has tried to share the Good News of Christ’s love to
that person. It is only because of the love of Christ in that
person’s life that compels him to do this. Christ invites all to
believe in Him; to be saved from eternal damnation. And there is
compelling reason for that message in several places of the Holy
Scriptures. Ezekiel 3:17-19: (directed toward the house of
Israel, but relevant to us even today) “… give them a warning
from me, when I say to the wicked, you shall surely die; and if
you do not give him warning, nor speak to warn the wicked of his
wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in
his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand. But if
you warn the wicked and he still doesn’t turn from his
wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity
but you will have delivered your soul.”

True believers in Christ want all to repent and be saved. But
there is only one Savior by whom man can be saved; so it is with
this love that comes directly from God that Christians “proclaim”
the Gospel of the Good News. We approach God thru His Son, “for
there is one God, and one mediator between God and men: the man
Christ Jesus.” (1 Tim:2,5) As Luke writes in the Book of Acts,
4:12: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
saved.”

Resurrection Sunday is all about New Life. Rejoice!


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The Life-giving Power of Jesus’ Blood

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 21.04.2014 11:19

21 April, 2014
Today's Free Devotional from Ellel Ministries International
The Life-giving Power of Jesus’ Blood

"Jesus said to them “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them."
John 6:54-56, NIV

Your blood is incredible and unique. Often we associate blood with injury and even death. But God reveals that blood is all about life! ‘For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life’ (Leviticus 17:11). And as we read in today’s Scripture, Jesus also teaches us that blood is all about life.

Your blood feeds every cell in your body. It also cleanses waste and transports poisons away. In the same way Jesus Christ’s blood cleanses away the waste and poisons of the sins that damage your health.

Your blood also battles against your body’s foreign invaders. When you contract disease or infection, an alarm signal sounds throughout your entire body marshalling together billions of white cells to come against the invaders. If necessary, billions more white cells are produced, until the infection is conquered. Most of these remarkable white cells have a lifespan of just a few days. You also have a smaller number of specialist white cells that live for many years. They survive an infectious attack, such as measles, and are then programmed to recognise and destroy the measles virus if it should try to return.

Now if you were struggling to win the battle against measles, a doctor could give you an injection made from the blood of another person who has conquered the measles virus. The donor’s antibodies fight the virus until your body is armed sufficiently to carry on its own fight. You have then overcome the measles, not by your own blood’s resistance, but as the result of a battle won within the body of someone else! It is like that with us and Jesus.

Dr Paul Brand, a specialist surgeon in hand reconstruction among lepers, wrote about the remarkable healing in Jesus’ blood. ‘At Communion the wine represents the blood of Jesus. It is Jesus saying to us: “This is my blood, strengthened and prepared for you. This is My life which was lived for you and can now be shared by you. I was weary, irritated, tempted, persecuted and abandoned. When you are, you may use My strength and share My Spirit. I have overcome the world for you.”’

The battle that Jesus won in His body can be transferred to yours, through His death, His blood. This is represented by the wine at Communion. Because of His death, we can receive His life. The ascended Lord Jesus declared, ‘I am the Living One, I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!’ (Revelation 1:18). Communion sums up all three tenses of this statement: the life that was and died for us; the life that is and lives in us; and the life that will be and will come for us. Jesus Christ is life itself.

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, that you were willing to die for me. Thank You that Your shed blood means life for me and all who believe. Help me Lord to never forget what You did for me on the cross – I’m so grateful. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today's Writer : Murray Dixon
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The Undeniable, Living Christ

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 21.04.2014 16:52

The Undeniable, Living Christ

BIBLE MEDITATION:
“...we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” John 6:69

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Jesus Christ is a fact of history. All secular historians who have any merit admit that, regardless of what they believe about Him, Jesus lived! There’s no way to explain that the Christian Church exists apart from the fact that Jesus Christ was here.

What did the early church preach? Not only that Jesus was here, but that He walked out of the grave. How do you explain that? Somebody said, “Well, they must have made up the story. They said they touched Him, they said they ate with Him.” Oh? We’re talking about men who died for their faith. Do you think they would willingly, knowingly die for a lie? A man may live for a lie, but few would die for one.

ACTION POINT:
Are you willing to die for the cause of Christ? This man who died for you...are you willing to die for Him?

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New Life, a New Creation in Christ

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 22.04.2014 19:01

New Life, a New Creation in Christ

BIBLE MEDITATION:
“For with Thee is the fountain of life: in Thy light shall we see light.” Psalm 36:9

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Jesus had a life that the grave could not keep. While He carried your sins to the grave and left them there, Jesus came out of that grave living, risen, and victorious!

When Jesus rose, you rose with Him. Christians are not just nice people, they are new creatures. We have the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. We have come out of the grave of the old life. Our old master has no more hold on us. The old debt has no more penalty that we have to pay.

When Jesus came out of that grave, we came out with Him and we have been raised to walk in newness of life.

ACTION POINT:
Are you walking around in the grave clothes of your old life? Shed them, my friend! Jesus came to give you new life! Believe that you are now a new creation in Christ!

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Applying the Works of Faith

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 23.04.2014 10:18

23 April, 2014
Today's Free Devotional from Ellel Ministries International
Applying the Works of Faith

" But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works."
James 2:18

Have you ever been in a place where you have to step from the knowledge of something to the application of it in your life? God reminded me of a situation from my past that impressed me to follow the instructions given to me by the creator of the product to accomplish the desired results.

On our commercial fishing site in Alaska, we repaired most of our equipment. One piece of equipment crucial to our operation was our boats. Without them working properly we were “sunk,” literally! On one occasion we had to repair a crack in one boat due to its contact with a rock the day before, as we were picking our nets during low water. My father was my teacher on many aspects of repairs and procedures in my life as a fisherman.

On this particular day, I watched my father take out the fiber glass from its package to place it on the bottom of the boat to repair it. After he had placed the fiber matting and applied the resin to the crack in the bottom of the boat, it took only a short time before he realized he had forgotten to apply the catalyst to the resin. I learned an important lesson that day. Without the small container of catalyst mixed into the resin, the fiberglass would never harden. It would never bring about the strength necessary for the crack in the boat to be repaired.

So it is in our own life... when we do not apply faith to our situation, along with the action or working out of it, we will never see the substance of our faith realized in our lives. We must apply faith daily as we do our Father`s instructions. So often we go about our lives doing what seems right in our own eyes. Faith is having the confidence of things we hope for, the evidence of them not yet seen in our lives. On the fishing site, we needed to have confidence in our boat`s abilities to stay afloat in order for us to set our nets, so we could gather the unseen harvest we hoped for from the cloudy waters off our fishing site. Even after applying the fiberglass with all its components to repair the crack in our boat, it wasn’t until we got into the boat when it was in the water that we could see the fruit of our labor accomplished by the evidence of no water leaking in! .

Are you in a place of applying faith into your life? Are you willing to trust in the application of it by doing what has been placed before you by the Lord to do? Or are you doing what seems right in your own eyes? How will you see the evidence of what you are hoping for, if you don’t take action?

Today, will you trust in that which you do not see, by applying the works of faith in your life?

Prayer: Oh God, I don’t know what is waiting for me when I start upon the journey you are asking me to take! Help me, Lord, to do it even though I can’t see what the outcome will be! I want to trust you and see you make a way for me, when I see no way! I choose to submit to your wisdom Lord, and place my life anew in your hands. Amen.

Today's Writer : Jim Person
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Romans 14:11

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 23.04.2014 21:20

Today's Verse for 04/23/2014

It is written, "As surely as I live," says the Lord, "every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God." — Romans 14:11


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Thought

"Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." "Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!" Yes, every knee will bow. But ours already do. We live in anticipation of the day when all peoples will bow before our King. Until that day, let's do all we can to make sure as many as we can influence bow before Jesus on that Day in joy and not on in fear!

Prayer

Father, I thank you for saving me. May my anticipation of the day of Jesus' victory move me to be your agent of reconciliation so others are ready for that day and will welcome it with joy. Give me eyes to see those who need to come to Jesus today. Through him I pray. Amen.


The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.
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Building on the Foundation

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 24.04.2014 20:07

Joni and Friends Daily Devotional April 24, 2014

Building on the Foundation

"But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw... It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he had built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss." 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

Many years ago our old barn down by the creek was burned up in a roaring blaze that could be seen for miles. My father, who at the time was seventy-two years old, shuffled through the smoldering ash and rubble several days later. He overturned charred objects with a kick of his toe, searching for anything he might be able to salvage from the antique tools he had saved over the years. His only compensation was the barn's foundation. Although everything else had been consumed, the foundation had withstood the fiery test.

I think of that story every time I read 1 Corinthians 3:10-15. Oh, how grateful I am that the foundation of my life is the Lord Jesus. No fiery trial, not even the fire of Judgment Day, will destroy the solid Rock on which I build my life.

What I build on that foundation, however, will be put to the test. Wood, hay, and straw will be consumed in a flash; that is, the work I've done for selfish gain or out of pride. But when I build on the foundation work that is inspired by the spirit, work done with a pure motive and with an eye to God's glory, I have confidence that will last for all eternity.
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Father, help me to lay up my treasures in heaven, the kind that are made of gold, silver, and costly stones. Make my life golden with patience. May my character glow with the precious gem of faith refined. Build in me, dear Lord, things that will last forever!

Blessings,

Joni and Friends

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The Enemy Speaks Our Language.

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 25.04.2014 10:24

25 April, 2014
Today's Free Devotional from Ellel Ministries International
The Enemy Speaks Our Language.

Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria, “Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat each of his vine and each of his fig tree and drink each of the waters of his own cistern, until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey, that you may live and not die.” But do not listen to Hezekiah when he misleads you, saying, “The LORD will deliver us.”
2 Kings 18:31-32, NAS

The people of God in Jerusalem were under siege and in danger of dying at the hands of the enemy, the king of Assyria. The leaders of Judah wanted the enemy to speak Aramaic, a foreign language that only the leaders understood and not Judean, the language that the rest of the people would hear and understand and be tempted to disobey their king Hezekiah.

The promise made by the enemy, Assyria, was that if the people would surrender and bargain with them and not obey their leader Hezekiah, who trusted the Lord, there would be no more suffering, and in fact they would have food and water and be taken away to a land like their own and filled with nice things. But it wouldn’t be their own land promised to them by God, and they would no longer be under the rule and reign of God, but rather would be under the rule and influence of the enemy.

The enemy not only speaks our own language today, but what he says is appealing, and will indeed bring temporary relief to our situation, if only we will turn against the covering of our leaders and abandon what God says. My experience has taught me that sin can bring temporary comfort or relief from my current pain and suffering in the way of fun or distraction. But then I’m left with the emptiness and new pain of the consequences of the sins I just bargained for, plus I’ll still have the original problems I started with. The cycle continues. Slavery is what we would truly be bargaining for.

Bottom line: Will we believe the enemy of our souls, or will we believe God?

God can be trusted to deliver us from the torment and pain caused by the enemy. God will also give us abundant life, in contrast to what the enemy has in mind for us. God’s Word is true. He will rescue us from the slavery and death designed for us by the enemy. We need to trust that God doesn’t lie to us (Numbers 23:19), and we must choose not to bargain with the enemy, who does lie. ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord Jesus’.

Prayer: Father help me to remain firmly planted in Your house and make my roots to grow even deeper, so that when the lies of the enemy come they will be heard for what they truly are, slavery and ultimately death.Amen.

Today's Writer : Randy Haw
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The Life-Giving Christ

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 25.04.2014 20:17

The Life-Giving Christ

BIBLE MEDITATION:
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name.” John 20:31

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
The same Jesus who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. This same Jesus is still in the miracle working business. His business is the business of transformation.

And when we believe that Jesus is the Christ, we will receive life through His name. Someone has well said that nature forms us, sin deforms us, penitentiary reforms us, education informs us, the world conforms us, but only Jesus transforms us.

ACTION POINT:
What are you asking Christ for today? A miracle? Or for more of Him? Your very next breath is a miracle. Thank God for the miracle of life He has given you today.

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