Because Jesus lives we can face tomorrow with hope and faith. Because Jesus rose from the grave, we have the assurance that our lost loved ones are with Him and that one day we can join them. Jesus stated, ”because I live, ye shall live also”[John 14:19]. The hope made possible by the resurrection of Jesus encourages us to do our best to discover and do our best to carry out God’s present purpose for our lives.
Luke 24:6He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
From Hampton Heights Church to you, wishing everyone a very blessed and Happy Easter!
John”s vision of Jesus throughout the book of Revelation presents a powerful defense for why Jesus is crowned Lord of all. Jesus’ purity, power, faithfulness, wisdom, and grace permeate the entire book. No one can walk away from John’s vision with any other picture of Jesus than King of kings and Lord of lords.
Revelation 19:12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. NKJV
While we might be caught off guard and surprised by many of the events of life, God is not surprised by the challenges we face. The difficulties of life are not to defeat us, but to grow us in faith. He has given us the most precious gift, salvation through His Son, and adopted us into His family because He loves us.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 AKJV
When we accept Christ as Savior, God purchases us. We hand over to Him the title to our lives. He owns us. Whats more He rejoices over us. Isaiah wrote that God’s people are so precious to Him that their names are engraved in His palms. [See Isaiah 49:16] Nothing can snatch us from Him. Talk about prized possessions! When God’s grace touches us each one of us is transformed. We’ve been called out of darkness into His glorious light. Rather than living for ourselves, we should dedicate all that we are, in body and in spirit, to God’s glory step by step day by day.
1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Noah and his family were the only survivors on earth after the great flood. God made a covenant never again to destroy the whole earth with a flood. As a reminder of His promise, God placed His spectacular rainbow in the sky. When the raindrops of life hit you in the face, look to the skies to see God’s visible reminder of His faithfulness. God cares deeply for you, even in the midst of life’s troubles. Centuries after the great flood, God still hangs His rainbow in the sky as a reminder of His promise to our day.
Genesis 9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. (KJV)
Jesus taught that there is some food that perishes and some which endures. One is physical cookies, steak, fruits, and so on. The other is spiritual: everlasting life. Jesus point was that most people are interested in their stomachs more than their spiritual well being. More stress is placed on the here and now than on that which has eternal significance. Take a moment to examine your plans for today . Have you put more time into the planning and preparation of food that perishes or food that endures? Do you work harder at getting your daily allowances of fruits and vegetables or at getting your daily allowance of the Bread of Life- Jesus?
John 6:27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” NKJV
Failures in our businesses, friendships, marriages, and the likes are really a natural part of life. God knows and anticipates this. He shows us our weaknesses to teach us to rely on His strength. Any time we fail, He can teach us that true advancement comes from His hands. Sometime we have trouble accepting the truth that God can and wants to lift us out of our failures. We need to remember that God’s people may be knocked down, but we are not knocked out. Are you feeling helpless today? Have you experienced a Failure recently? Regardless of how devastating the impact, you can recover with God upholding you.
Psalm 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. KJV