Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Come Back to Life

Scripture: Romans 8 v 10 - 11:  "And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you."

The stresses and cares of this world weigh us down with worry and fear for the unpredictable direction of governments, economy, climate, career, education, image, status, health, fame and crime.  Would it surprise you to know that every one of these factors is affected by sin or righteousness?

The Brexit chaos in the British Parliament is a good example of being affected by sin.  The basic sin is pride, which brings a nature of demanding ones own way.  It brings status, greed, and treachery to a rolling boil amongst the lawmakers of Britain.  As it says in James 4 v 6: "But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble."  The chaos is not going away if God is resisting the proud!

The people who have submitted their all to Jesus and committed their lives to following the teachings of the Holy Bible are able to live a life without fear, care, stress and worry.  We know the peace of the Lord that passes all understanding. In the midst of chaos we have peace of heart and mind because the Prince of Peace is alive in our hearts.

In South Africa we are in the turbulent throes of an election next month in a country that has seen many political murders.  The pride here causes divisions and factions on multiple levels with violence part of the mix.  It affects everyone and helps only a select few.
So no matter who rules where, we follow King Jesus!  This is what irritated the Romans so badly, that Jesus was more important than Caesar.

The Holy Spirit Who raised Jesus from death to life, also raised the prophets, kings and men of renown who believed in His coming, to life at the same time. (Matthew 27 v 50-54). They were visible, recognisable and walking around in Jerusalem at the same time that Mary Magdalene saw Jesus alive in the Garden after His resurrection.  Jesus said to her, Don't touch Me, Mary, for I have not yet ascended to My Father.

Jesus made a quick trip to Heaven to bring to His Father the souls of the men of renown, who had been housed in a compartment of Hell called Abraham's Bosom.  After His death, Jesus was the last person to enter this place, and they were resurrected with Him and seen in Jerusalem as they passed through this world into Heaven.  In this earthly plane in Jesus presence, they had life and a recognisable body.

That same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, and all those dead saints, dwells in you if you are born again. The power He can release within you should rejuvenate every cell in your body constantly.  If you have faith, boldness and courage, there is nothing you cannot do.

The Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth is in you to bring you LIFE.  Spiritually, mentally, physically you should feel alive. Do you possess the mind of Christ? What are you using it for? He wants the very best, sin-free life that rejoices in His presence, for you.

Moses at 80 and 120 years old was still full of vigour and strength. The Holy Spirit strengthened him to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land. Samson knew extraordinary strength because of his faith. King David slew many thousands of Philistines who wanted to bring their pagan influence on Israel. Today they are called Palestinians and Israel is still protected by the Holy Spirit.  

With President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last year, and acknowledging the Golan Heights last week as being a permanent part of Israel, the blessing of God will increase and the Israelites will feel alive with new hope.  She has been on a war footing for 70 years, surrounded by Arab enemies that want to utterly destroy her, who refuse to acknowledge her existence.  Israel is the Apple of God's eye and whoever refuses to bless her will be on the receiving end of His wrath.

We need to have revival in this land to overthrow evil and bring the people back to a Godly lifestyle.  The outpouring of the Holy Spirit will kill off sin and corruption and death and bring life to us.  It must be a revival that will make us come back to life and spread this revival from a comatose state to active living all round the world.

The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us to protect us, feed us with manna, give us water from the Rock, heal our diseases, deliver us from demons and the consequences of sin if we repent. In Revelations it speaks of an exact number of people who will be martyred for faith in Jesus.

Like Stephen in Acts who was the first of those killed by the Pharisees; the Christians martyred in the Colisseum of Rome for sport; the 68 million who died in the Spanish Inquisition at the behest of the Pope; those who died for opposing the Roman Catholic Church since then - known as the Reformers. In this present day Boko Haram, North Korea and other Communist nations are adding daily to the  numbers whose blood cries from the Earth for justice.

But whether we live or die Jesus is always with us. His life is in us. He is the way, the truth and the life. Heaven, Father God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit equal an absence of eternal death, fear, sin, sickness, poverty, ignorance, worry and loss. So come out of dead religion, dead churches, dead traditions, dead lifestyles, dead habits, and walk in newness of life with Jesus. 

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, who came to give us abundant life.  When He is alive in us we can do everything He did and more.  All it takes is faith, belief and courage to overcome reluctance and doubt.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for my life! My health! My blessings! Your faithful keeping of promises! Your LOVE for me! The JOY You strengthen me with! The excitement to serve You and be Your friend! I pray this LIFE for everyone on this planet. Let Your Holy Spirit flow everywhere and touch everyone that they may know You and worship You in Spirit and in Truth! In Jesus' name. Amen.