‘Whoever calls upon The Name of The Lord shall be saved’. Acts 2 verse 21
Today we celebrate Christ’s
resurrection. This is very important because it means that Jesus is alive. Jesus died on Good Friday and it was on this day that He took your sin and my sin and made them His own. That means Jesus got the blame for every wrong thing we’ve ever done and every wrong thing we will ever do.
Throughout, the 33 and a half years that Jesus lived on earth, He didn’t sin once. He never disobeyed God or Mary and Joseph, He never stole, He never had a bad thought about anyone, He never lied, He was never jealous. Jesus never sinned. He was perfect. When God looked at Jesus, He saw that He was sinless but when Jesus was on the cross, God looked at Him and saw that He was full of sin. However, this was not because Jesus began to sin but because when God looked at Jesus, He saw all the wrong things that the whole world had done. Jesus said ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ (Matthew 27 verse 46)
Up until now, God, the Father and God, the Son had remained connected but at the cross, Jesus cries out that God has left Him. This phrase reminds us of how Holy and Pure God is. God could no longer remain connected with Jesus because He was now full of sin. God cannot be anywhere near sin, He hates sin and that is why Jesus had to die on the cross, that we can be set free from the punishment of sin, which is death. By Jesus taking our sins and making them His own, we can be in relationship with God. ‘I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. No one comes to The Father except through Me’ (John 14 verse 6). Jesus took the punishment for our sins. He died, went to hell on our behalf and there He was separated from God but Jesus didn’t stay dead. No, He rose again on the third day and He is alive. This shows how powerful Jesus was, it showed that He had power over death.
When Jesus was in hell, the devil would have probably been happy because he thought he had defeated The Son of God but by raising to life, it shows that God is All powerful.
‘The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.'(Romans 6 verse 23) We. have all sinned and because of sin we all deserve to go to hell and be separated from God but because of God’s great love for us, He made a way for us to spend all of eternity with Him. When you turn away from your sin, ask God to forgive you for all your sins and ask Him to be your Lord and Saviour, God no longer remembers your sin. All your sins are forgotten and you can now begin a relationship with God. This is only possible because Jesus took the punishment for sin on our behalf.
Although Jesus knew that He was going to die a painful death, He obeyed God and still went on the cross for us.
If someone asked me to pick just one day that I am truly thankful for, I would say Easter Sunday. This is not because of Easter eggs but because if Jesus hadn’t come into the world, we couldn’t have a relationship with God now and we couldn’t spend all of eternity with Him.
‘But God demonstrates His own love for us in that The Messiah died on our behalf while we were still sinners.’ Romans 5 verse 8
They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Deliver us!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of Adonai , the King of Isra’el!”
God is bigger than a giant.
David was just a boy, but Someone powerful was living in Him. This story highlights that God is prepared to use anyone that loves Him. He doesn’t want you to say, ‘I’m only young’, ‘I’m not a good speaker’, ‘I’m only a girl or I’m only a boy’.
David saw that how Goliath was speaking was wrong. This is what he said about Goliath,
‘This uncircumcised Philistine will be like the lions and bears I’ve killed, because he has spoken against the armies of The Living God. The Lord Who saved me from a lion and bear will save me from this Philistine’. 1 Samuel 17 verses 36 and 37
God looks at our hearts. David loved God and that is what drove him to stand against Goliath. He trusted God and knew that God was with him. He remembered how God had helped him in the past and knew that God would help him again.
David did not hold back because he was only a boy. He knew that God Who lives in him, is stronger than any man and giant.
Even when Goliath tried to bring David down, David remained bold and he said, ‘Everyone gathered here will know The Lord does not need swords or spears to save people. The battle belongs to Him, and He will hand you over to us’. 1 Samuel 17 verse 47
David defeated Goliath, meaning that The Philistines were no longer strong enough to win a war against The Israelites.
God can use you to impact the people you are surrounded with. God can use you to change situations around you with His power in you. God doesn’t look at your age or whether or not you are strong (or appear strong) enough. God looks at your heart. If you want to change things for the right reasons, God will help you. If God wants to choose someone to do a special task, He will look at their heart. If their heart is right and pure, He will choose them, strengthen them and help them.
Hunger after the things of God. Hunger after His voice. Hunger after obedience and walking in His will. Hunger after God and see how earthly things do not satisfy you like He can. For when we have a hungry heart for God, we
receive true satisfaction in Him.
Cry out, ‘Abba Father’, draw near to Him and watch Him draw near to you.
I’ve often found that because I haven’t been in constant communication with God or days or I haven’t been inviting Him into every part of my life, I lose peace, joy.
God is our source for everything. True peace and joy is found in Him.
‘God wanted them to look for Him and perhaps search all around for Him and find Him, though He is not far from any of us: ‘We live in Him. We walk in Him. We are in Him.’ Some of your own poets have said: ‘For we are His children.’ Acts 17: 27 and 28
Do not try to satisfy your hunger with worldly things but instead run to Him and be satisfied and filled by His precious Word.
What our hearts and souls cry out for is more of Jesus. If only we would use that hunger to search for the deeper things of God and to spend more time with Him.
God wants to pour more of Himself into us, that our lives would be filled with more of Jesus.
‘Be full of joy in The Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy.’ Philippians 4:4
Meditate on how loving and great our God is and let us not drown out the cries of our heart to be filled with more of God.
Let your heart’s hunger lead you back to God.
Grace is what keeps us in communication with God. It’s grace that awakens the connectivity signal and allows for a relationship to be created, maintained and developed into intimacy.
It is not our good works that keeps us in right standing with The Father. Works do not even come close. It’s all about God and His love lavished on us.
Could we even begin to imagine what life would be like if salvation was based on good works? If this was true, each day will be filled with frustration as to how we are failing. Sinful desires and thoughts are very real in this world and we would have to rely on our good works to balance out the sins we commit. Therefore, if salvation was based on how ‘good’ we were, we would have nothing to fall back on and God cannot stand sins and because of this hatred for sin, He could never allow it into His Kingdom.
It is only through the blood Jesus shed on the cross that we can be in a relationship with God, once we ask to be cleansed from your sins.
Sin became a part of human nature at the Garden of Eden. We must therefore part with our old desire to sin before we can live in unity with God.
‘All have sinned and are not good enough for God’s glory, and all need to be made right with God by His grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus.’ Romans 3:23 and 24
This is beyond what humans can do.
If you believe that salvation is of yourself, you are claiming to have the supernatural power necessary, which can cause pride.
‘I mean that you have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves, it was a gift from God’. Ephesians 2:8
If you believe that salvation is of God, you are speaking in one accord with God and can therefore live in humility, thankfulness and reverence.
We need The Almighty God in our lives. At those days when we feel emotionally, physically and spiritually weak, it is God we turn to.
Grace is a free gift. A gift we should be thankful for each day. For if God hadn’t purchased this gift through His precious Son, we could not be in constant communication with Him.
Grace makes that possible.
You can only be lifted up if you want to be lifted up.
When we fall, we shouldn’t stay down for long, we must want to get back up again.
I know that seems like an obvious statement but often when I fail, I find myself wallowing in self pity for too long instead of repenting, asking for forgiveness and continuing with the work God has called me to do.
However, it’s not that easy when the situation seems to be totally out of our control, when it’s a break down in relationship or a circumstance that has knocked us off our feet. Understandably, we feel weak, both physically and emotionally.
It is at those moments that we need to cry for help. With the little energy that we do have, we must cry out to God, call on His Name.
Bringing ourselves in alignment with God’s thoughts over us is best. He doesn’t enjoy seeing us down and wants us to be lifted up again, to become strong again.
Whatever the world throws at us, we can rise above it and we can overcome it because we have an Overcomer living inside us.
Furthermore, we have God’s powerful Word encouraging us and feeding us with the truth. If we are rooted and grounded in God’s Word by meditating day and night and allowing His truth to flow in our minds and to remain in our hearts, when trials do come, it can be harder to get knocked off our feet.
We can therefore pray and ask God to help us before difficulties do arise or before stress or frustration begin to surface based on circumstances.
God is in control of everything and He is ready to help us. We can rise up against every situation because God is on our side.
What I’ve learned is that it can be very easy to become consumed by the circumstance but it’s very important to not let that happen. Allowing your mind to wander to the things of God is part of the process. However difficult the situation is, keep thanking God and seeking His face as you meet with Him and rest in His glorious presence. Surrender the situation to Him and leave it with Him. No longer carry the weight of these problems.