Friday, April 18, 2014

Resurrection Week #5




Well it's Friday of the Holy week. Great day for us but a terrible day for Jesus. So let us get to today's events.



The trials of Jesus. All of them are crooked and twisted in one way or another.



They took Jesus to Annas first it did not amount to much so to me this is the First trial if you want to call it that:



Matthew 26:57-68

57 And those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58 But Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end.

59 Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, 60 but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward 61 and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’”

62 And the high priest arose and said to Him, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” 63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!”

64 Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! 66 What do you think?”

They answered and said, “He is deserving of death.”

67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?”



And so the beatings and mockery of Jesus begin....what a horrible day for Jesus.



Peter denies Jesus as foretold by Jesus:





Matthew 26:69-75

69 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.”

70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.”

71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!”

73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.”

74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.



Second trial:





Matthew 27:1

27 When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death.



Here they gathered a quorum to make it look more legal, they then sent him to Pilate.



Third trial:



Luke 23:1-7

23 Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”

3 Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

He answered him and said, “It is as you say.”

4 So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.”

5 But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”

6 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked if the Man were a Galilean. 7 And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.



Pilate himself says "no fault"!



Fourth trial:



Luke 23:8-11



8 Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. 9 Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. 11 Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.



Nothing but a joke to Herod.



Fifth trial:





Matthew 27:11-26



11 Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” 12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.

13 Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.

Taking the Place of Barabbas

15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. 16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.

19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”

20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”

They said, “Barabbas!”

22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”

They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”

23 Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?”

But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”

24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.”

25 And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”

26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.



Wow! Released a true criminal over an innocent man!



Bloodied, scourged, and beaten now Jesus picks up the cross to go to Calvary.



The Crucifixion:



John 19:16-19

16 Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.

17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:

JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.



Mocking Jesus to the very end.



Jesus dies:



John 19:28-30

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.



At the death of Jesus the veil is torn in the temple, an earthquake, rocks split, saints were resurrected, something huge had happened, that something was the Son of God was dead.



Jesus was anointed for burial by Joesph of Arimathea and Nicodemus and then laid in Joesphs' own tomb and the rolled a great stone to seal the tomb.







That my friends is Friday! Whew what a day! What a day.



Tom

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Resurrection Week #4




Well here we are at Thursday already. Things in the life of Jesus begin to move really fast from here on out. Today the first thing we see is:



Peter and John sent to prepare for Passover:



Luke 22:7-13



7 Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. 8 And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.”

9 So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?”

10 And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11 Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.”

13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.



Don't miss verse 7 as the passover would have a new view as Jesus would soon fulfill the Passover being killed for all time. If you do not know what the passover is, it was when Israel placed the blood on the doorposts so the death angel would passover them in Egypt. Now Jesus' blood covers you so you will be passed over when judgement comes. Much more to passover than that, but that is short and sweet.



Next the Lord's Supper was instituted:





Matthew 26:26-29



26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”



This was a look for the disciples of what would soon happen to Jesus although they still did not yet completely understand. We now do this as believers and a reminder of what Jesus did for the sins of the world. The bread represents his broken and battered body, and the wine represents the blood that He shed for the sins of us all. Let me remind you that your sins are only covered if you put your faith in Jesus, repent of sins, make Him Lord of your life, and now follow Him in obedience.



Next we see Jesus predict disciples abandonment of Him and Peters' denial:





Matthew 26:31-35



31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:

‘I will strike the Shepherd,And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

32 But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.”

33 Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”

34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”

35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”

And so said all the disciples.



We tend to pick on Peter but don't miss verse 35! All the disciples said they would not deny Jesus! We do too in ways at times!



Next we move to the garden:





Matthew 26:36-44



36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” 43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.

44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.



What I don't want you to miss here is verse 39...don't think it was easy for Jesus to go to the cross for you, Jesus asked id there was any other way for our sins to be covered, there was NOT! So he did as the Father willed...died.



Jesus is then betrayed by Judas:





Mark 14:43-50



43 And immediately, while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now His betrayer had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely.”

45 As soon as he had come, immediately he went up to Him and said to Him, “Rabbi, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

46 Then they laid their hands on Him and took Him. 47 And one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

48 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? 49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”

50 Then they all forsook Him and fled.



Not much to be said here but what verse 49 says: "the scriptures must be fulfilled".



Jesus was then taken to the high Priest:





Matthew 26:57



57 And those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.



This was a trial of false witnesses and the abuse begins. Read it! Matthew 26:57-68



The last event we look at for this day is Peters' denial of Jesus:





Matthew 26:69-75



69 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.”

70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.”

71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!”

73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.”

74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.



I don't know about you but reading this cuts to my heart as I have denied Jesus so many times. One the easiest ways to deny Jesus is not to tell others about what He has done for me when given the opportunity!



So this ends Thursday. Hold on tomorrow is hard!



Tom

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Resurrection Week #3




This silent day. No mention of any activity this day in the gospels. What most scholars believe to have taken place is:



*Jesus prepares for the last supper and most likely spends time in prayer with the Father for events to come.

*Judas and the Sanhedrin prepare for the arrest of Jesus

*Jesus spent the entire day and night in Bethany.



Prepare your hearts and mind for the betrayal of Jesus and the brutal days ahead for Jesus but keep in mind Sunday is coming which means VICTORY!



Let us take some time today to also be silent and still before our Lord and think about this Holy Week and what Jesus did for you and for me!



Psalm 62:1

Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.



Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!



Psalm 62:5

My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.



Zephaniah 1:7

Be silent in the presence of the Lord God; For the day of the Lord is at hand, For the Lord has prepared a sacrifice; He has invited His guests.



Acts 8:32

The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth.



Tom

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Resurrection Week #2




As we celebrate the Holy week this week and the main events in Jesus' life let us move to Tuesday. Here is what happened:



A very important teaching of Jesus happened this day, a lesson on faith!



Matthew 21:18-22



The Fig Tree Withered



18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.

The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree

20 And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?”

21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”



Our faith in Jesus and through the Holy Spirit gives us an enormous amount of power through the Holy Spirit. What Jesus is saying here is not whatever we want He will give us, but whatever we do according to His Word will be done such as providing everything needed to share the gospel! How strong is your faith?



Jesus as it seemed was always the case also had His authority questioned this day:





Matthew 21:23-37



Jesus’ Authority Questioned



23 Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?”

24 But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: 25 The baptism of John—where was it from? From heaven or from men?”

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.”

And He said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.



While He confounded the chief priests here he did tell ultimately reveal where His authority comes from:



John 17:1-3





17 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.



Jesus and the Father are one, He has always had authority and always will!



Jesus gave on this day what is known as the Mount of Olives discourse: you can read this in Matthew 24:1-25:46



Main points here are:



*Prediction of temple destruction

*Signs of end of times

*persecution will happen to believers

*Jesus predicts tribulation, false christs, and prophets

* Jesus tells HE IS COMING BACK to gather believers!

*Jesus tells His Words last forever.

*Jesus reveals no one knows the hour of His return except God the Father.

*Jesus reveals when he returns He will judge and separate the goats from the sheep!



Read over these...very important teachings from our Lord!



To close this day out, bad news:



The plot to kill Jesus:



Matthew 26:3-5



3 Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him. 5 But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”



And Judas betrays our King:



Matthew 26:14-16



14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. 16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.That still hurts me every time I read it even though I know it had to happen!



So this ends Tuesday of our Holy Week.



Tom

Monday, April 14, 2014

Resurrection Week #1




Going to take a week break from the "Follow Me" series and remind us of why this week is important to our faith. Each day I want to remind you what Jesus was up to some 2000 years ago to show His love for you and I.



Starting with yesterday (Sunday April 13, 2014) which we call Palm Sunday:



Matthew 21



The Triumphal Entry


21 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,‘Behold, your King is coming to you,Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’Hosanna in the highest!”

10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”



The beginning of the end has started as this Holy Week was kicked of by Jesus coming to Jerusalem where He knew what was going to take place but yet He was willing to take our sin upon Himself. Notice the multitudes praising Him now but in a few days notice how many were standing up for Him when He is arrested and tried! Most had disappeared or even turned against Him demanding His crucifixion, talk about flip-flopping!



He then went and spent night in Bethany.



On Monday: the two main points that I grasped that happened are these two:





Luke 19:41-44


Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem


41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”





Matthew 21:12-17



Jesus Cleanses the Temple



12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”

14 Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant 16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”

And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read,

‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”

17 Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.



Jesus knows the Jews are and will reject Him as Savior, which cause Him great pain, and destruction is coming thus He weeps.



Jesus sees how the temple is being sinful. Folks are selling sacrifice animals at high prices, and in many cases the animals are not blemish free, thus they are thieves before God!



Then once again He leaves Jerusalem and spends night in Bethany after healing some folks in the temple.



Soak all this in, for followers of Jesus this is the most important week of our faith. Share with others where your hope lies....in Jesus!



Tom

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Are you following Jesus? #17




Do we understand these commands from Jesus? "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men?" and "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ?



Think hard on this for a moment. As a result from becoming a follower of Jesus the disciples went after others to give them the good news of Jesus and then discipled them. Are you doing the same thing? This was the central part of the lives the followers of Jesus and it was very costly to them even to the point of death.



It seems so called followers today have taken any personal responsibility of following Christ out of the equation. Most professing Christians would NOT say their purpose is to make disciples of all nations. This is clearly a wrong view according to the bible! Most would say that is the preachers job but look at what the bible says:





Ephesians 4:11-12

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,



The pastors job is to equip the saints (fellow believers) for the work of the ministry! Not to sit in a pew seat and do nothing but work as Christ has directed followers to share gospel and disciple others. This is plain and simple.



So why is a big majority of the church ignoring these commands from Jesus? Could it possible be many are not saved and have not surrendered their lives to Jesus? Could it be that's why Jesus says "the gate is narrow and their are few who find it?". Could it be that is why Jesus said on Judgement day many will say " Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’



It is past time for followers of Christ to do what Jesus has called them to do. Those who falsely claim to be followers have a spectator mentality, no true follower should have to prodded or begged to do what Jesus has told us to do. True followers know what Jesus wants us to do and joyfully press towards the goals Jesus has laid out before us.



So what about it my friend? Are you a pew filler, spectator? Or are you on the front lines with your Lord and Savior bringing the good news to the lost and discipling new believers?



It is clear what we are supposed to be doing!



Tom

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Are you following Jesus? #16




When we follow Jesus many fail to realize the power they have through the Holy Spirit. This Spirit is the power that we are given to make the radical changes in our new life (in Jesus) over our old life (without Jesus). Remember God told us way back in Ezekiel that a new heart and new spirit He would give us:



Ezekiel 36:26-27

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.



Then Jesus tells us:

John 16:7

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.



The Helper is the Holy Spirit. Why was it to our advantage that Jesus leave and send the Holy Spirit? Because in human form could do live inside us but if He left and sent back God in the form of the Holy Spirit, He then can dwell in us and give us the power we need to follow Jesus! Give a shout of praise!!!!!!



In reality when we die to self and give ourselves to Jesus, Jesus then dwells inside us, He is our life:



Galatians 2:20



20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.



Again, the Holy Spirit is our power, our life:



Romans 8:10-11



10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.



This is the overwhelming message of our faith...Jesus dies for you so that He might live in and through you! YOU ARE IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE!



So when we are following Jesus, everything of Him in now in us...His righteousness, His love, His joy, His mind, His desires, His will, His purposes, and His power. So if we win the days battle it is because we have surrendered to Jesus today, if we lose today's battles it is because we decided to take the reigns back into our own hands and quenched the power of the Holy Spirit.



Oh God as a follower of you, may we always follow you and depend on your power for today's battles. Help us to not try to lead ourselves, but to recognize we have the power of the Holy Spirit to live victoriously today through our risen Savior Jesus Christ. May you receive all the honor and glory through our lives as we live for you! Amen.



Tom