Joh 11:25 Jesus said to her, I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live; Joh 11:26 And whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this?
Jesus is the life itself – this is what He is teaching us in this scripture. He is the One who bring Life and He says that if you rely on Him; or trust in Him; or adhere to His teachings, then you should not have a problem at all to understand that you are actually living in the Kingdom of God.
The part of this scripture that really touches my heart; is that His word says: “although he may die, yet shall he live”. This is where we start realizing that there is this physical life where we live, but there is also a spiritual world out there, and if you rely on Jesus and believe in Him, it means that you have access to live in this spiritual world, which is His Kingdom. And yes, you can already live in the Kingdom today! It is not something that is still coming, it is already here. Jesus Christ is your life! He is the One who gives you life in abundance so that you can succeed in your everyday life. Look at V26… those who believe and cleave to Him; and rely on Him shall never actually die at all…! DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? Is Jesus your life?
So many times we want to do things but we battle to do them because we think that we are unable to do it. But in Acts 1:8 we are taught that His power is the ability, strength, might, skills, and all that we need – and this will enable us to be what God wants us to be as His servants here on earth.
We are here to help God expand His Kingdom and for this reason we must be One with Him, be partakers of the Divine, and also make use of the gifts God has given us.
We must remember, before Jesus started His three year’s public Ministry, He was baptized in water and anointed with the Holy Spirit of God to do great things (Mark 1:10). With these gifts He was able to do all the great things He did. And now He lives in us, which means that we are now equipped with the same power that Jesus had.
His word says we can do all Jesus did and more… John 14:12… what more do you want? You are a son of God walking on the earth with so much power… it actually blows my mind that Christians do not understand that they can draw on the power of Christ within them to overcome anything in this life… ANYTHING !!!
Maybe today you are one of those people that feel like life is just not worth going on anymore. Maybe you feel so down-and-out that you wonder why you should keep going? Are you so tired and mentally drained that you feel you could want to sleep forever?
Do you think that your life is looking like the dry bones in Ezekiel chapter One. Are your situation so bad and the circumstances so overwhelming that you think there is no way out…. you should read 1 Cor 10:13.
Have no doubt or fear… for God is with you. Even though you might not feel Him right now, He loves you and He is holding you. He wants you to be blessed, saved, healed, delivered and set free. You hope may seem that you have lost it along the way, but God is there to help you, and will refresh your hope and trust in Him. He has a way out for you.
God will refresh and bring to life that situation in your life that seems to be so dry and dead. He is able to do abundantly more than what we can ever think or feel.
Jud 1:20But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit;
There are many scriptures in God’s Word that teach us about having faith and keeping the faith, but one of my favorites is this scripture that we find in Jud 1:20.
He tells us that we are His beloved; and that we should build ourselves up in the holy faith to which your believes are founded upon. Then He continues to teach us to progress… in other words move forward. Never stop believing. Never stop growing in your faith…. don’t quit… persevere and endure!
Also that you should rise like and edifice higher and higher in the spirit and while you do that, stay in faith by praying to the Holy Spirit language of God, which He has blessed you with.
Today i want to encourage you to keep praying in faith, keep walking in faith, keep dreaming in faith; keep going by faith…. run the race in faith… and God will raise you up!
Ezr 8:21Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a straight and right way for us, our little ones, and all our possessions.
Isn’t it wonderful that the Israelite’s had the Prophets to guide them and help them to correct the mistakes they made from time to time? When Ezra proclaimed a Fast it was for the benefit of everyone who felt that they did something wrong before God.
Even today we sometimes do things knowing that it is wrong and God might not be happy with us. This is why i believe it is good to do a Fast now and then when you feel that it is necessary to separate yourself with God. This Fast was done at the River Ahava which also has a spiritual connection to it, because Jesus is the River of Life…. the Fast that God proclaimed for us to have is to FAST FROM SIN! Read more about Fasting inIsa 58.
I want to encourage you to do a Fast when you feel guided by the Spirit to do so, because it can only bring you closer to God. I am now at a time of my life where i am coming into the habit of Fasting one day a week, in separation with God. And it does wonders for my spiritual being and relationship with God; apart from that, it is also very healthy. Doctors say that if you have not had any food for more than 12 hours, you have fasted.
PS: There are more than 8 Fasts in the Word of God that He blessed us with and if you want to learn more, you can contact us on email at RestorationTRT@gmail.com.
Act 9:20And immediately in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, saying, He is the Son of God! Act 9:21And all who heard him were amazed and said, Is not this the very man who harassed and overthrew and destroyed in Jerusalem those who called upon this Name? And he has come here for the express purpose of arresting them and bringing them in chains before the chief priests. Act 9:22But Saul increased all the more in strength, and continued to confound and put to confusion the Jews who lived in Damascus by comparing and examining evidence and proving that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah).
As Leaders of churches it is our duty to proclaim the gift of salvation to all who are not saved; but sometimes it is difficult because some people just don’t want to hear about the gospel of Christ. Nevertheless we should continue to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit’ power to try and help all those who need salvation.
We pray for the unsaved day and night so that they too, can received salvation and live for God and with Him in His Kingdom; just like Paul changed his life from being an unbeliever to becoming one of the most famous disciples of Jesus Christ.
Is there some of your family members that are not saved? Be encouraged today as Jesus fills your heart with hope – He also wants them to get saved, so keep praying for your family members. God is faithful and they will come into His Kingdom.