Happy Easter Everyone! Glad you could take time to join us this morning. In my mind, I can see all your faces… praying that we can be together soon, but in the meantime, this is how we keep in touch. Ephesians 1:16 (NIV) ~ 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
Review: 1 Cor. 12:15-20
1) Do I “belong” to the Body of Christ? Answer: Yes
2) Was I created for the Body of Christ? Answer: Yes
Summary: The reality is ~ You are not complete without me, and I am not complete without you. He put each of us in a specific place in the body. (see verse 18).
Encouragement: What is your gift (talents)? How will you share this with others?
Today’s devotion: Please read Matthew 28
1. Jesus is Alive! (verse 6)
The closer it came to today, the more I felt it was more fitting to share about Jesus and the empty tomb. HALLELUJAH!!! I get excited reading this passage! He is alive! This is the foundation of our faith. If He wasn’t alive, we would have nothing to stand on… we would have nothing to live for.
2. We must “go” in order to see Jesus.
“Go” is an action word. We see in verses 7 and 10 the command “go” was given to His followers in order for them to see Jesus. The same is for us. When the Holy Spirit instructs us to take action, and we’re obedient to His leading, surely Jesus will be there with us.
3. There are those who are going to lie.
The soldiers who were guarding the tomb chose to lie about what truly happened. We, also, are going to have to make decisions to follow the Truth. When we stay close to the Lord in prayer and the reading of His Word, we will be able to withstand the enemy when lies come at us in any way, shape, or form. We will be able to distinguish the truth from the lie, and His Holy Spirit will give us the strength and courage to live in His truth.
4. We have good news to share. (verses 19-20)
We have been commanded to share the good news which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Simply share His love with others. And, Jesus promises to be with us always.
I heard the following chorus sung by Donnie McClurkin when I first got saved. I hope these words fill you with the joy and hope only Jesus can give: Living, He loved me; Dying, He saved me; Buried, He carried my sins far away; Rising, He justified freely forever: One day He’s coming back—O glorious day!
I know I gave you a different scripture to read and think about for this week. I apologize. We will continue our study in 1 Corinthians next week; so, it will be the same preparation for us.
>>>Next week, 4-12-20, please focus on vs. 21-26. We will discuss and answer the following questions in next week’s prayer and devotion:
1) Does God see me less or better than anyone in the Body of Christ?
2) Who is there for me when I hurt? Is there anyone there to share with my joy when I am happy?
Let’s pray: Dear God, thank You for all You have done for us. On this Easter morning, Jesus, we thank You for becoming a man just like us, for living a perfect life here on earth, for dying for our sins, for Your life after death, and for Your gift of eternal life to all who will accept You as Savior. May we seize the opportunity now, if we haven’t already, to dedicate (or re-dedicate) our lives to You. As the COVID-19 virus has plagued this world, we believe You are sovereign and that Your plan is being worked out in the midst of it. We ask that You protect and cover every doctor, nurse, and hospital worker. Give them rest from their endless hours of work, and give them wisdom in their decisions as they care for those who are sick. For all unspoken requests, and all of our unsaved loved ones: we know You are in control, and You are taking care of each one. May we remain connected to You. And, connected to one another, through prayer, being available, and by meeting each other’s needs as they arise. Thank You for Your love, mercy, and grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.
sista adeline 🙂