Happy Resurrection Sunday 2017!!!

Dear Revival-Fire Church Family,

Happy Resurrection Sunday 2017!!!

All around the world many are remembering the Resurrection of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. This year as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord & Savior, we need to truly be aware of what He has done for us. To some this day is only a mere ritual…to some this day is a time of reflection of what He had done for us over 2000 years ago & celebrate that blessing. But to a small remnant, it is a reminder that we need to desperately seek for Him to truly be Lord of our lives. Rom 6:16  says: “Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” This is a staggering statement!

When Jesus died on the Cross, He paid for our sins & we deeply thank Him for such a great sacrifice! If we would take the time to understand what it meant for Him to do that for us…the truth there is mind-boggling…the torture & mutilation that He endured is horrible! Back in the 1970s, as a young Christian we were at a local Bible Book store & I saw an “artist’s conception” of what Jesus looked like after He was scourged & hung on the Cross. All I can tell you is, He looked like living human “hamburger”. But, our Lord didn’t stop there…yes, He paid for the sins of mankind with His death, but when God raised Him from the dead, He gave something extraordinary…He gave us our justification: Rom 4:25  says: “Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification”. As we believe on Him powerful forces are put into play that we MUST apply to our lives.

Our walk as Christians is not just some religious “hobby” or “social club”…it is suppose to be life changing! Rom. 6:5  says: “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection”. This speaks of our dying to self…something that not many Christians truly ever wish to embrace, but it is vitally important to our walk with God. Paul said in 1 Cor. 15:31: “…I die daily”. Jesus said we are to “take up our cross daily & follow Him” (Lk. 9:23). Someone might ask…”why am I sharing these things? This day is “suppose” to be our time to celebrate His resurrection!” Yes, it is…it is time that we celebrate His resurrection as He intended us to.

Many will say they want to “know the Lord”….they want the power of God in their lives…they will say they want the anointing of God upon them. Yes, these are all very good things…things that God truly desires each of us to walk in! But, there is a cost! Remember again…Phil. 3:10  says: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death”. So what is the cost? It is our “surrendering unto Him”. If we desire to see the power of His resurrection manifesting in our lives, we MUST be willing to be made conformable to His death…in other words…we must die to self.

This Resurrection Sunday, we need to put things in their proper perspective…Jesus didn’t die on the Cross just so our sins would be forgiven & stop there…no, He died so He would then be resurrected…it was for our sake! His resurrection made it possible for us to be like Him, because He was raised for our “justification”. What does justification\ justify mean? Well, some have looked at it this way….”just as if I”- never sinned. This is good, but it actually means “acquittal”…ie, “not guilty”. This makes it possible for us to become like Him. But, it is up to us to apply His resurrection to our lives. We can take hold of His power & run with Him, allowing to conform us to His image, by surrendering our lives unto Him…or we can just take His resurrection for granted & see no real change in our lives.

Lets make this Resurrection Sunday impact our lives in a life-changing, world-changing way…for if we will surrender our all unto Him, He will use us to change this lost & dying world. He is looking for those who will be open, available & obedient. We can ALL do that…we just have to make the decision & go forward! Now, as we begin to walk this out the enemy is not going to make things easy for us…that is why He said “take up your cross DAILY & follow Me”. Like the Apostle Paul, we must be resolved in our hearts to…”I die daily”. Does this mean we are to live out our lives in misery, never enjoying anything again? No, not at all…it just means we are to surrender to the Lord the things that He deems unpleasing unto Him. The word “I” in the Greek here means “ego”, ie, “pride”…we must die to our pride…enough said!

When Jesus walked on this earth, He enjoyed life, He laughed, ate good food, did things like most anyone…He did what most people would expect. He didn’t walk around all gloomy & discouraged about His life…& He knew He had been born to die a tragic death! His life is our model to follow. We can BE like Him…we just need to take that first step…be open to Him…to His will. Then take the next step…be available for Him to speak into our lives about the things He wants us to do. Then we must follow through & obey what He has said. That is what He did when He walked this earth. All 3 of these require take we subdue our “pride”. Jesus only did what He saw His Father do & only spoke what He heard His Father say:

John 5:19: “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also does the Son likewise”.
John 8:28: “Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
John 12:49 He said: “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak”.
John 12:50 He said: “And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak”.

We can learn to do the same! Let’s celebrate His Resurrection as He desires…let this be our prayer today:

“Heavenly Father, help us to see Your life as You desire us to see it. Help us to experience Your resurrection power…now today…as we choose to know You intimately in our lives. Help us to deny ourselves & take up our cross daily & follow you, that we may surrender ourselves completely to You…one step at a time…one day at a time. We choose You, Lord! Please, make us like You! In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray, amen!”

Happy Resurrection Sunday 2017!

Love & blessings,
Pastors Mark & Julie Moore

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