God’s Power Raised Us from the Dead

Ephesians 2:1-12

The Passion Translation

God’s Power Raised Us from the Dead

2 And his fullness fills you, even though you were once like corpses,[a] dead in your sins and offenses. 2 It wasn’t that long ago that you lived in the religion, customs, and values[b] of this world,[c] obeying the dark ruler of the earthly realm who fills the atmosphere with his authority, and works diligently in the hearts of those who are disobedient to the truth of God.

3 The corruption that was in us from birth was expressed through the deeds and desires of our self-life. We lived by whatever natural cravings and thoughts our minds dictated, living as rebellious children subject to God’s wrath like everyone else.

4 But God still loved us with such great love. He is so rich in compassion and mercy.

5 Even when we were dead and doomed in our many sins, he united us into the very life of Christ and saved us by his wonderful grace!

6 He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated[d] as one with Christ

7 Throughout the coming ages[e] we will be the visible display of the infinite riches of his grace and kindness, which was showered upon us in Jesus Christ.

8 For by grace you have been saved by faith. Nothing you did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the love gift[f] from God that brought us to Christ!

9 So no one will ever be able to boast, for salvation is never a reward for good works or human striving.

10 We have become his poetry,[g] a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works[h] we would do to fulfill it!

A New Humanity

11–12 So don’t forget that you were not born as Jews and were uncircumcised (circumcision itself is just a work of man’s hands); you had none of the Jewish covenants and laws; you were foreigners to Israel’s incredible heritage;[i] you were without the covenants and prophetic promises of the Messiah, the promised hope, and without God.

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What is God saying to us today?

He is telling us that He is in control!

Trust God completely!

Hang tight to Christ as God is now shaking heaven and earth!

Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves and be ready to give an answer to everyone that asks a reason of the hope that is in you with fear and trembling for our God is a consuming fire.

Those who are Christs are already citizens of the Kingdom of God.

So let your light shine as we proclaim the Kingdom to every living creature.

All creation is groaning waiting for the Son’s of God to appear.

Now is our time to shine.

2 Peter 1:10-11
The Passion Translation

10 For this reason, beloved ones,[a] be eager to confirm and validate[b] that God has invited you to salvation[c] and claimed you[d] as his own. If you do these things, you will never stumble.

11 As a result, the kingdom’s gates will open wide to you as God choreographs[e] your triumphant entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Messiah.

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Good Morning Saints

Good Morning Saints!

Many are asking what is happening in our world today?

I believe that God is shaking heaven and earth so that which is unshakable may remain.

So hold on tight to your Lord and lift up your eyes and rejoice for your Lord is coming and your redemption is near.

Let us as the One Body of Christ cast off all fears and anxieties and let us enter into a season of praise and worship to our God and His Son Jesus Christ. Let us be not filled with wine but filled with the spirit singing and making melody in our hearts as unto the Lord with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs:

Hebrews 12:22-29
New Living Translation

22 No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering.

23 You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect.

24 You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.

25 Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven!

26 When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.”[a]

27 This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.

28 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.

29 For our God is a devouring fire.

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The Spiritual War Rages

The Spiritual War Rages

The Battlefield of the Mind

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

This morning I was suddenly awakened by a thought of impenduing doom for America and the World.

Suddenly an overwhelming fear gripped me. Then as quickly as the first thought came to me another thought responded to not be terrified.

Realizing once again that Christ is active in our lives and never leaves or forsakes us; comfort began to calm me.

I was encouraged to put on the whole armor of God and stand in victory and not succumb to the paralyzing fear that desired to defeat me.

Christ is always present for us.

He always comes to our rescue.

Philippians 1:28

King James Version

28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

By not allowing ourselves to be terrified we show and remind our enemies of their certain doom.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”—Psalm 27:1

My brothers and sisters in Christ please allow me to remind you that the Lord Jesus Christ has called us to experience and endure trials and tribulations not for our demise but for our spiritual growth.

Thankfully we have been equipped to be more than conquerors through Christ.

Even Christ suffered extreme anxiety when he sweat blood in the Garden of Gethsemane.

He us showed by example how to overcome fears and anxiety.

Christ told His followers they will suffer the persecution in this life for his sake. Then he showed them how to deal with it.

The blessing of all of our needs being supplied according to the riches of his glory also includes the privilege of suffering for his sake.

The following passages gives insight into how we are to understand and how we are to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand.

These scriptures illustrate the power we have been given to confront and overcome the consistent spiritual attacks against us from our adversary:

1 Peter 2:20-25

King James Version

20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

Patience is a key to victory over spiritual attacks. When we have patience we will see The perfect work of God.

We were called to suffer for Christs sake.

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

Christ is our example of how to deal with suffering.

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Christ is the Bishop and overseer of our Soul and he allows us to suffer for his sake for the purpose that we may grow up into his character.

We are instructed by scriptures to follow the example of Christ. We learn from Christ’s example how to suffer persecution for doing the good works we have been called to do in this life.

Philippians 1:27-30

King James Version

27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel

28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

Philippians 1:27-30

New Living Translation

Live as Citizens of Heaven

27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.

28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself.

29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.

30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.

Philippians 1:27-30

Amplified Bible

27 Only [be sure to] lead your lives in a manner [that will be] worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I do come and see you or remain absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit [and one purpose], with one mind striving side by side [as if in combat] for the faith of the gospel.

28 And in no way be alarmed or intimidated [in anything] by your opponents, for such [constancy and fearlessness on your part] is a [clear] sign [a proof and a seal] for them of [their impending] destruction, but [a clear sign] for you of deliverance and salvation, and that too, from God

29 For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake, not only to believe and confidently trust in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,

30 [and so you are] experiencing the same [kind of] conflict which [you saw me endure, and which you hear to be mine now.

Philippians 1:27-30

The Passion Translation

27 Whatever happens, keep living your lives based on the reality of the gospel of Christ. Then when I come to see you, or hear good reports of you, I’ll know that you stand united in one Spirit and one passion—celebrating together as conquerors the faith of the gospel.

28 And then you will never be shaken or intimidated by the opposition that rises up against us. Your courage will prove to be a sure sign from God of their coming destruction.

29 For God has graciously given you the privilege not only to believe in Christ, but also to suffer for him.

30 For you have been called by him to endure the conflict in the same way I have endured it—for you know I’m not giving up.

Yes! Christ has called us to endure suffering for his sake as an overcomer.

Scripture states that we shall overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of his testimony!

Revelation 12:10-12

King James Version

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of his testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

When the trials of our faith come upon us may we look to Christ as our model of how to overcome the attacks of the enemy.

Let us remember that we are not in this alone.

We have The Father God.

We have Jesus Christ.

We have been filled with Holy Spirit power from on high.

We have one another.

We are never alone or abandoned.

When tribulations come upon us let us remember that hereunto were we called to suffer for his sake.

Let us who are all unique members of the one body of Christ pray daily for one another.

Let us encourage one another and the more so as we see the day of Christ’s return.

These are certainly dark days in which we are living and we must make up our minds to not be weary and faint in well doing.

Galatians 6:9-10

The Passion Translation

9 And don’t allow yourselves to be weary in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!

10 Take advantage of every opportunity to be a blessing to others,[a] especially to our brothers and sisters in the family of faith!

The good seeds here refer to the Parable of the Sower and the Seed.

In this parable the Seed are the seeds of the Good News of the Kingdom of God.

Revelation 12:7-12

The Passion Translation

The Dragon Defeated

7 Then a terrible war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the great dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back.

8 But the dragon did not have the power to win and they could not regain their place in heaven.

9 So the great dragon was thrown down once and for all. He was the serpent, the ancient snake called the devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole earth. He was cast down into the earth and his angels along with him.

10 Then I heard a triumphant voice in heaven proclaiming:

“Now salvation and power are set in place,

and the kingdom reign of our God

and the ruling authority of his Anointed One

are established.

For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,

who relentlessly accused them

day and night before our God,

has now been defeated—cast out once and for all!

11

They conquered him completely

through the blood of the Lamb

and the powerful word of his testimony.

They triumphed because they did not love and cling

to their own lives, even when faced with death.

12

So rejoice, you heavens,

and every heavenly being!

But woe to the earth and the sea,

for the devil has come down to you

with great fury, because he knows

his time is short.”

The day and time is fast approaching when we all shall be changed in a moment of time and shall triumphantly enter the gates if the Kingdom of God with great joy!

Hebrews 12:1-4

The Passion Translation

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

12 As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race[e] with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us.

2 We look away from the natural realm and we focus our attention and expectation onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his,

he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 So consider carefully how Jesus faced such intense opposition from sinners who opposed their own souls, so that you won’t become worn down and cave in under life’s pressures.

4 After all, you have not yet reached the point of sweating blood in your opposition to sin.

Joy supernaturally activates the hope of the future in our minds today and provides the stamina needed to overcome this World’s obstacles.

2Peter 3:11

As a result, the kingdom’s gates will open wide to you as God choreographs your triumphant entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Messiah.

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The War Between Good and Evil

Today America and the World is involved in a War of Evil against good.

This is not a war of ships or tanks or troops . This is not a war of bombs or missiles.

This is a war of words and ideologies combatting one another to ultimately deliver either freedom or bondage to America and then to the World.

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A Word of Encouragement

May this Word of Encouragement find you well and may God’s blessings be showered upon you as you continue to bless the people of your community with the love of Christ in action.

What a beautiful picture of compassion your letter painted illustrating how Christ was motivated by love to heal even the unclean from incurable diseases.

No one could help these marginalized people except the Son of God come in the flesh.

Christ came to the house of Israel to usher in the Kingdom of God.

Christ came to preach the Good News with power and signs, miracles and wonders.

Israel rejected their Messiah but the Plan of God was not yet fulfilled.

After Christ was raised from the dead the book of Acts teaches that Christ spent 40 days teaching his disciples the things concerning the Kingdom of God.

Here the Lord was equipping the disciplines to carry on what he had begun concerning the Kingdom of God.

This is still true today only difference is that we who follow and believe in Christ have been called to go forth and share the same message of Christ the Good News of the Gospel of the Kingdom.

In our day the entire global population is subjected to extreme measures of quarantines. As men desperately search for a remedy to this ongoing dilemma forces of darkness are taking advantage of the situation to promote their hate upon society.

In a sense the quarantined people of the world are like the Leper separated from one another wanting to be made whole.

It is the Christian Community which is the Universal Body of Christ that is awakening and rising up to do the work of Christ around the World today.

This monumental task that has been set before us was preordained before the World began by the Father when he chose us to stand holy and without blame before him in love.

Actually when you stop and think about it in light of the eternal kingdom of God, those who love Christ are actually Special Envoys chosen, equipped and sent by the Father to earth for a limited time to represent him.

We were sent into the World to reach our generation with the Good News.

I suppose God could have sent Angels but he desires that his Sons and Daughters represent him for this work.

During our lives our destiny is fulfilled and our steps are ordered and guided by God towards our ultimate goal of residing forever in the Kingdom of God.

In other words we are all where we are supposed to be. We are doing what we have been called to do which is to live the lifestyle of Kingdom Citizens.

As we live our lives we learn about who we really

are in Christ and we grow into our calling by growing in the grace which God has so generously lavished upon us.

As we mature in Christ and become more like him. We begin to have confidence in the truth that we are equipped Ambassadors of Christ with the God given powerful ability to reconcile men back to God.

All this has been preordained and provisions supplied for this noble assignment.

The entire creation is groaning as it awaits the loving evidence of the Sons of God to be manifested in the entire World. Even the creatures groan for this mighty event to occur.

This is our hope.

So then as we live our days opportunities open up for us to tell others about the availability of becoming a Citizen of the Kingdom by sharing with them the Good News.

Some have made this process into a religious activity of rules but God meant it to be a way of life.

Christ said, “I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the Father but by me.”

Today we have been sent and equipped with “Christ in us the hope of glory” to the World to reflect the image of God to all who see the true light shining from us.

So then people are either attracted to us or they are repulsed by us. Nevertheless God opens opportunities to share the Gospel.

These opportunities to share the Good News may open up at a job or a business.

Opportunities may open up while on a walk or while fishing.

We do not need to bother ourselves with figuring out the how of it. We just need to be ready to give an answer to every one who asks a reason of the Hope that is in us.

We may be on a vacation in the Bahamas, or flying on a plane when God opens a door of utterance for us.

The Father created this Universe for us to enjoy with Christ Alive in our hearts.

We simply are to live our lives as Citizens of the Kingdom and allow God to handle the Divine Appointments.

If we trust in Christ then

We are already Kingdom Citizens sent to the earth to serve our generation the “Bread of Life.”

The simplicity of this is astounding but simply doable.

It’s not about us it’s all about Him!

Have a blessed day and enjoy the life God has called you to live.

In Communion of prayer.

Love

In Christ

Brother Frank

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A Word of encouragement:

I am taking this opportunity to do a little bragging on God:

Psalm 37:4

King James Version

4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Over the years I have been slowly learning how to put my total reliance and trust in the Lord.

This hasn’t been an easy journey due to the fact that we live in a fast paced culture that is long on “I want it right now!” Which builds a climate filled with anxiety and stress.

Anxiety is the opposite of peace and peace is what Christ desires that we enjoy in our life.

I have learned that God never disappoints us in our expectations of him and it is in his timing he always delivers on his promises.

Many times when I ask for something from God and it doesn’t arrive quickly enough I am disappointed.

What am I lacking?

I am short on Patience and patience is a powerful virtue that we have been given by God for our benefit. This is especially true during tribulation which we all encounter.

Therefore in order to receive our requests from God and live in peace we must exercise the wisdom of Patience.

James 1:4

King James Version

4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

If we then will give patience permission then patience will work her perfect work

making us perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

What a place to be instead of being anxious.

James 1:2-8.

II Peter 1:3-11

God has supplied everything needed for life and godliness so that we might share in his Divine Nature.

Wow! This is big! God the Creator is willing to share his Divine Nature with us.

This is all his doing.

We have been freely given so much by our heavenly Father in order to be able to enjoy his creation and live by His many promises.

We have been blessed with all the spiritual blessings he has lavishly blessed us with.

Let us not allow the fears and uncertainties about the future steal our rightful blessings of peace from us.

Let us pray and give our Father all praise and glory and honor!

Let us bless the Lord.

Psalm 103:1-2

King James Version

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Placing our complete trust in God’s ability to bring the seemingly impossible to pass gives us peace and comfort as we go through the good, the bad and the ugly of this life.

Let’s give him all praise and glory, and honor!

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Their eyes were Opened, and they knew him. — Luke 24:31

It is very possible to have Jesus Himself with you and not know it.

It is very possible to listen to all the truth about Jesus, and even to preach about it, and yet not know Him.

This fact has made a deep impression on me.

That was the case of the disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus after He was resurrected.

Their hearts burned within them as they talked with Him about all the events of His crucifixion and the reports of His resurrection.

These disciples spent a very blessed time with Jesus, but if they had gone away before He revealed Himself that evening, they never would have been sure that it was Jesus, for they had been prevented from recognizing Him.

This, I am sorry to say, is the condition of a great number of people in the church of Christ. They know that Christ has risen from the dead. They believe in Him; they frequently have blessed experiences that come from the risen Christ.

Very often, at a Bible conference or in a time of silent Bible reading or when God gives His grace to them in a special way, their hearts burn. Yet, it can be said of many Christians, whose hearts are burning within them, that they do not know it is Jesus Himself who is with them.

If you were to ask me what great blessing we should seek from God, my answer would be this:

Not only should we think about Jesus Himself and speak about Him and believe in Him, but we should come to the point at which the disciples in the text arrived: “They knew him.”

Everything is to be found in knowing Christ in a personal and experiential way.

To know Christ and the power of his resurrection is a life changing experience.

Knowing the Greek, Aramaic or Hebrew words are all well and good but knowing Christ who is the Word become flesh is far better.

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More Kingdom thoughts

More Kingdom thoughts

Actually when you stop and think about it in light of the eternal kingdom of God those who love Christ are actually Special Envoys chosen, equipped and sent by the Father to earth for a limited time to represent him.

We were sent into the World to reach our generation with the Good News.

I suppose God could have sent Angles but he desires that his Son’s and Daughter’s represent him.

During our lives our destiny is fulfilled and our steps are ordered and guided by God towards our ultimate goal of residing forever in the Kingdom of Christ.

As we live our lives we learn about who we really

are in Christ and we grow into our calling by growing in the grace which God has so generously lavished upon us.

As we mature in Christ and become more like him. We begin to have confidence in the truth that we are equipped Ambassadors of Christ with the God given

ability to reconcile men back to God.

All has been preordained and provisions supplied for this a noble assignment.

The entire creation is groaning as it waits for loving evidence of the Sons of God.

So then as we live our days opportunities open up for us to tell others about the availability of becoming a Citizen of the Kingdom.

Men have made this into a religion of rules but God meant it to be a way of life.

Christ said, “I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the Father but by me.”

Today we have been sent with Christ in us to the World to reflect the image of God to all who see the true light shining from us.

These opportunities to share the Good News may open up at a job or a business.

Opportunities may open up while on a walk or while fishing.

We do not need to bother ourselves with figuring out the how. We just need to be ready to give an answer to every one who ask’s a reason of the Hope that is in us.

We may be on a vacation in the Bahamas, or flying on a plane when God opens a door for us.

The Father created the Universe for us to enjoy with Christ Alive in our hearts.

We simply live our lives as Citizens of the kingdom and God handles the Divine Appointments.

If we trusted in Christ then

We are already Kingdom Citizens sent to the earth to serve our generation the Bread of Life.

The simplicity of this is astounding but simply doable.

It’s not about us it’s about Him!

Have a blessed day and enjoy the life God has called you to live.

Let’s live it up!

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Christ is Coming!

Never forget if you are a follower of Christ then the reality of His return to snatch His people out this
World into His glorious Kingdom shall occur.

This is our Hope!

This will take place in a moment of time.

1 Corinthians 15:51-55

The Passion Translation

51 Listen, and I will tell you a divine mystery: not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed.

52 It will happen in an instant in the twinkling of his eye. For when the last trumpet is sounded, the dead will come back to life. We will be indestructible and we will be transformed.

53 For we will discard our mortal “clothes” and slip into a body that is imperishable. What is mortal now will be exchanged for immortality.

54 And when that which is mortal puts on immortality, and what now decays is exchanged for what will never decay, then the Scripture will be fulfilled that says:

Death is swallowed up by a triumphant victory!

55 So death, tell me, where is your victory?
Tell me death, where is your sting?

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