When Jesus rose from the dead, He left his grave clothes in the tomb. I want to say that again- He left his grave clothes in the tomb.
Jesus didn’t need them anymore. They were obsolete garments.
Jesus was clothed in new garments and glory and resurrection power.
As a believer in Jesus Christ you don’t need your grave clothes anymore either.
If you are still wearing your grave clothes then you need to cast them off.
You have been born again, raised to new life in Jesus and seated with Him in heavenly places.
You are clothed with the garment of salvation and a robe of righteousness.
Jesus has taken those stinking, heavy grave clothes and exchanged them for new heavenly robes.
It’s the divine exchange. Praise God.
Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. John 20:3-7
This is a beautiful post by our dear brother in Christ which I was blessed to read today. I hope you find it a blessing too in thinking about Joseph’s character and behaviour from Jesus’ story as an example to us.
Do you know or remember this song called “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves? It’s one of those songs that makes me smile every time I hear it. There’s a particular lyric which says “I’m walking on sunshine yeah and don’t it feel great”.
These lyrics remind me what our new life in Jesus is like – Walking on Sunshine and doesn’t it feel great!!!
Isn’t it good to reflect on that truth -that as Christians we are no longer walking in darkness- the darkness of sin, death, judgment and ignorance of our minds but we’ve discovered the truth about God through Jesus our Saviour and through his death and resurrection, we have crossed over from darkness into the light.
We are now light and walking in the light of Christ.
This is what the bible says. Ephesians 5:8 – “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord”
It’s so good to remind ourselves constantly of that truth. We have been rescued from the darkness of sin and death- Praise God. Not from our own efforts but through God’s rich love and mercy. Last Sunday the preacher encouraged us to thank God each day this week for the gift of salvation. Thank you God for saving me.
Now truthfully do I “feel” like I’m walking on sunshine all the time. I’d be lying if I said yes but the truth of what Christ has done for me is not altered by my feelings or circumstances. The truth does not change and is based on God’s Word and I make the decision to choose to believe it whether I “feel” like it or not. If I let my feelings rule then I’m on a slippery slope of trouble.
I am light in the Lord. I am a child of the light.
Now we know that as Christians once we’ve become light we are called to live as children of light – to continue walking in righteousness living godly lives. We encourage each other to walk worthy of our calling in Christ and help each other to pursue godliness. Being accountable and challenging each other in the right loving way. Not being all judgmental, gossiping and trying to dress it up as “telling the truth in love” – that’s not right or helpful. Let’s not forget gentleness and loving kindness when dealing with each other.
Ephesians 5:8-10 – “Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases God”
What a great instruction. Live right, produce fruit through the Spirit of God now at work in us and…….Find out what pleases God. That’s the mandate.
Some Christians I know wonder or fret about what they should be doing for God. They worry in case they get it “wrong”. Paul gives us some simple instructions to help us here in these verses – find out what pleases God and then let’s just get on and do it.
So what pleases God?
We find that out from reading the bible for ourselves (no shortcuts here – you need to read and study it) and in being in fellowship with other believers where we are taught and discipled.
Here’s just a few things the bible says please God:
Faith in Him – Hebrews 11:6 – “without faith it is impossible to please God”.
Generosity and an unselfish attitude – God loves a cheerful giver – 2 Corinthians 9:7
A humble attitude – God does not like pride. In fact God opposes the proud. James 4:6 tell us that God’s face is against the proud.
An obedient attitude – Obedience is better than Sacrifice -1 Samuel 15:22
A peacemaker – Matthew 5:9
Jesus pleased God – “This is my son in whom I am well pleased”. Luke 3:22
So, we learn what pleases God from studying Jesus.
Jesus himself was:
Humble – “But made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant” Philippians 2:7
Selfless – He gave himself freely for us.
Obedient – “and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross”. He said to His father “not my will but yours be done”.
Forgiving – “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. Luke 23:34
Compassionate – “When He saw the crowds his heart moved with compassion” Matthew 9:36
Loving – “nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:39
These are just a few things which please God. There’s more you can discover in the bible.
As I was praying recently, I wrote the following word which the Lord Jesus laid on my heart. Please pray, weigh and test this word.
A day of calamity is arising. It will come from the South. The Queen of the South has left a legacy that still has roots in the people. It will start to rise up now; first shoots and then the stalk and then the leaf. It will be like a cancerous weed that will slowly spread and choke the life out of all that is good, kind and righteous in the people. A rebellion will take hold that will spread like a roaring fire. It will be whipped up by the wind of the enemy, spreading its influence to adjoining nations and then overseas.
Then suddenly I will send My angels who will fight the evil enemy behind this uprising and I will quench it and extinguish and then uproot it.
My children must have no part in this rebellion. It will have a pretence of truth, righteousness and justice but it is all a pretence and a sham. A great lie rooted in corruption and evil. It will blow away like the chaff when I breathe the breath of God on it and roar in the face of evil and overcome it by My radiance. I will shine like the sun and dazzle the enemy. He will be blinded and futile and will turn on his own in his confusion. His pride will yet again be his downfall. Let all who have ears to hear, listen to what the Spirit is say to the bride. Do not align yourself with rebellion and wickedness.
Be at peace with those in authority who do no harm to you and leave you in peace. May the Godly have wisdom and discernment and follow the path of truth and justice and not be led astray by evil workers of iniquity.
Not all who call on My name belong to Me. Not all who profess to love Me are mine. Not all who claim to follow Me do so. They are lovers of self, deluded by their own wickedness and pride who long for the praises of man and to be recognised and praised and lauded for their good works, but I will smash them down to the ground and trample them underfoot for they are not of My Kingdom. They are not of Me and I will not have My name polluted and used for things that are not of Me.
Bear fruit worthy of your calling in Me, My children. Do not bear the fruit of iniquity or pride. Let those who have ears listen to what the Spirit is saying to the bride in these days. Be alert, sober and watchful for the days are evil but they will not last, for I am coming to breathe and blast the enemy from My nostrils, as I snort at him who would seek to exalt his throne above that of the Most High God whose throne is in Heaven and who reigns forever and ever. Amen
I had this word a few weeks ago from the Lord but felt that the Lord wanted me to keep it and release it today.
I believe this is what I heard the Lord say to me: “I have been watching from My throne. I have been testing and weighing to see who is putting their faith in Me. To see those who are acting justly and choosing to do what is right.
I seek for those who will carry My light. I am now going to carry out a removal. Those who are in positions of authority, starting at the very top in nations and governments will now start to be removed. You will see kingdoms and nations being shaken and leaders will start to be toppled like dominoes.
There will be others now who will be ready to take their place who I have been preparing for such a time as this. In Esther’s day I removed Queen Vashti and Esther was ready to take her place. I had prepared her to be chosen. So it will be with My people who I have prepared. Some in the hidden places, the secret places to be revealed at the right time.
The people I have prepared are for all levels of government and influence within the nations-in places of business, innovation and media. People who will rise up and speak My words and act righteously and with mercy.
They will be full of Godly wisdom as my son Solomon, they will be bold and courageous as my son, David and they will be gentle and humble like My Son Jesus.
I am at work in the darkness. I am at work in the secret place and even now I start to draw back the curtain so that My plan for removal and replacement will start to take place. Look and see and watch what will now start to be revealed.
Pray for those who have been called for such a time as this. That they will boldly seize the opportunity which opens to them. That they will walk through the open door and take their place. That fear and anxiety will not stop them. That doubt will not be a snare to them but that they will go forward boldly and occupy the positions that I have for them.
The time is coming for the doors of opportunity to be opened. Be bold and seize the day and move into the inheritance that the Lord has for His Saints.
“I will depose you from your office, and you will be ousted from your position. In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah. I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah. I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. Isaiah 22:19-22
So here we are, Good Friday. A day when I can pause and reflect on Jesus’ death and what it means to me.
We all have an opportunity today to ask ourselves…What does the Cross mean to me?
The Cross is a personal experience.
I have to come to the Cross for myself.
I have to accept that Jesus died for me and understand why He chose to die.
I am so grateful that others have helped point me towards the Cross of Jesus.
I am so grateful that there were witnesses to His death and Resurrection who told the story in the gospels.
I am so grateful for the ones who through the years have faithfully told and shared the the Good News.
The ones who faithfully declared the truth that Jesus the Son of God came to this world and had to die so that I could live. Jesus became my sin offering before God and paid the price to set me free. He who had no sin took my sin on Himself.
The price of sin, the wages of sin, which is death had to be paid. I was born into sin. Jesus was the one who by His death ransomed me and set me free. He took my punishment on Himself. He chose to die that I might live.
There was no other way for God’s righteous judgement to be met. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the door through which we come to God.
I understood this truth and came to the Cross. I knelt before it and said sorry to God for my sins and accepted Jesus as My Saviour and Lord. I have been born again into a new life in Jesus and have restored relationship with God in heaven and received the promise of His Holy Spirit who lives in me.
Thank you Jesus for dying for me. Thank you Jesus that you were raised from the dead by God’s mighty hand. Thank you Jesus for sending us your Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus that you love me with an everlasting love. That you are always with me and never leave me.
I pray that you also encounter Jesus at the Cross today.
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation — if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 1:21-23,2:9-15
I heard these words in my spirit so clearly this morning and the Lord reminded me of the word I received last year about watching the nations to see who they would align themselves with. I have copied that word below again for prayer consideration. At the time the Lord reminded me that the decisions made by nations would have eternal consequences and I believe the warning to the nations is that God will not be mocked. God knows the truth and He will not be mocked by charades and pretence. God requires justice and righteousness in the nations. He will call the nations to account for their deeds.
“I sense that God is encouraging us to watch & pray and see which nations are aligning themselves with each other in the times ahead.
Nations which at one time were bitter enemies may start to align themselves – taking sides against other nations.
Nations which at one time would have relied on support from another nation will instead be betrayed when that nation unexpectedly sides against them.
I felt God say that this is a time when nations need to be careful who they align themselves with in the days ahead and what they do. Those decisions will have eternal consequences.
Nations are in danger of allowing pride to deceive them into making the wrong alliances.
Obadiah is one of the shortest books in the Old Testament but it warns about the consequences of such actions for the nation of Edom. In verse 3 we read about the nation of Edom “the pride of your heart has deceived you”.
Edom picked the wrong side to support. They chose to align themselves with an enemy against Israel & the people of God who were their brothers.
Edom was part of the winning side or so it seemed at the time. Israel was defeated. Edom celebrated the victory and rejoiced over Israel’s destruction & captivity.
However, God was against their behavior – v 10 – “For violence against your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you” v11 – in the day that you stood on the other side”
Edom aligned themselves wrongly.
The consequences of that decision & their subsequent actions were that they were going to be shamed & brought low. God would take vengeance on their actions and against those who harmed His people. God was going to restore His people.
In verse 15 it says “For the day of the Lord upon all nations is near; As you have done, it shall be done to you – your reprisal shall return upon your own head“.
How the nations act & what they do – God will measure it back to them.
There is a day of divine justice coming to all the nations of the earth.
Jesus said that in the last days “Nations will rise against Nations” – Matthew 24:7
Let us watch & pray over the nations as the Lord leads us in these days.”
Morning, I hope you are well. I believe that God is calling us into a season of alignment with Him. God wants us to be aligned with His plans, His purposes, His teachings, His leading and His Spirit. I am reminded of a similar word to this in October 2020 on a course correction which I will try and link to this post or will re-post. (Hopefully worked below) 🙂
God is calling us to align ourselves ready for the days ahead. We are being encouraged to check our alignment. Where are our hearts, thoughts, plans, actions aligned.
Choosing who and what we are aligned with is going to be key for the season and days ahead. Divine alignment will lead to Divine Appointments and Divine Experiences.
Let us align ourselves with all that is true, all that is Godly, all that is righteous and all that is just. Let us not align ourselves with the things of the flesh, the world, false doctrine, false teachings or false prophecy. God is warning us not to yoke ourselves to the ungodly things of this world. Let us take on the yoke of Christ and then we will be aligned correctly.
Align ourselves with the word of God, the living word and saviour of the world, Jesus. Let us walk where He walks, talk as He talks. Aligned in every aspect of our lives. Let there be nothing that affects our alignment or which causes us to stumble.
Let us align ourselves with the divine power of God. Let the God of the whole world who is worthy of all praise, honour and glory be the centre of our very being. The power of God in dwelling us as our divine compass aligning us with the very mind of Christ. Let us keep in true alignment with God at this time and in the coming days whatever they may bring to us.
May you be blessed in Jesus x I am reminded of the following words of the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 12:5-17
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
Colossians 2 v 6 “As you have received Christ Jesus, so walk in Him”
My friend Caroline sent me these encouraging words to share with you today. She said;
This verse of scripture stood out to me the other day, as I began meditating on it and studying it some thoughts began to crystallise.
I thought back to when I first believed on Jesus, not as a child, but later when I rededicated my life to God, the realisation that I couldn’t ‘do it’ without Him, that I desperately wanted and needed Him, that I had nothing to bring to the table, but that He was calling me anyway. He loved me and wanted me, the joy and faith of experiencing His love and acceptance. I remembered how I just accepted Him and loved Him for accepting me.
I also realised how easy it is to slip into legalism, and how this ploy of the enemy robs our joy. It may begin rather subtly as we desire to please God and ‘live right’ but instead of relying on Jesus, begin substituting this by our own effort, and trying to law keep.
I would gently like to remind us, that Christ is our righteousness and He alone by the power of His spirit can enable us to live out this righteousness that has been given as a gift.
Why do we find it so difficult to accept this truth? I would like to share a few thoughts, maybe it’s just my failing? Maybe I am only just ‘seeing’ this truth?
Maybe we are ignorant of the matchless righteousness of God and the standard of holiness He demands. We think that by keeping certain standards and duties, we are doing OK, when actually if we sin in one small thing, under the law we are condemned, this shouldn’t dishearten us, it brings us to a knowledge of the truth that we are dead to the law ( we cannot keep it, and are therefore condemned to death by it), Praise God that we can be married to another! Christ Jesus – Romans 7v4.
We do not see the glory of His righteousness, or the fullness of it, or the value of it to obtain the favour of God. It is the ONLY righteousness of which God is pleased. Help us never to try to establish a righteousness of our own, this is a proud ignorance and ignorant pride.
We can also tell if we have a legal soul, if we are wearied in the way. “He is wearied in his ways, but did not say it is hopeless, but found new life for his strength.” Just redoubling our efforts is not the way forward, but a total trust and reliance on God.
God wants His glory to be seen in the magnitude of His free mercy and grace, legal obedience leaves us deluded and disappointed thinking we can cover ourselves with the tatters of a robe of prayers and duties that we have performed for many years, and that this may cover us.
As long as we are under the command of the law, we remain under the curse of the law, if we pay any attention to the law as a covenant we are a debtor to the whole law. If we are alive in any form to the law, and it can be so subtle, we are not receiving Christ’s righteousness, but leaning on our works of righteousness.
If we would live unto God we must strive to enter the rest of Christ’s righteousness, in this way mercy and grace take all the credit, and Christ will have all the honour, and we will have the peace of God and be enabled to walk in His righteousness, by leaning totally upon Him.
The word is clear, we are the righteousness of God in Christ, not in ourselves, may we never be deceived by the enemy. I pray a greater revelation of these truths for myself and brothers and sisters. There is NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus!! AMEN.
I mentioned in my last post that whilst myself and two friends were praising God & praying recently at the Waseley Hills – the “high hills”- the Lord gave us 3 separate words. I have set them out in the order they were given to us. The first was a tongue & interpretation:
“For the Lord God Almighty says
“Awake, Awake, Awake, Awake, Awake, Awake my people. Look & Listen for the Lord God is on the move and He strides out across this nation.
Wake up, Wake up, Wake Up – Hear the bells, Hear the bells, Hear the bells – For the glory of the Lord is going to fall. The glory of the Lord is coming. The glory of the Lord as it sweeps across this nation.
The Lord says “Awake, Awake, Awake – Arise people of God. Arise people of God. Arise people of God & hear the voice of your Master.
The voice of your Master is calling to you. The Lord is calling to you he says “Arise, Arise, Arise My people. Arise, Arise, Arise – Give voice to Me.
For the glory of the Lord is shining upon this nation and here He comes. He is riding. he is riding on the wind. He is riding. He is coming to this nation.
The Lord says He is coming in power and the sword is going forth from His mouth and He is declaring His word over this nation and the Lord says – every knee will bow, every tongue will declare that He is Lord and He is God and He alone is worthy of all praise and honour and glory – to Him who sits on the throne forever and ever – All glory belongs to the Lamb Amen.
After this first word was given, we saw opposite us in the distance on the hillside a bright white light – it was so clear and we believe it was a sign from the Lord. The light was visible for some time whilst we continued to pray.
The second word then came to my friend:
“All My people will see Me in My glory (Jesus). I will shine. You will see Me. You will not miss Me coming because I will stand out and everybody will see Me and the truth will be declared in this nation. All the lies, all the hidden things I will bring forth and the truth will shine. My people will speak the truth out – they will bring the truth to everyone. I declare the truth of the Lord the word of God- that you are coming (Jesus) – you are coming” Amen.
The last word was then given:
“The Lord says “I will build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail. Satan your days are numbered. You have had your time. You have had your day but you will not prevail. I call to you My people to be aware, to be wise and to open your eyes and see. Do not follow that wide road, do not follow that wide empty road. Look for the narrow path that leads to Me, that leads to life. I am coming. I am going to be there with you and you will see Me in all My glory and your knees will bow and you will profess that I am Lord. I open My arms to you this day and I say “Come, Come to Me, Come to Me all you who are heavy laden, all you who are weary and you who are tired of this life and all you who are seeking. Come to Me. I am the answer. I am the way and the truth and the life. Come to Me.”
There is a scripture in Judges 5:12 which says “Wake up, Wake up Deborah! Wake up, wake up, break out in song! Arise, Barak! Take captive your captives, son of Abinoam”.
I believe that this is the word to us as believers in Christ at this time -it’s time to wake up, to be watchful, to rise up and take action for Jesus. Live out our faith where we are – right in the heart of our communities. Church is changing – it’s not about a building where we all meet. We are a body – connected to each other in Jesus Christ. We are powerful testimonies for Jesus – we are His witnesses. Let us encourage each other to live as Jesus wants us to live as His disciples and co-workers of the gospel. To be bold and voices for justice & truth.
Romans 13 11-14 “And do this, understanding the present time: the hour has already come for you to wake from your slumber, because our salvation now is nearer than when we first believed. The night is nearly over, the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light. Let us behave decently as in the daytime, not carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh”.
Ephesians 5 8-20 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. Buy everything exposed by the light becomes visible – and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful then how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
It is so important that we as Christians are awake and not asleep & that we are clothed in Christ – Jesus said if we are not awake then he will come as a thief and we will not know when he comes.
Revelation 3:3 “But if you do not wake up (or watch), I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you”.
Revelation 16:15 – “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake (watches) and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed”
Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, Shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”