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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Life After Death

There is resurrection on the other side of the death of self. Jesus faced His fear, was strengthened, went to the cross, died, and rose three days later. He ran toward the cross, not away from it. He didn’t think it was robbery to be equal with GOD, and yet be made to die as a human (Philippians 2:6-8). He embraced it because that was His purpose. It was the sole reason the Son of GOD came to earth in human form. He had no other purpose for being here, but to restore the human race back to fellowship with GOD after humans gave their dominion of Earth to satan. Jesus came to die...and be resurrected. So have we.

Jesus, as our model, tells us and shows us through His life that we must deny self. We must face the fear of not being able to do what we want and live the life we think we want apart from GOD. We must understand that the life GOD has prepared for us is infinitely more than what we could ever hope to want for ourselves. Abraham was a gentile wanderer destined to be the father of our faith and sire of the nation of Israel. Sarah, who had been barren her whole life was destined to be the mother of the nation of Israel at 90 years old. Moses was a murderer turned fugitive who ended up being the prophet of GOD who led Israel out of Egyptian slavery. Ruth was a widow who was destined to remarry a wealthy man and from their union came the grandfather of King David. David was a shepherd called to be the greatest king Israel had ever known, a man after GOD’s own heart in the words of the LORD. Paul was a murderer and nonbeliever turned evangelist preaching Christ to all nations and was the writer of almost half of the New Testament.

So, what am I saying? GOD has a plan for our lives. Will we say yes to it? The LORD has an eternal view while ours is temporal. We don’t see things the way GOD does. “8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 King James Version).

Everything we could ever hope to want, GOD says to seek HIS kingdom and HIS righteousness first, and those things we seek after will be given to us (Matthew 6:33).

“4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:4-5 KJV). If we allow GOD to mold and shape us into whom HE wants us to be, if we give GOD the responsibility for bringing our plans to pass, if we trust HIM to provide everything we need instead of doing things on our own and often failing, if we are as little children seeking our Father for what we need, the bible says we will receive.

As we seek after GOD and are shaped and molded by HIM, we become the servants of the LORD, the rulers to whom GOD has given dominion over this planet so that HIS will can be done on earth as it is in heaven through our prayers and leadership. And what we want for ourselves becomes what GOD wants and already has stored up for us (health, peace, prosperity, abundance, and the list goes on).

Like Jesus said in Luke 9:23-25, if we take up our cross daily, if we deny ourselves and follow HIM, If we lose our lives for His sake, we shall really save our lives because the death of the flesh is the birth of the Spirit in us, the new creation of 2 Corinthians 5:17, the workmanship of GOD created for good works already prepared for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).

The life we wanted before we knew Christ pales in comparison to the life GOD has prepared for every believer. We have been foreordained and predestinated for success and victory in Christ as last week’s article discussed (Romans 8:29-31). If GOD is for us, who can be against us? Saying yes to GOD is saying yes to the life we really want. Won’t you say yes today? Be blessed, Family!

“7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 KJV). Amen (it is so, may it be fulfilled).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to the LORD:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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