Power of Resurrection Part 7 – Ps John Bendixen (WTB)
God indeed loves every single one of the people that would consider Him to be his God. He loves all people across all nations, but those that choose to serve Him and those who choose to love him, He has something special for them. It doesn’t matter what happens in the world around you, it doesn’t matter if there’s poverty, it doesn’t matter if there’s all manner of things that happen. God is going to raise up and lift up and bring up the hungry, the weak, the people that seem to have no real future. God is going to raise them up.
There is no greater thing that you can do, than to give your heart to the Most High God, to give your heart to Jesus Christ, to receive Him as your Lord and Savior, to have Him live in your heart. There is no greater joy, there is no greater peace that you can have, there is no greater event that can be greater than the one where you have a meeting with the Most High God.
“..My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” (Hebrews 12:4-6 ESV).
The way that God disciplines us as sons is He doesn’t put sickness on us. He doesn’t cause poverty to come upon us. He doesn’t bring all manner of hardship upon us. He brings His Word and He brings His love, and He brings all of the life that He is; He brings that to us. It is in this great love, that we have an opportunity to respond to Him to change.
“..And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done (Revelations 20:12 ESV).
So there is a time when every single being that has been on the earth -no one excluded from this – everyone is going to be in a place where you stand before the judgment throne. What you have done on the earth is going to speak through the books that have been written about you and about me.
Your works, and all that you have done, will be judged and you will see in your life, what you could have done, according to what God has meant for you; what God has assigned you to do; what God had called you to do on the earth; what He had gifted you to do on the earth and then what you did do. The first judgment is; did you receive Jesus as Lord and Savior? And then your works will be judged.
What Jesus came to do, was He came to shed His blood and He came to shed the pure blood of Jesus, of Himself. So that His blood that was shed would come and be presented to God and that He would take the judgment of all sin of the human race – all of the sin of the human race would be judged on His body, on His blood that was spilt.
All of the sin of humanity is judged in the blood of Jesus. And so from that moment onwards, there is no more barrier of a sacrifice that yet has to be sacrificed for you and I to come into the presence of God.
Jesus died on the cross, He became sin for us, that we no longer have to shed blood for our sins. What we have to do is receive the fact that Jesus was the offering; we have to receive the fact that He paid the price. But we can only do that because He was judged to be pure and perfect, and therefore He could take the place of all of the sins of all of mankind. Because of that God the Father could resurrect Him from the dead because He was pure. Therefore, He lives in a resurrected state before the Father eternally, sitting at the right hand of God forever.
There is nothing that we can do that is good enough. There is nothing that we are capable of doing that is good enough for us to earn our own salvation. Jesus paid that price and He, the Resurrected One, now lives inside us!
His desire for you is that you not only receive Him as the One Who paid the price for your sin, but His desire is that you receive Him as the One Who brings life to you!
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
(John 10:10 NKJV)
What do you consider an abundant life?
The abundant life that Jesus wants you to have is when you believe in Him, He fills a hole, He fills a vacuum that you were born to have filled by Him and only Him. There is nothing that can fill that hole inside of you, that vacuum inside of you, that space that you long for having to be filled. There is nothing that can fill that space, other than Jesus. He wants to fill your heart with Himself. He wants to fill your heart with Himself. That is an abundant life.
So, what is the answer to this abundant life that Jesus has given us?
The answer is to say, “Father, I recognise that in myself, I can do nothing, but You give me grace, not only to get saved, but to live in power, to live in victory, to live with the power to overcome our own nature!”
The abundant life is when you are connected to God and you understand that the presence of Almighty God is never withheld from you. Never. It doesn’t matter what you did yesterday. If Jesus lives in your heart, He is never going to keep away from you the presence of the Holy Spirit. He has given you the Holy Spirit to help you.
You have to believe in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. The same power that raised Christ from the dead now dwells inside of you, now lives inside of you. That same power lives inside of you. That same power that raised Him from the dead, that same power can certainly help you overcome your weakness in your life, that same power can help you overcome the patterns that have become bad behavior patterns in your life.
How can I ever bridge that to the way that God wants me to live?” You don’t have the power to do it. You don’t have the strength to do it. You don’t have the willpower to do it. But if you will take your will and give it over to the power of God, then you can accomplish it. Hallelujah. If you will give your will and say, “Father, I ask You to help me to get rid of these patterns that I’ve developed in my life. I really want the abundant life that is in Christ Jesus.” He will give you the power, He will give you the strength.
The Bible is clear that to follow your own course of life, there is no future there. There is only emptiness there, there is only death there. But if you follow Jesus, there is joy, there is peace and there is wonderment in the wonderful, the wonderful, wonderful life of God. He has come to give us abundant life. Hallelujah. He has come to give us abundant life.
We say; Jesus, I thank You that You are my Lord and Saviour. I thank You for an abundant life. I am a child of God every day and in every way. In Jesus’ name. Hallelujah.