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Audio Webcast - Easter Weekend April of 2009

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Marvel not that Jesus said, "Ye must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God."


To my brothers and sisters in Christ:

Scripture tells us, "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

What Is HOPE: One definition of the word, "hope," is to look forward to with confidence or expectation. Biblically, hope is just that, something that we can look forward to with confidence and expect that such will come to be. It is not a wish, it is what we can and should count on.

It is written that "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life." Let's not defer our hope, put it off or give it up. Why give up the very thing that gives us joy in our Lord, hope?

We are told to think it not strange concerning the fiery trials that are to try us, "as though some strange thing happened" to us. Our trials are to try us, make us stronger in the Lord.

We are to be storing up our treasures in heaven. Those treasures take great strength here on earth to obtain. Just as a trying of our physical body in a course of physical exercise can try our muscles that get stronger when we rest, so too does our spirits get tried. And they too heal and get stronger when we rest in Jesus Christ, in His Word.
     

David said, "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." Our righteousness is Jesus Christ in us. We are righteous because of Him. And we will not be forsaken. Our needs will be met in Christ. He will supply all of our needs.

One of our greatest needs is wisdom, we need to know what to do in our trials, as well as in our regular daily lives. It is written,
If any lack wisdom, we are to "ask of God."

Jesus said, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

It is by the word of God that we get our faith, and it is faith that God wants from us when we go to Him in prayer, requesting anything of Him.

God says, "Be still and know that I am God."

Jesus gave one sign of proof that He is who He said He is. He said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

We who are God's, confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus, and we believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead. Jesus is Lord God. He raised the temple, His body.  And He is who gave us life and raises us up every day of our lives, up above all that this life throws at us. And one day, He will raise us up to be with Him.

We have this hope because He is risen. He is alive.

Debra J.M. Smith
 
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Scripture Referenced

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:     

John 5:24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

 

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

James 1:6 - 8  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God."

John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

Romans 10:9 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.

 

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