Easter Joy

“Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

1 Corinthians 15: 55

Easter Sunday; the day we rejoice and thank God for overcoming death for us. Today, we remember how Christ Jesus broke the chains and made us new. Easter Sunday; the day we celebrate the amazing glory of the Lamb of God who conquered the grave.

I couldn’t imagine how it was like for the disciples of Jesus witnessing his death on the cross without knowing that comes Sunday morning they will see the beautiful magnificent Savior they have known and loved now fully alive after that horrible death. Friday was mournful. All that was needed to be done was taken care of by our Savior Jesus Christ. All the suffering Jesus endured that we may live a life of freedom. The Lord died. That Friday on Calvary, JESUS our Lord actually died. I know there was grief, agony was totally in their hearts and hope sure was out of the picture for most of them. Saturday must have sucked; Jesus was their joy, their security, and most of all He was their friend. Then came Sunday morning…

THEY SAW THE EMPTY TOMB. Now that was startling. I don’t know how that felt like to them. And I cannot imagine the joy they felt when they see the Jesus they so love alive and breathing again.

John 20:20 After he said this, he showed them His hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Now, I didn’t see what the disciples experienced firsthand. I didn’t see the cross on the Calvary and I didn’t see the empty tomb. But I know they happened and God made my heart see. There is something though that I experienced firsthand, just as the disciples did… it’s the LOVE OF CHRIST and it’s the most amazing of all. I’m overjoyed because everything that Jesus did, He did for each and every one of us. C.S. Lewis once said “He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.”

Have a joy filled Easter Sunday everyone! Let us celebrate the the LOVE that conquered death! Time to yet again dance on God’s great dance floor! YAAAY. 

 

Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for the cross. Thank You for the love that endured the shame, the mockery, the thorns, the nails, the stab and all the pain that was thrown at You. Thank You for when You were at the cross and had the power to free yourself from it, You still chose to be there enduring all the pain so that I may not pay for the price of my sins. Lord, You knew so well that I cannot do it without You. You know that the weight of sins is unbearable for a feeble sinner like me, so You carried it and You died with it, and You rose from the death to show me that I can now live a life unashamed and filled with joy because everything has been paid for me once and for all. Thank You for giving me the righteousness to stand before You, Father. Thank You for You made me worthy to be called Your daughter. I am forever in awe of Your great love. I will forever worship You. You alone, my Jesus. Thank You. I can never thank You enough. I love You so much, my Lord. Thank You for loving me and making me Your own. I pray that I every day I will be reminded of this love You have for me, Lord. I pray that every time I hear Your name I will be swept away and rejoice. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Dry Bones

Ezekiel 37: 3-10 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!’ This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy son of man, and say to it. “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet – a vast army.

Today I was reminded of this certain part of the Bible. I remembered how I was one of the dry bones; lifeless and numb. I was not able to live a life of purpose and I was living driven by nothing, thus not living at all. Living in the dark, breathing in death and wallowing in sin. Dead, hopeless and empty.

Until, JESUS came into my life.

I was dead.  I thank God because He did not leave me where I was. He did not depart for me to be eternally dead and forever lonely, He reached out for me. He used people to show me He loves me. He gave me breath through His Holy Spirit. He gave me life; a life beyond this world. The Holy Spirit dwells in me now. He has been so amazing; He has been my source of life, my source of strength, peace and light. He fills me with joy and security. HE KEEPS ME ALIVE AND BREATHING.

I love this chapter in the Bible because it always reminds me of how lifeless my life was before I met Christ and how amazing it is to know Him and finally be alive in Him. I didn’t get it before; I didn’t understand how I can be breathing physically yet be spiritually dead. How can someone say she is now finally alive when she has been living since the day she was born? How was I able to feel more alive than I ever was before?

O the beauty of JESUS. Unfathomable and I wouldn’t even dare figure it out. I am so overwhelmed by this great love.

Also, this reminds me that as someone who is already alive in Christ I am now given the opportunity to spread the message of life and to witness dry bones come to life. Always a wonderful sight. J

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Love of God

The past few days I was really just overwhelmed with God’s love. I cannot contain it any longer and I know God did not intend His love to be contained, His love is to be shared so here we go.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

God although the world does not know Him loved the world. He delights in His creations, He delights in His people and He cannot bear eternity without them, without US. Yes, He is our Creator but He doesn’t want our relationship with Him to end there, HE LONGS TO BE OUR FATHER. And because of the sacrifice Jesus did, He is.

God wants to be with us forever but with our sins it is impossible for us to spend eternity with God. Yet, God in His great love made a way to give us eternal life. He came. 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made Him who had no sin be sin for us, so that we may become the righteousness of God.

Love is the reason Jesus came, Love is the reason He suffered, Love is the reason He died, and LOVE IS THE REASON HE OVERCAME.

1 John 3:1a See what great love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

Crazy, isn’t it? JESUS CHRIST the only begotten Son died because of love. He took the full cup of the wrath of God so that we may be called Children of God. We are made right with the Father because of the love of Christ.

God’s love is greater than anything we can imagine. His love is the perfect love and amazingly it is freely given to us; because of that there is no power that can separate us from God.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

1 John 4:17 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

Amazing. I don’t even have words to say anymore.

 

O Heavenly Father,

Thank You. Thank You for the love that is beyond limits. Thank You for even though You knew me perfectly in my sins You loved and cared for me. I am in awe and just blown away with Your great love. Thank You for loving me, for giving me the life I am not worthy to live. Thank You my God for calling me Your daughter. Forever will I worship You. In Jesus’ glorious name. Amen

You’re not alone.

There are times when people feel alone. There are times when people feel like everyone turned their back from them. Like they keep on screaming but nobody can hear them, when they long for something that is just isn’t there. Sad as it seems, it happens to me and I’m pretty sure it happens to others as well.

Thing is, every time I get the feeling of loneliness, I am reminded that I am too focused on myself, that maybe I was focused more on the love I get than the love I can give. Maybe other people has a different reason, but for me it is this. I get too focused on me and what I get from people that I easily forget the love I keep on receiving, the love that sustains me, the love that gives me life, the love that goes beyond limits; THE LOVE OF GOD that is freely poured out on me.

The love of God. Yes, Jesus in His great love saw the value in me. He loved me just because He chose to. He knew very well that I cannot do it alone. He knew that without me depending on Him I would always feel lonely, I would always feel alone, I would always be broken. When He chose to love me, I don’t know Him and I definitely am not honoring Him. But even before I saw His beauty He chose to pay my debts in full, He chose to die for me. He chose to look on the love He can give rather than the love He can get.

And every time it would hit me; I am reminded that I have not a reason to feel alone. Yes, as a human being my feelings would get all messed up sometimes but I know ( and should always be reminded of) that I am immensely loved by the One who made me, the One who gave me worth, the One who would never leave me nor forsake me, the One who would never turn His back from me. I am amazed and just in awe every time.

It brings so much comfort, so much peace and so much joy knowing that Christ loves you and will always do. He treasures you and will always be with You.

This song. Every time I feel alone, I hear God telling me that He will always be there for me. I am reminded that His voice will always be the sweetest and that I am never forsaken.

To my ever faithful Lover,

Day by day. That is how You work in me, in my life. You are never in a rush, I figured there is no need for time is in Your hands. You know when things are going to happen, You set them perfectly in Your plans and You carry them out completely. You make things happen, You make them happen beautifully. Maybe the word “miracle” sounds so beautiful because the only one who can make it happen is the One most beautiful. Your miracles, nothing can compare. Your miracles, it isn’t just real, it’s amazing on the outside and is much more beautiful from within. Thank You. Thank You for giving me the privilege to witness and experience Your miracles. Thank You because You worked the greatest miracle of my life. You did not magically reformed me, You miraculously transformed me. I am no longer dead, You renewed me, You saved me from the darkness I’ve been living. You made me know You, You made Your love known to me, that was beyond amazing and that alone was a wonderful miracle. My salvation; all gratitude, all praises, all the glory belongs to You. You are most beautiful. You filled me up with life, with love, with joy and peace. You alone are everything and You are the only One worth saying this line to: “You complete me”. 

joy, peace and love in Christ alone

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11 NIV)

Amazing is the joy, peace, love and security I found in the name of Jesus. Never did I think about such joy, such peace that would blow me away every time. When I found the life in Him, problems did not go away, life is still filled with troubles yet I found my peace, I found astonishing peace in knowing that He cares for me, and loves me as His daughter. I found security, I know I would never be forsaken. Though there are times when I feel defeated, my Heavenly Dad reminds me that He already won the victory. He won it all for me and you and with Him with and for us, everything will go just exactly as He wills it to be. ( His will is good, perfect and pleasing. Read Romans 12:2)

I am filled with genuine joy as I fix my eyes on Him. He is who He says He is and He is everything we need to conquer this life on earth. ❤

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4, NIV)

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NIV)

Jesus loves you.

I just finished reading this book entitled “Jesus loves you, this I know”. It was written by two pastors ( Craig Gross and Jason Harper) and basically this book is expounding the very truth in the phrase: “Jesus loves you.” Jesus loves us. He loves people. He loves sinners; these sinners are the very reason why He went down on earth from His heavenly throne. We, the sinners are the very reason why God allowed His one and only Son to die on a cross. Jesus went down on earth because He loves every one, He went here so that everyone of His lost sheep are found. He died for us to gain an eternal life with Him; He so loves us that He doesn’t want us to die with our sins. He died so our sins can die with Him; He rose from death so we can live with Him in eternity.

1 John 4:9-10 – This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

As I finish reading the book, I learned two points that I should always remind myself:

  • Jesus loves you way before you loved Him. – He did not force me to love Him. He loved me first, so I may be able to love Him back.

1 John 4:19 NLT – We love each other because He loved us first.

This made me realize that because I am aware that Jesus loves me, it is my response to His love that I share this truth by loving people and by loving people I mean loving all kinds of people, people who believes and people who does not. Jesus said “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.”  Love is not based on feelings at the moment for feelings cannot be trusted, it is a decision; I chose to love because my God loved me even as a sinner and it’s because I love Him that I will show others how loving He is.

  • I am a sinner too and Jesus loves me.  – I was reminded that I have no right to judge others for the way they live their life. I too was imprisoned in the world of sin, and I can never be able to save myself. It is only because Jesus loves me that I am freed. Yes, there are right things to do and there are sins, but I cannot condemn others for doing wrong, Jesus went here to save humanity, not to condemn. What right do I have to judge people? None, only God can judge for He is the only one who can see what’s inside a man’s heart. Also there would always be time that I would fall short, I will still sin for I am not perfect; I have no right to judge sinners when I also am one. I can only love because God gave me the grace to love.

Now, all I can do is to live my life according to the Word of my Savior. I want to tell the message of my Savior’s love, but this book reminded me that I couldn’t make people experience the love of God if I’m just going to talk about it, I need to also do it. Put words into action; walk the talk. I learned a lot more from this book, and I just can’t seem to put everything in words, but I know that I can definitely do what these two pastors can; to love others as Jesus loves me.