OUR BLESSED ASSURANCE

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1 Corinthians 15:53-58 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord,”

 

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

 

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ conquered death and has given us a victory that no one else could give.  He takes the sting out of death and gives us the victory over it by grace. What the Law could not do Jesus did—He became sin and conquered death, hell, and the grave.

 

You might ask, “How did Jesus’ victory take the sting out of death or what did His victory do for the Believer?”

 

  1. GOD ASSURES US THAT THE SEPARATION WE EXPERIENCE IN THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE IS NOT PERMANENT; A REUNION AWAITS US.

One day there will be a reunion of believing ones never to be separated again. Death is not the end, one day there will be a reunion.

 

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words,” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

 

  1. WE ARE ASSURED THAT THIS SEPARATION IS A DEPARTURE FOR OUR LOVED ONES TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD.

 

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord,” 2 Corinthians 5:8.

There is no intermediate state but instant entrance into God’s presence.

 

  1. WE ARE ASSURED THAT THIS SEPARATION IS A DEPARTURE TO A NEW HOME AND A FAR BETTER PLACE.

 

“Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also,” John 15:1-3.

 

“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for former thing are passed away,” Revelation 21:3-4.

 

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better,” Philippians 1:21-23.

 

  1. WE ARE ASSURED THAT THIS SEPARATION IS A REST FROM ALL THEIR EARTHLY TOIL AND FOR A REWARD IN ETERNITY.

 

“And I heard a voice from heaving saying unto me, write, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them,” Revelation 14:13.

 

“To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,” 1 Peter 1:4. Our heavenly inheritance is everything that our earthly inheritance is not. It is incorruptible, undefiled, fades not away, and is reserved in Heaven for us.

 

  1. WE ARE ASSURED THAT AS BELIEVERS WE TOO WILL ONE DAY EXPERIENCE A GLORIOUS RESURRECTION AND GLORIFIED BODY LIKE JESUS.

 

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself,” Philippians 3:20-21.

 

“Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the death shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory,” 1 Corinthians 15: 51-54.

 

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life,” 2 Corinthians 5:1-4.

 

 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

 

Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blessed
Watching and waiting, looking above
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love

This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long

 

Oh what a Savior, wonderful Jesus

 

Death could not hold You, You are victorious
Praise to the risen King
Death could not hold You, You are victorious
Praise to the risen King

 

Oh what a Savior, wonderful Jesus
Oh what a Savior

 

Wonderful Savior

 

Songwriters: Christopher Joel Brown / Mack Donald Iii Brock

Blessed Assurance lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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VICTORY OVER DEATH

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Our Heavenly Father has provided a source of comfort and help through His Word for all of life’s circumstances including death. The promises and words in the Bible can help us find the understanding, comfort, and help we need in facing the loss of a loved one and it is always sufficient to the degree of our suffering. Our God is the God of ALL COMFORT as 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 says, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

 

According to Scripture, death is an enemy. “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death,” 1 Corinthians 15:25-26. It is not the natural, normal state God planned for man even though it has been a fact of human history and every man has an appointment with death. God created man in His image and likeness to be with Him forever in fellowship with Him as an eternal being.

 

So why death? When is it ever convenient, timely, or when does it ever make sense? Sure it is relief from long-term sickness, pain, and suffering but who can ever really be thankful for death? Death is the last enemy to be conquered by God. It is the result of satan’s attack on man and man’s fall in the Garden and Adam’s sin. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned,” Romans 5:12.

 

How is it an enemy?  It separates: death always separates.

 

Think of death from a Biblical perspective which categorizes death:

Spiritual death—man’s spirit is separated from relationship with God’s Spirit.

Physical death—man’s spirit is separated from His body.

Eternal death—man’s spirit is separated from God forever.

 

It also separates us from our loved ones.

 

In 1 Corinthians 15:51-58,  Death is represented as having a sting (a goad; a prick) like the driver of a wagon pulled by oxen, goads continually prod or goad them on. “Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord,”

 

Sin is called the sting/goad; so sin is that which urges men on toward death – spiritual, physical, and ultimately eternal death. Death in all its forms could not have entered into the world if sin had not entered. It was sin that not only introduced spiritual, physical, and eternal death but armed it with its destroying force, sting, or goad. We often hear the use of the verse of our victory mentioned in (v.57) to apply to poverty, adversity, circumstances, sickness, evil people … but the context is victory over sin and death.

 

The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the Law. The Law identifies sin and forbids sin but only strengthens its binding, controlling power. It provided no help, only cursing and condemning thereby strengthening the sting.

 

What the Law could not do Jesus did. He became sin and conquered death, hell, and the grave. He takes the sting out of death and gives us the victory over it by grace.

 

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

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STAY PLANTED IN THE LOCAL CHURCH

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Psalm 92:10 – 14 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. 11 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me. 12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

 

There are many blessings we receive from God as individual believers and thank God for them. Does anyone ever get tired of hearing of blessings spoken of only in terms “I, I, I, me, me, me, mine, mine, and mine, I’m gonna get my thing, It’s my time…?” Yes, God wants you blessed as an individual but there are certain blessings and graces from God that only come to a believer through his connection to and being planted in the house of the Lord with others Psalm 92:10-14.

 

  1. Increased influence and authority v. 10a.
  2. Fresh anointing v 10b.
  3. Enemies defeated v. 11
  4. Flourishing growth v. 12, 13.
  5. Longevity and fruitfulness v. 14

 

In a day when many are following the spirit of the age and becoming lovers of their own selves let’s not allow our love for being planted in God’s house to become cold.

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A MESSAGE TO PREACH

Mark 5:18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

 

Christians that live in America are grieved by the changes and moral decline happening in their country. Change can be good but not when we as a nation depart from our moral foundations established by our Judeo Christian heritage. Only righteousness can exalt a nation so we must pray, stand for truth, and stay engaged as citizens of this great United States like never before. Things have changed but not for the better.

 
One thing that has not changed is our main mission for being here on Earth until Jesus comes for us. Jesus left this Earth and before His ascension into Heaven gave the disciples the Commanded Mission of going into all the world and preach the Gospel to everyone (Mark 16:15-20). This is every believer’s assignment. We should take the time to learn the Gospel and get all the training we can but we can’t wait until we know everything. Here in Mark chapter 5 is a great example of someone who Jesus sets free from demonic control. This guy had been living among the dead in a graveyard, couldn’t be bound with chains, would cry aloud night and day while cutting himself.

 

After Jesus delivered him from two thousand devils He tells him to go publish the great things God has done for him. With no training, no study, and no knowledge beyond being set free he began to proclaim, preach, and publish what had happened to him. THE EASIEST MESSAGE WE CAN EVER PREACH or share is what good things God has done for us. No one can tell that like we can. Our Commission has not changed. Go tell somebody!

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Jesus Won The Victory Over Death

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:57‬ ‭

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REVIVAL: THE ONLY ANSWER

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The need of revival always indicates a state of decline exists.  There are signs of decline, decay, and departure from God as a nation that we can learn from the OT example of Judah in Jeremiah the prophets day. The nation was full of idolatry, they were happy with their corrupt society, their conscience was seared, and they disregarded the voices of God’s true prophets. False prophets and false prophecy is what the people wanted to hear. The national consequences of having lost the fear of God were:

 

  1. THE NATION FALLS VICTIM TO ITS OWN SIN.

Jeremiah 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.

 

  1. THE LEGAL SYSTEM BECOMES UNJUST AND LAWLESS.

Jeremiah 5:23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. 24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest. 25 Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you. 26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. 27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. 28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

 

  1. THEY GLORIED IN THEIR WISDOM, MIGHT, AND RICHES.

Judah went into captivity, in spite of this, and the nation was plundered.  Their wealth was possessed by outside nations which was part of the curse (Deut. 28:43-44).

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

 

  1. SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS DOMINATES THE PEOPLE AND LEADERS.

Jeremiah 5:29 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? 30 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

 

  1. THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARD SIN WAS PERVERTED.

They deceived themselves into thinking as long as they went to church (the temple) and performed religious ceremonies they would be alright.

Jeremiah 7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the Lord. 3 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these.

 

  1. THEY WOULD PERPETUALLY BACKSLIDE BUT WERE NOT ASHAMED.

Everyone was given to covetous including the prophet and priest who would give false hope in their messages, and they were no longer ashamed (no red faces, wouldn’t blush).

Jeremiah 8:5 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. 10 Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. 11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. 12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.

 

  1. NO ONE WAS VALIANT FOR THE TRUTH BUT EVERYONE SPOKE LIES AND DECEPTION.

Jeremiah 9:3 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the Lord. 4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders. 5 And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.6 Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the Lord.

 

Sounds a lot like America. The only answer to a situation of this magnitude is a national revival. 1 Corinthians 10:11 says, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” America needs Jesus to be great again.

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Lovers of Their Own Selves

All truth from the Bible is not centered on the individual but has a community or corporate aspect to it (i.e. Members of a Body; Stones in a Temple; Citizens of a Kingdom; Sheep in a Flock). There seems to be an abundant supply of teachers and teachings that are feeding people with truths that are causing them to be very self oriented and excessive in their self love. Their Christianity becomes self focused and self absorbed. They never allow Biblical truth to fit them into something bigger than themselves and for anything beyond personal benefit.

Excessive self love is defined in several fields of study as narcissism. It is a generalized personality trait characterized by egotism, vanity, conceit, or selfishness. It is having an excessive self-focus in interpersonal exchanges or being excessively selfishness and self absorbed. It is one who has a grandiose sense of self-importance, requires excessive admiration, and has a very strong sense of entitlement. The word comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus, a handsome Greek youth who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water and would spend hour after hour gazing into the pool at himself.

This is the opposite of the Christ-like nature within a true disciple who demonstrates their love for others by their faithful attendance, serving, giving, and sharing of their life. Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends John 15:13.” Some count their life too dear unto themselves, too valuable, too precious to lay it down for others. This is unlike the Apostle Paul’s example who said, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God Acts 20:24.” He was willing to be spent for others, “And I will very gladly spend (to incur cost; to expend) and be spent (to exhaust; to expend wholly) for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved 2 Corinthians 12:15.”

The Bible indicates that there would be people in the Last days that fit this category when it says in 2 Timothy 3:1-2, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES….” I wonder if these people are not a product of the teachers and teachings of certain truths that feed into their self love to the exclusion of truths that teach of denying oneself. Could the characteristics of people in the Last Days perilous times listed in 2 Tim. 3:1-7 be related to 2 Timothy 4:1-4 which indicates that a time would come when people would not sit under sound teaching but pile up teachers who tickle their ears. “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 FOR THE TIME WILL COME when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables 2 Timothy 4:1-4.”

These teachings cause divisions, schisms, and splits in the local church or local Body of Christ. They hurt local churches that teach sound doctrine, faithful assembling with the Body, serving with ones gifts, and giving ones spiritual and financial supply as important aspects of being a good disciple of Jesus Christ. We need to renew our minds to the truths about our identity as a part of something bigger than us individually, which is the BODY OF CHRIST 1 Cor. 12:14-27. No physical body part is designed to function or stay alive disconnected from the whole body. The same holds true for the spiritual Body of Christ. We need to see that all members have a place they are set; all members have gifts of grace; and all members have a function to perform in the Body of Christ.

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