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  1. Whether we like it or not,every saved, born-again Christian will have to go through a certain amount of trials and tribulations as we go through this life. The question is will we make it through or not ( 1Peter 4: 12,16, 19 ). With the help of the Holy Spirit ( John 14: 26 ) , were going to try and understand why we must go through these trials and tribulations and how the Lord helps us overcome them ( John 16:33 ; Acts 14:22 ; and Psalms 34:19 ). There is basically 3 main reasons why each Christian has to face a certain amount of trials and tribulations. ( Romans 12:12 ). The first one most Christians are familiar with so were not going to spend a whole lot of time here. When Adam and Eve both disobeyed God's command not to eat of the Tree of Good and Evil sin entered creation ( Gen. 3: 17-19 ). Because of there actions everyone born after them would now have to go through trials and tribulations ( 1Peter 1: 6-7 and John 16:33 ). The second and God's highest way He sends trials and tribulations into our lives is for our Sanctification ( John 17: 17-49 ). The Lord wants to set us apart to become a more Holy people and to transform us into the express image of our Savior Jesus Christ the Lord. He wants to mold, shape, and transform us into a righteous and Holy people , but this transformation process can and will be a very painful process at times. Adversity seems to have a way of humbling us. This sanctification process will either help us to spiritually mature and to grow in the Lord or cause some of us to throw in the towel and quit ( James 1:2 ; Romans 5:3 ; 2 Cor. 4:16 ; 2 Cor. 12:9 ). I'm not going to list all the positive and negative things the Lord wants to put and take out of us, just a few to help us understand better. Positive: boldness, patience, steadfastness, humility, self control, compassion, increase our faith and trust in Him. Negative: pride, self centered, bad tempers, Know it all, judgemental, and critical attitudes, jealousy, and gossip. The third reason God allows trials and tribulations to come into our lives is for the express purpose of testing our faith in Him ( Psalms 11:5 ; Job 23:10 ; Isaiah 48:10 and Proverbs 17:3 ). It's easy to have faith in the Lord when things are going great. When trials and tribulations comes are way, sadly some Christians turn away from God when they should be holding on to Him as tightly as they can ( Rom. 8:39 ). We can keep a lot of unnecessary trials and tribulations from ever coming our way if we would just enter into a full surrender to the Lord and obey Him, no matter what. Then all the trials and tribulations that comes are way will come for our spiritual growth in the Lord-as hard as this fact is ( Psalm 34:19 and 1 Peter 1:6, 9 ). I don't know anyone who enjoys trials and tribulations, including me, but over the course of 45 years the Holy Spirit has shown me several reasons why we go through them. He has shown me that some of the trials and tribulations that I went through not only helped my spiritual growth, but gave me a much better understanding of who I was in Jesus Christ our Lord ( John 16: 12-15 ). He has shown me that on several occasions He has elevated me to a new level of His calling of me to preach and teach His Word according to His will ( Isaiah 61:1 and Romans 10:15 ). My prayer for all of you is that the Holy Spirit will give you a better understanding of your trials and tribulations. He has also PROMISED to give us a way out of them all ( 1 Corinthians 10 : 13 ). May the Lord our God be given all the praise and glory forever. Amen and Amen Your brother in Christ the Lord
  2. Brothers and Sisters. If any one is interested in understanding more about the Holy Spirit, you can go to the sermon I posted on March 28 2018, titled "Understanding the Holy Spirit ". Under Do you want to ask a question. Your Brother in Christ the Lord
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  5. Precious Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus , I ask that you open the hearts and minds of all that wants to understand and hear what You are saying to them. I also ask that you hide me in the palms of your hands so that men will see that I'm just a vessel that you use for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord , Amen. Hearing the Holy Spirit speak is something that doesn't happen over night. It's going to cost you something and sadly this is where most Christians draw the line. They don't want to take a little bit of time each day to learn how to hear the Holy Spirit speak to them. They're to busy with worldly desires and pleasures. As I explained, it's going to take time to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit and it's going to take a humble spirit ( Jer. 29: 12-13 ) Based on Bible Scripture were going to learn some of the ways the Holy Spirit speaks to us. ( John 16: 13-14 ). We already have the Holy Spirit living inside of us once we become saved , so the rest is up to us. Most of the time the Holy Spirit speaks to us through Scripture. By reading and studying the Bible your spirit retains all the Scripture verses you are reading. Sometimes as your reading a particular verse or verses the scripture becomes alive. The Holy Spirit illuminates your understanding and you know, that you know, and you don't need anyone to tell you what it means. Also as your spirit retains God's Word the Holy Spirit will reveal a certain scripture that you might have forgotten , maybe years ago, to help you when you are having problems in a certain area of your life ( 2Tim. 2:15 ). God has made all of us in a unique way. Each of us must listen to God in the way that He chooses to deal with us. One of those ways is known as the inner witness or the inner knowing ( Proverbs 20:27 ). This is the Lord speaking to us through our conscience, check in your spirit, a leading, or a quickening ( Rom. 8:16 and Rom. 9:1 ). When the Holy Spirit speaks to you it will be a strong inner knowing. Suddenly you receive a supernatural illumination, an enlightment, of what a scripture means or how the Holy Spirit is trying to help you with a problem . It will be as the old expression goes, I know, that I know, that I know, without a shadow of a doubt or I've got a gut felling to do something or not to do something. In addition to receiving a direct message from the Lord, the Holy Spirit can lead us a certain way. This is commonly referred to as a prompting or unction. We feel or sense that the Holy Spirit is gently nudging us to do something. Sometimes we can also feel a very strong unction or prompting from the Lord as He leads us to go in one direction or another ( Matt. 4:1 ) ; ( Rom. 8:14 ). Just as the Holy Spirit leads us in a certain direction, He can also do the opposite. When we pick up on this from the Holy Spirit , it's generally known as a check in your spirit. This is like a stop sign. The Lord is telling us not to go down that path. These checks keeps us from making all kinds of mistakes in this life. A good example of receiving a check in your spirit can be found in ( Acts 16: 16-67 ). I know that most of you are familiar with the term a quickening from the Holy Spirit. A quickening is when the Holy Spirit causes something to jump out at you. You maybe reading the Bible and suddenly a verse or verses will seem like they jump off of the pages and you get a supernatural understanding of what the Holy Spirit is conveying to you. The Holy Spirit sometimes will use preachers, small study groups, worship songs, and even the things God created on the Earth to say something to us. We must remember, not to go looking for these quickening, but to let the Holy Spirit give them to you according to His will ( Heb. 4: 12 ) There are moments throughout the day when the Holy Spirit is speaking to us through our conscience, or mind. To be able to hear and understand is by practicing, by reason of use. In other words the Holy Spirit will put something good into your mind that you normally wouldn't conjure up yourself ( Rom. 9:1 ). This is where your faith comes in to play ( 2 Cor. 5:7 ; Gal. 2:20 ; Heb. 10:38 ; Heb. 11:6 ; and 2 Peter 1:5 ). Stepping out in faith when the Holy Spirit speaks is like when we first learned to walk, ride a bicycle, or drive a car. If we make a mistake the Lord isn't going to punish us. He simply picks us up, dusts us off, and says no my child this is the way to go ( Matt. 11:29 and Psalms 37: 23-24 ). Brothers and Sisters, I pray that all of you will seek the Holy Spirit to help you. Our Lord Jesus said, that He will ask the Father, and He will send the Holy Spirit to us ( John 16: 13-14 ). The Holy Spirit is waiting for you with open arms. Salvation isn't all there is to serving the Lord. If you don't seek Him you will never know the love, joy, happiness, peace, and spiritual understanding that He gives. You'll only know what the world and the flesh gives. May our Lord Jesus Christ Bless All of You. AMEN.
  6. Melissa7 Thank you, but this sermon was inspired by the Holy Spirit and had nothing to do with me. God says my power and praise I will not give to another. Isa. 42:8 May God Bless You , Your Brother in Christ, tyke
  7. We Christians sometimes have disagreements or conflicts when discussing biblical scriptures , but its how we approach the discussion that makes all the difference ( 2 Tim. 3:16,17 ). The key is not to anger the person or to prove that they are wrong, but to win there friendship and understanding. An attitude like that doesn't come from us alone but from the Lord working through us ( 2Tim. 4:5 ). The right attitude to have when discussing Christian doctrine is to be humble and take no pleasure in being right and others being wrong. Only giving our Lord Jesus Christ all the glory matters, and it matters more than anything else ( 1Cor. 10:31 ; Gal. 1:5 ; and Rom. 5:2 ). When we believe someone is in error of scripture we can show them , but with the right attitude and a teachable spirit. There is a good chance that someone can be taught if it's done in love, with the Spirit of Christ without pride, ego, or a personal agenda ( Col. 3: 13 ; Heb. 12: 14-15 ) So often when someone has a different view of scripture they go into these discussions with a sort of " game theory", mentally. The whole thing becomes about who's right and who's wrong rather than building each other up in Christ ( Eph. 4: 15-16 ). The discussion often times goes bad as both parties stew in there own thought's and feeling's of hurt and anger ( Phil. 2:1-7 ). We must remember that we are accountable to God for our actions. We can't control what the other person say's, but we can control how we answer ( Rom. 14: 10-13 ). We must also remember to pray for the person that we disagree with, and mean it, because the Lord can see the true intensions of our heart ( Matt. 5: 44,45 ). We can all have differences on scripture, not to prove our point, but to show the kind of love that Jesus showed, because our Lord said that we are to love each other as much as we love ourselves ( John 13: 34,35 and Gal. 5:13 ).
  8. Holy Spirit I pray that you give us seeing eyes, hearing ears, a receptive heart and mind, and a mouth that gives you the glory you so richly deserve. I also ask that you hide me in the palms of your hands so men will know that I'm just a servant that you use for the glory of your name. AMEN The Holy Spirit is the least understood of the Trinity of God. He is equal to the Father and the Son( Gen. 1:26 ) There is God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son of God, who is also God ( Heb. 1:8) and God the Holy Spirit ( Acts 5:3,4 ). He has a will, intelligence, divine knowledge, sympathy, ability to love, think, speak, see, hear, desire, grieve, and rejoice. When we become saved the Holy Spirit instantly dwells within us ( Eph. 1:13,14). He comes to dwell in us to help us, and to lift up our Lord Jesus Christ ( John 16 : 8-14 and Heb. 4:12 ), but that is not the end of it. There's a whole lot more. Developing intimacy and having an understanding of who the Holy Spirit is is crucial if were going to remain strong in the Lord since he is involved the most in a believers life ( John 16:12,14 ). When you start seeking the Holy Spirits help on a daily basis, concerning everything that you do, he will show you mysteries and the secret plans of God for your life ( John 16:13 and Rom. 8: 1-17 ). Relying on the Holy Spirit is so important that our Lord Jesus Christ didn"t start his ministry until he was baptized in water and the Holy Spirit. Everything he did in life and ministry he did empowered by the Holy Spirit, through the anointing and gifts of the Holy Spirit ( Luke 4:1 and Acts 10:38 ). Even the disciples and other believers depended upon the Holy Spirit for everything ( Acts 13:2,3,9 ; Rom. 9:1 ; and 1Cor.2:13 ). So, if Jesus needed the Holy Spirit, we also need him in our lives. Sadly, some Christians dismiss or take lightly the power, works, anointing, and gifts of the Holy Spirit with very little thought of the consequences their actions ( Acts 7:51 ; Matt. 12:31,32 ; and Luke 12:10 ). Some don't even understand the sin of grieving the Holy Spirit . This sin is committed by believers who don't let the Holy Spirit control their lives to the glory of Jesus Christ ( Eph. 4:30-32 ). Also the sin of quenching the Holy Spirit. This sin is committed by Christians when known sin is allowed to go unconfessed ( 1John 1:9 and Isa. 59:1-2 ). The Holy Spirit can be sinned against because he is God, but fortunately for us he's quick to forgive us once we repent. Regardless of how anyone views the gifts of the Holy Spirit the Father sent him to work through us and to help believers until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ ( 1 Cor. 13:8-10 and John 14:12 ). Today many Christians are totally unaware of all the blessings and benefits that the Holy Spirit provides. As a result of not understanding who they really are in Christ Jesus, many Christians are living defeated, joyless, and unproductive lives in the Lord. Each of us only has two roads that we can travel on in this life. We can believe that the Lord has a perfect plan for each one of us through the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, or we can choose not to believe by ignoring God and the call that he has placed in our lives. Anyone who is not saved I ask that you repeat this prayer, or one similar to it. Lord Jesus, I accept you as the Lord and Savior of my life. I repent of all my sins. I believe that you died on the cross for me and was raised up on the third day just as the Bible said you would. Thank you for saving me. AMEN and Amen
  9. Father I ask in the name of Jesus that you help all those who are seeking a intimate relationship with you. I ask that you also show them the depth and riches of your great love. I pray that you hide me in the palms of your hands so men will know that I'm just a vessel you use according to your will. AMEN God doesn't want our relation to end with him after we are saved, this is where it all begins. If we communicate with the Lord on a surface level, then we miss out on the kind of relationship that the Lord wants to have with us-an intimate relationship with him. Though this is his desire for each of us, many believers don't live in the close relationship that God has made available for all of us. Some Christians are confused and frustrated, wondering why they don't hear the Lords voice or feel his presence. Even though they attend church, read there bibles, and pray, God still seems to be far away and distant ( James 4:10 ). God is a spirit and that is how we must relate to him ( John 4:24 ). In order for us to have intimacy with the Lord we have to put time and effort into it ( Psalm 91:15). Do you remember what it feels like to be in love? No one had to tell you to think about that person; our thoughts just automatically flew to him or her. Or just consider how friendships develop. Close friendships aren't instantaneous, they grow over time. That's what its like when we love our Savior and continually pursue him by spending time with him, communicating with him, and sharing our deepest thoughts ( James 4:10 ). We also must have two-way communication. When we pray we often come to the Lord with our list of demands, but how often do we take the time to listen for his response? Although God delights in hearing our prayers, he also wants us to be still and listen to him ( Psalm 46:10 ). Since the Lord speaks to us primarily through his word, that is most likely where we will hear his voice. When reading your bible pray and meditate on his word, and ask the Lord questions such as: what are you saying to me? or how does this apply to my life? Then be still and listen, giving the Lord time to speak to your spirit. The more we listen, the more we will hear his voice, and soon your time with him will be your greatest joy ( Matt. 7:7,8 ), ( John 14:13 ), and ( James 1:6 ). Another important factor is for us to be open and honest, Exposing every area of our lives to the Lord. Although the natural thing is for us to back away from this type of vulnerability, we must remember that God already knows us inside and out and loves us more than we could ever comprehend ( Psalm 44:21 ). If were going to grow in oneness with the Lord, we must also learn to share his interests. He is always concerned about our well-being, but do we care about his desires and purposes. Are we more interested in the Lord, or what he can give us. If your relationship with the Lord seems to be dull or the same old thing, maybe we have drifted into a self-centered focus that is hindering a intimate relationship with him ( Matt. 6:33 ). Some of us confuse knowing the Lord with knowing about him or by thinking intimacy with God can be achieved through the accumulation of knowledge or what's commonly known as head knowledge. Rather such knowledge should continually change us, influence others, and prepare us for heaven ( 1 Cor. 14:33 ). One day were all going to meet the Lord, but will he be a stranger to us? Were all missing out on God's best for us until we have a meaningful, intimate relationship with the Lord ( John 17:3 ). If there is anyone who is reading this who is not saved. I ask that you repeat this prayer or one similar to it. Lord Jesus I accept you as the Lord of my life. I ask that you forgive me for all my sins. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins, was resurrected, and now you sit on the right hand of God. I thank you for saving me. AMEN
  10. Father in the name of Jesus I pray that you open our spiritual ears, eyes, mind, and heart to be receptive of when and how you speak to us Amen The Bible is filled with the various ways our Lord speaks to us from Genesis to Revelation. He spoke to Adam and is still speaking until this very hour. What some of us need is a little help in discerning some of the ways our Lord speaks to us, but, it's going to take commitment, patience, and time, as well as praying, and studying God's Word. (2 Timothy 2: 15,16 ) Also, We can't make demands on the Lord, but we can ask, seek, and knock and the Lord has promised to open the door for us, if we humbly seek him but, the timing is in the Lord's hands. So, how do we know if were hearing the voice of the Lord or not ? Here are some of the ways that the Lord has spoken to me but, we must remember that this is how the Lord spoke to me, and is not the only way our Lord speaks to his people. The Holy Spirit plays a vital role by speaking and leading us in the right direction. Howbeit, when he the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me ( Jesus Christ), for he shall receive of mine, and show it unto you ( John 16: 13,14). The Holy Spirit will speak to us with his loving, quiet, still small voice through our thoughts, through our spirit such as a tug for us to go to the right or left, a peace in our spirit, and restlessness that this is not the will of the Lord ( 1 Kings 19:11,12 and Rev. 3: 7,8). Our Lord also speaks to us through visions and dreams ( Acts 2:17 and Rev. 3: 7,8 ). The Lord has given me visions and many, many dreams. Sometime he will reveal the vision or dream to me and at other times he will only give me one piece of the puzzle over time and at other times he simply will not reveal anything. This is where it's a good idea to seek the Lord even more and to keep a journal of what the Lord has shown you. The Lord also speaks to us through the circumstances that occurs in our lives whether good or some kind of tribulation. Such as convicting us of the sin in our lives ( John 16: 8,9 ). Also the Lord will speak to us using other people. It may come in the form of conformation, encouragement, reproof, or a warning. No matter who brings the word, always remember to make sure that what ever is said it lines up with the Word of God ( 1 John 4:1). We must also understand that there are other voices speaking to us. The voice of our own human desires and the devil. The devil sometimes speaks to us by bringing impressions to our minds. His voice is always urgent and insistent trying to get us to hurry and make the wrong choice but, the Lord's voice is loving, quiet, and is always consistent with his word ( John 10:3 and 10:27 ) ; ( Rev. 3:20 ). We need to try and understand that its going to take time, commitment, and patience on our part by praying and reading the Word of God then we will be able to discern the voice of the Lord as he draws us closer and closer to him. Amen Father in the name of Jesus I pray that if there is anyone who is reading this who is not saved I ask that you repeat this prayer or one similar to it. Lord I ask that you forgive me of my sins. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins, was resurrected on the third day, and now sits on the right hand of God. I here and now ask you to be the Lord and Savior of my life. I thank you in Jesus name. Amen and Amen
  11. Father I ask in the name of Jesus that you send out your healing power and heal all who call upon your Holy name. AMEN sadly many people go through life trying to understand why our Lord Jesus doesn't heal them. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Col. 1:9). I'm a firm believer in Jesus healing people. I have personal knowledge of and experienced God's healing power in my own life as well as others. Briefly, I'm going to share how the Lord healed me, in hopes that it might help someone who might be struggling with questions about healing. Just remember the Lord doesn't heal everyone the same way, but, through his great wisdom He knows when the perfect timing is. In April 1974 I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Instantly, I new I was saved and going to Heaven. After a short time the Lord revealed to me that he wanted me to preach the gospel and to teach His word. I refused and turned my back on God and pursued my life long dream in the work that I wanted to do. After about 20 years of doing things according to my will, I hit rock bottom. The illness that I had since I was a child gradually started getting worse. In December 1994 I simply could not take it anymore. I repented, went back to church, and started to serve the Lord. For almost 2 1/2 years it seemed like the worst time in my life. I prayed, studied God's Word, attended church regularly and tried my best to be a servant of the Lord. It was very difficult sometimes. I would literally lay face down on my floor praying for the Lord to heal me. It was in October of 1997 that I was just walking along and instantly I was healed. There was no great signs in the sky, no heavenly visions, just the fact that I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord had healed me. The Lord not only healed my illness, but also healed my Spirit, heart, and mind. Praise God, thank you Lord. It was around this time, as I was praying, that the Lord gave me understanding of not only who I was in Christ Jesus, but showed me that It wouldn't be long before I start preaching and teaching His Word. Since that time, I've worshipped and served the Lord and never looked back, because there is nothing in this world more important that the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, no one who puts his hand to the plow, and looks back, is fit for the Kingdom of God (Luke 9:62 ). Although I don't understand all the ways God heals people our Lord has revealed through His Word (Bible) that He will heal us but, we must meet His conditions the same way we did when He saved us. The degree to which we trust God depends upon the faith that we have in Him to heal us.The Bible says, but without faith it is impossible to please Him. For whosoever would come near to God must believe that God exists and that He is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him out (Heb 11:6). Our Lord Jesus is not a respecter of persons, but will heal all who call upon his Holy Name ( John 14:13-14) . When you want something you never had then you got to do what you never did. That is have faith in God. Also, know sin in our life, no matter what it is, will prevent us from being healed. We must confess our sin to the Lord and forsake them ( 1John 1:9 and 1 John 3:4). Don't be surprised when you start praying to be healed, that the devil will try and stop you. He will try all kinds of lying mind games trying to cause you to have all sorts of doubts and accuse you with all sorts of lying accusations. This is where praying and studying the Word of God will help you ( Eph. 6: 12-18 and 2 Timothy 2:15). Living outside the will of God, like I did for years, will prevent you from being healed. We can't have one foot in the Kingdom of God and the other foot in the World. The Lord says, a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways ( James 1:8). Sometimes the Lord doesn"t heal. A good illustration of this can be found in ( 2 Cor. 12: 8-9). The Apostle Paul asked God 3 times to remove the thorn in his side but the Lord told him that His grace was enough for him. My cousin was born with cerebral palsy and lived and died confined to a wheel chair. Sometimes when I looked at him I would think to myself, why would God allow him and others to be born this way. I was even angry with God. It wasn't until years later after God healed me that He showed me why. He showed me that some people have different infirmities for the glory of His Name. I'm not going to pretend that I fully understand what the Lord was saying to me but, I simply believe God by faith whether I understand or not. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and mind, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths ( Proverbs 3: 5,6). Praise God Amen Father in the name of Jesus I ask if there is anyone who is reading this and is not saved that they repeat this prayer or one similar to it. Lord I ask that you forgive me of my sins. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins, was resurrected the third day, and now sits on the right hand of God. I hear and now ask you to be the Lord and Savior of my life. Amen and Amen
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    Thank you Willa, very much. God Bless
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    I don't hit the enter key. To make a long story short, . I do not have the knowledge in all areas of communicating on a computer. Such as forums, attaching other things to a post, but mostly typing a post that can be read with several paragraphs instead one long paragraph. and what symbols mean like above this post and how and when to apply them. Thank you again.
  14. Anyone, I don't know how to type a message in paragraph form. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, God Bless.
  15. .During his earthly ministry Jesus claimed to be God in human flesh. Either he is God as he claimed or the greatest con-artist that ever existed. No one has ever created more controversy and disagreement as he did. Before his claim can be denied there are some things that has to be accounted for. Such as: His virgin birth, His holy sinless life, His many miracles, and His death, burial, and resurrection. Father in Jesus name I pray that you open the eyes of unbelievers and believers to the whole truth of who you are and to the fact that you are everything you claimed to be. AMEN and AMEN The God nature of Jesus Christ is well established in the New Testament by eye witness accounts. He is called God by John (John 1:1) and Thomas (John 20:28). He was even called God by God the Father (Heb.1:8). He claimed to be God in that he was with the father before creation existed and before Abraham was created (John 17:5 and 8: 51-59).He was worshipped and only God is to be worshipped, and He forgave sins and only God can forgive sins ( Matt. 14:3 and Mark 2:5-11). He is creator , sustainer, and maker of all things, only God can control the universe ( Col.1:16 and Heb. 1:3). He also said that he has all power in heaven and on the earth, and only God has all power ( Matt. 28:18). He raised the dead , walked on water, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and cast out demons. Quite a lot of impossible things for just an ordinary man. His human side is seen in that his mother was human flesh (Matt. 1:18-25). He was subjected to all the sinless infirmities of his human nature such as: He was hungry (Matt 4:2), thirsty, got tired, cried ( John 19:28 , 4:6 , and 11:35) and was tempted ( Heb. 14:15). Jesus wasn't God and man but the God-man. He is God in human flesh. His two natures are put together in such a way that the two become one, having a single consciousness and will. His virgin birth has never been duplicated in all human history. It was by the virgin birth that God became man, two natures : one nature being that of Almighty God, and the other nature being man. The union of the two natures became the God-man Christ Jesus. The authors of the books of the Bible tells us that we have undisputed evidence of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So lets take a look at some of these facts: He appeared to Peter (Luke 24:34), To the apostles, Thomas not being there (Luke 24: 36-43), Again to the apostles, Thomas present ( John 20: 24-29), to Mary Magdalene (John 20: 11:18) , to James (1 Cor. 15:7), to Paul on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:3-6), to the women returning from the sepulcher (Matt.28 5-10), to the eleven apostles again (Matt. 28: 16-20), to the seven by the sea of Tiberias ( John 21: 1-23), to Stephen the first martyr ( Acts 7:55), and to 500 believers who saw him all at the same time and all at the same place ( 1 Cor. 15:6). When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane his disciples forsook him and ran away (Matt. 26:56). From this time until after his resurrection the disciples lived in total fear: dejected, discouraged, and defeated. Now, How do we account for there fearlessness and great courage that came into the lives of the disciples three days and three nights later, after the resurrection of Jesus Christ ? They rejoiced when persecuted (Acts 5: 40=42), and most of them died martyrs' deaths believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ rather than denying him (Heb. 11:35). Now, lets look at some other evidence. If Jesus is not alive, then what happened to his body that was in the empty tomb ? The Roman guards were paid to say that his disciples came during the night and took the body while we were sleeping (Matt. 28: 11-35). First, the disciples didn't have the courage and if they did take the his body then how do we account to the fact that they all suffered and most died martyrs' deaths ? In the face of death one of them would have told where the body was to save his own life. Second, if the disciples stole the body then they would have woke up the guards rolling away the stone that covered the grave. Third, how did the guards know that it was the disciples since they all said that they were sleeping. Fourth, the Roman army was so strict that the guards would have been put to death for sleeping on duty. Fifth, no one was ever arrested for stealing the body of Jesus. It's evident that the government offical's didn't believe the story of the guards. Sixth, had the enemies of Jesus stolen the body they could have produced it and put an end to Christianity; and they would have. Seven, when the apostle John entered the tomb he saw the grave clothes folded the same way as when they were wrapped around Jesus body (John 20: 1-20). Jesus came out of the clothes, and they collapsed without disturbing the folds. The were left there by the Lord as evidence of his resurrection. Even the stone that was rolled away from in front of the tomb by the angels is evidence that the Lord wanted men to see the grave clothes. The death of Jesus Christ was supernatural. Jesus said: No man taketh life from me, I lay it down to myself (John 10: 17,18). Only Almighty God could die a supernatural death. Jesus Christ is coming back to this world. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus (Rev. 22:20).
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