on a mission to ENCOURAGE, ENLIGHTEN, and EMPOWER women according to the Word of God,
"...so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us." [2 Cor. 1:4]
Thursday, April 28, 2011
NOTHING Can Block God's Word and Promises!
So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.
They rolled a huge stone in front of the tomb where they had buried Jesus. Then officials sealed the tomb, and placed guards there, preventing anyone from stealing Jesus' body.[Matthew 27:66]
What could separate us from the
resurrecting power of God?
Before Jesus was ever arrested at Gethsemane and later taken to be crucified, He told His disciples about the course of actions that were to come about and His fate:
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. ~Matthew 16:21
I guess you could say that Jesus madea promise to His disciples on that day: A promise that His death was imminent, alongside the greater and more hopeful promise that HE WOULD BE RESURRECTED and LIVE FOREVER!
And you know what?..Just as Jesus had predicted, there came the solemn time when He was crucified and died on the cross. Now to all those spectating, with the inclusion of His family and close followers of disciples, I am sure this moment in time surely signified finality and defeat. The Christ had been killed...He was dead...and all that would be left of Him would be buried and shut away for eternity in a tomb...IT WAS OVER!
BUT, there was still a promise...
The Lord had promised to rise again on the third day. And although the people and those who loved Him and believed in the message He had preached while on earth, may have forgotten that part of His promise, or possibly even doubted it, the enemy had not...and purposed to pull out every "card in his deck" to block the manifestation of this promise:
"Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.' So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day.~Matthew 27: 63-64
So they went and made the tomb secure by putting
a seal on the stone and posting a guard.
But you see, when God makes a promise, because He is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19), then neither death, nor a tombstone, nor a seal, nor any guards, nor ANYTHING that mayappear secured and final can block or stop that in which he has declared and purposed to come about!
After the Sabbath...on the first day of the week...
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it...
The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
~Matthew 28:1-2, & 4
Our God is UNSTOPPABLE and WHATEVER He has PROMISED to YOU and to ME,
CANNOT BE BLOCKED!
"JUST AS HE SAID"(Matthew 28:6), He arose on that third day,
despite what was set up against Him!
So, I ask you...
What promise are you standing on from His Word?
What has God personally promised you?
Does your situation look dismal and bleak?
Does finality seem imminent?
Does it appear that the doors have been shut and sealed on your dreams and hopes?
BE OF GOOD CHEER, My Friend!
We serve a God who is omnipotent and has resurrection power! Nothing is shut and final until He declares it so! And if He has promised you, He will (surely) do it
(1 Thessalonians 5:24)!
Though we may lose hope and doubt may creep in at times, Thank the Lord that if we are faithless, He will remain faithful because, He cannot disown himself (2 Timothy 2:13). And as Paul was convinced, we can put our hope in the fact that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
Have faith and hold tight... if neither death and nor the grave could contain Him, neither can the circumstances thatseemto be blocking your promise & mine!