Wednesday, June 11, 2008

MIRACLE! Raised From the Dead!

I Corinthians 15:54-55
But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. "O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?"

In the Spiritual... I have already been raised from the dead!

Ephesians 2:1,2,4,5
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved),...

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Colossians 2:12-14
...having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

In the Physical...
Do not pray to wake me!

When I die do not wake me
For I am in His care
When I die do not wake me
All my sorrow's past
When I die do not wake me
All my tears have ceased
When I die do not wake me
I am home at last

Philippians 1:21
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

II Corinthians 5:1-9
For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord-- for we walk by faith, not by sight--we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

Romans 14:7-9
For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

I Thessalonians 4:13-14
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

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DaDroz said...

I was also spiritually raised from the dead, saved from living according to the carnal, imperfect, temporary life which leads to certain death and eternal damnation.

Before I knew I needed Jesus Christ to forgive me and save my soul, I knew that I needed help out of depression. So that's what I prayed for. And God dealt with my emotional, mental, psychological needs BEFORE he dealt with my spiritual needs. But when I knew about Jesus, I repented and was washed by the blood of the Lamb of God.

Every ministry's focus should be a change of heart and mind, which results in a new destination for the soul, i.e. heaven. Every ministry should teach that the abundant eternal, perfect, spiritual life is God's priority and needs to be ours.

HOWEVER, much of the church teaches about the spiritual life without showing people why the church should be trusted and listened to. The first "Christian", the Anointed One whom all of us "little anointed ones" follow, Jesus Christ, knew exactly what He was doing when He ministered FIRST to people's emotional, physical, and mental needs, and THEN taught them the spiritual truth.

Anybody who has their heart, strength, and/or mind healed by the Holy Spirit and by God's angels (who are ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who WILL inherit salvation) will love God with their heart, strength, and mind and, therefore, their soul also.

Anybody who only hears somebody trying to win their soul will not yield anything, because in their flesh they see no tangible benefit to salvation. It is true that a MATURE Christian should know that because they have been raised from spiritual death, they are far more joyful about that than any emotional, physical, or mental restoration He gives. BUT we don't expect non-Christians to be spiritually mature, do we? So we give them what they want now in order to get them to want what they always needed. If we're being and doing the full work of the body of Christ, that is.