How wonderful is the Lord for He has given me hope through Jesus Chrits’ resurrection during Easter! 🙏👍👏
The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2015, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net
Do you believe the Lord Jesus is truly alive and ready to make his presence known to everyone who believes in him? The first to see the risen Lord was not Peter or one of the apostles, but a woman noted for her demonized living! She had been forgiven much, and loved her Master greatly. She was first at the tomb to pay her respects. Unfortunately for the disciples, they would not believe her account of the Risen Master. Jesus had to scold his apostles because of their unbelief and stubborn hearts.
Are you like the apostles or like Mary – slow to believe or quick to run to Jesus? Do you doubt because you do not see? The Lord makes his presence known to us through the work and power of the Holy Spirit. He gives us the gift of faith to know him personally and to understand the mystery of his death and rising. Do you believe his word and do you listen to his voice?
After his appearance to his beloved apostles, Jesus commissions them to go and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Their task is to proclaim the good news of salvation, not only to the people of Israel but to all the nations. This is the great commission which the risen Christ gives to the whole church. All believers have been given a share in this task – to be heralds of the good news and ambassadors for Jesus Christ, the only savior of the world. We have not been left alone in this task, for the risen Lord works in and through us by the power of his Holy Spirit. Do you witness to others the joy of the Gospel and the hope of the resurrection?
“Lord Jesus Christ, increase my faith and hope in the power of your resurrection. And give me joy and courage to be your witness to others and to boldly speak of what you have done to save us from sin and death.”
The following reflection is courtesy of PresentationMinistries.com (c) 2015. Their website is located at PresentationMinistries.com
TAKE THE WITNESS STAND
“They called them back and made it clear that under no circumstances were they to speak the name of Jesus.” Acts 4:18
Jesus is risen, and we are His witnesses (see Acts 1:8; 2:32; 3:15; 4:33; 10:41; 13:31). Satan could not keep Jesus from rising from the dead, but he can try to keep us from being witnesses for the risen Christ. However, we should never stop “speaking of what we have heard and seen” (Acts 4:20) from the risen Christ, no matter how much we may have to suffer. The risen Jesus Himself will back us up by reprimanding those who do not believe our witness (Mk 16:14). He will also send the Holy Spirit to put the words in our mouths so we can witness (Lk 12:12). The Spirit will likewise convict of sin those who disbelieve our witness (Jn 16:8).
Therefore, witnessing is one of the most powerful ways of communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ (see Acts 1:8). When we witness to our faith in Jesus, we share the faith and grow in it ourselves. Witnessing glorifies the risen Jesus, builds the kingdom of God, and accelerates our growth in holiness. Witnessing for the risen Christ changes the culture of death into a civilization of life and love. Therefore, Satan, “the prince of death” (Heb 2:14), hates witnessing, for he is especially defeated by our witnessing (see Rv 12:11).
Love God; defy the devil; be a witness for the risen Jesus.
Prayer: Father, may I witness for Jesus right where I am, and then to my neighbors and co-workers, and then to cities and countries (see Acts 1:8). Promise: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation.” Mk 16:15 Praise: Praise Jesus, “the Resurrection and the Life”! (Jn 11:25) “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it” (Ps 118:24). Alleluia! (For a related teaching, order our tape on Prophetic Lifestyle on audio AV 75-3 or video V-75.)