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RAISED TO REIGN

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17.

One of the things I loved about the church I grew up in was the hymns. There is a hymn for every occasion, and every event. They are apt and germane though written several decades ago yet relevant to the time. The resurrection hymns were my best, like this one;

“Jesus lives! Thy terrors now. Can, O death no more appall us; Jesus lives! By this we know. Thou O grave, canst not enthrall us. Hallelujah!”

Singing it in my native tongue made so much sense to me. From birth, dying begins although growth is noted, death is the norm. Even the cells and tissues are programmed to die for growth and development by the process of  programmed cell death or apoptosis. Dying is the norm, perishing is expected; the saviour reprogrammes living.

“For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”Romans 5:17-18.

From Adam, sin and death was the norm from Christ, righteousness and life came to light. Resurrection power is the disruption of programmed death to life eternal. Salvation is the liberation from the old to the new life The one risen from the dead cannot live a common or normal life.

Resurrection is the release from death, dying, decay to reign in life. Life just got a boost by the rising of Jesus Christ from the dead. Everyone and everything raised by him has new life as the heritage of redemption. Death, decay and dying is no longer the norm but the exception.

Normality has been abolished exceptionality is the new norm by the power of resurrection. I am raised to reign!

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”2 Corinthians 5:17-18.

Prayer

Dear father, thank you for the power of resurrection that disrupts programmed death to life. I am raised to reign in life, I am no longer a slave to death in Jesus name.

THE POWER OF ONE

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17.

Many persons are still lost in wonder how one person sent from God can change the world. How can world of over 7million people be turned around by the death of one man. They are ignorant of the fact that every great thing begins with one person, one idea, one discovery.
The whole multitude of men and women in the world today’s from one man according to Acts 17:26. It’s amazing that Jesus is God’s last card to save the world, just one person. Just like every corporation or organization is the product of one man so also God.

Redemption is the agenda of the kingdom of God, Jesus Christ is the saviour of the world.

“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”2 Corinthians 5:14-15.

Salvation is the discovery of the love of God for the world; that one could die for all. The world is of immense value to him that died, and we count ourself fortunate to have been died for. An experience of the power that raised him from the dead makes instant turnarounds possible.

Decay is a process, resurrection is an instant restoration of life from death or dying. Think or stink, if the resurrection power cannot help, man is helpless in to the force of corruption in the world. He died to save the world from self destruction, every one that is saved is endowed with a saviour mentality. For everyone saved, many are saved through them; saved to save others. Salvation is an instant, it has multiplier effect; saviours are born, all can be saved.You won’t be the last to be saved! from one to all.

You won’t be the last to be saved! from one to all.

“Neither is there salvation in any other:for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”Acts 4:12.

Prayer:
Father, I see that there is no alternative plan for salvation but in Christ. One has died for all to be saved. Let the force of salvation continue to turn lives around in Jesus name.

Paid in full

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:14-15.

One of the desirable end point for every transaction is successful payment. Sometimes payment is declined, this could be from insufficient funds or transaction error. It may even be more grievous that after the transaction is declined, there is a debit alert; some persons call it double jeopardy.

Sin and death is a cycle, the transaction ends in debit, a loss. The transaction is well documented and the consequence well known. Sin pay wages, the payment plan continues; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
A wise man puts its succinctly, a man is born to die! The wages of sin. From birth death begins, the wager collects his bills to the end. Redemption is the termination of the sin-death cycle by a displacement and replacement by Christ.
The price for sin and death was paid in full, the debit program become a credit system.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”John 3:16-17.

His death terminated my death, my debt was paid for in his death and resurrection. The program of sin and death is abolished and everlasting life is activated. The debit cycle was for my destruction, the life cycle is my construction.

Resurrection is the the celebration of my restoration to the life cycle. My offence has been nailed to the cross, the handwriting of ordinance of sin and death was thwarted. The cycle of sin and death was terminated by the shedding of his blood. The sacrifice of Christ is the down payment for sin and death. To everyone connected to Christ, life is not a choice but a must.
Am no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God….live and not die!

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”Romans 8:1-2.

Prayer:
Thank you father for the termination of the cycle of son and death by the spirit of life by Christ Jesus. The resurrection is my ticket to the credit lifestyle. I am not born to die but to live in Jesus name.

I AM A CHILD OF GOD

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2:14-15.

The lyrics of a song I love is apt for today’s meditation.
You unravel me, with a melody, you surround me with a song
Of deliverance from my enemies, till all my fears are gone.
I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.”
Many are slaves to fear, there are many reasons to be afraid in life. This is one of the weaknesses of man when sin and death reigned.

Fear is the norm in slavery, it is a tool of oppression and depression. There are countless documented phobias in the book. Fears cannot be terminated until the status of slavery is changed. Fear is the tool of the evil master of wickedness the devil.
The power of resurrection terminates the bondage of slavery to fear by transformation to a child of God.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”John 3:16-17.

The death, burial and resurrection of Christ marks the termination of slavery. It’s not the absence of fear but disconnection from the bondage of fear.
Fear is terminated by faith in God and the reality of sonship with God. When the door of faith opens, the door of fear closes permanently. When the deeds of slavery is broken, the heritage of sonship is unlocked.

You’re no longer a slave to fear, when you are a child of God. It’s not only freedom from fear but a change of status; a child of God. A joint heir with Christ, a recipient of the riches of redemption.
The righteousness of God, having received the spirit of adoption.

Redemption therefore is disconnection from the bondage of fear and connection to the spirit of Christ.

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”Romans 8:15-16.

Prayer:

Dear father, I am indeed delighted to know that I have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear but the spirit of adoption. I am a child of God, the life of God is in me by Christ Jesus.

Awake and alive

I am crucified with Christ:nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God:for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Galatians 2:20-21.

One of the certain uncertainties of life is the sleep- wake cycle. It easy to sleep, a pill could help the process of sleeping. Waking up in the morning is not easy, how we wake up is a mystery.

A wise man said that every night, we go to bed to learn how to die. Not everyone that sleep wake up, they’re not awake neither alive We sleep in the same body and wake up with the same in the morning.
The death, burial and resurrection is different, a new life and a body is provided. Everyone that dies with Christ is raised with newness of life in the same body. The sleep- wake cycle has no guarantees but the resurrection is our guarantee to newness of life.

The evidence is that Christ was raised from the dead by the same power.

“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”Romans 8:10-11.

The power and the spirit of resurrection raises everything and anything. Just like we go to sleep and wake up not knowing how, the spirit raises from sin and death at an instant. Everyone that submits himself to the cross becomes a beneficiary of the resurrection experience. The proof of resurrection power is changed hearts and lives.
Sudden turnarounds and change of story abounds, when the power of resurrection is at work.

Resurrection has no boundaries, the covenant is not location dependent. The resurrection power has no limit, change is instantaneous and continuous.
It’s time to transit from passive to active operation of the resurrection; awake and alive in Christ.

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” Philippians 3:10-11.

Prayer:

Dear Father, thank you for the power of resurrection and it’s manifestation without limitation. It’s the fountain of new life in Christ Jesus; I am awake and alive in Christ Jesus.

A Brand New Life

For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17.

Living has some certain uncertainties, death is feared as the thief of life. Death is the greatest threat to life, “man was born to die” says a wise man.
Too many cemeteries and tombstone around us give credence to this fact. Death reigned, it had a celebrity status, a shadow on every life. Death remained an end until Christ opened the door.

The resurrection of Christ terminated the cycle of sin, death, hell and the grave and gave us new life.
Just like death reigned, new life is on the throne.
We saw Jesus die, he was hanging on the cross but it was my life that was life that crossed by his death.
The cross of Jesus is my death, his grave my burial place his resurrection my ticket to a brand new life.

“I am crucified with Christ:nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God:for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”Galatians 2:20-21.

You don’t have to die physically to have the new life in Christ. Dying with Christ give access to newness of life. It personal, it’s my crucifixion, my death and my resurrection. The celebration of the resurrection of Christ begins with my resurrection with him and the new life it gives.
The words of this song is apt and germane:
See my Jesus on the cross, the people crying, Looking on a man would think, oh what a tragedy.
What the world could not see when they nailed him to the tree
He broke the chains of sin and set me free..
Love grew, where the blood fell, flowers of hope spring up for men and misery
Sin died, where the blood fell, I am so glad his precious blood covers me…”

From sin, death and the grave; a brand new life emerges.

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”John 11:25-26.

Prayer:

Dear father God, thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ to be my resurrection and life. A brand new life is mine from dirty, filthiness and debt in Jesus name.

RECEIVED, NOT ACHIEVED

Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars ‘hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, to the unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. Acts 17:22-23.

The best things in life are not achieved, they are received. The resurrection of Christ Jesus from the dead grants access to a reigning life. Overcoming sin, death, hell, grave and hell is not a mean feat.
This is were religion ends and life begins.

Death and the grave have too many monuments to be ignored. Some religion celebrate worshiping the dead and venerate the grave as a pilgrimage.
It typifies the obvious lack of closure on sin, death, hell and the grave on these platforms. Take a look at your devotions, a living or a dead being? Unknown God.

How could the dead help the living?

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”John 11:25-26.

While the dead and grave is the centre of religion, Christ offers resurrection and newness of life. It’s time to turn from the unknown to the known God.
The resurrection is the ticket to a new life, a reigning life. It’s amazing to know that this life is not achieved but received.

New life for free is the heritage of redemption by the resurrection. The life that was desired by man through several devotions is only available in Christ. It’s not just available but accessible to all that come to him in faith. Superstition is overtaken by the supernatural, resurrection is for your restoration. It’s received not achieved and it’s free!

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)” Romans 5:17.

Prayer:

Thank you dear father got the resurrection and eternal life. It’s my access to the reigning lifestyle free of cost. Thank you for this gift made affordable and accessible in Jesus name

Crossed graves

Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death:because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. Acts 2:23-24

Have you noticed that fundamentalism and extremism against Christian believers is rife during the resurrection season? Do the maths.

The defeat of the grave, hell and death comes with a closure of every other religious belief.The announcement of the resurrection send shivers down the spine of many religious leaders. Some desire to turn the joyous celebration into mourning but to no avail. It’s also good to know that such practice is not new; check the records.

Jesus died as our sacrifice by a deliberate plan to silence the gospel. His blood was shed as it is today or his followers and believers. It may come as a rude shock that this practice is not stopping after over 2000 years. One of the solution is to live in the hope of the resurrection.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”Romans 8:35-37.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. How can a gathering of innocent worshippers be a threat to a person? How can a religion that bear no arms be so powerful that weapons of war are deployed to decimate it. How Luke one rejoice over the death of another on the cross or crossed buildings How can death be the triumph of one over another?

The gospel continues not in crossed buildings and crossed graves but the hope of the resurrection of the dead. Death has lost its sting, grave the victory! For everyone that lives in the hope of the resurrection and those that died are one; life eternal
Connected with Christ both in death and life; crossed graves indeed.

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”John 11:25-26.

Prayer:

Thank you father for the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, death is dotted and the grave is crossed. Access to life eternal begins. I am delighted to live in the hope of resurrection through Jesus Christ.

Resurrected or raised

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