April 4th, 2018 — IGNITE

I hope you don’t mind, but I just need to draw our attention back to Resurrection yet one more time. The Bible tells us “For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.” 1 Corinthians 15:16-19

I thought of that today because most of us love the Resurrection of our Savior. However we generally don’t do much with it. We’re not like over the top excited about it… we’re not like crazy in love with the truth that we have life in Jesus… we’re not beating the bushes telling everyone the great news. We just accept it and are happy and content. It’s a part of the fabric of our lives and now we must move on.

But let me tell you how I think we should be. One day a man came up to Jesus. He had leprosy. He shouldn’t have come as close as He did, but what did he have to lose. He fell on his face before Jesus and said to Him, “If you are willing, You can make me clean.” Mark 1:40

That touched the heart of Jesus. He stretched out His hand and touched the leper, which was forbidden. You weren’t supposed to even come close to them and then He healed him. Then Jesus told the man not to tell anyone but just go to the priest and offer the sacrifice for his cleansing that was required of him.

Now most of us would be elated we were healed. Our life was restored and we could rejoin society… be reunited with our family and friends… get back to a routine in life. We would probably run to the priest to take care of that small piece of business, but then we would be free and clear. Am I right?

But not this guy. This guy told every person he could what Jesus did for him. He was in a sense, dead, but now he was alive. He went up every street corner and into every pub. Every person he met got an ear full of how great Jesus was and what He had just done for the man. Here’s what the Bible tells us…

“But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news about, to such an extent that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopulated areas; and they were coming to Him from everywhere.” Mark 1:45

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Jesus rose from the dead. He’s alive. Are you? What has He done for you and who needs to hear about it today?

Father,
Come to life in me. I thank You and praise You for all that You’ve done for me. I will tell em all. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

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April 4th, 2018 – IGNITE

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I know for most people our Resurrection celebrations seem like a million days ago. But every time I pick up my Bible, it’s totally refreshed in my mind. For example, today I was reading about the walls of Jericho that were preventing the people of Israel from coming in and taking it down.

As I thought about that wall, all I could imagine was a huge wall constructed with larger boulders and mortar. It was thick and it was high. We’re told, that because the Israelites were camped nearby, nobody was allowed to leave the city and nobody was allowed to enter the city. They were in total lockdown! The gates were not to be opened.

It was then I started thinking about some people in my life who are going through some tough times. Some see their problem and are dealing with it… others don’t see the problem and acting as if everything is OK… still others don’t think they have a problem and are lying to themselves. All have a huge wall in front of them, preventing them from receiving all God is getting ready for them. If you’re one of those let me encourage you with the Word today.

I don’t know what you’re facing, but trust me when I tell you, you have to trust God and take Him at His Word. See, the people who are fighting against you really don’t have a problem with you but they’re afraid of the anointing within you. The Bible tells us, “Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and not one came in.” Joshua 6:1

Stop fighting those people!

Here’s the next thing: You have to take God at His word. Joshua 6:2 says, “… the LORD said to Joshua, ‘See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors.” You got to believe God has given you the assignment and it’s not a matter of “if” it will happen, but “when” it will happen!

Another thing… you have to have some people who are willing to stand with you even when it’s not their battle because you can’t do it alone. I don’t care how strong you think you are, you can’t do it by yourself. Joshua 6:3 tells us, “And you shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days.”

But not only can you not do it alone, you also need a spiritual covering. Joshua 6:4 says, “Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets or ram’s horns before the ark…” You don’t ever want to get into a battle without spiritual covering.

Lastly, get ready to go get what’s yours. Read this! “… then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priest shall blow the trumpets. And it shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.” Joshua 6:4b-5

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I don’t know what stone is preventing you from moving forward, but know this, Resurrection Day is about moving stones! Go to the empty tomb for yourself and start bringing down your walls!

Father,
I’ll raise my voice today, bringing down the walls that are keeping me out. In Jesus name I pray this pray this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen