Resurrection Sunday 2019

by christina Farris 2019

Luke 24:1- 53 KJV
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words,
9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

Belief is the hardest thing to do when it comes to faith. It matters not the evidence God provides for man or mankind to help with belief.Belief is further then trusting the words of another but faith must come from God himself to our hearts.We must know within our own experience Christ has risen from the tomb. This is Easter April 21, 2019, I am written a declaration of faith based on God’s conviction of the heart. Man can teach all things in the world. He teach you to drive a car, can teach you about a stack of books that deals with education, can teach you how to create with crafts and can teach what has been handed down from generation to generation. Until one actually gets behind a car, open a book, mold some clay, or pass down to the next generation the stories of their ancestors no one knows the power of education beyond the hearing. There as to be more to the experience then hearing. The woman at the tomb where convicted by the experience they had of the empty tomb of Christ. They seen two angels that testified Jesus was not hear He was risen. If I had only the women’s testimony would I believe this morning that Jesus was risen. No but I would at least wonder about the women’s experience. There was more then one woman to testify. More then one person to say these things happened before their eyes. We must remember the story in the other Gospels of the empty tomb. Mary Magalene(who Jesus had casted seven demons out of her) was so upset at the empty tomb she wept. Yet she did not have experience of resurrection without Jesus speaking with her after his resurrection, giving her faith and hope that there was eternal life. Hope springs anew but we need to remember what all the women seen. One Gospel explains that earthquake occurred and an angel descended and rolled back the stone and the soldiers guarding the grave of Christ were slain.

Lets stop and regroup the evidence the women had of the experiences woven in all the Gospels was enough to convince them of his resurrection and telling all these things to the men was enough. Reading one Gospel alone might not be enough evidence to convince what happened, but the four Gospels alone is enough to convict the heart to wonder at these things. Peter hearing the women ran to the tomb and found it empty. Yet the story for the disciples for belief of Christ Jesus resurrection did not stop with the women’s testimony but the appearing of Him after the resurrection. Without the resurrection it was just an appearing of a ghostly man. Without the evidence of Christ Jesus eating before them bodily food, He would be ghost or a dream. Christ eating the food was proof of his resurrection. What then can we say. His appearance to the disciples was evidence of who Christ was. Yet we must concur what else happened.

Angels(two men in shining garments) expounded on the scriptures to the women at the tomb. The women passed this information on in their testimony. Jesus not only sat down to eat with the two men that went to Emmaus, but he expounded on scriptures after the men told the story of the women to him. However the men recognized Jesus not In verse 16 the word holden was used to mean held. It means the disciples were listening and probably watching with amazement of this stranger. I use word amazement because if you ever listened to a good story teller or speaker that held your attention, you may of wonder at his eloquence. The fact the disciples knew not Christ is not a mystery. If you not expecting to see someone somewhere it might take you by surprise. You might not even recognize a person. After all the disciples had seen Jesus crucified and buried, would even been going through mental shock along with wondering about the tomb, that Jesus speaking would of been perhaps even more mystifying that it would of held their attention until he left. Upon his disappearing the disciples knew it was Jesus.

The empty tomb was not enough, but appearing of Christ to his twelve disciples and then over 500 more disciples would be a convincing that would shake the world with the preaching, testifying and miracles that would come after Christ ascension into heaven by disciples. It was not enough to know Christ risen but Christ also expounded on scriptures. It not enough to say Christ is risen, but it must be taught why we believe Christ is risen and how scripture prophesied these things that would come to be. I can not just say Christ is risen without telling you about the scriptures to help you believe. Stories of the evangelist walking up and saying repent for the kingdom of heaven at hand, must come with more knowledge of the need for repentance then just sighting a proclamation. We need to teach the scriptures. And one needs not to be a memorizer to teach, but it help if one has that ability. Telling the stories comes with mediation on the word of God and listen to the Holy Spirit. Children repeat what they hear even before they learn to read. You teach them stories that is what they will repeat, and if you teach them verses they will learn to repeat them with repetition. The story of tomb was a repeated story. It was repeated and then written for evidence of our hope in Christ. Yet all truth, the teaching of scripture must come with our own testimony of how Christ changed our life. How through our own troubles, prosperity, and happiness, Christ has made a difference in our life. How God’s word is true even today in our own life.

The empty tomb tells us of our hope in Christ of our own resurrection when He comes to claim his people when He turns. Every eye shall see Jesus and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. When that day will come only God the Father knows. We must rest assured He knows when the time is best like, He knew when to send the Savior into the world to pay the price for our sins. We needed hope the hope still there of the empty tomb. Christ is risen, He is not dead, He is alive forever and ever. Amen. The tomb could not hold our Lord, but He had to rise. Our sin buried with Christ can not remain in our life but we must rise to the change brought by faith in Christ Jesus through repentance and confession of sin. Upon belief and repentance our sins are buried with Christ death, and forgiveness of sin brings new hope of eternal life through Christ resurrection and eternal hope of salvation.

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Merry Christmas 2018

By christina farris
May God’s blessing flow this Christmas season in the lives of all you love and hate. A person that desires not God, desires a life without rainbows, feeling snow or rain on a cold day and more important the knowledge of life of abundance with God. God loves us so much he sent his Son born of virgin as promised in and to Isaiah. He be born as light and hope to the world. He would teach and demonstrate his power as God’s only begotten Son, as well as show his humanity by dying on the cross for yours and my sin.

Emmanual would be his name meaning God with us. He would be called Jesus the hope to the world. Let us celebrate this Christmas season. Never forgetting the true reason of the seaon. The birthday of Jesus.

Easter Thoughts on the book of Mark

Sharing my thoughts on Easter. I did not to finish yet the preaching on Mark recorded and I still plan too. As I think humanity plainly seen in Mark I read the finale chapters of Christ death and resurrection and can not go beyond the conversion of the writer’s of Mark’s own conversion. He goes from Christ crucifixion to the power God grants all believers to share the good news and signs and wonders will follow all true believers. Yet knowing signs follow believers with miracles through the power of God. Miracles never come from the believers themselves but the power of God. Don’t look to the believer for your miracle look to Jesus Christ my Lord. If you see God’s Grace working in my life maybe you can grab hold of the hem of Christ garment for your healing by faith. For my life I know God’s hand even when I fail him daily. For He protected me when I was hit by train, took me through illness even when lack of a cure was really known. He took a life of extreme pain for 8 years and 14 years of total pain filled life. This I know was God’s grace a sinner saved by God’s grace. God power in my life to give me hope in times of trouble, sorrow and heart ache.

The last reminder God gave me is lay any anger down and keep going on in life. A precious gift to Grant someone else forgiveness when you really like to seek revenge. God’s grace to carry one through. I can pray and seek to know God’s grace so I can live a life of grace towards so they can see Christ in me. Happy Resurrection Day/ Easter.

Praising God With Instruments

By Christina Farris 10/29/2017

Psalms 150
1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

Every battle comes the victory song with sounds of instruments singing the victory song. As Halloween approaches the reminder of all saints day comes. A reminder why Christ died and the saints shout the victory song and continue to pay a price of suffering on this earth in life. The devil knows his time draws to a close. The old devil will sing his last cry we will hear as he is thrown into the eternal lake of fire for all eternity. We will sing the victory song of the saints through out eternity.

Give the musicians their instruments and let their instruments play the victory song as we sing, shout and dance in triumph of the enemies defeat.

As the evil day of Halloween approach there something as saints we must do, teach the next generation that evil is something to shun and give our children hope of love and good things such as peace. Evil is not cool but God’ s always is. Let Christ light shine in this darken world that man has tainted with his sin. God’s creation is beautiful and his sanctuary is above the stars. Yet we sit in the throne room walking on God’s footstool living to our desires that are not always God’s. Yet God mercy and grace teaches us right from from wrong. Helping us to believe in Jesus and giving us hope. Are you singing the praises of God. Are you singing hope of faith? What would happen if our children gave out tracts on Halloween as they exchanged it for candy. Or what would happen if those passing out candy gave out a message of hope. Confuse a few and delight a few I suspect. Jesus is light to a darken world. Spread some light this Halloween.

Dear Heavenly Father thank for your thrown room a place to remind us of the hope of heaven through belief in your precious world. In Jesus previous name, Amen.

Every Sunday A Psalms: Zion, God’s Habitation

Daily Devotions For Sunday: by Christina Farris 4/9/2017

Psalms 132:1-18 KJV
(1) A Song of degrees. LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions:
(2) How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;
(3) Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
(4) I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
(5) Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
(6) Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.
(7) We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
(8) Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.
(9) Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
(10) For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.
(11) The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
(12) If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.
(13) For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
(14) This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
(15) I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
(16) I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
(17) There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.
(18) His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

This Psalms is consider written by King Solomon about His father David. David wanted to build a house for the Lord. Lord desired Zion has his home. Zion, a mountain in Jerusalem. God is able to have the world has his throne and yet it is his footstool Today is Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017. Today we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus coming in with the shouts of the people and the spreading of palms along the road in celebration of Triumphal entry of Christ. The recognition of Christ as Lord and King coming into the city of Zion. His first stop was the temple and the priest were angry, because the disciples exalted Christ as a king and Lord.

The first triumphal entry was of the ark into Jerusalem. God coming into the place of habitation of his home. He was welcome in the city of God. City of Zion the place of God’s rest. A home built for God to be a home built by human hands, a place built for God’s home/house. It would be a place of rest for God, not hardly though it be claimed as a place of rest. We can not forget God would have a lot of work to do because of the sin of the people even in Jerusalem in time to come after the throne of David. Even Solomon who built the house of God would not always follow after the heart of God. The lust of his eye getting him into all types of trouble.

The first entry was bringing the ark to rest in the tabernacle built and designed at the time of Moses. The dwelling place of God until the temple was built. God’s house a place his people could dwell. Jesus being Lord and King, rode to the temple on a donkey. At this time the people thought Jesus would take his place as King and Lord and would reign. Miracles had been done, teaching of parables had convinced the people of who Jesus was, though those in the temple of God seem to have no clue who Jesus was. In fact they would rebuke Jesus for allowing his disciples to praise him. Jesus would turn the tables in the temple and declare the house of God a den of thieves.

The symbolism of the entry of the ark being Christ in the Old Testament is a thought maybe not so unique, but something to consider. God our salvation coming in the ark of the covenant. The ark containing the laws of God. Christ being the word of God. The shout and praises of God coming forth as the ark enters into Jerusalem. Only a reflection of Christ own entry into Jerusalem. The shout and praises of Christ being Lord. Hosanna King of the Jews.

God place has always been Israel, and yet the world is His creation. Jerusalem being a place of habitation or dwelling but God is everywhere. A place built to honor God and give him a place to live among the people. A place given to God to honor Him. A place that was already God’s. I love Ezekiel view of God’s throne looking over the panarama of God’s creation with one foot in the sea and other on the land. Who is man to limit God or who is man to design God’s throne room. God’s throne room is the world and it is his foot stool. Heaven is his throne. Yet the place of dwelling or a place to rest and call home would be Zion. The thought of God needing a place to lay his head is beyond our comprehension in some ways and other ways the idea is sweet. Giving God a place to rule from so his people will seek Him. A place to understand God’s royalty and go and learn of God. God would take care of his people.

The Triumphal entry speaks of rejection of religious world of who Christ is, but it is also something more, a demonstration of those soft whisper of not welcoming God in his own home. If parents could have a home away from home it would hopefully always be their children’s but in truth it not always the case. God’s home was suppose to be among his people, but he was not welcome at his home. Instead of the greed of wealth and peace without his presents was more like it. It was not that God word was not taught, God’s Spirit was absents from His people in a sense. It like some churches today have the form of ritualism but the absents of God in the sense of heart and belief. Though Israel was still rebuilding herself under the rule of Rome, and the temple being a central point in the community, it lack belief in who the Messiah was. Though some believed in secreted and watched knowing the prophesy surrounding Jesus, there were others that held to traditions in the form of ritualism and not spirituality. It is the like the soldier that marches to the general orders only to be in secret against the government. It is the religious people not against God necessarily, but unbeliever beyond robotic motion of ritualism of faith. They read the Bible as a book of philosophy or value of way of living, but the reality of God seems to be missing from their life. Though Jesus was not stopped from teaching in the temple during the course of his ministry, it makes the plot of his death with Judas betrayal at the temple more with meaning. Thirty pieces of silver for the one that would betray where Jesus was and could hand him over in the wee hours of the night. His entry not stop by religious leaders but corrected.

If the ark had come into Jerusalem unwelcome it would have been by the man without faith as he touch the ark and then died. For to touch the ark of the covenant was a sin and God punished those who touch the ark. The ark was carried on poles, and not allowed to be touched, not even by those in care of the ark. The power of the ark was will known. To bring such power to a place of habitation is still talked about in films of history today. One has to ask with God’s royalty, and Christ royalty of being touched and the power of healing coming forth from Christ why then was the death preceding from the ark. The power of God’s holiness verses the cloak of human flesh, something the cloak of wood could not protect the people from. The holiness of God’s people and those who carried and went forth to and from the temple was a reality. Yet God offer protection for the people if they obeyed his laws and not to touch the ark.

Jesus healing came even with the touching of the hem of the garment among the heathens as well as people of faith. Jesus is an intercessor, but also Lord. His human flesh becoming our protection as the bread of life and his blood pour out and covered us in our sin. Jesus crying out Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. Father forgive their sins, because I paid for them.

Despite the fact the people wanted Jesus as King, did not stop him them from crying crucify a few days later, when he did not take the throne in power and rule. God did not do that in his day either. Though He entered the temple in the ark, the throne of Israel was still possessed by the royal king. The choice of man from the time they decided they needed an earthly king. Earthly king and not God to rule over them. That is why God need a house for Him and a place for His people to visit, yet God is more then just in Jerusalem to those that believe. Jerusalem is a focal point of two powers, and yet is and will be a place of only one power one day. When Christ takes the physical throne in the New Jerusalem, God will be in total power. No longer will the rule of man be in power and the light of Christ and God will shine forth from Zion. When Christ return’s He will be on the throne and God will be in the temple. David heart and his action where not always one of purity, yet he had a heart for God and desire for God to rule in Jerusalem. Perhaps he seen the error of human king. Maybe he seen his own humanity.

Christ authority was sacrificed with first king of Israel. Saul’s disobedience would cost his family line the royal throne. Today being Palm Sunday and we think of the triumphal entry with the thought of praise of Christ coming for his final entry to the throne, it also a time to think of the first and second and third entry of God into Jerusalem, one being in human flesh of man to bring healing, yet it would bring His death in a few days. His healing would come with His death, by his payment for our sins. His resurrection drawing all men and women to him. Without the resurrection his death loose power, he only another sacrifice of humanity of a good moral person. With His resurrection he is the Messiah, the one that would change the heart of the people for the good of God and the world. A king that could and would reign in the hearts of mankind that would believe.

Today let us celebrate His entry into our hearts and our minds, and one day in his return to take the throne in the New Jerusalem. Let us shout for joy for Him becoming Lord of our hearts this morning. Let us receive Him with confession of sin and turning away of sin. Let us receive him as the world did and not the religious leaders of his day. Let us not be as seeds planted on rocky soil, but seeds needing transplanting in fertile soil. Transplanting in the word of faith with the foundation of Jesus being solid rock to which to stand and soft soil in which to grow in. Not on rocks without soil that not cover by snow.

Dear Heavenly Father cleanse our hearts with your son death and resurrection. Cleanse us with His entry into our hearts and into Jerusalem someday. Reminds Lord of your holiness and power to rule not only in the temple but in the palace. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study For Devotions: Hebrews 12:22-23 KJV
(22) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
(23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Ash Wednesday

Daily Devotions For Wednesday: by Christina Farris 3/1/2017

Ezekiel 20:1-49 KJV
(1) And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire of the LORD, and sat before me.
(2) Then came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,
(3) Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.
(4) Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to know the abominations of their fathers:
(5) And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the LORD your God;
(6) In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands:
(7) Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
(8) But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.
(9) But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.
(10) Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness.
(11) And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them.
(12) Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.
(13) But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.
(14) But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out.
(15) Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands;
(16) Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.
(17) Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.
(18) But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols:
(19) I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them;
(20) And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.
(21) Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.
(22) Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth.
(23) I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries;
(24) Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols.
(25) Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;
(26) And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD.
(27) Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me.
(28) For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings.
(29) Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.
(30) Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations?
(31) For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.
(32) And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone.
(33) As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you:
(34) And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.
(35) And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.
(36) Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD.
(37) And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:
(38) And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
(39) As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols.
(40) For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.
(41) I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.
(42) And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.
(43) And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.
(44) And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
(45) Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
(46) Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;
(47) And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
(48) And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched.
(49) Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

God never claimed after salvation that there would never be a time of sanctification for the believer. Isaiah said, “Though our sins be as scarlet scripture, He would wash us as white as snow.” Jesus would wash us as white as snow, speaking of the cleansing power of God. Jesus first being the very word of God that would come in the flesh to die for the sins of all mankind. Today is Ash Wednesday. In ancient Jewish custom when repentance come they would repent in ashes. They would repent at the time of fall of their cities and also country. Yet it more then practice but ash would be placed on the head to represent sin and remorse for sin. A symbol or sign of true repentance. It was act of humility.

As the call of repentance continues on our nation it also is on the individual. Without Christ sanctification there is no repentance forth coming. Ezekiel in this chapter is repetitive about the need of repentance and that destruction was coming on Israel because of sin. God also talks about his mercy and grace to deliver anyone that would repent. He would deliver his nation, if they would repent.

The call of repentance is needed to remind the believer though our sins be forgiven, and we become a child of God, we must continue walking by His Spirit and His grace. People do backslide and turn from God, only to have God call to them to repent. To turn away from sin is to repent. To turn away from evil, or to do evil. It s a continual call on a believers life. It not a one time thing to turn from sin, yet it is the beginning to say I am sinner, but it is a continual process to say I am turning away from sin that I see, hear and experience. One mistake could cost you your life in a war zone. Christians you are in a war zone of faith. To continue to turn from sin, despite the temptation of friend and even the devil. You are protected and warned by God’s Spirit not to sin. Listen to His voice. Let your voice speak back in obedience to God by saying Yes Lord I will follow you and not the tempter.

Fall on knees daily is only a begin for the believer, it is act of humility but it must begin in the heart. Your knees to feeble and hands hang down, so your knees hurt badly bending, yet your heart is right, God is not going to chastise you for not bowing literally to your knees. God is going to chastise you for your mistakes. God in Ezekiel is calling once more to His people to repent. Just like He does for every believer.

Dear Heavenly Father, forgives us of our sins, remind us not to follow the evil one. To follow your word and submit to you in all things. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study For Devotions: Ephesians 5:26-27 KJV
(26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
(27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Every Sunday A Psalms: The Great Hope

Daily Devotions for Sunday: by Christina Farris

Psalms 79:1-13 KJV
(1) A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.
(2) The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
(3) Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.
(4) We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
(5) How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?
(6) Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.
(7) For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.
(8) O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.
(9) Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.
(10) Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.
(11) Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;
(12) And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.
(13) So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

I personally do not think of Christ return as being a time of revenge but it is. I think of the rapture of the church, and the joy of seeing my Lord come to take his church home. At the time of exile Israel was in a state of longing for the Messiah to come and take control and lead their people free from the nation that surround her. The blood shed and lost of life was enough to know that Israel was weakened and in trouble by her enemies. The nation once great had been defeated, only to search and wait for their Messiah. In Daniel the appointed time of the Messiah coming was known. Yet it was a long ways off when prophesied about. A long period to wait for the coming Messiah was over 400 years. I can only image from there in how they must of felt when their Messiah was not all they dreamed of. They understood that the shedding of blood would purge their iniquities but understood that the Savior would have to die.

No one wants to think of the superheroes in life having to pay with their life. Yet Christ was a superhero that would pay with his physical life but not his spiritual one. Jesus was Spirit/Word of God before the dawning of him coming in human flesh. The Spirit once leaving the body of Christ went into the depth of hell and grave to set the captives free. Jesus was setting his captives free that believed. He rose to victory on the third day but did not seal the gates of hell. He left them open for those that choose not God and Him. He left them open to return to shut the door and lock it on the Day of Judgment. A door with a permanent lock is not meant to be reopened. When Christ returns from is ascension to claim the church the door of hell will be locked and cast into the lake of fire forever more.

Christ resurrection meant life for believer for eternity, but did not give us a get out of a jail free card in this world we live in. Like Israel we wait, knowing our redeemer lives and will come to save his people. Yet the victory seems short lived with the departure of Christ to heaven, only to give his soldiers a weapon, a sword of the Holy Spirit to use not at their will but the will of the Father. Christ remained on the earth after his resurrection 40 days, and was seen by 500 people. Jesus went into heaven not to return until God says to his Son go get your bride the church. Yet until that time victory seems far away. Victory of proof of the nail scar hands, the pierce side, and ultimately the physical appearance of our Lord to the world is not all we wait for, but it is the beginning of the victory.

Can we abide in mercy and grace until the Lord returns. Or are we stuck in only seeing the revenge of our enemies on us, because of a lack of faith. Victory is not in our environment it is in knowing that even if this world we live in horrible conditions there is hope for eternity and if we are so lucky to have all the gold then victory is seen prior to Christ return perhaps, but it can be gone within a day. The gold of faith being the only permanent real gold anything else is fool’s gold. Do you believe Christ returned and that He did come to set his people free from sin and eternal death? To bury the sins of the world so that we can be free to serve the Lord in faith believing. Are we looking for the King to come, and free his people of the burdens of this old world? Purging and bring down the New Jerusalem to live in.

May This Easter be focus of not only redemption from sin, but the hope of eternity to come with the return of Christ. The grave could not hold our Lord. Our bodies will decay if not redeemed before our death. Yet our hope is we will see His return before our bodies have time to face the grave. Jesus has not left us comfortless but given us the precious gift of His Spirit to guide and direct us in all truth until his return. He is coming soon church, let us not loose our faith, because of lies of the world, or the lack of faith and hope that only can be healed by learning to trust in Him daily and allowing him to demonstrate his power in our life.

Dear Heavenly Father the unlikely Psalm bridging our redeemer for us through the shedding of blood for sin. Yet giving us hope through the resurrection and return, mush as Israel had waited for Christ coming, without ever fully understanding. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 1 John 1:9 KJV
(9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Thessalonians 1:10 KJV
(10) And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Time Of Christ: The Rising

Daily Devotions for Saturday: by Christina Farris 3/27/2016

Matthew 27:52-66 KJV
(52) And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
(53) And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
(54) Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
(55) And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
(56) Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.
(57) When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:
(58) He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
(59) And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
(60) And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
(61) And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
(62) Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
(63) Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
(64) Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
(65) Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
(66) So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

In the Gospel of Luke 23:50 Joseph of Arimathaea is more then a follower of Jesus, but a Councilor of the Sanhedrin. The importance of this fact is that to be a follower and man of the court seemed in opposition of each other. Yet he was like Nicodemus a scribe who also followed Jesus. Two men would lay to rest the body of Jesus. Joseph having a tomb already prepared for the next burial of someone he knew. A hole drilled into stone and a hole in the tomb made to lay a body in for burial. Nicodemus and Joseph would of performed certain burial customs of the Jewish people but there was still more purification of the body to be done, but it would have to wait until after the Sabbath, and the women could handle this job.

The Jewish religious began to worry Jesus body might get stolen, and so request the Rome leaders for guards for the tomb of Jesus. After the soldiers came Mary who sat and kept watch departed for the Sabbath day drew near. Why did Joseph care he had role to play in story, not because of who he was but because of who Jesus was. He was a follower, not necessarily a believer, but someone who knew the works of Jesus. Understood the language he spoke and probably worried if he might face death for being a son of God and a religious leader by the hand of the Romans because of this uprising about Jesus. One would think with the empty tombs because of the resurrection of the holy men old that there were enough empty graves around. Yet Jesus would not be laid in used tomb but a new borrow tomb. This was not disciples or any of the Mary’s hometowns outside of Jerusalem in a place called Golgotha. Stealing of the body of Jesus would of meant several things, that a resurrection was fake and pre thought out. The thievery would only cause an uprising of Jesus’ disciples. The whole situation seems insane when the though of empty tombs and dead rising. Yet they had a reason to worry about Jesus rising, but if he could rise did they really think they could hold him in the grave? See Jesus would rise from the tomb on the third day after an earthquake. Those tremors perhaps had not ended or a whole new earthquake began to shake the earth.

Yet I wonder about shock of the people in Jerusalem as well as the priesthood and the Roman’s. Had these events seem like a dream, or impossibility? No wonder Roman government could not keep a lid on what had happened especially when Christ came out of the tomb. In the book of Revelations it talks about two witnesses being taken up into heaven. The book of Revelation is the testimony of Jesus/Word of God. Jesus will ascend after appearing to Mary to his Father in heaven. Time period of taking the people home perhaps that had risen from the grave. The only thing left is the return of Jesus. The only thing today we wait on is the return of Christ.

Why are all these events important around the cross to give testimony of the hope of salvation and redemption through belief in Jesus? This story is known about but few teach it. Few make mention of it because the resurrection of Jesus alone was hard to believe. After two thousand years of waiting for Jesus return man is still long for proof to increase in their faith in something that they were not around for. Man searches evidence through scriptures of these events because the lack of historical evidence. No bones, no proof one was even there. The story seems incomplete for some, who look for answers beyond the grave. Yet in reality something more is given to the believers of Christ, prophecy, healing and miracles that still go on today. All these things are told for the purpose to bring all people to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Yet in truth all these things are scrutinized for the one reason of looking for evidence of it being a lie instead of truth. There are those that would like to disprove over belief.

Faith in Jesus and God is important for salvation and belief in the Holy Spirit does not prevent but enables the Spirit to work and move within the group of believers. Even Jesus could not do many miracles among many none believers. It makes one wonder why did not God prove himself to them. Perhaps it the same reason today, there are some destine for the judgment because of unbelief. How do you convince someone in chronic pain there is hope beyond that pain. How does one convince one that is crippled beyond repair God is able, when He does not move to heal? The question is what are you looking for to be able to receive a healing? Healings were done to glorify God and to bring people into God’s family. Yet can people ride the coat tails of every church planting in hopes of a miracle. Every new growth of life of the church, the government will certainly try. Yet the problem of church planting is still the issue Jesus had, people come for curiosity as well as faith. If lack of faith prevents, then what different then a church one attends every week already in place. My own faith before the healing was not always yes Lord, I am waiting for your will to be done in my life. Yet that is my prayer even today. I know God is real, but I can not be the one to convince you it will take act of God in your life. Whether your faith began as a child or an adult with no proof or evidence until He came into your heart, then it must have been the conversion alone to convince you that there is real person with in your heart that speaks to your soul. If the conversion convinced you of reality of God and Christ then the bonus of a miracles and wonders because of faith is greater, for you know He lives.

Dear Heavenly Father the convincing of the conversion of faith in Christ Jesus was enough as a child to know you are real, but also to know your Son was for me. Yet thank you for the miracles in my life as continual proof. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: John 20:29 KJV
(29) Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Daily God’s Promises: John 20:30-31 KJV
(30) And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
(31) But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.