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A WORD 4 U from Dr. Brenda J. Bowers, PhD

Posted by Brenda Bowers on 07/28/13 @ 6:27 PM

Exodus 35:20-29 (KJV)

20 And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses.

21 And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord's offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.

22 And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold unto the Lord.

23 And every man, with whom was found blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, and red skins of rams, and badgers' skins, brought them.

24 Every one that did offer an offering of silver and brass brought the Lord's offering: and every man, with whom was found shittim wood for any work of the service, brought it.

25 And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen.

26 And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats' hair.

27 And the rulers brought onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate;

28 And spice, and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense.

29 The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the Lord, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the Lord had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.

COMFORT

Posted by Brenda Bowers on 05/13/12 @ 4:15 PM

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Comfort – Greek words: paraklesis, paramythia, paregoria, eupsycheo: calling to one’s side to exhort or console; speaking closely with a great degree of tenderness; a soothing solace, medicinal; to bring cheer or wellness to the soul"called to one's side," i.e., to one's aid is primarily a verbal adjective, and suggests the capability or adaptability for giving aid. It was used in a court of justice to denote a legal assistant, counsel for the defense, an advocate; then, generally, one who pleads another's cause, an intercessor, advocate, as in 1 John 2:1, of the Lord Jesus. In the widest sense, it signifies a "succorer, comforter." Christ was this to His disciples, by the implication of His word "another (allos, "another of the same sort," not heteros, "different") Comforter," when speaking of the Holy Spirit, John 14:16. In John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:7 He calls Him "the Comforter." "Comforter" or "Consoler" corresponds to the name "Menahem," given by the Hebrews to the Messiah.                      (Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words).

 

Isaiah 40:1-8 (KJV)
1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.
3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

John 14:1-21 (KJV)
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.


1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

DAILY PRAYER/AFFIRMATION: Dear Jesus, thank You for providing comfort to me and for being a Comforter.  I am comforted by your Word.  I will comfort others with Your Word.  I know that the Holy Ghost has come to bring all things to my remembrance.  As I remember Your Will and direction concerning my life; I will agree with Your Word.  I will remind others to not have troubled hearts but rather to believe on You as the scripture has said so rivers of living water will flow out of their bellies.  I will believe while I live that you will return for your people of which I am one.  I am glad you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Thank you for showing me how to comfort others with Your promises and truth; Your Word is truth.  I have victory in Your name as an ambassador for You with the Comforter’s indwelling power, the Holy Ghost. In Jesus’ name, Thank God, Amen.

DAILY MEDITATION:

Every day there is more bad news reported than good.  It takes a concerted effort to find good news! Isn’t it great that God already had a remedy for bad news with His Good News – The Gospel of Jesus Christ!!!  Salvation is always good news in the midst of trouble, trials, tribulations, temptations, or any cloudy day blues! Whatever situation or circumstance you find yourself in or situations others tell you about when in their distress; THE WORD WORKS – EVERY TIME FOR ALL THINGS!!! Everyday this week as you engage in the daily prayer and affirmation along with the daily readings; consider the following questions from a platform of victory versus defeat because the Comforter has come…for you and YOU ARE A SUCCESSFUL AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST!!!

 How can you keep your heart from being troubled? 

What are the works that you can do that are “greater” than the works Christ carried out during His earthly journey? 

How has the Holy Ghost comforted you today?

How did you use that comfort to comfort and convert others? 

When has peace replaced your troubled heart?

When normal grief occurs, how can comfort assist in getting you restored to full strength?

Review the Greek definitions of comfort from the Vines Dictionary and seek out ways to implement them with yourself and as you interact with others. 

Comfort one another with these words…

DAILY READING

Day 1 – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-17

Day 2 – Colossians 4:8-12

Day 3 – 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Day 4 – Romans 15:1-6

Day 5 – Acts 9:26-31

Day 6 – Zachariah 1:16-17

Day 7 – Colossians 3:12-17

 

This is A WORD 4U!

Peace be unto each of you,

Dr. Brenda J. Bowers, PhD

 

 

 

 

GETHSEMANE AND AGONY

Posted by Brenda Bowers on 05/06/12 @ 5:24 PM

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Gethsemanea place or occasion of great mental and/or spiritual suffering; the garden outside of Jerusalem as His place of agony, betrayal, and arrest the night before His crucifixion; oil-press, the name of an olive-yard at the foot of the Mount of Olives, to which Jesus was wont to retire (Luke 22:39) with his disciples, and which is specially memorable as being the scene of his agony (Mark 14:32; John 18:1; Luke 22:44). The plot of ground pointed out as Gethsemane is now surrounded by a wall, and is laid out as a modern European flower-garden. It contains eight venerable olive-trees, the age of which cannot, however, be determined. (Eastons 1897 Bible Dictionary)

Agonycontest; wrestling; severe struggling with pain and suffering. Anguish is the reflection on evil that is already past, while agony is a struggle with evil at the time present.  It is only used in the New Testament by Luke (22:44) to describe our Lord's fearful struggle in Gethsemane. The verb from which the noun "agony" is derived is used to denote an earnest endeavour or striving, as "Strive [agonize] to enter" (Luke 13:24); "Then would my servants fight" [agonize] (John 18:36). Comp. 1 Cor. 9:25; Col. 1:29; 4:12; 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7, where the words "striveth," "labour," "conflict," "fight," are the renderings of the same Greek verb. (Eastons 1897 Bible Dictionary)

Matthew 26:36-56 (KJV)
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great
multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.
52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.
56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

 

DAILY PRAYER/AFFIRMATION: Dear Jesus, I want to thank you because I am able to pray when it is time to pray.  I am able to watch as well as pray.  I do not fear the signs of the end times.  I know that God is in control and that I am on an assignment for Him with a divine purpose that is providential.  I am an ambassador for Him.  I will minister reconciliation through humility and peace that the unity of His church may be strengthened. Thank you for providing me the power to move forward in this righteous direction.  In Jesus’ name, Thank God, Amen.

DAILY MEDITATION: Jesus provided the key ambassador example through His experience at Gethsemane. 

Have you experienced a time that felt like the Matthew 26 encounter? 

Are you obeying Christ when the directive given to you is to pray? 

What distracts you from remaining focused in prayer when you have a sincere intent? 

Have you experienced getting angry like Peter after you finished an anointed prayer between you and God?

Were you able to be angry and sin not?

How can you watch as well as pray every time you converse with God?

This end time or “eschatological” era that we are in brings with it many deceptions.  Jesus told the disciples to “take heed” so they would not be deceived. 

How can you take heed this week to strengthen your ears and eyes so that you are not deceived and/or troubled? 

We are not always the persons experiencing pain – we must remember that others suffer and experience pain, possibly, on our behalf.

Can you recall a time when someone suffered on your behalf? How did you express your gratitude?

Premature reaction can engender regret. Peter experienced a reaction, followed by denial of the truth, followed by regret. 

Think of a time you reacted and regretted the reaction? Have you forgiven yourself, the others involved? Did it lead to reconciliation (last week’s focus)?

If we suffer for Christ’s sake then we are happy because we have the assurance that the end of the thing will be for our good and His glory!

All things are done in God’s time. 

As ambassadors, we must watch and NOT be found sleeping (Ephesians 5:13-17)!

DAILY READING

Day 1 – John 16:33

Day 2 – Acts 9:15-17

Day 3 – Romans 8:16-18

Day 4 – 1 Corinthians 10:12-14

Day 5 – 1 Peter 5:10-11

Day 6 – Psalm 34:18-20

Day 7 – 2 Corinthians 4:7-11

 

This is A WORD 4U!

Peace be unto each of you,

Dr. Brenda J. Bowers, PhD

 

 

 

 

RECONCILIATION

Posted by Brenda Bowers on 04/23/12 @ 2:44 PM

 

A WORD 4U

 

(RIGHTEOUS RAIN REIGNING DOWN ON US!)

 

Thank you for visiting this Week’s Column. Two Words are being shared this week: April 23rd-April 29th, 2012

 

 

 

Reconcile – from the Latin word reconciliare meaning “to make friendly again”; to bring about an end to a conflict; to make consistent or compatible; to change from enmity to friendship

 

 

Reconciliation – the process by which God and people are brought together again; the outcome or result of atonement

 

 

2 Cor. 5:17-19 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. [18] And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; [19] To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

 

 

Typically, when we hear the words reconcile or reconciliation – we think of marriage and maybe even bank statements.

 

The act referred to by God in Scripture is focused toward right relationship with Him.  It is the only process that bridges the gap between mankind and our Creator, God. It is realized through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

 

There was a quarrel or a breach of friendship between man and God when Adam decided to align his loyalties to Satan rather than God his Creator. This breach put mankind (not just Adam) and God on diabolically opposing sides with no bridge for the gap.

 

 

Mankind’s heart became the enemy (at enmity with) of God and God in His justness and righteousness could not approach mankind who now had the stench of a sinner.

 

 

Someone had to make the first move if there was going to be any hope of reconciliation. God made the first move and put the reconciliation process in place even though He was not the initiator of the problem.

 

What was the process?  God longed so much for the unification between He and His creation that He built a bridge through His Son Jesus.

 

So God designed the process, He deployed it through His Son so we might receive it, He continues to offer it through His word so we might embrace it, and He sealed it in the Holy Ghost that we might live in it.

 

 

There is a need for the ministry of reconciliation given to us by God because without it – we are a people without hope and most miserable. (1 Corinthians 15:19)

 

 

Why then is it difficult to receive this as the best offer provided and commit to walking in it?

 

 

One answer could be found in Proverbs 16:25 which lets us know that there is a way that seemeth right unto man but the end thereof are the ways of death.

 

 

Wicked works are also alienators of God as enemies that exist in our own minds:

 

Col. 1:19-23 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; [20] And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. [21] And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled [22] In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: [23] If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister...

 

 

Forgiveness on the other hand, can be accomplished without permission or consent from the other person.  We can forgive others even if they do not receive it or forgive in return.  God can forgive us but we can choose to not forgive ourselves.

 

Reconciliation differs in that, agreement of forgiveness is required by both parties with the intent to move forward again in a positive or right direction.  This cannot be accomplished with only one party (other than being reconciled to oneself after self induced conflict).

 

 

 

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE RECONCILED WITH GOD?

 

1.    By faith repent and believe that you have been forgiven by God

 

2.    Forgive yourself

 

3.    Forgive others who have wronged you

 

4.    Make a firm commitment to move forward and not look back

 

5.    Be willing to accept healing from the pains of the past, anticipated pains of the future and realized pains of the present

 

6.    Trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit through God’s Word to sustain your relationship with Him

 

7.    Properly position all subsequent relationships as subordinate to the relationship between you and God; and you with yourself; (ALL RELATIONSHIPS FOLLOW THESE TWO VERSUS PRECEDES THEM)

 

 

DAILY READING

 

Day 1 – 2 Corinthians 5:19-17

 

Day 2 – 1 Corinthians 15:19

 

Day 3 – Proverbs 16:25

 

Day 4 – Colossians 1:19-23

 

Day 5 – Revelation 2:4-5

 

Day 6 – Matthew 6:14-15; 5:23-24

 

 

Day 7 – Philippians 3: 13-15

 

DAILY PRAYER/AFFIRMATION:

 

Lord, in You I am a new creation. All the old things in my life are passed away.  You do not hold a grudge against me.  You love me and I receive your love. Jesus, it is through You that I can be reconciled to the Father.  I forgive all those who have done anything ill willed or wrong toward me.  First, I forgive myself and by faith I receive forgiveness and reconciliation in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.  All breaches that I have created; I repent of and seek forgiveness for those things. As allowed, I will be reconciled to my brother and sister whom I have sinned against.  I realized that forgiveness can be accomplished without consent but reconciliation requires agreement from both parties involved.  I do have control over being reconciled with myself and with God and today I am reconciled to both.  This new life gives me joy and peace and righteousness in the Holy Ghost and I am glad to be at this place in my life today.  I give you glory, honor, and praise Lord; in Jesus’ name; thank God; Amen.

 

 

DAILY MEDITATION:

 

Remember what it felt like when your best friend was upset with you and all you wanted to do was make up and be friends again? I remember a time when I thought I was the winner of the “pick up sticks” game but my best friend Dawn was sure that she was.  We were as close as twins but this incident created a never experienced before gap causing both of us to stand in opposite corners holding to our own story.  We felt that being right was the most important thing in the world that day.  But then the next day came and we were still not speaking.  It didn’t feel so good day two.  At age eight, it was miserable by the end of day two and we both were running to the other’s house to apologize at the same time and met in the middle of the street yelling, “I think you did win. I’m sorry.” While the other yelled, “No, you really did win and I’m sorry.”  Together we met, hugged and said, “Can we make up?”  All the tears and frowns turned to love and laughter.  It really didn’t matter who won or not – because the true most important thing was our friendship not our fight. That day we realized that we learned an important lesson – when choosing between and game and a friendship; choose the friendship everytime.

 

As adults, we are not as readily willing to admit our faults and make up.  When is the last time you hurt someone’s feelings and walked away not caring about the impact it had on that person?  When was the last time you felt that another hurt you unjustly? Was the relationship reconciled? If not, is there still opportunity to reconcile? If not, there is certainly an opportunity for forgiveness because that only takes you.

 

Throughout this week, find opportunities to share the ministry of reconciliation as a bridge builder of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Witness to a lost soul and let them know that the Lord loves them, forgives them, and wants an everlasting relationship with them.  Make sure to remind yourself of that same promise. Review the steps of reconciliation and incorporate them into your daily life.

Whenever I think of Dawn and the game of “pick up sticks”; my fond memory is never the fight but rather always the forgiveness and reconciliation of our friendship.  Today, I am also a friend of God.

 

 

 

This is A WORD 4U!

 

 

Peace be unto each of you,

 

 

Dr. Brenda J. Bowers, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSECRATION AND AMBASSADOR

Posted by Brenda Bowers on 04/16/12 @ 7:28 PM

A WORD 4U

(RIGHTEOUS RAIN REIGNING DOWN ON US!)

Thank you for visiting this Week’s Column. Two Words are being shared this week:

Consecration: The devoting or setting apart of anything to the worship or service of God. It includes sanctification, prayers, fasting, and meditation on the Word of God we must submit our will to His will thoroughly and completely. The separation from worldly/carnal interferences while engaged in the process of dedication to the service of God.                                                                                                      

Ambassador: A diplomatic official of the highest ranking sent to others by the Sovereign One as a resident representative and authorized messenger on a mission/assignment for a specified period of time to minister the message of reconciliation.

Day 1:

"5The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?” 1 Chronicles 29:5 (KJV)

“17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (KJV)

Day 2: 2 Timothy 2:21

Day 3: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Day 4: 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23

Day 5: Psalm 51:10

Day 6: Acts 1:8

Day 7: Psalm 119:11

DAILY PRAYER FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 16-22, 2012:

Lord, as an ambassador for You, I consecrate my service to You this day.  You can use me as a Vessel unto Honour, meet for the Master’s use. Your love has constrained me and I am now a new creation. I sanctify myself so You can completely cleanse me.  I want my heart to be clean and my spirit to be renewed.  Please create that within me.  I will separate myself from the unclean thing because I have Holy Ghost power dwelling in me.  Thank you for opening up my understanding to realize that consecration includes sanctification, prayer, fasting, and meditating on Your Word.  I hide Your Word in my heart so that I will not sin against you.  Thank you for receiving me unto Yourself, keeping me from evil, and blessing me from the windows of heaven.  I will give Your name praise, honor, and glory now and always. Thank God.  Amen.

DAILY MEDITATION FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 16-22, 2012:

Throughout this week think about a time when you knew that you were the hero that rescued the prey from the mouth of the predator.  How did it feel to be the champion of that situation?  God rescues us all the time, even when we are unaware.  He keeps us from falling prey to the enemy.  He is so concerned about us that He put His Spirit in us so the enemy cannot overtake us even if/when we are tempted.  As you think about that hero situation a little more, what did you want from the one who was rescued? Maybe just a “thank you” or maybe some expression of gratitude would be sufficient.  Did you receive that? If not, how did that make you feel?  Now consider how our Lord must feel when we fail to say thank you or offer an expression of gratitude and appreciation when we are the prey and He stays the mouth of the predator.  He not only wants a “thank you”, during those times of need; He wants us to be His ambassadors, resident representatives to deliver His message of salvation, reconciliation, and rescue.  He wants us to be consecrated and strong enough in Him to deliver a liberating Word of deliverance from all evil.  Can God depend on you today to be an ambassador for Him? If not, why not? It takes a deliberate effort and commitment on our part to consecrate ourselves for His service in order for us to be successful as His representatives.  Remember, He is counting on us as His consecrated ambassadors on this earth to carry His Gospel promise to all the world to increase His Kingdom as we await His return.  Find opportunities this week to be a dependable Vessel unto Honour by sharing His Word to an unbelieving soul and/or a believer in need of encouragement and comfort.

This is A WORD 4U!

Peace be unto each of you,

Dr. Brenda J. Bowers, PhD

RESURRECTION

Posted by Brenda Bowers on 04/11/12 @ 10:03 AM

A WORD 4U

 

Righteous Rain - Reigning down on us!

 

This Week’s Word:

 

RESURRECTION

 

Anastasis ­“a raising up”, or “rising” (ana, “up”, and histemi, “to cause to stand”)

 

Exanastasis, ek, “from” or “out of”

 

Egersis “a rousing”, “to arounse, to raise”

 

Vines Complete Expository Dictionary

 

The resurrection is a profound, and in my opinion and that of other scholars; the MOST profound event in Christianity as it distinguishes our FAITH from other RELIGIONS.

 

Death is a well known phenomena that is expected on the trajectory of life.

 

One that many religious leaders claim to have accomplished - and in fact did accomplish.

 

Raising up “AGAIN” from the dead, however; is still an unexpected unanticipated event.

 

Jesus Christ, however; has given us an example and hope that life after death can be experienced on earth through His magnificent work from the cross to the grave to the earth to the heavens – with Him continuing to live now and forever more!

 

He is the ONLY RISEN Savior!  He not only LIVED - He LIVES!!!

 

 Meditate on this word and this work.  Take this into your heart by faith: "because He got up so can YOU!"  Begin to live IN HIM!!!

 

This is A WORD 4U!

 

Day 1 – Matthew 22:23-33

 

Day 2 – John 5:28-34

 

Day 3 – John 11: 21-27

 

Day 4 – Acts 1:1-11

 

Day 5 – Romans 1:1-6

 

Day 6 – 1 Corinthians 15:1-22

 

Day 7 – Revelation 20:1-15

 

 

 

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for being our Resurrected Christ.  Because you live, we can also live in you. As we go throughout our week and face the death sentences of this life – help us to remember that in You we live, move, and have our being. Since You were raised from the dead by Your own power and since no man took Your life; we too, have the power of choice to "choose life" and that everlasting with You. We rebuke everything that would present anything contrary to Your Word.  We believe and agree with Your Word concerning us.  We live because You live.  We praise You for life and that more abundantly and eternally.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Thank God, AMEN.

 

 

 

Peace be unto each of you,

 

Dr. Brenda J. Bowers, PhD

 

 

 

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