OUT OF ZION 026 | THE BENEFITS OF LIFE FROM HIS RESURRECTION

Because He lives, we also can live and face tomorrow victoriously.


The joy of Easter is the remembrance of what Christ did for us. According to 1 Cor. 15:1ff, Jesus died and resurrected for us according to the scriptures; and is alive forever for us.

His death and resurrection hold much value for us: He died for our sins and suffered for the consequences of our sins. Death being a common phenomenon holds no significance in the works of Christ, if it stands alone, for we would have no gospel. It is in His resurrection that His death makes sense. He did not perish like others; He came out to bring everyone out of doom.

He is now exalted to the heavens; positioned at the right hand of the FATHER and living as High Priest and Advocate for all who come to the father by Him. His present life is beneficial to us as He saves “… to the uttermost, those who come to the father through Him, for He ever lives to make intercession for them.” He alone can make a full end of all our issues and challenges as we come to Him.

Two things are portrayed here: 1). He saves, making a full end; while 2). We come to Him.

His resurrection gives victory to His cross experience, otherwise it would have been the sign of victory for the devil. He arose in glory (better than when He was buried); to justify us; to be exalted; and to be the Lord and saviour. Our sins have not only been taken care of, we have also being justified. These are two different things. Forgiveness is pardon and removal of punishment; Justification is right standing; right of access and removal of guilt and condemnation.

The place of our coming to Him is important for the process of being continually saved. This coming is not meant to be just as the approach of the needy seeking for help or as the approach of a worshipper basically venerating a deity. He wants much more than this from us. He wants us to come CONSTANTLY to Him as those who come in for fellowship. This is the act of setting Him always before us, as David testified in Ps 16:8.

To set here means to level with Him; to equalise with Him; to agree with or be like Him – these only happen through union. You don’t level with someone greater unless you have come into fellowship or union with the person. This is why not just anyone can worship him – Jn 4:24ff. It takes being born of the spirit to worship the Lord as required in the New Testament; and that worship happens as a fruit of our being partakers of His divine nature – 2 Pet 1:3-4. Our worship would not be meaningful or will not put Him in His place of honour unless it practically meets up with His expectation of us. It is time we optimised our union with Christ, to share with Him what He shares with the Father.

It is when we practise this deepened relationship or fellowship with the Lord, keeping Him in His place of honour that we can practically experience the continual salvation which He offers.

This salvation is experienced as:

SECURITY – We can be secured as David pointed out – ‘I shall not be moved (slip, shake, fall)’;

JOY – We can cheer up and be excited for the joy of the Lord is our strength and the key to drawing His provided resources – Neh 8:10; Isa 12:3;

REST IN HOPE – It is the person who has entered in practice into oneness with the Lord that can settle down securely and continue in hope. He is so securely bound to what lies ahead that no temporarily disturbing stuff can ruffle his spirit;

DELIVERANCE FROM SHEOL: Sheol is both literal and figurative as a place of no return; of captivity, of bondage, of loss; of extreme degradation in sin. The righteous will not actually be abandoned to it. He can come out inasmuch as God did not allow Christ to see corruption. God’s people can go through circumstances; His interest and ability however is that they will not see it just as Christ went through the grave without seeing corruption. This is the key for coming out of trouble: He empowers us to see beyond the plight, so that it will leave no effect on us.

It is your time to stay alive, fresh, strong, renewed, revived, and sustained; a time to be in His presence and to experience the pleasures of His right hand.

Jesus is alive! Because He lives, we also can live and face tomorrow victoriously.

OUT OF ZION 025 | THE BENEFITS OF LIFE FROM HIS RESURRECTION

Because He lives, we also can live and face tomorrow victoriously.

The blessing of Easter is the reminder of what Christ did for us. According to 1 Cor. 15:1ff, Jesus died and resurrected for us according to the scriptures; and is alive forever for us.

His death and resurrection hold much value for us: He died for our sins and suffered for the consequences of our sins. Death being a common phenomenon holds no significance in the works of Christ, if it stands alone, for we would have no gospel. It is in His resurrection that His death makes sense. He did not perish like others; He came out to bring everyone out of doom.

He is now exalted to the heavens; positioned at the right hand of the FATHER and living as High Priest and Advocate for all who come to the father by Him. His present life is beneficial to us as He saves “… to the uttermost, those who come to the father through Him, for He ever lives to make intercession for them.” He alone can make a full end of all our issues and challenges as we come to Him.

Two things are portrayed here: 1). He saves, making a full end; while 2). We come to Him.

His resurrection gives victory to His cross experience, otherwise it would have been the sign of victory for the devil. He arose in glory (better than when He was buried); to justify us; to be exalted; and to be the Lord and saviour. Our sins have not only been taken care of, we have also being justified. These are two different things. Forgiveness is pardon and removal of punishment; Justification is right standing; right of access and removal of guilt and condemnation.

The place of our coming to Him is important for the process of being continually saved. This coming is not meant to be just as the approach of the needy seeking for help or as the approach of a worshipper basically venerating a deity. He wants much more than this from us. He wants us to come CONSTANTLY to Him as those who come in for fellowship. This is the act of setting Him always before us, as David testified in Ps 16:8.

To set here means to level with Him; to equalise with Him; to agree with or be like Him – these only happen through union. You don’t level with someone greater unless you have come into fellowship or union with the person. This is why not just anyone can worship him – Jn 4:24ff. It takes being born of the spirit to worship the Lord as required in the New Testament; and that worship happens as a fruit of our being partakers of His divine nature – 2 Pet 1:3-4. Our worship would not be meaningful or will not put Him in His place of honour unless it practically meets up with His expectation of us. It is time we optimised our union with Christ, to share with Him what He shares with the Father.

It is when we practise this deepened relationship or fellowship with the Lord, keeping Him in His place of honour that we can practically experience the continual salvation which He offers.

This salvation is experienced as:

SECURITY – We can be secured as David pointed out – ‘I shall not be moved (slip, shake, fall)’;

JOY – We can cheer up and be excited for the joy of the Lord is our strength and the key to drawing His provided resources – Neh 8:10; Isa 12:3;

REST IN HOPE – It is the person who has entered in practice into oneness with the Lord that can settle down securely and continue in hope. He is so securely bound to what lies ahead that no temporarily disturbing stuff can ruffle his spirit;

DELIVERANCE FROM SHEOL: Sheol is both literal and figurative as a place of no return; of captivity, of bondage, of loss; of extreme degradation in sin. The righteous will not actually be abandoned to it. He can come out inasmuch as God did not allow Christ to see corruption. God’s people can go through circumstances; His interest and ability however is that they will not see it just as Christ went through the grave without seeing corruption. This is the key for coming out of trouble: He empowers us to see beyond the plight, so that it will leave no effect on us.

It is your time to stay alive, fresh, strong, renewed, revived, and sustained; a time to be in His presence and to experience the pleasures of His right hand.

Jesus is alive! Because He lives, we also can live and face tomorrow victoriously.

OUT OF ZION 020 | HOW TO BRAKE THE TREND

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OUT OF ZION 020 | HOW TO BRAKE THE TREND

Come, and let us return to the Lord … After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Hos 6:1-2

Death is necessary before revival, and revival before there can be the rising up to a new day

God told the children of Israel to make provisions for themselves as in three days they will cross over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the Lord was giving them to possess. The three days was literal in Josh 1:11 and figurative in Hos 6:1-2. Three days is a numerical value for change, completion or transition in the Bible.  Hosea particularly analysed the figurative three days of change as day one being for death; Day two for revival; Day three for rising or resurrection. The application of this helps us to engage the process to implement change in our lives.

The process starts with dying to what is. As long as the present situation is kept alive change cannot be produced. You die to what is when there is change in the mind or heart as a result of the realisation of what could or what should be. The realisation of what should be is also the admission of what needs to go. This realisation considers the implication of the status quo and the need to die to it, whether it is to self, situation or experience.

This death does not happen unless you call things exactly by their name. For instance, sin can no longer be seen as a weakness or as a mistake if it shall be forsaken. Sickness has to be called its name if the need for healing shall be embraced. The problem with the familiar must be seen clearly before the change out of it can be embraced. This is where the breaking of the camp or of the trend happens. The breaking of the camp is not the actual transition; it is the process towards it.

The process continues with being revived. Revival is the reaching out or response to what should be. The process of waking up starts from the state of sleep or death. In the coming resurrection (Jn5:25), the dead shall hear the voice of the son of God for resurrection to happen. You cannot just realise what should be and die to what is for nothing; the experience of dying to what is must lead you to the practical embrace of what should be. This embrace is your revival or the engagement of the new phase.

The process of change culminates with being raised up, an action/experience which is a collaboration between God and man. This is where the change happens, whether it is a change of state, of place or of experience. If the process of change is on, the things you do must change. You cannot keep the process at the point of reaching out forever, unless you want the future to be hanging in a balance. It is only when you take the step ‘to go in’ that you see the involvement of the Lord with you in ‘giving you the land to possess.

What you will do on the third day is to take the step of faith to go in. This is what will birth a new nation. The nation which died in Egypt is about to have its new identity, no longer as nomads but, as a nation that shall be settled in its own God-given land.

Are you ready to cross over your Jordan? It is time for a mental overhaul; it is time to put of the old and to embrace the new; a time to apprehend the things which are ahead; a time to respond to the mark of your upward calling in Christ. Old things are passing away; new things are appearing.

Remember that change is only birthed when a problem is discovered or defined; it is birthed when a solution is discovered and responded to; and birthed when the right step is taken towards it. Death is necessary before there can be revival, and revival before we can rise up to a new day or experience a resurrection to a new span.