1 Corinthians 15 – Paul explains things

Going through the 15th chapter of the first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul gives an overview of what the gospel and the subsequent events have to do with the ones he was teaching. It also has everything to do with us and our lives and our future.

Verse 1 opens with Paul reminding everyone that he declared the gospel and that they received and stand in the saving grace of the Lord Jesus.

Verse 3 Paul had delivered the gospel that he himself received.

Verse 6 Over 500 people saw Jesus after He died but before he ascended. At the time of this writing some of them had already passed away. Of course Peter saw Him too. James also, then the apostles. Then Paul says he saw Jesus after His ascension.

Verse 10 Paul talks about not being worthy to be called an apostle because he persecuted the Church of God, (the Christians.) After that he cared for the churches mightily, because of God’s grace.

Verse 22 Because, since Adam’s death man did not have the promise of the eternal life. However since Jesus rose from the dead, man may also have eternal life.

Verse 25 Jesus will put all His enemies under His feet.

Verse 26 The last enemy to be destroyed will be Death.

Verse 28 Father God shall then be exalted.

Verse 34 Choose righteous behavior. It is your example to those who have not heard the gospel yet. Let my words bring you shame (conviction.)

Verse 38 We are created differently than the animal Kingdom.

Verse 40 Man was also created differently than the celestial beings. Their “glory” is different than our “glory.” Our bodies are also different than the Sun, Moon and Stars. Our resurrection as saved humans is different because we came from corruptible and became (or will become) incorruptible.

Verse 43 Our body was sown or made in dishonor (sin) and will be raised in glory (sinless) because of salvation. We also go from weakness to power after salvation.

Verse 44 We go from natural to spiritual. Unsaved people only have a natural body, we (saved) will have a spiritually awake body.

Verse 45 We go from a soul which is alive to a spiritually alive being after salvation.

Verse 47 We go from being “earthly” to being “heavenly.”

Verse 48 We go from the image of man (Adam=earthly) to the image of the heavenly or eternal.

Verse 50 This will not happen to every human being. Only those who become spiritually alive.

Verse 51 We will change after we die.

Verse 52 However, if you are still alive when Jesus physically comes back and are born again, then, as Jesus is in the process of taking the living and the dead back with Him at the FINAL trumpet sound, the living will then have their physical earthly bodies changed into their never perishing heavenly bodies.

Verse 55 This is when death is defeated once and for all. No more is the “sting” of death possible. No more will death occur on the Earth.

Verse 57 This is called The Victory.

Verse 58 As Paul is writing to people and in a time of the first Christians or the church of God, until that day that He returns for His church, we are to remain steadfast and unmovable in our faith and work of the Kingdom. Paul says when we are doing things for the Kingdom, our work always counts!

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His desire is that we would continually come to Him.

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When we answer the call to “come,” it may look different for each one of us. We go to Jesus for the help that we need every day. To one that may come in the form of a new friend, to another, a new discovery that was hiding in plain sight, to someone else it may be a restored relationship, and yet another person may have a new lead to a job they’ve been praying for.

Let us be on the lookout for those moments that will lead to a victory or solution of some sort. Coming to Jesus is linking up with the One who knows exactly what we need in order for us to move into that abundant life He tells us about!

Seasonal pondering and keeping it real.

The title of this blog may have you wondering what season I am talking about. Well, it is the Christmas season 2017. Wow, can you say, thinking, pondering, hashing out, ruminating or even postulating. Lots of that going on I guess.

It is a new season in my life and to be frankly honest, it is one of the best seasons I have ever experienced. Now, don’t go assuming that life is all hunky-dory and all that. ūüôā There are issues and there is sadness. But all in all, it is a really exciting time.

I believe sometimes we bloggers and writers and You Tubers want to leave our visiting audience with mouths agape and jaws dropped, or with tears in their eyes or maybe even amazed at the amount of wisdom that comes forth through our articles and videos. But, really, we are just folks like everyone else who choose to use a platform to relate life’s events and concerns with hopes of touching a heart or even leaving a person with something to really think about. But, this time I am just sharing. You know, sharing about something that I think may resonate with you, whether it is life changing or thought provoking or not.

This season is one that keeps us on our toes, sometimes literally because no sooner have we completed one task, we are rushing on to the next one with our feet hardly resting on the floor already poised to move on in a constant sprint stance.

So, having said all that, I have not gone up to the attic to retrieve the Christmas decorations in those nice plastic tubs and totes, nor have we put up the tree. Just haven’t done it. No real reason other than, the reason is that we don’t have¬†to.

Will we still celebrate the birth of our Savior? Of course! We celebrate our life with Him every day! In what we say and how we live and respond to others. We take the joy of the Lord and the awesome gift of salvation with us all the time! What if our house is the only one not clad in red ribbons or we have no lights shining out from a Christmas tree sitting by the window? Well, what if…who cares? We have taken the time to sit together with one another for an evening.¬† That’s ok, right? We take time to talk about our day. We pray for our families and friends before bed and check out a cool teaching video after dinner. Nothing earth shattering or breath taking, but we are calm and relaxed and enjoy the time spent conversing and just being in each other’s presence.

So, we are leaving the trimmings and tradition and STRESS of all that up in the attic this year. Maybe next year will be different, but for this “season” in our lives we are choosing to just take pause and live life. And that’s ok, right?

                                 Merry Christmas from us! Blessings and Joy to you ALL! 

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Real power is in a Name

I love this song! My favorite line, “you didn’t want heaven without us.” No matter what the devil brings including arguments on how to pronounce His name, it is the connection to Him that wields the power when His name is spoken. It shakes the very bones of the enemy with fear at the sound of that name coming in whatever language. It is the assurance of salvation and the knowing that our forever address is Heaven that activates the spiritual movement and realignment that IS prayer in His name!

Two Toolboxes

A year later, this lesson remains!

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Interestingly enough, this blog idea came to me in the midst of a very trying time. I am under stress and my walk as a follower of Jesus has been questioned. However, the Holy Spirit is so wise. During a drive running some errands He began to speak to me about what the christian walk really looks like.
He showed me a picture of two toolboxes. Now, I don’t know if this analogy is one that has been spoken of before, but it surely speaks to me! I saw a brand new shiny toolbox. It was open and silver lined in bright clean metal.  And, it was empty. Then I saw another toolbox. It too was open. It was however, filled with lots of rusty,dirty,  greasy tools. Nothing a good mechanic or fix it man would ever use.

Then I got it! The new toolbox is a gift for us…

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Two Toolboxes

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Interestingly enough, this blog idea came to me in the midst of a very trying time. I am under stress and my walk as a follower of Jesus has been questioned. However, the Holy Spirit is so wise. During a drive running some errands He began to speak to me about what the christian walk really looks like.
He showed me a picture of two toolboxes. Now, I don’t know if this analogy is one that has been spoken of before, but it surely speaks to me! I saw a brand new shiny toolbox. It was open and silver lined in bright clean metal. ¬†And, it was empty. Then I saw another toolbox. It too was open. It was however, filled with lots of rusty,dirty, ¬†greasy tools. Nothing a good mechanic or fix it man would ever use.

Then I got it! The new toolbox is a gift for us. When we come to Christ, He makes us all shiny and new. The bible says: 
New American Standard Bible
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

So, here I saw that it is as if ¬†we are given a new tool box with which to “work out our salvation.” (not work for salvation, when we come to Jesus sincerely, we are saved)
King James Bible
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

As we travel into our relationship with the Lord, he teaches us how to walk in it. This may be through bible study and reading, prayer and receiving teaching from authentic pastors and teachers of the word. As we come upon these truths and they become part of us, we then begin the process of renewing our mind. Old things are thrown out and new things take up residence within our mind.

New King James Version: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable…

Those old truths and mindsets are then replaced with new ones. Some of these truths deal with honesty, how to speak to others, behaviors, habits, forgiveness, repentance, love, trusting God, giving, and the list goes on. As we encounter a new truth, we have the opportunity to remove the old lie from our mind and replace it with the new truth that comes from God.

Those old thoughts come from our experiences before¬†we chose to walk with Jesus. Those lies which we only think are truths are changed and replaced. Those lies may be thoughts about ourselves like, I am stupid, I am lost, I can’t do anything right, they are better than me, I am a failure etc. Some others lead us to behave inappropriately. We may lie, cheat, speak harshly to others, be sarcastic, break laws, hurt other people etc.

When we understand from the Holy Spirit’s teaching and leading that those things we believed before were just filling our old toolbox with dirty, rusty tools, that we would take out each time we were hurt or triggered by an event. We would use them and then replace them with the remnants of the wounds whether we used them on someone else to manipulate them or to hurt them in order to feel better, or unfortunately, we would even us them on ourselves. Our own flesh and blood would be left to rot and dry on those tools as they were replaced back in that old toolbox.

However as we come further and further to the truth of who God is and who He says we are we find that those ugly old nasty, and rusty tools begin to show up in our new toolbox, shiny and clean. They turn into instruments of healing and comfort. Maybe even glowing with some of the glory of God. As we take these new tools out and use them (and yes, if they are not used, they may get rusty again) we will then learn how to walk in the assignment that was given to us originally by our Father, before the foundations of the earth.

The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 that God has thoughts and plans for us. Plans for our welfare and peace and not for evil.

So, as we continually empty out that old messy toolbox that represents our life before our relationship with Jesus, we will be following the instructions of the Lord himself by allowing Him to free us and heal us from hurts and experiences that left us wounded and injured, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Remember it says that we are three part beings. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 points this out. God provides us healing in all three parts of our being.

Most of us still have two toolboxes, however as we empty out the former one it will become smaller and smaller and the new shiny, clean one will become bigger and bigger.

Do you have two toolboxes? Perhaps you received your new one and it is still empty or maybe just has a few tools inside. Or maybe you just have the old one still lying around within easy reach. When Jesus said step into the yoke with me, He meant it. His burden is easy and light. Oh, we still have to pick up that toolbox and carry it around, we don’t get off that easy, but wow, it sure is light for how big it is and those tools are light too!¬†King James Bible
Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

I am still exchanging those rusty, dirty tools for my new ones, this process will go on as long as I live. But, with the exchange comes more and more freedom to be who He called me to be. Jesus is kind, he gives us all that choice.