The Son of God Rose Again

If there is  one thing I have learned that has given me strength, it is that God keeps His word. If He speaks a promise, it will happen. He never goes back on a promise.

When Mary Magdalene and the other women went to check on the tomb of Jesus, they discovered that He was risen. Two men in shining garments told them the following.

He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ” LUKE 24:6-7 NKJV

Upon hearing this, the women remember what the Lord told them, what He has promised. If the Lord speaks a promise directly to someone, He will keep that promise. It is His promises that we can build our faith on.

When the disciples heard the news, they thought the women were making up stories. However, Peter discovered otherwise.

And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened. LUKE 24:11-12 NKJV

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The Sovereignty of God in History & Creation

What a beautiful Psalm. Who made the heavens and the earth?

For the word of the Lord  is right, And all His work is  done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord . By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. Psalm 33:4-6 NKJV

The word of the Lord made the heavens and the earth by the breath of His mouth!  I truly believe that we should carry ourselves in the light of the Lord. We can be a reflection of His light. Just as He fills the sky with sunlight, the earth is full of His goodness. His signature can be found in His creation.

How powerful are all of the nations’ plans compared to His?

The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. Psalm 33:10-11 NKJV

So, what is a nation to do?

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord , The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12 NKJV

Are we fashioned as individuals or as a collective?

From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works. Psalm 33:14-15 NKJV

This makes me admire what happened at the conception of the United States. Those that founded this nation were not perfect people. We are not perfect people now, nor ever will be. But, they were aiming to create a nation that recognized the sovereignty of God. They understood the value of the individual. We were an experiment of freedom.

How can we refocus as a nation? It starts with individual responsibility. Our hope must be in the Lord.

Behold, the eye of the Lord  is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord ; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O Lord , be upon us, Just as we hope in You. Psalm 33:18-22 NKJV