For 51 years I’ve celebrated Easter in some way shape or form, I’ve considered deeply the pain Christ went though for me, I’ve thought long and hard about why God sent his son, I’ve piled guilt on myself blaming Christ’s suffering on my failures, I’ve thought about how the disciples felt as he laid in that tomb silent, wondering if they had really understood if Jesus was the Christ, but I believe through all this we have missed something pivotal about what happened through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ… He won, and through his victory we win and have access to the spoils of his victory, he walked out of a tomb alive and breathing. Some of us need to get a good look at what the victory on the cross looks like and live and love radically in that celebration daily, the world needs followers who operate in victory worse than they need a theology…. hell has lost, they’re on the run. We can rest in Jesus’s victory today.
“Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. Now the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines as far as the entrance of the valley and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell along the road to Shaaraim, even as far as Gath and Ekron. Then the children of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their tents. And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.”
I Samuel 17:51-54 NKJV
When anxiety comes to taunt you do not let it in, for if you do it will move in and before you know it you will allow it to dictate how you think and live your life, you will gear your whole life around it. Yahweh says…
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Romans 8:28 NLT
““That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?”
Matthew 6:25 NLT
“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
Matthew 6:27 NLT
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Matthew 6:33 NLT
““So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:34 NLT
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
1 Peter 5:7 NLT
“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”
Proverbs 12:25 NLT
“And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?”
Luke 12:26 NLT
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 NLT
““I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
John 14:27 NLT
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:4-9 NLT
I have struggled back and forth with anxiety and depression since my teens, I let it in, I let it set up a strong hold in my life early on and drinking didn’t help it, drugs didn’t help it… the problem was this… I was in compromise of my identity as a Christian, because of anxiety And feeling helpless to it I started to believe that Yahweh was ok with it in my life and that it was just something I had to deal with because God isn’t the God of the Bible anymore, a very popular theology in the modern church today that has been passed on by helpless pastors who themselves believe this theology. So we can make a decision, either worship the God (Yahweh) of the Bible and believe in who He says He is and who He says we are or continue with anxiety and depression dictating how you live your life. God loves you, he fights for you, he is dedicated to tearing down any strongholds in your life, ask him for revelation of who He really is and who you really are with Him… and I’m gonna be honest, there is no 10 step program to get free from anxiety there is only Yahweh and who He is, and the true revelation and reality of that is obtained through intimacy and worship. I know all the Bible verses and I know them well, I even proclaimed them in war against the devil over and over again and over again and over again and again and again, but the confidence of Yahweh in your life and where you stand with Him and who He says you are are irrefutable, sure anxiety and depression still knock on the door every once and a while but when I look at Yahweh in his fierce and terrible and loving power I’m reminded that I am on His side and I do not ever, ever have to let it in again because He is who He says He is and I am who He says I am.
Learn to rest today in that revelation.
This is my prayer for the modern church.
How many likes, how many followers, how many reactions does it take to have (social media power)? Yahweh’s idea of being a voice of significance is way different from our understanding. A popular social presence is just that… relevant today, a moment of fame and then, it’s gone like the wind. In building kingdom culture we are establishing forever (heaven on earth) and we do not do these things through mans logic. Let me show you, let’s look at how Yahweh raised Daniel to a place of prominence and influence.
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.” So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.”
Daniel 1:8-17 NKJV
In times past I’ve heard a lot of people place a lot of relevance in the fact that Daniel rejected the kings food, but more over Yahweh had spoke into his heart that if he would say yes to Yahweh and no to the way that (seemed) to always be successful in the logic of men… Yahweh would take something (Daniel) that would never be considered relevant by the ways of this word and raise him into a person of power and influence. And that power knowledge and influence would be solely expressed from intimacy with God.
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.””
I Corinthians 1:26-31 NKJV