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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Crucifying the Resurrected “Self”

American Pastor Saeed Abedini wrote the following Easter message from his hospital room serving an eight year sentence for his Christian faith in Iran.

Christ and resurrecting our dead faith with Christ 

 Happy Resurrection Day.

On the Eve of Good Friday and Easter I was praying from my hospital room for my fellow Christians in the world.  What the Holy Spirit revealed to me in prayer was that there are many dead faiths in the midst of Christians today. That Christians all over the world are not able to fully reach their spiritual potential that has been given to them as a gift by God so that in reaching that potential, the curtain can be removed and the Glory of God would be revealed.

Some times we want to experience the Glory and resurrection with Jesus without experiencing death with Him.  We do not realize that unless we pass through the path of death with Christ, we are not able to experience resurrection with Christ.
We want to have a good and successful marriage, career, education and family life (which is also God’s desire and plan for our life). But we forget that in order to experience the Resurrection and Glory of Christ we first have to experience death with Christ and to die to ourselves and selfish desires.
Jesus said to His Disciples:  “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24
This means that we should not do things that we like to do (that God does not want us to do) and to do things that we do not like to do (but God wants us to do) so that He may be glorified.
So in addition to spending our days and night in doing the works of faith as described above, we should also transform our dead faiths into living and active faiths through the resurrection of Christ which is an active and constructive love that is effective.
In conclusion, let us resurrect our Dead faiths to living faiths by first dying to our selfish “resurrected” self and experiencing the cross of Jesus. Then we are able to experience the Glorious resurrection with Christ.
A Glorious life with Christ starts only after a painful death (to self) with Christ.
We will start with Christ."
Pastor Saeed Abedini
Prisoner in the Darkness in Iran, but free for the Kingdom and Light Crucifying the resurrected “self” by Pastor Saeed

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Let’s pray:
   Father, it is evident that You're interested in our complete surrender.

   I see that I have to experience death with Christ and to die to myself and selfish desires.

   It won't be easy, but as I want very much to live a victorious life in all of my spheres of interest and living, I ask that You lead me in my determination to accomplish this.

   I give You my desires and will. Please enable me to make a complete surrender to You today!

   I ask this in Your Son's Name, amen.

Today’s Bible verse: 1 Sam. 12:24 "Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he hath done for you."

Today’s quote: Michael Brooks - "Here are three Biblical perspectives on suffering: First, there is suffering that simply must be endured without losing faith. Second, there is suffering meant to teach a lesson. And third, there is suffering to share in, understand, and depend upon the sacrifice Christ made for us. Which are you going through right now? Have you been steadfast in your faith? What attitudes need changing?"

Some thoughts today: Walk in faith to do the will of God. He will provide.

- Let God use you. You may lose some sleep, but let Him minister to you so He can minister through you.

- An encounter with God will change everything! There won't be any doubt that He is REAL.

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