Archive for April 2014

THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS TO BREAK EVERY CHAIN

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   Prophecy

 

Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;

 

because the Lord hath anointed me

 

to preach good tidings unto the meek;

 

he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

 

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

 

and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

 

 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

 

and the day of vengeance of our God;

 

to comfort all that mourn;

 

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,

 

to give unto them beauty for ashes,

 

the oil of joy for mourning,

 

the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

 

that they might be called trees of righteousness,

 

the planting of the Lord,

 

that he might be glorified.

 

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Fulfillment

Luke 4:16-18

16 And he came to Nazareth,

 

where he had been brought up:

 

and, as his custom was,

 

he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day,

 

and stood up for to read.

 

 And there was delivered unto Him

 

the book of the prophet Esaias.

 

And when he had opened the book,

 

he found the place where it was written,

 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

 

because he hath anointed me to preach

 

the gospel to the poor;

 

he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,

 

to preach deliverance to the captives,

 

and recovering of sight to the blind,

 

to set at liberty them that are bruised,

 

To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

 

And he closed the book,

 

and he gave it again to the minister,

 

and sat down.

 

And the eyes of all them that were

 

In the synagogue were fastened on him.

 

And he began to say unto them,

 

This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

 

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“During the years when slavery was legal in the United States, a gentleman happened upon a slave-bidding in a crowded street. The man paused to observe the activities. As he watched from the edge of the crowd, he saw one slave after another led to a platform, their arms and legs shackled with ropes as if they were animals. Displayed before the jeering crowd, they were auctioned off, one by one.

 

“Some onlookers would inspect the ‘merchandise,’ grabbing disrespectfully at the women, examining the muscular arms of the men. The gentleman studied the group of slaves waiting nearby. He paused when he saw a young girl standing at the back. Her eyes were filled with fear. She looked so frightened. He hesitated for a moment and then disappeared briefly. When he returned, the auctioneer was about to start the bidding for the young girl he had noticed beforehand.

 

 “As the auctioneer opened the bidding, the gentleman shouted out a bid that was twice the amount of any other selling price offered that day. There was silence for an instance, and then the gavel fell as ‘sold to the gentleman’ was heard. The gentleman stepped forward, and waited at the bottom of the steps as the young girl was led down to her new owner. The rope which bound her was handed to the man, who accepted it without saying anything. The young girl stared at the ground. Suddenly she looked up and spat in his face. Silently, he reached for a handkerchief and wiped the spittle from his face. He smiled gently at the young girl and said, ‘Follow me.’ She followed him reluctantly. As they reached the edge of the crowd, he continued to a nearby area where each deal was closed legally.

 

“When a slave was set free, legal documents, called manumission papers, were necessary. The gentleman paid the purchase price and signed the necessary documents. When the transaction was complete, he turned to the young girl and presented the documents to her. Startled, she looked at him with uncertainty. Her narrowed eyes asked, ‘What are you doing?’ The gentlemen responded to her questioning look. He said, ‘Here, take these papers. I bought you to make you free. As long as you have these papers in your possession, no man can ever make you a slave again.’

 

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“The girl looked into his face. What was happening? There was silence. Slowly, she said, ‘You bought me to make me free? You bought me to make me free?’ As she repeated this phrase over and over, the significance of what had just happened became more and more real to her. ‘You bought me to make me free?’ Was it possible that a stranger had just granted her freedom and never again could she be held in bondage and servitude to any man? As she began to grasp the significance of the documents which she now held in her hand, she fell to her knees and wept at the gentleman’s feet. Through her tears of joy and gratitude, she said, ‘You bought me to make me free. I’ll serve you forever!’

 

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This is exactly what Jesus Christ did for you and me. He died on the cross in your place and mine to pay the ransom price for our sins so we could be fully forgiven by God and set free from the slavery of every chain that imprisons lives.  Can you think of some chains that hold people captive?

 

 

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GOD’S WONDERFUL PLAN OF SALVATION

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Acts 16:30-31

”Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

And they said,

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,

and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

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Romans 10:8-13

But what saith it?

The word is nigh thee,

even in thy mouth,

and in thy heart:

that is,

the word of faith, which we preach;

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth

the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart

that God hath raised Him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto

righteousness;

and with the mouth confession is made unto

salvation.

For the scripture saith,

Whosoever

believeth on Him

shall not be ashamed.

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:

for the same Lord over

ALL

is rich unto

ALL

that call upon Him.

For whosoever shall CALL upon the NAME of the Lord

SHALL BE SAVED.

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The plan of salvation is simple.

Believe that the Lord Jesus Christ,

died for your sins and rose again from the dead.

Ask Him to forgive you of your sins.

Invite Him into your heart to be the Savior of your soul.

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When you’re crying yourself to sleep,

know that Jesus is lending His shoulder to you.

When you’re pushed to the ground,

know that Jesus is holding out His hands to you.

When you feel like dying,

know that Jesus died to let you live.

When you feel like no one loves you,

know that Jesus loves you more than you can imagine.

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