Sunday, April 7, 2013

He Arose So We Could Arise: By Reba Altizer

 I love what Reba has shared today.   I personally relate to the woman at the well.  I love, "When you truly have an encounter with God, no one has to tell you to go tell others."   God is as Amazing today as He was then.  If you've never encountered Him, just ask Him.  You won't be able to keep from telling what happens next.  Love you all.
~Kasse D.

He Arose so we could Arise

  Easter is such an amazing time when I reflect on the price that He paid for me and all of humanity. I remember when I was 18 years old at a church camp.   I was so desperate to know what was real.  Because of hurts in my past as a child, I began questioning what was real. I grew up in church and had heard the Gospel; I had asked Jesus in my heart but something was keeping me from All God had for me.  I believe God knew how desperate I truly wanted to know Him because when I walked behind the chapel that night, I truly had an encounter with The Lord. Outside, with no one around, I raised my hands to the Lord.  My first question I cried out "are you real God?".  Three hours later, I knew that He was real and the pain of my past was healed.  The openness and communion I felt with The Lord changed my life. My second question to The Lord was, "What do you want me to do with my life?".  Clearly, I heard, "missions and evangelism will be your life". I am convinced if people truly receive healing in Their heart, nothing will keep them from a close relationship and they will want to know and fulfill thir purpose on this earth. When that encounter with The Lord was over, no one could ever convince me God was not real.  Because of the healing He brought to my heart, no one could stop me from wanting to give my whole life in total surrender to Him.

1. Arise to your Healing

I was reminded in the Word of several ladies with similar stories.  The Lord reveled to me when I was 30 years old,  if I had not allowed Him to heal my heart when I was eighteen,  I would be married and having a lot of issues in my life from a unresolved past. God wants to heal us so we can arise and live our life for Him.  The first story God brought to my mind was the story of the lady with the issue of blood. She had used all she had and was at her end. She took what little strength she had and pushed through the crowd of people to finally grasp the hem of His garment. We must truly want healing and be willing to press through to receive it. God sees your heart.  He knows what measures you are taking to be healed and He will meet you right where you are.

Luke 8:43-48
The Message (MSG)
43-45 In the crowd that day there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages. She had spent every penny she had on doctors but not one had been able to help her. She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped. Jesus said, “Who touched me?”

When no one stepped forward, Peter said, “But Master, we’ve got crowds of people on our hands. Dozens have touched you.”

46 Jesus insisted, “Someone touched me. I felt power discharging from me.”

47 When the woman realized that she couldn’t remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story—why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed.

48 Jesus said, “Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!”

2. Arise to your calling

I love the story of the women at the well. When I read this story so many things pop out. One thing that really struck me, she was doing what she did on a daily basis. Sometimes, I think we feel we need to go to a conference or a retreat to really hear from The Lord about our life direction, but she was going to get water when she met Jesus.  When it comes to divine appointments, I don't just pray for them, but I also want to be one for someone else. When Jesus spoke with her about water, He made it spiritual when He spoke that He had water she did not know.  This drew her in to Him.  Then, He told her stuff only He could know by the Spirit. I love the next verses because they show if you truly have an encounter with God, no one has to tell you to go to tell people. She not only went and told, she brought them to Jesus for Him to minister to them. She found her calling in evangelism that day. A women Evangelist.

John 4
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

The Disciples Rejoin Jesus

27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

Arise to love

This Easter our illustrated production brought out and highlighted one of the most wonderful and memorable stories in the Bible.  Mary Madeline a prostitute living a Godless life had an encounter with Jesus that changed her life.  She showed her desperate love by pouring her expensive perfum on Jesus' feet and using her own hair and tears to clean His feet.  This is the same act of humility and love we need to show in our lives as we commune with The Lord. I remember when The Lord healed my heart years ago, I thought how can I not give my everything to Him.  When Mary Madeline washed Jesus' feet that day, Jesus told the onlookers, "this act is more than the others had done and to the one who sins are many love much more".

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[c] and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

I included the stories of each of these accounts, so as you read them, the Lord could minister to your heart and He could show you what He wants for you to receive.  His Word can set you Free To Arise...

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