DAY BY DAY of HOLY WEEK, preparing for EASTER

Last year, my mentor, did a week (or so) of extra blog entries which focused on the days leading up to the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  What happened in the days proceeding HIS brutal crucifixion, being hung on the cross, HIS painful death, HIS burial in the tomb, and then the glorious Resurrection?

The purpose of these extra blog entries is to prepare our HEARTS for  Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter … RESURRECTION DAY!!  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE >>>> don’t be afraid to post or email me if there are things you don’t understand.  There are NO stupid questions.  And the ONLY way we grow in our knowledge and relationship with Christ is to ASK.  If I don’t know the answers, I will tell you and begin researching and asking others much more knowledgeable in the Scriptures that I am and will prayerfully get you an answer.  It does not matter if your questions “appear” to be very basic … EACH question matters.  AND just remember… if you have the question chances are that others do as well, so you are helping others too.  PLUS others reading the blog may know the answer right off the top of their head so it gives the opportunity for sharing in a positive, safe, environment.

PREPARE your mind, body, spirit, and emotions as we head toward the celebration of the day our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ ROSE FROM THE DEAD.  Do you realize THIS DAY is the VERY foundation of our FAITH!!! ???  If you have access to a children’s bible … use it .. I have found GREAT wisdom in reading from a children’s bible.  I use every tool available to me 🙂

This week we have been reading in Numbers and have seen the POWER of the PRAYERS that Moses said before the LORD for the Israelites and how God answered his prayers.  PRAYER is a GIFT God has given us so we may speak DIRECTLY TO HIM.  Pray that the Lord will use this to touch you in a way you have NEVER known.  Pray that the Lord will OPEN your eyes to something NEW this year.  Pray for others to come to know HIM so they too may share in His love, forgiveness, eternal salvation, and the abundant life HE has made a way for us to enjoy here on earth (and so much more).  YOU may be the ONLY “SEED” they come in contact with …. so gently PLANT away.

Take some time to read the Scriptures given for each day, share it with a friend/friends, your spouse, your children, your family… make JESUS the CENTER of this week so when RESURRECTION DAY arrives you are PREPARED for something very special, and very personal JUST for you from God … because HE loves you deeply… forever.

If you have trouble remaining focused like I do …. READ it out loud, DISCUSS it… ASK questions…. LISTEN to an audio version …. ASK yourself … WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, AND HOW JESUS SPENT HIS last days here on earth… ALWAYS God who became  man (while still God)  while here on earth!!!.  Because of RESURRECTION DAY HE IS OUR HIGH PRIEST… HE MADE THE ULTIMATE AND FINAL SACRIFICE FOR US.

If you have been reading the blog, notice the things we have been reading about from the OT and KNOW these things were FULFILLED in the RESURRECTION of JESUS CHRIST.

Encourage others who may not be reading the blog to read for this next week …. just the posts about Holy Week in preparation for Easter.    THIS is SUCH a significant time event in our faith as a Christian.  Without the birth of Jesus Christ we would have never been able to have the RESURRECTION.  When Jesus Christ died, was buried and rose again … he FULFILLED PROPHESY (as did HIS birth).  HE resurrection has given each person who chooses to BELIEVE in HIM and in HIS death and resurrection everlasting life.  BUT… HE has given us so much more… because of HIS RESURRECTION… we NOW are more than conquerors, we are victorious, we are FREE from SIN, we are FREE to CHANGE with HIS help (NOT alone because we know we can not do change in our own power)… and sooooo much more.

I pray each of you will be blessed with great wisdom, new knowledge, and a spark within your spirit that gives you a greater awareness of the  HOLY SPIRIT LIVING WITHIN YOU and HIS ability to help you make whatever changes God is working with you on/in to change in your life.

On RESURRECTION day….. be prepared to come out of your old life… leaving it behind…. if you have already been baptized …. visualize yourself on Easter Sunday coming up out of that water again … the OLD you is forever gone in that water… the NEW you has come up out of the water a NEW creation.  KNOW IT… LIVE IT.. PREPARE to be blessed with a newness this Easter Sunday!!

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I encourage you to click on the WHAT IF blue tab at the top of this page to ask HIM in your heart TODAY.  If you do this, or know Him personally but have never been baptized .. I encourage you to take a step of faith and be baptized through total submersion (it is Scriptural and it doesn’t hurt one bit).  It is a joyful time for all to see your faith, but more than that… it is a symbol of your faith in Jesus Christ that the OLD is gone and the NEW is here to stay.  It is a PICTURE of faith that you will forever carry in your mind and heart.

If you are looking for a church to attend on Easter or any Sunday and you live in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of NC where the Bible is the basis for the teaching and the Pastor teaches about HOW the WORD applies to TODAY.. to REAL LIFE situations … KNOW you are invited to NEW HORIZON CHURCH in Durham.  If you already have a great bible based church… I rejoice in Christ with you.  I am not trying to “steal you away” from your home church, nor encouraging you to leave it … just sending out an invitation to those who may not have a home church yet.

Check the blog DAILY for entries on the Holy Week.

I also ask that each of you reading to please say a special prayer for me.  That I will write exactly what the LORD our God wants me to write.  This is a daunting task for me, and I am not complaining, I simply ask for your prayers so God will use me as never before… ESPECIALLY in this week of preparation.

EXPECT great things 🙂

Sharing  HIS love,

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