Revelation 20:6 Death Has No Power

 

Live and dead trees

Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but  they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:6

Death is something that is feared by the majority of people. They do not want to die. Billions of dollars are spent every year to prevent death. No expense is spared in this prevention.

For most people, death is an end. There is no hope after death. There is nothing after death. This is often believed whether they love this life or not. Some want death, in order to get away from the pain and suffering in this life, but that is the minority of people.

People fear death, often because they do not really know what happens after death. Or they know that there will be a judgment and they believe they are not ready for that judgment.

The people who have participated in the first resurrection have already died and no longer fear death. This resurrection is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. He has conquered death and sin. In participation of His death and resurrection they have died to self and given their lives over to the control of Jesus.

Believers no longer have to fear death, because they know that they will reign with God in the end. There is hope and life after the physical death on this earth.

Death no longer has any power over them.

As a believer in Jesus, you no longer have to fear death or what this world can do to you. The most that this world can do, is send you home to God for all eternity–physical death.

Now, live life for God, because death no longer has any power.

I pray today that you will know the resurrection power of Jesus; that you will be dead to self and sin and alive to God; that God will remove all fear of physical death; and that you will know the hope of life eternal that you have in Jesus. 

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Job 14:11-12 No Hope

As the water of a lake dries up or a riverbed becomes parched and dry, so he lies down and does not rise; till the heavens are no more, people will not awake or be roused from their sleep. Job 14:11-12

Job is requesting that God remove His hand from his life. He wanted God to look away from him so that he would no longer be in trouble and be tormented. While feeling this, he felt that he had less hope than a tree that dies. A tree that dies leaves seeds behind that grow a new tree. A person who dies is done and can never live again.

During the Old Testament times, there was no hope of life after death. The focus was to live for God while on this earth and be blessed during that time. Once a person died, everything was over, there was no more hope.

The world believes this same way. A person is to live by eating, drinking and partying, because tomorrow they die and all is over. Most of the world believes that once a person dies there is no more life to be found.

Evolutionists paint the picture of survival of the fittest. Only the strong will survive, but only until they die, then it is over. It is a dreary, worthless way of living.

When life is looked at in this manner, it is easy to see why Job wanted God to remove His hand from him. He wanted to be able to live life and enjoy it while alive here on this earth. When he died it would be over.

Jesus had changed all of that. He said that He had come to give life abundantly. Jesus not only comes to give life, He is life itself. Without Jesus there is no life, no reason for living.

As a human being, there will come a day when you will die. Everyone in the world knows that they will die. The difference is that if you follow Jesus, even though you may die, you will live. Your body will be resurrected.

This gives you hope beyond today. It gives you purpose for living, in spite of all the troubles of this life. It gives you something to focus on and aim for. You do not have to live in despair with no hope as Job did.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will have hope in Jesus; that you will not fear death; and that God will fill  you with abundant life.

Renewed Life

As I was preparing my garden for the fall planting, I had to remove some of the dead plants from the spring planting. Most of the plants had completely dried up and died. The main reason for that was back in June, we had some devastating rain storms and animals getting into the garden eating most of the plants. After that point, I just let the garden go, not really expecting any more.

Two of the plants that were both eaten down and blown down by the winds and rains, were my tomato and green pepper plants. I had already received a good number of green peppers from the pepper plants, so I was not really concerned about them.

However, with the tomato plants, I had not received any tomatoes by that point. There were many growing, but were still green. I was very disappointed at the loss.

As I said at the beginning, I was beginning to remove all the dead plants. When I got to the green pepper and tomato plants I was surprised to find out that neither set had died. Over the last week I have already pulled about ten green peppers and have several dozen more just about ready to be picked.

For the tomato plants, there were many flowers on them about ready to produce a tomato. There were also a good number of green tomatoes already forming. Within the next two weeks some of the tomatoes should be ready for the picking.

I was very excited about the life these plants had. It was a renewed life, after what I thought was a confirmed death sentence.

Thinking about my garden made me think about life. Often we go through life and hit some devastating event in our lives. We think that everything is over and nothing more can happen. These events can be a death of a loved one, loss of a job, sickness, injury, or some other great event. Other times it can be smaller events, but still just as disappointing and discouraging.

Believers in Jesus do not need to give up as though life is over.

When Jesus died, He was placed in a grave for three days. It looked like life was over and the battle was lost. However, after three days, Jesus rose again with a renewed life.

I do not know or understand how Jesus was able to come back to life. All I know is that God did it in His great power.

I do not understand how my green pepper and tomato plants survived. I do not know how they had a renewed life. Again, it is only by the power and grace of God that they survived.

You may be going through or just went through some great struggle in your life. You may feel like that life is over, all joy is gone, that there is no more hope left.

Jesus wants to give you a renewed life. He wants you to live again for all eternity. Look to Jesus and trust His power in your life. Allow Him to fill you up with His life. Live a renewed life.

Your life is not over yet. With this renewed life, you can produce thirty, sixty, or hundred fold the fruit God has placed in your life. God has more in plan for your life, if you will let Him do it through you and not give up.