Easter - Is it about Bunnies,Baskets,Bonnets,J-Beans and Eggs ???

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Real Estate Agent with KW Elite

    GOD works in mysterious ways ! He often calls people to a task ,that they either weren't considering or more likely would rather avoid ! This is a huge step of faith because rarely does the servant feel qualified to carry out His assignment. Add to that the effect it will have on your popularity publicly ! With that said I've been experiencing GOD's prompting and the voice of the Holy Spirit to accept the assignment of explaining the true meaning of Easter. GOD started reaching out to me by reminding me of this passage of scripture,John 12:42 & 43 . Here He was reminding me of other people who believed His Word but would not proclaim it publicly, because they valued the praises of other men more than serving GOD ! I started to wonder , where is this taking me ?

     Then the assignment started to materialize ! I am a member of at least 6 Spiritual Active Rain Groups that have been a great source of fellowship, ministry and sharing ! Many days they have provided me peace and refuge. I don't believe it is by sheer accident that I wound up as a member in them. The Apostle Paul writes numerous love letters to the early Church through out the New Testament. Many times he writes to motivate a church that has become complacent in it's spiritual growth ! He tells them that at this point in their walk they should be eating spiritual meat, but because they've stopped growing they are still on milk( 1Corinthaians 3 ) ! In Romans chapter 14 he makes a clear distinction about believers being at different levels along their spiritual walk.

     Next the Holy Spirit prompted me to consider Matthew 24:24 , where we are taught in the latter days many will come with all kinds of interesting messages and that even the followers of GOD could be nearly deceived ! How could this possibly occur ? Well GOD told us how earlier in Matthew 22:29, we don't feed on HIS Word ! Without it , we adopt the world's standards of making decisions and attempting to be politically correct(not wanting to make waves). For the sake of peace we will tolerate all kinds of philosophies that are taught by false religious figures or contrary to GOD'sWord ! Based on the assignment GOD gave him, what must the prophet Jeremiah be thinking right now ? Unfortunately I have seen this creep into bible believing internet groups !

     On to my title, I will first remind you of the words GOD spoke through the prophet Isaiah. Look at Isaiah 43:10-11, Isaiah 45:5, Isaiah 45:21-22, Isaiah 46:9 . While I picked these to clarify HIS position, the entire Old Testament is full of such Holy declarations ! But what is Easter all about ? It's very simple. GOD became man, and walked the earth for 33 years ! HE allowed Himself to be offered up as ransom for our sin and  spiritual disobedience. He was crucified for our transgressions and placed in the tomb. But on the third day he overcame physical death and rose again ! The grave could not hold HIM ! This is a claim that only Jesus Christ has accomplished, as HE was GOD himself ! All other religious leaders before HIM and after HIM are still in their graves ! Through HIS sacrifice a way was created to enter the family of GOD. By accepting this free gift and believing(without seeing) that HE is risen, He will enter your heart and life as LORD ! This is expained completely in Colossians 1:15-23 and 1Timothy 2:5 . We are also warned about false gospels in Galations 1:6-9 .

     Well there is the true meaning of Easter ! As a servant of GOD, my life is not my own ! I have no choice but to follow the instructions of 2Timothy 4:2 . I close this post knowing clear well what the Word tells me in Galatians 1:10, that being a servant of the Living GOD will not always make us popular with people !

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Rainmaker
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Paula McDonald ~ GRI
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
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Blessings to you Michael for speaking your heart and being BOLD for your faith.  I am new to AR and would love to know which spiritual groups you belong to.  Thank you.

Mar 21, 2010 03:34 AM #1
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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Paula - thank you ! Five of the groups are shown directly underneath my post, just above your comment. Just click on them to go directly to the AR GROUP ! I also belong to Spititual Rain.

Mar 21, 2010 03:42 AM #2
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Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
School is never out for the Successful.

Michael - I am also happy and relieved to find other Christian Realtors. In a world that looks upon licensees with questioning eyes as to our ethical behavior; I feel reassured that there are others like me using God fearing principles along with my R.E. Rules and Regs. Did you know the 'egg' is a Christian symbol?

Mar 21, 2010 06:09 AM #3
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Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Mike,

Thanks for your message about Easter. May we all be encouraged by this message and find hope for living our lives with integrity.

Peace, Cal

Mar 21, 2010 11:29 AM #4
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Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN
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"being a servant of the Living GOD will not always make us popular with people"

Amen Mike, Amen

God Bless you

Grace

Mar 22, 2010 02:43 AM #5
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Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

Often, I have felt alone in my beliefs and it's a relief to find others who believe the same as I do.  Thanks for your timely post. 

Mar 24, 2010 01:38 AM #6
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Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
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I am proud of my faith, and believe Luke 12.9, But he that shall deny me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. 

Mar 27, 2010 12:59 AM #7
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Bob & Bonnie Horning
Mount Joy, PA

Great word Mike! You keep preaching it brother, you have a gift for putting it all together. Happy Passover which is almost exactly lined up this year... one day off. Jesus entered the sheep gate on this day by the Hebrew calendar and was arisen the last day of Passover, it was no coincidence that God picked these days for the most incredible event of all time.

 

Mar 29, 2010 07:42 AM #8
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Ann Dail
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It's amazing in the U.S. how this and other holidays have evolved into marshmellow bunnies, chocolate candy, feel-good.

Mar 30, 2010 05:02 AM #9
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William James Walton Sr.
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If you didn't preach right here, Bro. Mike! Preaching the unadulterated Word has never been something to make people popular. All of the examples in the Bible show us that! Thanks for the additional Word today!

Apr 04, 2010 09:30 AM #10
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