Jesus I Rejoice In

““Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. “And you will live in Israel, the land I gave your ancestors long ago. You will be my people, and I will be your God. I will cleanse you of your filthy behavior. I will give you good crops of grain, and I will send no more famines on the land. I will give you great harvests from your fruit trees and fields, and never again will the surrounding nations be able to scoff at your land for its famines.”
Ezekiel 36:25-30 NLT

Jesus I rejoice in the fullness of Your cleansing
To erase all past mistakes and redirect my current intentions
Knowing all that’s wrong in me has been by You redeemed
And I can now rest in Your Spirit’s direction

Oh the beauty of Your Salvation
Giving me New Life at Your cost and intention
Love that declares over me “You are forgiven
And born anew in My resurrection!”

Jesus I rejoice in the new heart You’ve given me
A tender, loving heart full of Your love’s direction
No longer broken and sin hardened into stone
Because You dwell now in my heart and we are One.

Oh the beauty of Your Salvation
Giving me New Life at Your cost and intention
Love that declares over me “You are forgiven
And born anew in My resurrection!”

Jesus I rejoice in my new spirit
Whole and holy, through Your deeds and merit
Enabling me to live by Your side eternally
As a child of God’s Kingdom, all that’s Yours I too inherit

Oh the beauty of Your Salvation
Giving me New Life at Your cost and intention
Love that declares over me “You are forgiven
And born anew in My resurrection!”

Jesus I rejoice in being bound to Your Spirit
My spirit one with Yours, sealed into Your merit
Raising me to God’s side on Your throne
Sharing with me Your place in heaven as my home

Oh the beauty of Your Salvation
Giving me New Life at Your cost and intention
Love that declares over me “You are forgiven
And born anew in My resurrection!”

Jesus I rejoice in the harvest You create
Through and around me so all can see Your Kingdom’s greatness
The power of Your Salvation blessing me and others
So the world can see Your Glory, Your loving Presence

Oh the beauty of Your Salvation
Giving me New Life at Your cost and intention
Love that declares over me “You are forgiven
And born anew in My resurrection!”

Lament on Pain

Every moment of pain I experience
Causes me to doubt the fullness of Your Presence
How can it be You fill me to overflowing
When pain is my awareness, overcoming?

Surely the fullness of Your Presence
Means Your full Power is now also Present?
The Power that healed all that came to Your for healing
The Power that released all from Satan’s oppression
The Power that spoke violent storms into silence
The Power that raised the dead to life eternal

Surely the fullness of Your Presence
Means Your full Power is now also Present?
The Power that created this whole universe
Made the forces holding stars and planets in place
Spoke in light which has overcome the darkness
Made plants and animals to live on this planet

The touch of Your hand healed the leper completely
Peter’s mother was healed at Your spoken command
Touching Your garment healed the lady who was bleeding
How can Your Presence in me do anything less?

Each day I seek to experience the truth
Of Your Presence in me, sealed by Your Spirit
The fullness of the promises, written in Your Word
All that I receive through Your death and resurrection

Surely the fullness of Your Presence
Means Your full Power is now also Present?
The Power that healed all that came to Your for healing
The Power that released all from Satan’s oppression
The Power that spoke violent storms into silence
The Power that raised the dead to life eternal

Surely the fullness of Your Presence
Means Your full Power is now also Present?
The Power that created this whole universe
Made the forces holding stars and planets in place
Spoke in light which has overcome the darkness
Made plants and animals to live on this planet

I wait each day, Your promise to experience
The fullness of Your Presence in all it’s completeness
I lean into You Jesus, trusting You are there
I need Your strength and faith to help me endure

I dream of the day when this burden is lifted
When I am strong and pain free as my maker intended
When the completeness of Your Salvation
Is glorified in my body’s physical condition

Surely the fullness of Your Presence
Means Your full Power is now also Present?
The Power that healed all that came to Your for healing
The Power that released all from Satan’s oppression
The Power that spoke violent storms into silence
The Power that raised the dead to life eternal

Surely the fullness of Your Presence
Means Your full Power is now also Present?
The Power that created this whole universe
Made the forces holding stars and planets in place
Spoke in light which has overcome the darkness
Made plants and animals to live on this planet

There are times I have experienced Your overwhelming Power
Healing my heart and mind with Your Love’s Power
Unable to stand in the Power of Your Presence
Your overwhelming Love is such a wonderful experience

I seek to know that same Power in my body
Healing all that’s wrong now and for eternity
Releasing me from torment to live as Papa God’s son
The fullness of Your Presence, making us as One

Surely the fullness of Your Presence
Means Your full Power is now also Present?
The Power that healed all that came to Your for healing
The Power that released all from Satan’s oppression
The Power that spoke violent storms into silence
The Power that raised the dead to life eternal

Surely the fullness of Your Presence
Means Your full Power is now also Present?
The Power that created this whole universe
Made the forces holding stars and planets in place
Spoke in light which has overcome the darkness
Made plants and animals to live on this planet

I want to glorify You in all my life
Live each day in Your resurrection power
To be an example of Your miracle working power
Here on this earth even in our darkest hour

I want the Power of Your Presence to overcome my storms
I want to live Your trust in God, no matter what happens
I want the strength to rejoice in You every day
I want the Power to give Your Love away

Surely the fullness of Your Presence
Means Your full Power is now also Present?
The Power that healed all that came to Your for healing
The Power that released all from Satan’s oppression
The Power that spoke violent storms into silence
The Power that raised the dead to life eternal

Surely the fullness of Your Presence
Means Your full Power is now also Present?
The Power that created this whole universe
Made the forces holding stars and planets in place
Spoke in light which has overcome the darkness
Made plants and animals to live on this planet

Each day that I come to the end of my tether
You bid me take one more step, come a little bit further
Like Peter walking on water, when I feel I am sinking
You give me Your hand Lord, rescue me from negative thinking

I need that sign of hope, now today my Lord
I need some comfort, some experience of Your Word
I need Your Living Water to get me through this desert
I need Your voice and Presence as a daily experience

Surely the fullness of Your Presence
Means Your full Power is now also Present?
The Power that healed all that came to Your for healing
The Power that released all from Satan’s oppression
The Power that spoke violent storms into silence
The Power that raised the dead to life eternal

Surely the fullness of Your Presence
Means Your full Power is now also Present?
The Power that created this whole universe
Made the forces holding stars and planets in place
Spoke in light which has overcome the darkness
Made plants and animals to live on this planet

When My Life Began Again

When My Life Began Again (link to audio)


When my life began again in You Jesus
My old self died with You on the cross
And You gave me a brand new, loving life
Filled me with everything that You are
Renewed each day in Your Resurrection Life

When my life began again in You Jesus
You took my sins, the wrongs I’ve done
And replaced them with Your Righteousness
Filled me with everything that You are
Renewed each day in Your Resurrection Life

When my life began again in You Jesus
You took my broken and sinful self
And replaced it with a whole and Holy One
Filled me with everything that You are
Renewed each day in Your Resurrection Life

When my life began again in You Jesus
You took my broken and hardened heart
And replaced it with a whole and loving one
Filled me with everything that You are
Renewed each day in Your Resurrection Life

When my life began again in You Jesus
You took my broken and wayward spirit
And replaced it with a whole and loving one
Filled with everything that You are
Renewed each day in Your Resurrection Life

When my life began again in You Jesus
You took my brand new living spirit
And joined it to Your Holy Spirit of life
Filled with everything that You are
Renewed each day in Your Resurrection Life

Now it’s not just me who lives
But the Trinity in me too
Together as One for all time
Embraced in Your Love for eternity

My life began again in You Jesus
I live through Your indwelling power
As water overflows and fills a fountain
I’m filled with everything that You are
Renewed each day in Your Resurrection Life

““Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.” Ezekiel 36:25-27 NLT
“For he [Jesus] is the complete fullness of deity living in human form. And our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us. He is the Head of every kingdom and authority in the universe! Through our union with him we have experienced circumcision of heart. All of the guilt and power of sin has been cut away and is now extinct because of what Christ, the Anointed One, has accomplished for us. For we’ve been buried with him into his death. Our “baptism into death” also means we were raised with him when we believed in God’s resurrection power, the power that raised him from death’s realm. This “realm of death” describes our former state, for we were held in sin’s grasp. But now, we’ve been resurrected out of that “realm of death” never to return, for we are forever alive and forgiven of all our sins!
...we receive directly from him, and his life supplies vitality into every part of his body through the joining ligaments connecting us all as one. He is the divine Head who guides his body and causes it to grow by the supernatural power of God.” Colossians 2:9-13, 19b TPT

The Fullness of Your Presence

The Fullness of Your Presence
“For he [Jesus] is the complete fullness of deity living in human form. And our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us.” Colossians 2:9-10a TPT
“Since we first heard about you, we’ve kept you always in our prayers that you would receive the perfect knowledge of God’s pleasure over your lives, making you reservoirs of every kind of wisdom and spiritual understanding. We pray that you would walk in the ways of true righteousness, pleasing God in every good thing you do. Then you’ll become fruit-bearing branches, yielding to his life, and maturing in the rich experience of knowing God in his fullness! And we pray that you would be energized with all his explosive power from the realm of his magnificent glory, filling you with great hope. Your hearts can soar with joyful gratitude when you think of how God made you worthy to receive the glorious inheritance freely given to us by living in the light.”
Colossians 1:9-12 TPT


Lord I receive the fullness of Your Presence
So that every moment You are part of My essence
To feel Your Glory fill every part of my body
To know my heart, mind and spirit are one with You in unity


Nothing in this world is more precious than Your Presence
And the awareness that You bring of God’s pleasure in us
I am embraced in God’s eternal love for You
An equal in God’s heart because You paid my dues


Lord I receive the fullness of Your Presence
So that every moment You are part of My essence
To feel Your Glory fill every part of my body
To know my heart, mind and spirit are one with You in unity


There is nothing more valuable than Your wisdom and insight
To guide my thoughts, direction and actions
To live Your love and grace is my desire
To bring glory to You in all my interactions 


Lord I receive the fullness of Your Presence
So that every moment You are part of My essence
To feel Your Glory fill every part of my body
To know my heart, mind and spirit are one with You in unity


As You clothe me with Your righteousness 
Cleansing me from all my sin’s mess
I want to live Your holiness 
Be part of Your growing fruitfulness


Lord I receive the fullness of Your Presence
So that every moment You are part of My essence
To feel Your Glory fill every part of my body
To know my heart, mind and spirit are one with You in unity


Mature me in the rich experience 
Of knowing God in all his fullness
His wisdom and insight becoming mine too
His love, joy and peace, filling me now


Lord I receive the fullness of Your Presence
So that every moment You are part of My essence
To feel Your Glory fill every part of my body
To know my heart, mind and spirit are one with You in unity


Energise me with all God’s explosive power 
From the realm of his magnificent glory
Fill me with great hope in Your victory
Help to make many part of Your family


Lord I receive the fullness of Your Presence
So that every moment You are part of My essence
To feel Your Glory fill every part of my body
To know my heart, mind and spirit are one with You in unity


In You my heart soars with joyful gratitude 
When I think of how God has made me worthy 
To freely receive Your glorious inheritance 
Living in the light of Your magnificent Glory


Lord I receive the fullness of Your Presence
So that every moment You are part of My essence
To feel Your Glory fill every part of my body
To know my heart, mind and spirit are one with You in unity

We Were Designed

Ephesians 1:4-6; Genesis 1:26-27; 3; Exodus 20:18-21; Exodus 32; Psalm 106


We were designed to live as one with God
From the very beginning when we were imagined in His heart
He wanted us to be members of his family
To be united with Him, Father, Spirit and Son


When Adam and Eve were born into this world
They were free to choose if they would follow  God
When they chose independence of God for their direction
This damaged who they were, broke their heart, mind and spirit


Shame about their actions now became their driving force
In fear they hid their brokenness from God and others
Blame shifting and lies became their solutions
Faith and trust was broken, in God, self and others


The result of this brokenness is detailed in the Bible
As people hurt each other and many rejected God
God’s judgment and destruction and confusion of their language
Reduced the damage they did but was not the solution


We were designed to live as one with God
From the very beginning when we were imagined in His heart
He wanted us to be members of his family
To be united with Him, Father, Spirit and Son


God chose Israel as His nation and His people
Freeing them from slavery with the wealth of their captors
God’s mighty miracles to rescue and sustain them
Did not stop them from worshiping manmade idols


When God invited Israel to be his special people
To be in His Presence, to speak to them in person
In fear and shame Israel refused this invitation
Asking  for His instructions which from a distance they’d obey


Armed with God’s Law Israel though they had the answer
To pleasing God from a distance which they thought safe
But laws do not make a broken people whole
As people and a nation God they rarely obeyed


We were designed to live as one with God
From the very beginning when we were imagined in His heart
He wanted us to be members of his family
To be united with Him, Father, Spirit and Son


But God had a solution for our brokenness
To make all our sins, over us, powerless
He had a way for our broken self to die
And be reborn in Him, in the twinkling of an eye


God sent Jesus to show us the life
We could live if we were truly God’s child
And to take our brokenness into Him
And die for us, with us and our sin


Then God gave us Jesus powerful resurrection 
As our new life and our new direction
A new heart and spirit, made in His image
United with His Spirit to complete our family lineage


We were designed to live as one with God
From the very beginning when we were imagined in His heart
He wanted us to be members of his family
To be united with Him, Father, Spirit and Son


Now we can rejoice as part of God’s family
Living in and from His Kingdom, now, daily
His love and peace, righteousness and joy
Is our dwelling place once we are re-born


So when you see the troubles in this world
People behaving badly, people being hurt
Know that the solution is not found in man and law
Only re-birth in Jesus has the power to heal us all


We were designed to live as one with God
From the very beginning when we were imagined in His heart
He wanted us to be members of his family
To be united with Him, Father, Spirit and Son

Adam and Eve 1

Conversations with God: Adam and Eve 1

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.” Genesis 1:27-31 NLT

The very first thing God said to people was blessings. So God’s heart and desire, first and foremost is to bless us. He loves to bless us. Blessing is a core part of God’s character that we can rely on to be there for us. So how can we interact with this truth?

Ask God the following questions. Pick the one that jumps out at you or any that just appeal, or all.

Write down the answer (the words or pictures that appear in our mind almost before the question has finished. Write them down without criticism or analysis. Leave that till you are finished. If what you heard is kinder or better than anything you would say, is like the Jesus in the Bible, you can be sure it was God).

What blessing does God want to bestow today on your spouse/nearest relative/closest friend?
How can you partner with God in them receiving that?

Who do you know that God wants to bless through you?
What blessing does God want to bestow on them?
How can you partner with God in them receiving that?

What blessing does God want to bestow today on you?
How can you partner with God in receiving that?

The blessings God gave to Adam and Eve we inherit. So how can I interactively receive these blessings by asking God one or more of these following questions:

How does God want to bestow fruitfulness today on you?
How can you partner with God in receiving that?

How does God want to bestow multiplication today on you?
How can you partner with God in receiving that?

How does God want you to fill the earth today?
How can you partner with God in doing that?

How does God want to bestow fruitfulness today on you?
How can you partner with God in receiving that?

How does God want you to use your governance/rulership on the earth today?
How can you partner with God in receiving that?

How does God want to bestow food on you today?
How can you partner with God in receiving that?

I Rejoice

I Rejoice
"Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One!" Philipians 4:4 TPT


I rejoice in the day You first showed me You loved me
Not because I had earned it but because of who You are
You called me to live in Your love forever
You gave me a new and loving heart


I rejoice every time You show me Your forgiveness
Show me I am cleansed from sin forever
Show me that I can be pure and holy
Leaving each day in Your righteousness


I rejoice in knowing that in You I’ve been reborn
With a heart and spirit now made in Your image
Reborn as a child of the Most High God
The old me is dead and buried in Your grave


I rejoice in knowing that I’m joined to Your Spirit
Bound in unity with Father, Spirit and Son
I dwell in You and Your fullness dwells within me
One with You now and for eternity


I rejoice in living from Your Spirit’s empowerment
Your love, joy and forgiveness flowing through me to others
Your understanding renewing my thinking
In Your wisdom is the answers that I am seeking


I rejoice in resting in Your Loving Embrace
As I feel Your Presence fill me with God’s essence
All darkness is consumed in the light of Your love
Your purity and holiness filling me to overflowing


I rejoice in Your mighty Resurrection Power
That raised me from death to Your Heavenly Throne
Made me a co-heir of the mighty Son of God
Your Kingdom authority with me You share


I rejoice that I am given the great privilege
Of bringing Your Kingdom to earth to save others
Healing, deliverance, resurrections and provision
You are the answer to all our problems


I rejoice that I am with You each day in heaven
By God’s side dwelling in blessing
The joy and love, light and music of heaven
Your dwelling place is my home now and forever


I rejoice in the joy of the Trinity for each other
I rejoice in the joy of the Trinity for me!
Dancing and rejoicing in being with each other
Living in Love’s embrace for eternity!

Huggs

“I am contending for you that your hearts will be wrapped in the comfort of heaven and woven together into love’s fabric. This will give you access to all the riches of God as you experience the revelation of God’s great mystery—Christ. For our spiritual wealth is in him, like hidden treasure waiting to be discovered—heaven’s wisdom and endless riches of revelation knowledge.
In the same way you received Jesus our Lord and Messiah by faith, continue your journey of faith, progressing further into your union with him! Your spiritual roots go deeply into his life as you are continually infused with strength, encouraged in every way. For you are established in the faith you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him!
For he is the complete fullness of deity living in human form. And our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us. He is the Head of every kingdom and authority in the universe!” Colossians 2:2-3, 6-7, 9-10 TPT
Ephesians 6:10-11, 14-18 TPT

Huggs meditation

Note: actions help us to confirm these truths so please do the hugging action

As I rise in the morning and get out of bed 
It is not just me moving but Jesus as well
His fullness fills me from toe to head
His presence fills me with heavenly bread


[while hugging yourself]
Jesus, my Jesus I welcome Your Presence 
Into my body, becoming my very essence
As I hug me, I hug You too
Your resurrection power I experience


I look in the mirror to do my hair
And it is not just my face,  but I see You there
Loves fire in the eyes of Your smiling face
I’m struck with wonder at Your embrace


[while hugging yourself]
Jesus, my Jesus I welcome Your Presence 
Into my body, becoming my very essence
As I hug me, I hug You too
Your resurrection power I experience


As I clothe myself for the day ahead
I wrap myself in Your holiness and faith
You light my vision so I can see truth 
Your peace fills me - alert to share You


[while hugging yourself]
Jesus, my Jesus I welcome Your Presence 
Into my body, becoming my very essence
As I hug me, I hug You too
Your resurrection power I experience


As I break my fast with Your provision of food
You whisper to me from Your precious Word
Of how Your Presence now fills me too
And I feast upon Your eternal life’s bread


[while hugging yourself]
Jesus, my Jesus I welcome Your Presence 
Into my body, becoming my very essence
As I hug me, I hug You too
Your resurrection power I experience


As I go about my day to day doings
Thinking, planning, speaking to others
Your Spirit highlights what I need to know
And empowers the wisdom of love to sow


[while hugging yourself]
Jesus, my Jesus I welcome Your Presence 
Into my body, becoming my very essence
As I hug me, I hug You too
Your resurrection power I experience


And if I come across some trouble
I lean in to You and Your power to enable
Forgiveness, wisdom, love and healing
Your life for our death, salvation sharing


[while hugging yourself]
Jesus, my Jesus I welcome Your Presence 
Into my body, becoming my very essence
As I hug me, I hug You too
Your resurrection power I experience


And when I lay my head to rest
I know I lie down in Your embrace
The power of Your Presence fills me with light
I need fear nothing, day or night


[while hugging yourself]
Jesus, my Jesus I welcome Your Presence 
Into my body, becoming my very essence
As I hug me, I hug you too
Your resurrection power I experience


And when at last my earthly time
Comes to it’s end and my body dies
I know that I will still have my home
With You in eternity on Your throne


[while hugging yourself]
Jesus, my Jesus I welcome Your Presence 
Into my body, becoming my very essence
As I hug me, I hug you too
Your resurrection power I experience

Resurrection

John 11:11-44 and Matthew 28:1-10

Jesus had a friend named Lazarus
Who died young of an unnamed sickness
Though his sisters had sent for Jesus
Jesus delayed in coming to cure the illness
By the time he arrived at Lazarus’ home
Everyone knew that Lazarus was gone
Into the grave covered by a large stone
Dead until God called all the dead home

Lazarus’ sisters, Martha and Mary
Were very upset as anyone would be
In their grief they cried out to Jesus
If You’d been here You could’ve healed Lazarus
They though Jesus had waited to long
And now that Lazarus was 4 days in the tomb
It was too late for a miracle resurrection
They would have to wait till all dead were risen

Jesus said,
“You don’t have to wait [for the future]
I am the Resurrection, and Eternal Life [now]
Anyone who clings to me in faith
Any one who lives by believing in Me
Even though he dies, he will live forever
As I use the power God has given Me”

No one believed that Jesus could give
Life to someone who was so long dead
Yet at Jesus command they opened the grave
To see what Jesus would do that day
Jesus commanded that Lazarus come out
And much to the shock and surprise of the crowd
Out of the grave dead Lazarus walked
Alive once more as a man in this world

Jesus said,
“You don’t have to wait [for the future]
I am the Resurrection, and Eternal Life [now]
Anyone who clings to me in faith
Any one who lives by believing in Me
Even though he dies, he will live forever
As I use the power God has given Me”

When Jesus died on the cross sometime later
And He was buried by Joseph of Arimathea
A stone was rolled over the entrance to the grave
And guards stationed there to make sure that’s how it stayed
Yet three days later as they came to the grave
The two Marys saw an angel roll the stone away
Power shook the earth and made the guards faint
The angel told them Jesus was alive again

Jesus said,
“You don’t have to wait [for the future]
I am the Resurrection, and Eternal Life [now]
Anyone who clings to me in faith
Any one who lives by believing in Me
Even though he dies, he will live forever
As I use the power God has given Me”

In Jesus we see that God has the power
To give life to the dead no matter the hour
God can raise the dead to new life again
Here in this world where death seems to reign
In these events Jesus demonstrated
God’s power for us unto salvation
Though death is our sins penalty
God can overcome death for our resurrection

Jesus said,
“You don’t have to wait [for the future]
I am the Resurrection, and Eternal Life [now]
Anyone who clings to me in faith
Any one who lives by believing in Me
Even though he dies, he will live forever
As I use the power God has given Me”

So when we see that we’re bound by sin
And death it seems is our only end
Jesus offers us His Resurrection Life
Eternal, holy, and powerful, as ours
And a heart that loves like only God can
A new spirit to make us a new woman or man
United as One with the Holy Trinity
Through Jesus’ sacrifice, a new life for us today

Jesus says,
“You don’t have to wait [for the future]
I am the Resurrection, and Eternal Life [now]
Anyone who clings to me in faith
Any one who lives by believing in Me
Even though he dies, he will live forever
As I use the power God has given Me”

So anytime things are not as they should be
As health, provisions or relationships can seem
When the world around us seems only broken
Or our inner world has begun to darken
We can turn to Jesus and cling to Him and His promise
To exchange life for death, light for all our darkness
And ask Him to reveal His resurrection life
Powerfully in us now to overcome all strife

Jesus says,
“You don’t have to wait [for the future]
I am the Resurrection, and Eternal Life [now]
Anyone who clings to me in faith
Any one who lives by believing in Me
Even though he dies, he will live forever
As I use the power God has given Me”

“Martha said to Jesus, “My Lord, if only you had come sooner, my brother wouldn’t have died. But I know that if you were to ask God for anything, he would do it for you.” Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise and live.” She replied, “Yes, I know he will rise with everyone else on resurrection day.” “Martha,” Jesus said, “ You don’t have to wait until then. I am the Resurrection, and I am Life Eternal. Anyone who clings to me in faith, even though he dies, will live forever. And the one who lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”” John 11:21-26 TPT

Nicodemus

John 3:1-21; 7:32, 45-53; 19:38-42

Nicodemus was an intellectual
Who wanted to know God
He’d attended the religious schools
And come out pretty much on top
As a prominent religious leader
In the Jewish Pharisees sect
He had a reputation to uphold
A position of power and respect

Unlike many other Pharisees
The Law was not all Nicodemus needed
To justify his righteousness
With rule keeping obsessiveness 
Nicodemus looked for more
Perhaps for the God King David adored
The One who loved, personally
And from their sins, set people free

So when Jesus came upon the scene
With miracles and deep wisdom
Forgiving, healing, setting demonised free
Loving God‘s way in every capacity
His actions caused Nicodemus to question
If the law was all he needed for salvation
Something in Jesus was so attractive
Nicodemus knew he had to see Him

So secretly at night he came
To find the place where Jesus was staying
Acknowledging that Jesus was a prophet
Because His miracles demonstrated it
Jesus response took him by surprise
Answering Nicodemus unspoken question
Telling him of the new birth needed
If people were to see God’s Kingdom

Nicodemus could not understand
The rebirth Jesus seem to demand
How could a man like him be re-born
So long ago leaving his mother‘s womb
But Jesus spoke of a spiritual rebirth
That takes place in later life
A new heart to replace our old one
By the Holy Spirit born into God’s kingdom

Jesus knew Nicodemus knew the Scriptures
Because he was one of Israel’s religious teachers
Yet even Nicodemus had yet to see
That re-birth was God’s plan for humanity
To give each person a new heart and spirit
With God’s law of love written on it
So they could live freely in God’s kingdom
Freed from sin by God’s hand of salvation

Nicodemus wanted to understand
Just how this rebirth was to be had
Jesus reply seemed like a riddle 
With scripture woven in the middle
Designed to make Nicodemus think
And ruminate upon it’s meaning
For in truth it was still too early
To really understand Jesus role history

Yet one thing Jesus did make clear
That belief in Him was the central pillar
Those rejecting God would also hide from Him
Seeking to cover up their sin
Those seeking God would come into Jesus’ light
Where all would see the truth of their lives
Where all would see that what they have done
Was by God’s hand empowered to become

We hear little more of Nicodemus
Though he asks that justice be applied to Jesus
Yet when Jesus was dead upon the cross
Nicodemus helped Joseph, a disciple of Jesus
To take Jesus from the cross and prepare Him for the grave
An act of love and respect in anyone’s day
So I wonder if after Jesus resurrection
Nicodemus finally found Jesus was his salvation