He Is Risen

He Has Risen So You Can Live
A grave can be defined as any place that becomes the receptacle of what is dead, lost, or past. Our sins or offenses against the Lord can keep us in a grave-like condition. A state in which we are dead to the potential that the Lord Jesus Christ has for our lives and lost to the wonderful future He has envisioned for us. When we have not accepted Jesus Christ or are not walking fully in the love of Jesus Christ, we are living in a grave.
But instead of dirt, we are covered by thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are contrary to God. We are being held down by the fears and hurts of our past. The grave of sin is holding the pain that we have refused to let go and those negative feelings that we did not even know that we still carried. The grave that has been dug for us by sin can keep a lid on our desire to love God and prevent us from obtaining all that God Has for us in Him. Jesus Christ, God manifested in the flesh loves you, and He knows all about you. His thoughts and feelings toward you are always good. It is the enemy or the chief liar who does not want you to know that.
Things happen to us as a result of our failure or someone else’s failure to follow the directions that God has set. When we are operating in thoughts and behaviors that are contrary to the word of God, we are in rebellion. Rebellion or sin brings with it consequences and opens the door for pain, problems, and more sin. God wants us to Love Him and His word because He wants to shield us from those consequences.
For example, when a loving parent sets rules, he or she does so because they love their children and do not want the child to face the consequences. When children break the rules, it bothers the parent, but the love that parent has for their child will compel them to help their child cope with the consequences of their actions. You are not reaping the judgment of God but the natural result of your sin or the sins of someone else. Jesus Christ wants you to trust Him with the consequences in your life.
The consequences of sin can keep us in bondage to pride, arrogance, anger, low self-esteem, pornography, abuse, and hurts from our past. The results of sin can bring us so low that we will have sex at a bus stop for 5.00 dollars, sleep in the gutter, and even sell our children for sex. Sin has such a hold on some of us that we will savagely beat those that we say we love, commit adultery, and abuse our children.
Sin will cause us to hold on to and protect “that something” in us that we have grown so accustomed to that we do not want to give it up, even though it is costing us money, friends, sleep, and opportunities. That “something” can be fear of what we will have to give up, a fear of rejection or pride. That something could be hurt, misplaced anger, or low self-esteem. The enemy has come to kill, steal, and destroy, but Jesus has come so that we might have life and be entirely free from sin and death. Not just natural death, but the death that comes to steal our potential and to make it look as if God is not who He says He is (Apostle Robinson).
Again, that “something” can be any thought, feeling, or behavior that is contrary to the word of God. That “something” could even be a good thing that is only bad because it is not what God is calling you to do now.
The problem is that we tend to protect that “something” by putting up emotional walls or engaging in behaviors that prevent us from dealing with the issue. When we allow those emotions associated with our hurts to influence our lives, it can lead to a variety of unhealthy behaviors and thoughts that can prevent us from trusting the Word of God in the now. Living in the past can cause us to react in the present to something that happened in the past.
You see, whenever we anticipate a challenge in the area of “that thing,” we erect emotional defenses as a way to protect ourselves from the pain. While man-made defenses may seem to protect us from the negative feelings we are trying to avoid, they often come with unexpected consequences.
For instance, to shield ourselves from the hurts of our past, we may find ourselves withdrawing from people, arguing, masking our feelings with alcohol, getting into abusive relationships, and or allowing those feelings to control our lives. Additionally, unhealed past hurts can cause us to be oversensitive in certain areas of our lives, and to misinterpret or to react inappropriately to things and people around us. When we internalize the hurts of the past, we can spend the rest of our lives, allowing past hurts to control our present, and cause us to reject people who want to love us.

Over time those emotional walls can become so thick that it is hard for anyone to get in or for you to get out. Any time anyone attempts to touch the wall that you have erected, you get defensive. Putting up barriers to defend yourself can cause you to spend so much time protecting your pain that you do not realize that you are not living.
Unfortunately, man-made defenses, just like the fig leaves, that Adam and Eve used in the Garden of Eden to hide their sins; only conceal they do not heal us. Man-made defenses or gimmicks give us the illusion of being free, but the feelings we are trying to cover up always have a way of manifesting in other areas of our lives. Jesus Christ did not rise again just so a fear of rejection or the defenses that you have created to deal with your hurts can rule your present or control your future.
When we try to cover up our hurts as opposed to allowing God to heal them, we are not free. God wants to set you free from your walls and the influence of your past. God wants to elevate you out of the grave and above your past.
 
 
 
Romans 10 9-11

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.