Who are you?

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By Heather Djunga

Have you ever watched what happens when a drunk person gets pulled over by a cop? In addition to having to have a breathalyser test done, the person is asked to walk in a straight line. You will notice how even when the distance is a short one, they just can’t do this… still, how they try!
When the cop asks them for their details, they even battle to get this right. Sometimes their own name evades them. When they do get it right, it comes out in a slurred, incoherent way.

When a person is spiritually drunk, it looks a little this way too. They forget their identity. They can’t focus on walking in a straight line. But there is a way to wake up and sober up.

One way to sober up a drunk person or wake up a sleeping one – and quickly – is to throw a bucket of water over them (please do not try this at home – this is just for illustration purposes). When you want to wake up or sober up spiritually, water also does the trick. Not Evian spring water, though this is good – rather, Living Water, the kind that Jesus gave to the woman at the well. The ‘Spirit’ and ‘Truth’ brand of water.
The Holy Spirit and the Word of God establish the believer’s identity and guide and strengthen him or her and work out the perfect Will of God in the believer’s life.

Let’s see what the Lord promises in His Word:
“This is what your Sovereign Lord says, your God, who defends his people: “See, I have taken out of your hand the cup that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink again. I will put it into the hands of your tormentors, who said to you, ‘Fall prostrate that we may walk on you.’ And you made your back like the ground, like a street to be walked on.” (Is 51:22-23)

The moment you received Christ you were change into a new creation, into a Child of the Most High God, with the authority to work out the Will of God in your life and speak to everything which stands contrary to the Word in your circumstances and command it to ‘go!’, in Jesus’ name.

Below is an incredible affirmation of faith given by my home group leaders, Steve and Sue, which they in turn got from another Christian and it’s worth passing it forward because it contains an incredible scriptural revelation of who Jesus is – His absolute authority – and of who you are as His Child (your authority as a believer). It’s straight from the Word of God so you can trust what it says is true. Ask the Holy Spirit to settle your true identity in your heart today. Sleeping Beauty didn’t become Beauty when she woke up. She had always been Beauty. She just had to wake up to see it.

If you battle to see your value, or feel overwhelmed by circumstances, these are great scriptural declarations of faith to declare at the start of each new day.

Affirmation of faith

I recognise that there is only one true and living God (Ex 20:2-3) who exists as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that He is worthy of all honour, praise and glory as the Creator, Sustainer and Beginning and End of all things. (Rev 4:11, 5:9-10, Is 43:1, 7 and 21).

I recognise Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1, 14). I believe that He came to destroy the words of Satan (1 John 3:8), that He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public display of them, having triumphed over them (Col 1:13-14).

I believe that God has proven His love for me because when I was still a sinner, Christ died for me (Rom 5:8). I believe that He delivered me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to His Kingdom, and in Him I have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. (Col 1:13-14).

I believe that I am now a Child of God (1 John 3:1-3) and that I am seated with Christ in the heavenlies (Eph 2:6). I believe that I was saved by the grace of God through faith, that it was a gift of God and not the result of any works on my part (Eph 2:8-9).

I choose to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Eph 6:10). I put no confidence in the flesh (Phil 3:3), for the weapons of warfare are not of the flesh (2 Cor 10:4). I put on the whole armour of God (Eph 6:10-20) and I resolve to stand firm in my faith and resist the Evil One.

I believe that apart from Christ, I can do nothing (John 15:5), so I declare myself dependent on Him. I choose to abide in Christ in order to bear much fruit and to glorify the Lord (John 15:8). I announce to satan that Jesus is my Lord (1 Cor 12:3) and I reject any counterfeit gifts or works of satan in my life.

I believe that the truth will set me free (John 8:32) and that walking in the light is the only path of fellowship (1 John 1:7). Therefore, I stand against satan’s deception by taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ (2 Cor 10:5). I declare that the Bible is the only authoritative standard (Tim 3:15-16). I choose to speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15).

I choose to present my body as an instrument of righteousness, a living and holy sacrifice, and I renew my mind by the living Word of God, in order that I may prove that the will of God is good, acceptable and perfect (Rom 6:13, 12:1-2). I put off the old self with its evil practices and put on the new self (Col 3:9-10) and declare myself to be a new creature in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).

I trust my Heavenly Father to fill me with His Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18), to lead me into all truth (John 16:13) and to empower my life that I might live above sin and not carry out the desires of the flesh (Gal 5:16). I crucify the flesh (Gal 5:24) and choose to walk by the Spirit.

I renounce all selfish goals and choose the ultimate goal of love (1 Tim 1:5). I choose to obey the two greatest commandments : to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul and mind, and to love my neighbour as myself. (Matt 22:37-39).

I believe that Jesus has all authority in Heaven and on Earth (Matt 28:18) and that He is the head over all rule and authority (Col 2:10). I believe that satan and his demons are subject to me in Christ since I am a member of Christ’s body (Eph 1:19-23). Therefore, I obey the command to submit to God and to resist the devil (James 4:7) and I command satan, in the name of Jesus, to leave my presence!

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

Do you recognise Him in your midst?

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Have you failed to perceive your ‘hour of visitation’ because the Lord has answered you in a way you didn’t expect and entered your circumstances through a ‘back gate’?

By Heather Djunga

In the Biblical account from which Palm Sunday derives its meaning, Jesus entered Jerusalem through a ‘back door’, entering through the gates on a donkey. These particular gates took Him through the poorest parts of the city. That, and his unassuming appearance – and the donkey – made it hard to believe this was the King of Heaven and Earth.
Surely, if the King of Heaven and Earth arrived in the city, He would come via the men who were respectable, popular, ‘clean’ (keeping in mind that cleanness equated to holiness in this context). Yet, here was Jesus, mingling with the poor and downcast. And a donkey? Seriously?

The Pharisees were so offended by Jesus’ grand entrance because Jesus broke all protocol. They should have been happy about what was going on but how could a holy King associate with the scum of the city?
But the little kids saw the miracle. They lifted their palm branches and serenaded the King of Kings.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matt 5:8)

I believe that God answers every prayer. He says this much in His Word. He can do anything. But when He arrives, will we have the faith to see and receive Him?
Read this account of the persistent widow from Luke 18 carefully and how it concludes.
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Read the conclusion again: “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Are you viewing your circumstances through eyes of faith to see what Jesus is doing in your midst?

The Lord has really put on my heart for us to pray for the discernment to see the activity of His Holy Spirit and the faith to respond in humility and obedience. I believe He is going to be taking some back gates in answer to our prayers and we need to welcome Him into our midst, trusting His Sovereignty and understanding that His ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts(Is 55).

Let us receive Him as the children did when He entered the gates of the Holy City. Let us be among the crowd waving the palm branches and singing praise for what He has done, not among those who fail to see His grand entrance because He has broken all religious protocol, and has taken a back gate which we didn’t expect him to enter through.

Open our eyes Lord to see what you are doing in our midst.

“41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19 vs 41-44)

“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zec 9:9)

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

Arise, overcomer!

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Have you been fair in the labels you have given yourself or allowed others to give you? When you accepted Jesus, you became a new creation? It’s time to wake up as an overcomer for Jesus.

By Heather Djunga

The book of Revelation in the Bible can seem intimidating – visions of dragons, a beast coming from the sea – but in and amidst the turmoil of the dawn of this new epoch, the Day of the Lord, as revealed to the apostle John on the island of Patmos by the Lord Himself, there is the assurance of the one who has called Himself ‘faithful and true’ (Rev 19, from vs 11). This assurance is that those who trust in Him and accept Him as Lord and Saviour, overcome.”They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (Rev 12vs 11).

They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the power of their testimony.

And so unfolds the great mystery of His Story. In this new day described in scripture, there are two kinds of people – a distinction has been made. On the one hand is the many who continue to live as per normal ‘as in the days of Noah’, as part of the world. While others have been so changed by this Jesus who has risen from the Dead, by Emmanuel, ‘God with us’, and His victory on the Cross, they want nothing more than to serve Him and bring glory to Him.
They are described as wearing white robes, clean as snow – not white by their own efforts but by the Lamb, who has dressed them in His finest linen, brought by His own blood.

They are His overcomers.

They have been sifted by satan, even as Job was in the book of Job, but they are more in love with their King than ever before because all the enemy has achieved in his many attempts to derail God’s plans in their lives has been to drive them further into Jesus’ arms and into closer communion with Him. Hence, these warriors, who share many battle stories – testimonies, if you will – consider themselves blessed because every attack that has been against them has become another testimony of God’s saving power. They know Jesus is faithful because they have stories about their journey with Him. You can’t convince them Jesus isn’t God. They have seen His glory. He is alive by His Spirit and walks with them.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

In Genesis, we meet the Sovereign Lord as the all-powerful Creator – who speaks and light enters darkness. In Revelation, He is the faithful true rider of the white horse. Forget the Sunday School view you might have had of Jesus as the blond-haired, blue-eyed man. The Jesus we serve speaks and a sword comes from His mouth. His eyes are like blazing fire. He was sacrificed as the Lamb but He’s coming back as the Lion of Judah and He has called us to be a part of His army, walking in the victory of the Cross and proclaiming His Kingdom.
Jesus sends us out equipped for His work, because we have Him living inside of us. Since all authority in Heaven and earth has been given to Him, as His children we have the authority to speak and see things changed to align with His Sovereign Will and to usher in His Kingdom.

‘They overcame the dragon by the blood of the Lamb and the power of their testimony’. Whatever the enemy has tried to deceive you with or overwhelm you with, you have overcome. It’s scripted.
This is why Jesus says to take heart. We’ve already made it. It’s there in His Book. We can step forward with confidence, knowing the ultimate outcome is in our favour as children of God. He says that in this world we might have trouble but He has overcome the world.

I don’t want to walk with my head down anymore. I don’t want to shrink back out of fear. Softness has always been a part of my nature, but I can be strong and stand because He is in me, and He is what I am not – strong where I am weak.
Maybe you have labels you have allowed the enemy to put on you; thoughts of your own inadequacy to do His work. Or you fear that you are not qualified to do what He has called you to do.
You do not overcome by you. You overcome by Him. He is in you, if you have accepted Him as Lord and Saviour.

Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The Lord has been speaking to me this week that my value is in who I am to Him, and not in what others have said of me or what I have said of myself. My ability to overcome is not in me, but was won by Him at the cross. He qualifies me to do what He has called me to do. This comes from Him and not from man and is a gift of grace – as it is for every one of His children.
I overcome the lies of the enemy by believing that He has purchased my right to be His child and when I feel disheartened, I remember all the times I have run into his presence and I have been strengthened – as an eagle, in the prophet Isaiah’s words – to continue for Him.
I overcome by His blood (the finished work of the Cross) and the power of my testimony (in considering His faithfulness to myself and other believers).

So Let’s step up, even if it means stepping up and standing firm while we are shaking in our shoes. Let’s keep our eyes focussed on him. He helped us face that lion and that bear in the past. He will also help us with this Goliath.
This is our God! The overcomer!

If Christ is for us, who can be against us!

“And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Overcomers, it’s time to arise!

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

Sttreeettttching time!

'Those stretching exercises you have been practicing are really working!'
Everyone knows a freak who can bend down and touch their toes. You might be one yourself. Or you might be at the opposite end of the spectrum… battling to touch your knee caps. Or maybe your stomach is big and you can’t even see your knees (not to mention toes) to even reach for them.

By Heather Djunga

Wherever you fall on the ‘stretching’ spectrum, stretching is good!
You will find a whole lot of medical evidence for this.
They tell you to stretch before you run. Stretch before you dance.
There’s a whole science to it.
There’s another kind of stretching which I find the Lord doing in my life at the moment and it’s really uncomfortable. I feel like the Holy Spirit is prompting me to touch my toes and as He prompts me out of my comfort zones, it’s painful. Still, He believes I can do it because it’s about Him and who He is and not about me and my strength and flexibility.
Do you also feel a bit like a yogi in a pretzel position? Are spiritual muscles you didn’t know you even had aching a little?
Maybe this will help you, or maybe not – it might just be a random blog musing to myself, I don’t know – but did you ever consider that it’s not about you touching your toes. He is the one stretching you. He is the one doing the work. You just have to yield to Him.
Trust Him in the process.
I remember in ballet classes our teacher would walk around the class when we were sitting with our legs outstretched and gently push on our backs to push us further into the stretch. She would tell us not to tense up but just to relax into the posture as she helped position us and reach just that much further with each lesson.
When you feel this stretching, when you feel uncomfortable, you might ask things like, ‘Jesus,what’s going on?’
You’re about to run. You’re about to dance. With Him. For Him and for His glory. He’s warming up those muscles. The intensity of your walk with Him has been turned up a few notches. He’s getting you ready. Yield to Him.
When you feel the stretching, it’s time to dance.

Remember this: Your job is not to reach for your toes. Your job is to keep reaching for Him and yielding to Him. He will stretch you.

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” (Isaiah 54:2)

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

When the wind blows, that’s your cue to spread your wings

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I think of them as Holy Spirit ‘winks’ or nudges and maybe other Christians can relate but there are times when you just know that you know that you know that the Holy Spirit is pressing you to take an action – to speak, to step out in faith and obedience… He speaks in these gentle ‘winks’. But then He also speaks through circumstances.

By Heather Djunga

Lately, as the wind has been blowing through so many lives, I believe it’s time to spread our wings as His people, and heed to His clarion call to step up.
We know that He is above all circumstances and so if He has allowed the wind to blow, it is for a purpose. We know that as a Sovereign God, by the time the wind starts blowing, He has already equipped us with everything we need for that moment.
Maybe you didn’t know you had wings as His child but when the wind blows, you will realise it is true. Maybe, it is for this hour you have come.

I tell you, you aren’t going to be the only one who is surprised you have wings when the wind blows. There are others – witnesses he has gathered in your circle of influence- who need to know the gospel truth who will see you soar with the wind and realise the truth of the Word of God. He will reveal the work He has done in you over the years… that secret preparation no-one saw, and as a woman gives birth to an infant who remains veiled in her belly until the point of birth, they will hear the cry of your testimony and He will be glorified.
So be expectant and don’t be afraid of circumstances. It’s for this reason you have been born – to soar as an eagle for His glory.
Everything against you in the preparation season was to strengthen you. You will learn to see your enemies and adverse circumstances differently, as it is through these that He has built within you a strength and purpose which He will now reveal.

My friend gave me this advice when gripped with tiredness and fear for the future: “Just listen to him and obey his voice. We were made to be water-walkers.”
Are you a water-walker? Well, I don’t feel like one but I’ve heard it’s not how I feel. It’s who the Word says I am.

Do you believe He is who He says He is?

Do you believe you are who He says you are?

Will you believe Him and everything He ever told you, through His Spirit and Word?

Will you believe the Word which says we don’t battle against flesh and blood but against the unseen forces in the spiritual realm?

Will you pick up the sword of His Word and face Goliath head-on, trusting He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world?

The war is here but you are on the winning side. Rise victorious and spread your wings. Face the wind and don’t be afraid.

This is for His glory. It’s for this hour we have come.

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain. Worthy is the King who conquered the grave.” (This is Amazing Grace, Phil Whickham)

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint…” (Isaiah 40:31)

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

Unlocking hope!

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It’s no secret. He says to shout it from the rooftops!. The Key of David has triumphed in opening the way back to Eden and fellowship with Himself. His blood is enough!

By Heather Djunga

In the story of Pandora’s Box, Pandora opened a box which unleashed a flood of evil upon the world. This single act of disobedience brought chaos and confusion into her world. When she finally managed to shut the box, she closed the lid in time to catch ‘hope’ before it slipped away from her forever.
Adam and Eve disobeyed the Lord’s command not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. How the devil tempted them with the forbidden fruit. It would open their eyes. They would become powerful. Spiritual masters, even. ‘As God’, he said. But this fruit brought only death and separation from their First Love. They had walked with Him in the garden. They had been created for this purpose. To know Him. To be in a deep love relationship with Him.
Desiring power and fame and influence over love, they had listened to the tempter and they had fallen.
They had forsaken their own hearts, their Creator and Best Friend, for a ‘floating trophy’, which would ultimately end in death.
As with Pandora, their single act of disobedience unleashed a flood of evil into the world. Unlike Pandora, they could not catch ‘hope’ in their own efforts and were unable to restore the perfect Eden. But then Hope stepped in in the form of a Saviour.

In the story, the Lord doesn’t just lead them back to the Tree of Life. He becomes the Tree of Life. Those who eat from Him – His body, His blood – will not perish.
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil brings death but the Tree of Life brings life. He is Life. Life is to Him what wetness is to water. Jesus of Nazareth. The Way, the Truth and the Life.

I recently read a testimony by well-known singer Lady Gaga. She spoke of how she had met a man at a club before her career skyrocketed. He promised her if she joined his spiritual group, she could become famous – she could become anything, he said. A great singer. She could become beautiful and popular. She signed on the dotted line not realising what she was signing herself over to. Yes, she became all of that – but it was a ‘floating trophy’. She hadn’t anticipated how the story would end.
The merit of anything must be tested by time. Today she is fighting physical sickness and tells her story to warn others. She speaks of how she gave herself over, not realising this fruit, however sweet it initially tasted, would result in death.

For those who don’t have hope or have sought validation and worth from places of sin and death, you must know there is someone who loves you and gave everything for you, to restore His dream, which is for you to walk with Him in Eden. When satan tried to steal His dream, He gave everything to restore Eden for those who will accept Him and turn from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil to eat from the Tree of Life.

The story of His love for you far surpasses any Babylonian myth, like Pandora’s Box. Pandora, in her own efforts, captured hope before it fled. Man and woman cannot restore this perfect place of fellowship with Him in their own efforts but the Lord has done it by His own zeal, He Himself becoming Hope for you, as the Lamb of God. He stepped into His own creation to undo the works of the devil, as scripture says.
It is done! It is finished!
Jesus died for every single person and wants to restore this relationship with every person.

Maybe you feel like Judas and you feel like you have sold the Lord for stuff, money, a title, a promotion, fame, ‘power’, popularity, status in your family or community, but Jesus wants you to know He loves you and has paid for you. You might have signed on another dotted line, but Jesus signed with His blood that you are His and this perfect sacrifice is stronger than anything you could have done wrong.
There is an antidote to any sin and any fruit the devil might have tempted you with.
Eat from Him. His Word. The Bread of Life. Accept His blood. It’s enough.
The perfect sacrifice of the son of God, and His blood has paid for you in full. When you enter Covenant with Him, this is more powerful than any agreement with the kingdom of darkness.

My friend told me of a vision the Holy Spirit had given her to ‘sear’ in her mind the power of His Covenant with His people. In this, He showed her a road and it stretched into the distance, into forever. Through the centre of the road ran a wall which couldnt be destroyed or climbed over. It ran through the centre of the road and it never ended. On one side of the wall was an arid place of death. Things were decaying and even the sweet things, those things which were attractive, were in the process of dying. However, on the other side of the wall was a place of abundant life, where there was fresh water, and large trees with shade and rest.
You could not cross from one side to the other by your own will, only by Him and His blood. This covenant with Him took people from a place of death to life and this new life in this garden continued forever and ever. The devil had no power to take people out of the garden or to replant them in his kingdom. Once they accepted Jesus as Saviour this was enough to ‘plant’ them in His Kingdom forever.
There in the shade of the Tree of Life you will remain as His Beloved. Jesus said it Himself: “It is finished!”

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” (Rev 22:1-2)

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Rev 22:13-15)

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

Out of the ashes

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My son Christian said to me: “Mom, do you think the Easter bunny can hop on one leg?” I wasn’t quite sure what to answer. Surely, it’s more impossible for there to be a bunny giving eggs in the first place, than for this said bunny to hop on one leg. It made me think of the verse of scripture where Jesus says, “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?” (Luke 5:23)
We get so caught up in trying to iron out the details sometimes, so caught in our heads and thinking – that we miss the real miracle – Him. How can we negate His miracles and His ability to turn lives around and interrupt the ordinariness of everyday life with His supernatural presence and intervention, when the biggest miracle of all has already happened. The ramifications of the empty tomb mean that Jesus is alive.
Easter is not about the bunny. It’s about the Lamb of God who has everything, including death, under His feet. It’s a reminder that He’s not just the Lamb, but the Lion too and that He might have been a sacrificial Lamb on the Friday, but on the Sunday, He rose to roar as the Lion – so loudly, we are still basking in the glory of His victory centuries later. This is why we celebrate Easter. Because He rose again, we can also rise to new life and stepping out from the ashes, pick up our mats and walk, knowing our sins have been forgiven – if we believe in Him and accept the Saviour and His sacrifice.

“Into the darkness you shine, out of the ashes we rise, there’s no one like you, none like You!”(Our God, Chris Tomlin).

“Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Rev 5:5-6)

“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralysed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.” (Luke 5:23-25)

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.