Be Resurrected from Dead Works!

Be Resurrected from Dead Works!
by Lalenunat Johnson

This past Sunday, we celebrated the resurrection of Christ, the day that Jesus rose from the grave after having been dead for 3 days.  We celebrate this because it is through His death and resurrection that we have access to eternal life.  We are excited that He is risen!

But before Jesus could rise from the dead, He had to lay down His life.  He had to die!  To die means to pass away, expire, loose life, or perish.  When Jesus died for us, He took the punishment of hell, death, and the grave that as long as we accept Him, and this free gift of life, we will have eternal life.

“I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture. The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep.”
John 10:9-11 (AMPC)

I thank you, Lord Jesus, that you died to give us life!  Oh, but that’s not all.  Likewise, the blood that Jesus shed purifies us from dead works – activities that are not fruitful so that we may serve the Lord our God.

“How much more surely shall the blood of Christ, Who by virtue of [His] eternal Spirit [His own preexistent divine personality] has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the [ever] living God?”
Hebrews 9:14 (AMPC)

What do you need to die from?  What things in you and in your life, need to die? What dead works and lifeless observations do you need to have purified by the blood of Jesus?  Will you die to your past?  Die to the old man – to your old ways.  Die to stagnation.  Die to mediocrity and be revived from dead works.  Be transformed under the blood of Jesus.

“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!”
 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMPC)

Now, to resurrect means to raise from the dead, restore to life, or revive.  It is to bring back into existence, something that has ended.  Have you allowed life’s experiences to kill your zeal, your purpose, your gifting, your desires, your life, and your service unto the Lord?

Will you allow your gifts, calling, and God’s purpose and plan for your life to be resurrected?

Arise and shine for you light has come.

“Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!”
Isaiah 60:1 (AMPC)

Yes, we honor, celebrate, and appreciate what Jesus did for us, to give us life eternal.  But with what He did, He did not intend for us to be dead.  But He came that we might have life and that we might have it more abundantly.

“… I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
John 10:10 (AMPC)

Get up Zion!  Arise and shine for your light has come!

Think about it for a moment.  Identify those dead works in you and release them unto the Lord.  Will you put them under the blood of Jesus and make a commitment to serve the living God?

What in you, that has died, needs to be resurrected?  What in your life needs to be resurrected?

Share with us something that the Holy Spirit said you need to let go of, and to start anew, as you read this. We’ll pray for you!

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  • Amie

    I need to let go of the fear that has tracked down through my generations and caused legal right for sickness in myself and my children. Please pray for me that I would have the faith to stand against fear and see the redeeming power of Jesus in my life.

    • Anna Snow

      We are agreeing with you in prayer! Perfect love casts out all fear!!

  • Caroline

    Wow, yes, I’ll tell you a few things Holy Spirit told me I need to let go of.
    Thinking (overthinking) and analysis
    Worry
    Fears! So done with fear – it’s time to try something new. I’ve dealt with fear all my life and never has it helped me. In fact it’s only caused more yuck and put wedges in relationships. So it’s time to try a new approach to life without fear. But still using wisdom and discernment, but not fear.

    Things that were stated in the article: stagnation and mediocrity

    Selfish ambition, self- pity, flesh, need to make up my mind and keep moving and looking to Him!

    Other things said in the article: die to my past! That one is huge! And stop wondering if I’m healed and if things are dealt with and just GO! as He commanded and let Him bring things up.

    Die to old man
    Being more of a taker/receiver – there is a season and time and place for that’s- but now is time for me to give and live a life of love (and not think twice about it and question myself)
    To live a life of love and to know that as in Proverbs 11:25 A generous person will prosper;
    whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

    I’m the last two days, He’s giving me the ability and producing in me the ability to say No and to set my limits and boundaries. Getting over fear of man, what others think and others expectations..and my own thinking.

    Bondage, strongholds of mind and heart, addictions, forms of codependency and not allowing other people’s words, choices, and actions – to not take them upon myself or be offended. (Especially by family)

    Procrastination (even as I prepare this- and still too much of my own..to be honest.
    eyes on self or inwardly, but eyes on Jesus.

    And yes, I have allowed life’s circumstances to kill those things mentioned in the article.

    He knows there’s more…

    And yes, I say yes to Jesus and all those questions at the end.

    God bless you. So thankful for this!

  • Michael

    Thank you Pastor Katie for the article. We must deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Christ daily. Help me Jesus! Please pray for me too.

  • Michael

    Aime I pray in the great name of Jesus to cast out all fear and the break every generation curse off of you and your family and I speak life in Christ Name I pray. Amen! P.S. Fear not says the Lord for I am with you, I will never leave or forsake you. Whenever you feel fear speak out loud Jesus I trust in you.

  • Carey Van der Vyver

    I need to let go of the past

  • Ana Ochoa

    I need to let go of fear, and believe that accident gates have been opened in areas of finances, family, marriage, and spending more time with God and working for His Glory, I need to be removed from negativity in my workplace and family so that I can learn to be the child of God He created me to be. I hope and pray for a new mind and a new heart, that I/we may live under His Dunimus Power. Please pray for me.

    • Rhondy Tilley

      I was so looking forward to seeing you, Katie in Spokane Washington at the end of May. I read Healing the Wounded Soul. Excellent! I’m letting go of fear and bitterness. Also believing for deliverance from addictions in the family. I have immune issues (pain and inflammation) and other… I so want to be healed in my soul and be established in His Love in my heart. Thanks be to God who always causes me to triumph in Christ. I’m believing for breakthrough. I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Thankyou for your prayers and i hope you will rebook for Spokane.

    • Cleopatra Zondo

      Hi my situation that needs to be resurrected is my heart to forgive people since I was hurt in the ministry we lead with my Husband

  • Cindy D May

    Lalenunat,

    Thank you for your post/stories. I was most struck that your entire family could sleep with music or Scripture playing. That is so awesome. When I first heard Katie teach about that, I thought it was great…. Feels like a waste of time to me now to go to bed without using that time well (smile) . I am decreeing that I will be able to sleep with noise on. I’m 49 and have never been able to before. 🙂 I figure I will just keep decreeing it knowing it will happen. I also just had the idea of starting at 15 minutes and having it program to turn off at that point. And work my way up. I have also been sleeping with the Bible on, and putting earbuds over my soul/womb. (I bought the belly bud things–tried all kind–none stay put, so I just make sure my phone is charged, and let my soul listen to the Word for the night. I don’t know if it’s effective, but figured it couldn’t hurt. Do you have any other great little tips?