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DJ Martin (SingleFocus Ministry®)

In the Beginning:

woman handsWsnakeAdam said, “The woman whom You gave me, she gave me of the forbidden tree, and I did eat.” Then the LORD God said unto the woman, “What have you done?” And Eve said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” The LORD God said unto the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and every beast of the field; upon your belly you’ll go, and dust you’ll eat all your life:

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:12-15

Seed of the Woman:

The angel of the Lord appeared unto Joseph in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, fear not to take Mary as your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.”

All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Then Joseph did as the angel of the Lord had said, and made Mary his wife: but, knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called His name JESUS.  Matthew 1:20-25

Bruising the Heel:

The chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death. When they had bound Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate, the governor. When He was accused by the chief priests and elders, He said nothing.

Pilate went out unto the Jews, and said unto them, “I find in Him no fault at all.” John 18:38.

At this time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore, when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, “Whom do you want me to release unto you; Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ? They said, “Barabbas” Then Pilate asked, “What shall I do then with Jesus who is called Christ? They all said, “Let Him be crucified.” And the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified.” Then Pilate took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just person…

They crucified Him, and set up over His head His accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

From the 6th hour there was darkness over all the land unto the 9th hour. And about the 9th hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me? Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. That very evening, a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple, went to Pilate, and begged for the body of Jesus. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, hewed out of the rock: and he rolled a great stone over the door of the sepulcher, and left. Matthew 27:1-61

Bruising the Head:

The next day, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember that deceiver, while He was yet alive said, “After 3 days I will rise again.” Command therefore that the sepulcher be made sure until the 3rd day, lest His disciples come by night, and steal Him away, and say unto the people, “He is risen from the dead…” So they went and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting guards. Matthew 27: 62-66

At the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the 1st day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the sepulcher. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. And the angel said unto the women, “Fear not: for I know that you seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come; see the place where the Lord was laid.” And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goes before you into Galilee; there shall you see Him…” The women departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples the news. As they went to tell His disciples, Jesus met them. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshiped Him. Then said Jesus unto them, “Be not afraid: go tell My brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see Me.” The 11 disciples went into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth… lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:1-20

The End?

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:28

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, “Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am He that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 1:17-18

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1Corinthians 15:55

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by DJ Martin (SingleFocus Ministry®)

“…Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” LUKE 2:11 (KJV)

LUKE 2:1-20

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar
Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first
made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)Angels Announcing the Birth of Christ to the S...

And all went to be taxed every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she
should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!”

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the
shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ISAIAH 9:6

I pray that Christ is indeed born in your heart and is your Lord and Savior.

Celebrate His birth like the Shepherds did: spread the Good News, glorifying and praising God, for Christ the Savior is born!

 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” JOHN 3:16

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Angels Announcing the Birth of Christ to the Shepherds (Wikipedia)

 DJ Martin (SingleFocus Ministry®)

Brokenness and disrespect; memories of disheartening and humiliating times haunt groups of people or just you or someone you know.   Remember when Joseph was sold off by his own brothers to be a slave in a strange land, but became a king in the land of Egypt (Genesis 41:40)?  When famine came, his brothers and his father found refuge in that strange land, because Joseph was a ruler there.  Joseph had one request, that when he died they should take his body from that strange land (Genesis 50:25). Therefore, when Moses delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt, they carried the bones of Joseph with them (Joshua 24:32).  Oddly, during the 40 year journey, the people brought up the good times they had in Egypt, but never the mistreatment and bad times there.  They carried a dead man, but not the memory of dead acts of Pharaoh whose hands were bloody from the infanticide of Hebrew babies and the harsh treatment of the Hebrew men and women. Consequentially, they could not comprehend true freedom and prosperity.

Today there are groups of people who are alive in a land of plenty, but carry the past offenses against their forefathers like a dead man’s shroud.  They preach about the past, because they are in a perpetual time warp. They rehearse the offenses of the past so much so that they are blind; sitting their overtures of the despairing past like a shrine on the mantle of their mind; they clad themselves in irrevocable assumptions and invisible dead men’s clothes.

It’s kind of like those horror movies when someone receives transplants of the eyes or the hand or brain of a psychopath and they start living the evil lifestyle of their donor. You’ve got bow tie wearing newspaper peddlers on the street corners whose leader openly advocates the constant chastising of a particular ethnic group, because of dead works over 200 to 2,000 years ago. You have the ‘fist pumping’, black beret hat wearing group who intimidate and threaten a certain ethnic group, because of what their dead forefathers did over 200 years ago to theirs. Then you have the clean head and white robe wearing embracers of demonic doctrine of hate who intimidate and threaten a specific ethnic group, because they illuminate the past sins of their own dead forefathers.  These groups look like normal functioning human beings, but they are clothed in a translucent and unforgiving shroud of dead men’s clothes.

There was a mystery in a valley full of dead men bones (Ezekiel 37:3). God asked Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?” Ezekiel had to acknowledge that only God knows.

There’s a mystery that I cannot unravel, because it seems as if we live in a valley of dead men bones.  I’ve heard the spin of old wives tales, spit out of our dead forefather’s mouths, still spoken today.  Grandparents spew them from their lips with such ease like the very breath from their nostrils. I still hear the aged say that no man has ever gone to the moon… And I hear individuals annually spinning their tales of abuse and the harshness of the past (I’ve been there too). As they muse over dead works, I see them continually shackle their minds and their finances to wicked caretakers who are bound and determined to keep them in dead men’s clothes in a sepulchre of poverty, depression and oppression.  They spend so much time there that they don’t hear the voice of Moses nor see the clearing in Canaan. Shrouded in dead men’s clothes of the past, they fail to discern the cunning enslavers nor do they recognize the freedom and deliverance which God has placed in plain sight. Even the congregations seem to glorify in the moth-eaten oratories of misinformation without godly understanding or vision; thereby unknowingly aligning themselves with masters of oppression who exploit their erroneous traditions and fears. I can’t help but pose that same question to God; “Can these bones live?”

When God told Joshua that he was in charge, he said to him, “Moses is dead (Joshua 1:2).”  God told him that He would be with him. But notice that God did not say, “Take Moses’ robe and wear it as you go into the promise land.” Joshua did not win battles wearing dead men’s clothes or dwelling on the past. He was victorious by the help of God. God told him who the enemy was and told him the weapon to use. He told him to meditate and focus on His word not on the dead or the past. He gave Joshua instructions on how to live and be successful in a new land. Jericho, the land of giants, was not overcome by the memories of past hurts or past victories, but by the obedience and praises of God’s vibrant people and with a very present shout! The giants were defeated and the oppression of Egypt was in their past! They became a prosperous and free people in the promise land. Unfortunately, those who longed for Egypt, those who dwelled on the past, died in the wilderness wearing dead men’s clothes. They never knew the prosperity and freedom which God had placed in plain sight…

Maybe there is so little victory because of people confusing the past with the present. There is too much revisiting the ashes and crypts of the past. Now that residency is in the promise land, with the help of the Lord, advantage should be taken of all that freedom and prosperity has to offer. Dead men cannot buy and sell. Shake loose the dust of the past. Bury the dead in their graves. Just because an undertaker hands you a shovel doesn’t mean that you have to dig graves and wear the shroud of past hurts of your forefathers.  Put on the work clothes of a vibrant life, then take the shovel and dig roads to a brighter future of freedom and prosperity for yourself and your children and their children. There needs to be a change in focus. There needs to be a change in apparel.

When Christ died on the cross, He was buried in a borrowed tomb.  When the disciples went to the empty tomb, they found the shroud Christ had worn when He was dead and buried. They found the shroud in the tomb (Luke 24:12).  When they saw Him alive and well, He was wearing a transfigured robe; not dead man’s clothes.  Before I was born again, I wore dead men’s clothes (Romans 8:13).  When I accepted Christ as Lord, I took off the shroud and put on a transformed life.  As Paul said it, “I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20);” and Christ no longer wears dead men’s clothes.

God told Ezekiel to preach to the dead bones and then call forth the four winds. Then there was a shaking in the valley, God breathed and wind moved upon the bones. Then the bones attached themselves; the flesh covered the bones; they received the breath of life and stood up on their feet an exceeding great army. The mystery in th valley was solved. Ezekiel concluded that by the Word (John 1:1) and breath of God, “Yes, these bones can live!”

Hear all ye people! Forgive and move forward. Take off dead men’s clothes and bury the past. Let past offenses be carried in history books, not upon your back. Come out of the graveyard of mental enslavement and oppression and focus on a new life thru Jesus Christ.  Christ is alive; He is Lord and He has risen just like He said He would! He has defeated the giants and the sins of long ago are in the past. Christ saves and He delivers. Christ can transform you and change your clothes. He will give you victory in a dying land. Try Him. He will remove those dead men’s clothes and put on you a robe of truth and life. He will reveal to you freedom and prosperity… It’s in plain sight.

Because He transformed me and others too, I must conclude that “Yes, by the Word and breath of God, these bones can live!” However, as generation after generation continually cloak themselves in dead men’s clothes, there is yet a prevailing mystery…

The question remains, “When, Lord…when?”

Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. Matthew 8:22

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