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Where is Your Empty Grave?


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This is blog may not be for you, but it's for somebody.

We have to stop sleeping on the power of the Resurrection. If nothing else, every year, it should be our wake-up call. Here's mine...

Hesitation is still my greatest flaw.

My Achilles' heel.

The thorn in my side that will not relent.

This might be hard to believe if you know my history:

Book author. Blogger for five years. Licensed to preach. Nonprofit founder. I do not list these accomplishments to boast, but to paint a picture:

Blogger, okay, at age 50 after going back and forth with God for almost a year.

Book author and licensed preacher, yes, after ten years of incertitude.

Nonprofit founder, sure, after delaying my transition and making myself sick in order to meet someone's expectations.

These are not things I accomplished. These are pieces of my life's divine puzzle that I

kicking and screaming,

debating and deliberating,

finally got done.

And I know I am not the only one who has lived life from a open tomb.

How long would resumes be if they included the time we waste before we take the leap? If we were honest, most of us church folk would have books, not pages. I hear more anointed, Bible-totin', Jesus-filled folks hesitate about stepping of their comfort zones than anyone one else.

And we wonder why the world hesitates to accept Christ...

because we do.

We ask them to follow a Christ we still struggle to believe,

to trust,

to follow

out of complacency and into discomfort,

out of excuses and into uncertainty,

on to the Cross and out of the Tomb.

I submit to you that in many ways we may even be more willing to accept the Cross than the possibilities of an empty tomb simply because the pain is tactile.

Suffering is sensory, but the promise?

What awaits us?

What do we do?

What path do we take?

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in a tomb, but he did not schedule Uber Eats to bring him lunch.

He did not ask Mary to shop online and ship a soft pillow, blankets, and clean clothes to the tomb for Lazarus' comfort.

He did not give him a play-by-play of what was to come.

He simply said, "Come forth."

Our procrastination, stalling, oscillation and vacillation calls the possibility of living a resurrected life into question. To paraphrase a famous ol' school gospel song...

Because He lives, will you face tomorrow?

Because He lives, is your fear finally gone?

You say you know He holds the future.

When will life be worth the living just because He lives?

...some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.” ~Luke 24:22-24, New International Version

God sent His Son. They called Him Jesus

He came to love, heal and forgive.

He bled and died to buy my pardon

An empty grave is there to prove My Savior lives!

Where is your empty grave?

Jesus got up. Maybe it's time for you to wake up.

Come forth.

Answers do not visit tombs. Mourners do.

Come forth.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

Like I said in the beginning, this blog may not be for you but it is for somebody - even if the only somebody is me.

Courage is not a one-hit wonder. It is a renewable resource, always in need of a power source. His name is Jesus.

Come forth.

God's got you.

I believe in you.

Let's go to work.

 

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PHILLIPA WILLIAMS

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AUTHOR | NON-PROFIT FOUNDER

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Phillipa Williams has dedicated her life to building God’s kingdom. A former programs director for new member and Christian education with over 36 years’ experience in leadership and discipleship, she has equipped thousands to serve God and community.

She is the Founder/CEO of GOD n Me International, a faith-based social enterprise equipping and inspiring others for spiritual intimacy, transparency, and destiny. Her blog, godnme.org, was named one of the "Top 10 Black Christian Blogs, Websites, Newsletters To Follow in 2019“ by Feedspot.com. In Spring 2022, Phillipa published her first book, GOD 'n You: Finding Your Place in Forever. She also completed the licensing and ministerial requirements at the Potter's House School of Ministry in Dallas, Texas.

An advocate for women and children, Phillipa founded and serves as Executive Director of the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ilooklikeLOVE, Inc.. ilooklikeLOVE works to eradicate early childhood poverty through diaper assistance and capacity building for new mothers.

 

She is the proud parent on one adult son, Kenneth.

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