Monday, April 9, 2012

He is Risen!

Happy Easter, everyone. As I think about all that Christ did for me, on the day He died, and then the day He rose again, I am overwhelmed. On the day He died, He bore the unfathomable death so that I might live. He bore my sins, my sickness, my transgressions (law violations), my iniquities (immorality), and my CANCER!

Matthew 8:17 says, "He himself took our infirmities and our sicknesses." There is no need for me to bear it. I must give it to Him. After all, he has borne it already. It is up to me to walk in faith.

God has redeemed us from the curse.

Galatians 3:13, 14 "Chist has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus."

Just as God passed over the homes of the Israelites that placed the blood on the entrance to their homes, He passes over me. I deserve death, but because I am covered in Christ's precious blood, I am passed over. Praise the Lord! It really is overwhelming to think about. And when Jesus rose, he fulfilled every prophesy about Him rising again and renewed people's faith. As if He needed to prove anything, He did just that. He lived up to everything He said He was and all that God would do through Him. Jesus' resurrection is the cornerstone of the Gospel!

As our Pastor has been saying, Christ's death was a sacrifice for us- for our very lives- here on earth and in heaven. The way we live is our sacrifice to God. Sacrifices are hard- they aren't easy. However, we can rejoice in our struggles of sacrifice because we know we are honoring God.

James 1: 2-4 "Dear brothers and sister, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing."

What sacrifices are you making for God? If I'm not currently struggling with something in regards to living for Christ, I need to check myself. It should be a sacrifice and I should be struggling. I want my life to be an offering for Him!

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter. I pray you don't just go through the motions today but examine your heart and what Easter means for all of us. Below I have posted the video that Josh made me on the day of my last chemo treatment. Enjoy:) Also, prayer warriors, please pray so very hard for me this week as I have my ultrasound and mammogram on Wednesday and Thursday. Cancer-free tests in Jesus' name. Please be consistent and persistent in your prayers.

Love you all.


Rob and Sharon said...

In Pastor O's words...WOW,WOW,WOW! Such life-giving words from you Aly in your blog. Thank you for your faithfulness to always post your feelings for us to read and to see into your life...even if at times you just don't feel like it. We love you so much and take great joy in being able to pray for you. This incredible video has me weeping like a baby. Thank you for sharing it with us. We are continuing to pray for Wednesday and Thursday as your tests are perfomed. God is our Healer!

Ginny Evans said...

Aly, you and Josh just continue to bless and amage me with your depth and understanding and love!! I, too, wept all the way through the video, but they are tears of joy as I know who your Healer is and HE has you covered!!!!!!! You have an amazing testimony! God will use you and Josh in mighty ways to further His kingdom! I sent your blog and video out to the p;rayer team today so you will be bathed in prayer for good reports this week!!! Praise God for all He has done and all He has yet to do!!! Much love to you both! Ms. Ginny

Anonymous said...

Wow you two are truly an example of Christ and the church. Through all of this you both have opened my eyes and have blessed me so much and i truly want you both to know that! I pray for you both everyday and God is healing you. Keep fighting, love you tons!


Karen said...

Aly, just want you to know that we are saying a special prayer for you today and tomorrow as you go for your tests. Praying for your complete healing. That was some special video Josh made! Tears were flowing! What an amazing couple you both are. And Aly throughout all the pictures in the video I was thinking what a beautiful young lady you are;long hair, short hair, no hair, cap, wig, whatever. To top it off, your inner beauty shines through it all! Hugs to you and Josh! Love to all of you!
-Cousin Karen

Michael and Christi Fox said...

Hey Josh and Aly,

I finally got to watch this video just now. The boys were watching it with me as i BALLED my eyes out. Lil Michael kept saying, "It's ok, Mama. It's ok. I'm here with you." I can't wait for the day when your children will watch this with you and you will cry for JOY and THANKSGIVING and maybe your children will say something similar. I really appreciate your encouragement to live for Christ fully, Aly. It was hard coming back to Changzhou after being with family and friends for 2 weeks and I was a little down in the dumps to be here and not there on Easter Sunday. You words were a wonderful reminder and my attitude quickly changed. We really enjoyed spending the evening with you at your new home. The food was wonderful, Josh. Thank you. We love you both and are excited to come back to North LA soon to live closer to you and physically be there for you both more during the duration of this incredible journey God has you on. Precious video. Thank you for sharing.

Love you,