Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. –Harriet Tubman

Forward Thinkers, the story of Jesus’ resurrection should inspire all of us to get up and embrace our journey and chase our dreams. The simple meaning of being a Christian is to be Christ-like. Jesus Christ gave us a model we can imitate and copy. Forward Thinkers, it’s ok to be a copy cat when you’re copying the right cat.

My mother and I had a conversation this week about the resurrection and I told her Jesus lived so we could have an earthly example of how to live; Jesus died to forgive us of our earthly sins; and Jesus rose to give us the power to achieve earthly victories.

Luke 24:6-7New International Version (NIV)

6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ “

Forward Thinkers, let’s look at how Jesus embraced His journey and got up and chased His dreams and then we can copy Him and walk in resurrection power.

Believe You Are Going To Do It

Forward Thinkers, nothing great will ever happen until you believe something great can happen. Jesus believed from the beginning that no matter what happened to Him, He would overcome it.

Jesus believed there was nothing too hard for God and that He could do all things. Question today is: what do you believe?

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” Wade Boggs

Forward Thinkers, a powerful example of the power of a positive thought or belief was the woman with a twelve-year issue of blood. She tried everything and could not be healed until she thought to herself, “IF I JUST TOUCH JESUS, I’LL BE MADE WELL.”

Forward Thinkers, my assignment is to motivate you through the word of God to change what you believe about yourself and encourage you to believe you can get up and win; in spite of anything you’ve encountered.

Jesus didn’t die for you to suffer and struggle but so you could prosper.

Forward Thinkers, your beliefs are the seeds that will produce your harvest because the bible says so as a man thinks, so is he.

Even when things get hard, don’t stop believing you can do it.

Declare You Are Going To Do It

Forward Thinkers, notice the bible says, He is not here just like He said He would not be. Forward Thinkers, that statement is a bold declaration of faith and we should be bold enough to open our mouths and declare we can do it just like Jesus did. Forward Thinkers, whatever it is, we can do it. There are no “It’s too big for us to do.”

Jesus spoke the resurrection into existence because He said no matter what it looks like in three days, I will rise again.

“You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt but still like dust I’ll rise.” Maya Angelou

Forward Thinkers, some may call this arrogance or conceit; but I believe it’s living a life on faith and doing what Jesus did. The bible says there is power of life and death in our mouths and we should choose life.

One of the tricks of the devil is to get you to stop believing and declaring but Jesus boldly says, I’m going to do this and today, I challenge you to open your mouths and declare what you believe you have the power and ability to do.

God said let there be light and then there was light. We must trust the process, think it and declare it.

I believe I was born to make an impact and I declare I’m making an impact on this generation.

Get Up And Do It

Forward Thinkers, once Jesus believed it and declared it, He got up and did it. Jesus didn’t let what they did to Him stop Him from doing what He believed and declared He was going to do. The big rock placed in front of Him couldn’t stop Him and today, we must make up our minds that no one or nothing can stop us from getting up, embracing our journey and chasing our dreams.

Forward Thinkers, while others may be giving up, we must keep getting up and chasing down our dreams.

Jesus had every excuse to stay down but He had enough Word in Him to cause Him to keep believing, “I’m getting up” and He had declared enough times, “I’m getting up” that He could envision himself getting up even before He got knocked down.

Jesus got up and walked out. Jesus got up and walked out. Jesus got up and walked out. Forward Thinkers, my goal is for you to get up and walk out of anything that once tried to stop you from reaching your full potential.

Luke 24:45-49New International Version (NIV)

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations,beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Forward Thinkers, in conclusion, Jesus tells his disciples: “Now that you’re woke, you can understand that everything I went through had to happen so you could be witness to my resurrection and become fully convinced that the Word is real and then take the Word everywhere you go letting people know Jesus died for their sins and He rose on the third day for their power.”

Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church located, in both Houston, Texas, and the Woodlands, Texas. Pastor Deckard is also the Co-Founder of the No More Bloodshed Movement. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at pr.ghic@gmail.com, follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Periscope @ Pastor E A Deckard or the church website www.ghic.net.