Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1What was Jesus doing on Silent Saturday between Good Friday and Sunday’s resurrection?

In Matthew 27:51 we read:

“Then behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom: and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many of the bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised…”

The veil separating you and me from direct access to God was torn…by God…top to bottom.  No more religion and need for once a year atonement.  Now, it is you and Jesus moment by moment.😉

In 1 Peter 3:19 it says: “by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison…”

On Silent Saturday, Jesus was preaching to those Old Testament saints who had died but had not yet had the sacrifice of Jesus’ blood cover their sins.

In Luke 16 we read the story of Lazarus and the rich man.  “And so it was when Lazarus died, and was carried by angels to Abraham’s bosom.”  The rich man died and was buried.  “And being in torments in Hades, lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”

The story goes on to share how the rich man who treated Lazarus so poorly in this life was begging to have Lazarus simply dip his small finger in water and give him a taste.  He also asked to have word of salvation sent back to his family.  But it was too late.

The point of this story in part is simple:

1. Old Testament saints (believers) were sent to Abraham’s bosom, a holding place of heavenly disposition, as they awaited Jesus actual death and blood sacrifice to cover their sins.

2. Apparently, next to Abraham’s Bosom was Hades a place of eternal torment and death.  A literal hell.

3. In this configuration the rich man could see and talk to Lazarus.

Jesus tells the rich man if his family hear from a resurrected person they would not believe, (remember Jesus had already raised three people from the dead).

Hell is a literal place, once Jesus set the captives free from Abraham’s bosom it was closed since now, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”

However, the Catholics have taken Abraham’s bosom in part, and turned it doctrinally into “purgatory.”  Not good.  It puts emphasis of salvation in a works context and folks can become slaves to superstitions and worse.

What to do?  First, share the Gospel wherever you can, hell is gonna be, well, HELL!  Second, consider this. . . after massive suffering, death, burial and…on Silent Saturday Jesus went into the bowels of Abraham’s bosom and Hades (remember Lazarus in Hades could see, hear and speak to those in Abraham’s bosom), and preached the good news to them.

Today, Jesus, behind the scenes of your life, in the most difficult and dangerous places for you, is choosing YOU!  He is choosing to rescue you, help you, find and fight for you!  Amazing!

“The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.”

Ex 14:14

Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1James 5:13-20

DO YOU NEED TO BE HEALED TODAY?!

“Is anyone among you suffering?  Let him pray…is anyone among you sick?  Let him call the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.”

I love a quote attributed to Pastor Chuck Smith when asked if God still healed today and if when he (Chuck) prayed for people they got healed.  His response was, “I pray for healing for people all the time, sometimes God heals them and sometimes God doesn’t.”

I love the simplicity of this because for some reason we can be afraid to even ask for others in our church body to pray for our healing.  Today, let’s go boldly to the throne of grace and ask God to heal us, heal YOU, and those you love.

Like Jonathan and his armor bearer who went up against the enemies of Israel against overwhelming odds and said, “who knows perhaps the Lord will help us.”

Today, perhaps the “prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.”

So, resurrection weekend, let’s walk in a new boldness.  Let’s trust God to do the impossible in our lives.  Let’s simply ASK God to help us, heal us, perfect and guide us.  Why not?

Three simple applications:

1. Are you saved because this healing is for believers in Christ?  We are told to “call for the elders.”  If you want to be saved simply pray:

“Jesus, remember me today, forgive me of my sins, please be my Savior.”

That is even more than the thief on the cross prayed but if you ask God in sincerity you are saved🤗👊🏼🔥

2. If you need healing or want to pray specifically for healing you can ask God yourself.  You can find another Christian friend and ask them to pray with you.  If you have almost any kind of oil you can anoint one another since in the new covenant all Christians are a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9).

If you want to private message me your confidential prayer request then I will pray with you as well.  We are expecting RESURRECTION POWER!

3. DO IT!! Pray for yourself, someone else, be open to seeing God do an intimate and powerful healing in your life, through your life and for your life.  Let’s believe…remember this book…James, was written by Jesus half brother…think about what he saw and what he is trying to tell you today by the power of the Holy Spirit!

Enjoy:

RESURRECTION POWER!!!

Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1James 5:1-12

Just be yourself!

“Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten.”

It is ok, to not pursue stuff, relationships, events, goals and things that cost a lot of money but are for you…not good for you!  Money is a useful tool.  The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.  Try not to abuse people or take advantage of people in finances.  Give yourself freedom and permission to get off the crazy materialism merry-go-round.

“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.”

Our lives are short…70 if by good fortune 80 years.  So, we will leave all our money and stuff behind. But the things we do by faith for Jesus will be waiting for us in heaven.  Are you a Christian?  Are you looking forward to Jesus coming back for us?

Remember, “the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”

He is encouraging you today to, let go of the things that have a hold on you.   To try and have a heavenly perspective today.  To drink in God’s mercy and compassion.

Just be yourself!

Then, because you are now no longer in bondage to stuff and others expectations you are free from self-justifications that require you to make your point with, “I swear to God,” or “Let me be honest,” or other flowery and insecure ways we try and make a point.  Instead, “let your Yes be Yes, and your No be No, lest you fall into judgment.”

Just be yourself!

By the way, the farmer in this passage while patiently waiting for his crop to bare fruit will enjoy precisely what he has planted.  Remember to plant good fruit of kindness, love, hope and joy in your life too.  Here is why: as you wait patiently you will “receive the early and later rain.”

Rain always speaks of life giving, refreshing and provision and favor from God.  He has all that in store for you as you stop trying to be or represent yourself as something or someone you are not and just rest in Jesus’ love for you and simply:

JUST BE YOURSELF!

Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1James 4:11-17

Who wants to be free today!!?

Here is the deal.  If we stop judging each other then we stop acting like a spiritual policeman, prosecuting attorney, the judge AND jailer!  This is a lot of work!

“Do not speak evil of one another, brethren…he who speaks evil of the law…judges the law.”

What law?  The law boiled down to one word…LOVE!  Remember, Jesus said all the law is boiled down to this: “love the your God with all your heart, mind and soul, and your neighbor as yourself.”

If we love others and stop judging them then guess who gets set free…?!  We do!  The freedom also allows us to give God the responsibility to change folks, help them repent, and ideally eventually reconcile the wrong they have done or are doing.  Remember, you and I want and need that same grace.

Then, we are told to be careful with the time God has given us here on earth.  Our lives are “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”  Enjoy the time we have here on earth, plan wisely but not arrogantly as our breath is in God’s hand.  Lastly, be careful to avoid sins of commission, (stuff we do), as well as omission, (stuff we should do but don’t).

“Therefore, to Him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

Bottom line: love people anywhere, all the time with all you have. Part of that love is to plan well to be a good steward of the time God has given you but to be sensitive to His plan and flexible to His timing.  Also, try to love people by stopping destructive personal habits and behaviors because we all love you and want you around a bit longer. Be open to doing things that are uncomfortable for you when God says He wants us to not only stop our sins of commission but He also wants us to stop our sins of omission where we may be allowing wrong things to happen but we choose to ignore them or turn our head to avoid conflict or responsibility.

Today, freedom for us is in not judging, letting God handle our issues, loving others, and enjoying the time today God has given us as we flow in His Spirit!

Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1James 4:7-10

You ARE in a SPIRITUAL WAR!!

There are times when you have things happen to you that simply make you scratch your head.  There are also time when you do things or say things that immediately you wish you could take back.  In many instances the combination of our flesh or own desires combined with a relentless series of thoughts, circumstances and actions prompt us to undermine our own lives or the lives of others.  Why do we experience these things?!

Because you ARE in a SPIRITUAL WAR!

Here is how to begin to get Victory:

1. Therefore submit to God.  Slow down…rest in God’s Grace…put the brakes on your fear, anger and justifications.  Submit to God’s sovereignty and control in your life…easy does it😉

2. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Yup, the devil exists…start there.  Don’t allow Satan to tempt or entice you and put thoughts and ideas into your head.  Remember his first approach, like with Eve, is to attack God and His Word.  “Did God say…?!”  Satan always tries to get us to put ourselves at the center of the planet.  Then we can be “like God.”

3. “Cleanse your hands…” this just means let’s try and say the 5 words that will save our marriage, friendships, and life…”I’m sorry please forgive me.”

4. “Lament and mourn and weep.”  If we are truly sorry for the misery we have created in our lives, it will naturally create a humility of repentance.  This in turn will open up our hearts to a fresh work from God.”  Times of refreshing are coming your way now!

5. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”  Again…with…the…humility.  Choose to not demand your own way today.  Choose to not keep a record of wrongs today.  Choose to simply say, “thy will be done today Lord.”

Rest, refresh and be restored today as you realize, first you ARE in a SPIRITUAL BATTLE!  Second, God has given you tools and weapons to fight the spiritual battle beginning like all sheep to simply bow down before your great Sheppard who will fight your battle for you if you let him.  Third, humility is our great offensive weapon. It is in humility that the  betrayal, punishment, and crucified Christ was resurrected to defeat death and Satan once and for all.

You are walking from victory to victory!

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