Congratulations to GM Fabiano Caruana on winning the 2018 Candidates Tournament. He now has the licence to challenge the World Champion, GM Magnus Carlsen, after failing in the last round of the previous Candidates Tournament.
The other favorites, GM Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian, obviously had a bad tournament; they got roughed up along the way, even much earlier than we expected. But when the wounded Kramnik met the wounded Aronian in the 8th round thriller, which Kramnik won convincingly (the second time at the tournament), somebody called the master piece game: “The Return of the Dead”. I laughed, why not just call it “The Resurrection?”…it’s more accurate!
As a matter of fact, for a thing to be said to have resurrected, it means it was , for whatever causes, “dead”.
Things die differently. If you don’t use your talent, it will die. If you don’t manage your business well, it will die. If you don’t follow professional ethics, your profession will die. If you hang around with the wrong people, your good character will die. Some die of injustices by fellow man kind, some by dream killers. So many ways to die.
But it was good that Kramnik resurrected in the 8th round. It was a good face saver. “Resurrection” should be title of this master piece game by Kramnik, not “The Return of the Dead“. Also, if the whole story of Jesus can be put in one movie, the title can be non other than “The Resurrection”. Apostle Paul recognizes it as “The Power of His Resurrection” ….As Jesus resurrects in our lives this Easter, may all dead areas of your life also resurrect with Him by the Power of His resurrection!
Some of you had good businesses, good professions, talents, families e.t.c, which are now dead (one way or another). There is absolutely no trace about them in your lives, and you can’t understand “why?”. But today, I’ve got good news for you. I declare a resurrection for you in the name of Jesus.
Whatever died in your life, I declare a new glorious restart and may you stand out in Jesus name.
Do not underestimate the power of the resurrection. When one guy asked Jesus about marriage in heaven (Mat 22 vs 29 ), Jesus replied: “You are in error, because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven”. Resurrection causes total transformation. Imagine looking like an angel after you are dead!
May the resurrection power that broke the tomb of Jesus break every problem of yours and give you a fresh start in Jesus name!.
To some of you, all you need is to stay away from dream killers. People who always fill you with mediocrity and negativity. Avoid people who steal away your moral, be wise! Better walk with a few lions than a bunch of coward hyenas.
After the resurrection, you must make great friends, who will take you to great heights. Who will water whatever God has planted in you. People who will bring out the best in you. May God supply you with such people in Jesus name.
No matter how far you go on a wrong road, when you discover the right path, do not be ashamed to use it, you can never be too far gone. Or no matter how many times you miss the mating pattern, when you see it, do not hesitate to execute the mate.
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