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The God of Possible

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible,

but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”  Mark 10:27  (NKJV)

When facing the challenges of life, the first question that comes to mind is whether we are able to handle them.  This response is based on our ability or power to alter or control the circumstance.   Either we have it or we don’t.  Those things we feel unable to master we describe as impossible.

The Greek rendering of the word “impossible” is adynatos.  This word indicates that, because the nature of a person or thing lacks certain ability, that person or thing cannot do some specific action.  In our text today, this word is used as an adjective and means “powerless or impotent.”  However, what is impossible for unaided human beings is “possible” or dunatos with God.

The Old Testament is replete with passages that illustrate human limitations.  Many times Israel called upon Jehovah to intervene on their behalf.  It was Jehovah Jireh (The Lord who provides) they called upon in time of need (Gen. 22:14).  After successfully crossing the Red Sea it was Jehovah Ripah (The Lord who heals) they promised to faithfully follow (Ex. 15:26).  In the time of battle, Israel lifted their voices to Jehovah Nissi (The Lord who is our banner) as their source for victory (Ex. 17:15).  Every name given to God in the Old Testament revealed His unalterable power and ability to handle every circumstance Israel faced.  From Genesis to Malachi, God proves Himself to be the God of possible.

The New Testament carries over this Old Testament view of human inability contrasted with God who is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask and think” (Eph. 3:20). Because of his inherent nature, God is able to help those who come to Him (Heb. 2:18), to save completely those who trust in Jesus (Heb. 7:25; Jude 24) and in short, to make every grace abound toward us (2 Cor. 9:8).    Man, though created in the image of God, apart from God is impotent—able “to do nothing” (John 15:5).

In an age where self-sufficiency is valued, it’s common to minimize God’s ability to do the impossible.  This belief may be held by those who feel there is no one who can understand their unique situation or problem.  They may feel embarrassed or even ashamed.  God’s love invites them to “cast their burden on Him because He cares for them” (1 Pet. 5:7).  Perhaps people view their challenges as insurmountable.  To them, The Creator of the universe responds, “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)  Perhaps individuals are burdened by sin—sin they feel is unforgivable.  For that group, Jesus gladly responds with open arms of acceptance and says, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”   The next time you’re faced with an impossible task, shift your focus from your inability to the all-powerful, loving God of possible.

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What are the impossible things mentioned in the New Testament? Here’s a brief sampling for your personal study:  Matthew 19:26, Luke 18:27; Acts 14:8; Romans 8:3 and Hebrews 6:4.  It is of course impossible for God to lie, for His nature lacks that capacity (Heb. 6:18).  That should bring us great comfort and assurance in His Word.

God’s Gift of Rest

“For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ “although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” Hebrews 4:11 (NKJV)

What is rest?    Webster defines it as “sleep” but also as “freedom from worry or trouble”.   Today I’d like to camp on this issue of rest and its implications to us living in the twenty-first century.

Most uses of the word rest in the Bible are nontheological; they take on spiritual meaning when used in relationship to God and His people—the recipients of the both the Old and New Covenant.  In the Old Testament, Sabbath rest was introduced in Genesis as God ceased from His work of creation (Gen. 2:2-3).  Sabbath rest was later commanded as part of the Mosaic Law (Exod. 31:15) as evidence of God’s love and recognition that all living creatures, man and animal, needed physical renewal and respite.  Canaan rest finds its beginning with the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt. It included not only deliverance from Egyptian slavery but also protection and victory over their enemies as they entered into the Promised Land (Josh. 14:15).  The tribes of Israel also enjoyed God’s gifts of rest when they settled in the land, which flowed with milk and honey (Josh. 1:13-15). In following God’s commandments, they would ultimately acquire rest experienced by “peace in the land”—no longer threatened by attack from Canaanite inhabitants (Josh. 23:1).

Jesus Christ’s arrival and selfless act of atonement presented believers with the opportunity to enter into God’s Eternal rest.  This rest surpassed those previously offered beginning with precious promises available on this side of heaven (2 Pet. 1:4), His presence manifested through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (John 14:17, 26) and will culminate with the blessed reward of eternity with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  This rest is now, in part, available to believers.

Accessing God’s gift of rest is possible through development of an intimate relationship with Him.  Rest is not cessation from work but in listening to His voice and obediently acquiescing to His plans and purpose for our lives.  On this matter of rest, Lawrence O. Richards, noted theologian writes:

“The struggle Christians are engaged in is not that of finding their way through life but of entering his rest (Heb. 4:11).  That is, they are to be responsive to the Lord and let His Word and Spirit guide then to the solutions he has already provided for their problems.”

 In hearing and responding to the Lord as He speaks to us in our “today” we can find rest.  Such trust can only be ascribed to the Creator of all rests—Sabbath rest, Canaan rest, and Eternal rest.  Only Sovereign God can create, deliver, protect, and give use victory over the challenges we face (Rom. 8:37).  He knows the end from the beginning, and his purpose will stand (Is. 46:8-10).  It is God’s desire that we live more fully as recipients of His gift of rest.  He invites you to enter now into that rest.

Fear of the Lord

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” Proverbs 1:7a (KJV)

In my reading this past month, I have been drawn to scripture that speaks to the “fear of the Lord”.  Because of the uncanny way it has reappeared in my daily devotions, I felt compelled to dedicate more time to study this phrase and share my insights with you.

Fear is a complex quality, creating a myriad of emotions and feelings based on terrors, both real and imagined.  When used in a religious sense, especially with regard to God, it becomes even more intriguing.  Fear of God is a religious concept which describes both awe and reverence of the Lord.  Fear of God results in both obedience to His commandments and rejection of those things which compete for His affection.  In the Old Testament, fear of God follows the introduction of sin in the Garden of Eden.  Before the fall, Adam and Eve had enjoyed a close and loving relationship with their Creator.  After their gross disobedience, the pair fled from God’s call, nervously explaining, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked” (Gen. 3:10).  They now feared God because of their new awareness of their vulnerability because of sin and because of the perceived power of another to harm them, in this case, Creator God.   Do you flee from the voice of the Lord when He calls to you?

Fear of God in the Old Testament is linked to the covenant promises.  Protection and loving kindness was exchanged for obedience and loyalty to God.  From the Patriarchs to the great Kings of Israel, special worship and respect was given to the Lord based not only on His actual awesome presence (Ps. 33:8) but also on the perceived consequences for failure to acquiesce to His laws and acceptable behavior (Exod. 14:31).  Jacob expressed this reverence by referring to God as the “Fear of Isaac”, suggesting that his father had reverently submitted to the Lord and was the embodiment of fear (Gen. 31:42).   To fear God meant to reject every competing deity and to serve Him only (Deut. 6:13).  Do you fear the Lord simply to receive His favor or to avoid sin’s consequences?

With the arrival of Jesus came new revelation as to who God the Father was and the unlimited depth of His love.  God’s love was demonstrated by the atoning work of Jesus and freely given to “whosoever would call on the name of the LORD” (Rom. 10:13).   Reverence and awe to the Lord was now to be motivated by love versus fear of reprisal (1 John 4:18).  To fear God meant to live a disciplined and holy life in full acknowledgment of God’s power and authority in the believer’s life.  Fear of God is expressed by walking in all His ways (2 Cor. 7:1), by loving Him (John 14:15), and by serving Him with all our heart and soul (Deut. 10:12; Luke 10:27).   What is the basis for your fear of God—love or dread?

As I survey the world we live in, I must ask myself, do we as a nation or even as the universal Church “fear the Lord”?  The greater question is, as individual believers, do we “fear the Lord?”  While fear of God is closely related to morality and obedience to God’s commands, it is also very freeing.  Our awareness of God’s power and of His love releases us from the “lesser terrors” that move us to compromise or to disobey the Lord; these include other’s opinions, the world’s influence, and fear of rejection.  Our fear of God is redefined when motivated by love (1 John 4:7-21).   We are then released to live out of the purpose He has ordained for us who love Him (Ep. 2:10).  “His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.”  Luke 1:50 (KJV)

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“The fear of God promotes spiritual joy; it is the morning star which ushers in the sunlight of comfort.  Walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, God mingles joy with fear, that fear may not be slavish.”  Thomas Watson, (1620-1686), Puritan preacher and author.

Do As I Say!

Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

Ephesians 5:1,2 (NKJ)

 While shopping last week, I observed a frustrated parent attempting to convince their strong-willed child to follow their instruction.  After several failed attempts, the parent sternly issued this directive, “Do as I say!”  The child, discovering new wisdom (or fear) complied.  Paul instructs the new believers in Ephesus on how they are to walk out their new life of faith.  His directive to them is a blueprint for spiritual success—“Be imitators of God.”

The word imitator (mimetes) is translated “mimic”.  If we are God’s children we ought to mimic or imitate the attributes we see in our Heavenly Father.  This should not be as difficult as it sounds since we have become new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) and partakers of God’s nature (2 Pet. 1:4).  We have within us, the spiritual makeup (Holy DNA) to reproduce God’s character in our lives.  If successful, the result is a mindset and life style that reflects “God in us” (John 17:21, 23).

In examining God’s attributes, the one from which all other attributes find their origin is love. God is love (1John 4:16) and His love was manifested to us through His only begotten Son (John 3:16).  It is through Jesus Christ, that God revealed His love for mankind.  It is this divine love, agape love that the children of God are to imitate.

Jesus modeled for mankind what the love of the Father looked like in a fallen world through His willingness to leave the splendor of heaven for the squalor of earth.  He “became poor that we might become rich in salvation and life” (2 Cor. 8:9) and was “made sin that we might be made the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).  He “humbled Himself and was obedient to death on the cross” (Phil. 2:7, 8).  Jesus’ walk of love was viewed by God as a “sweet smelling sacrifice” (Lev. 1:9, 13, 17; 2:9).  The idea behind the sweet smelling sacrifice is it was pleasing to God.

I’m sure God is often challenged by His strong-willed children.  It is His desire that we also walk in love.  With Jesus as our model, God’s Holy Word, and through the leading of the Holy Spirit, we can learn to divest ourselves of childish immaturity and self-centeredness.  In humbleness of spirit and with an obedient heart, we can walk in a manner that imitates God.  Then our lives, like Jesus’, will become a sweet smelling sacrifice that pleases our heavenly Father.

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One of the greatest revelations we can receive is an understanding of the enormity of God’s love.  His love is not a result of anything we deserve or can earn, but is evidence of inherent goodness.  Read  1 John 4:7-21 in your quiet time and ask the Lord to show His love for you in new ways.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Who Needs More?

“(I am) Asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.

I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him.” Ephesians 1:17, 19a (NLT)

I try to be authentic in my faith walk but often time find myself guilty of behavior that resembles the world.  Although I daily pray and meditate on His Word, I am often beset by the desire for “more’—specifically more of the spiritual things that I read about or hear about from other Christian believers.  So what’s my problem?  Jesus answered me but not in the way I expected.

I asked the Lord for more faith to believe what He had for me.  I failed to realize that more faith was not to come.  Jesus told His disciples that if they had “faith the size of a small mustard seed” they could move mountains (Matt. 17:20).  Jesus refused my request for more and replaced it with the directive to do more with what He had given me.  My assignment was to step out on the faith I currently had.   I was to focus on being a “faithful steward” (Luke 12:42) and increase His investment in building the Kingdom of God.

I asked the Lord for more spirit to accomplish the tasks He had given me.  I again failed to realize that, like faith, more spirit was not to come.  When I first received the Lord, He placed a full measure of His Spirit within me (Rom. 12:3).  It would be the Spirit of God that would remind me of my new identity in Christ including all the power and privileges that accompanied my new life.  This is the understanding that Paul desired for the church at Ephesus—“that they would be “strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Ep. 3:16).

Today I don’t need to ask God for “more”.  While I think it is God’s desire that I seek more of Him, the spiritual shortfall comes when I fail to recognize that what I desire is already mine.  I now prayer to quickly recognize the great and precious gifts He has entrusted to me (2 Pet. 1:4) and move boldly lay hold that which God has already revealed in His Word and through His Spirit.    I now know that “more” was given to me the moment I accepted Jesus as my Savior.  And that is more than enough.

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The New Testament often uses the word “know” to describe how we understanding “spiritual things”—with our heart (experiential) or with our head (intellectual).  Both levels of knowledge are needful, but Jesus is calling us to experience Him through a personal relationship with Him.  It is here that we gain “more”—not in quantity but in the quality of intimacy.

The Needful Thing: The Prayer-Filled Life

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.  Luke 10:42 (KJV)

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  Colossians 3:2

Isn’t it funny that many times the things we think are unnecessary and inconsequential end up being the “needful things”?   It can be the task that we chose to do later that day or a relationship we failed to develop.  The reason we often overlook needful things is because we fail to see the true value and impact they can have on our life.  We become so attached to the immediate present that we fail to consider the imminent future.  For many who finally see the light, the action they didn’t take often ends up being a regret later languished over.  Such is the case when we fail to pursue the prayer-filled life.

Martha, without a doubt, loved Jesus and was excited to have him visiting with her family, but her immediate concern was feeding Him rather than receiving the heavenly manna He had to offer that day (John 6:32-33).  Such is the danger we face as believers when we fail to engage in the prayer-filled life.  This contemplative life may seem impossible in light of the competing demands in our world.  It is not my objective to minimize those activities but to expand our appreciation for life lived in communion with the Living God (Psalm 42:1-2).

Martha was “careful and troubled”.  Mary, on the other hand, was drawn to “an awareness and celebration of God’s abiding Presence.”  Martha offered Jesus her service while Mary offered her heart.  A prayer-filled life proceeds not out of duty or guilt but out of love.  It reflects where our true affections lie.  Affections are those things which “motivate” us to act, to respond, and to commit.  Our affections should move us closer to (and not further from) the Needful Thing, our First Love, Jesus Christ (Rev. 2:4).

At the end of the day, Mary had received something that could not be “taken away from her”—love, joy, and peace.  Jesus is love (1 John 4:8). In His Presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).  Jesus’ peace excels that of the world (John 15).    Love, joy, peace and much more are available to believers who learn to live intentionally in the flow of the Spirit (Gal. 5: 22; John 14:27).   It’s been often stated to “remember to keep the main thing the main thing.”  I would like to modify that adage based on Jesus’ desire for our life:  “Remember to keep the main thing the needful thing—a prayer-filled life, in fellowship with God.”

Seeking a Prayer-Filled Life

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my food day and night.” Psalm 42:1-3a (NKJ)

 “Desperately seeking God.”  What would we think if we saw this request in the personal column of our local paper?  Desperately seeking God for___­­­­_____.  We can fill in the blank with those things that reflect the needs of the human heart—financial security or emotional wholeness, food and lodging or creature comforts, our daily bread or deliverance from evil.  All these qualify as valid requests we are encouraged to make known to God (Phil. 4:6).  Today, however, I invite you to move from your current “needs-based” method of prayer to a more robust and satisfying “prayer-filled life” that will lead to expanded intimacy with God (James 4:8).  What exactly is the prayer-filled life?

In Streams of Living Water by Richard Foster, the prayer-filled life is called the Contemplative Tradition.  He describes it as “a life of loving attention to God.”  It includes not only the activity of prayer but also periods of solitude and meditation in which the presence and fellowship with the Lord is nurtured.  It can be likened, to the Lord’s encouragement to His disciples to “abide” in Him (John 15: 4, 8).  Jesus describes His intimacy with the Father through the image of the “vine and the husbandman”.  It was through Jesus’ union with His Father that He was able to do all things (John 5:30).  He desperately sought God. 

Father Lawrence described the prayer-filled life in Practicing the Presence of God as “the recognition of God intimately present with us and to address ourselves to Him every moment.”  His life pursuit was to live in constant awareness and acknowledgment of the Holy Spirit’s influence over every activity of the day, rather mopping floors or receiving Holy Communion.  Prayer was considered “divine conversation” that occurred throughout the day—not exercised as an isolated activity or relegated to a specific place.  Prayer was continuous and without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17).   He desperately sought God.

David serves as our biblical example of one who sought the prayer-filled life.  Through the Psalms we can experience the passion and appreciation David had for his private time with the God of Creation (Psalm 19).  As a shepherd boy, he experienced extended periods of solitude and fellowship with the Great Shepherd (Psalm 23).  In the wilderness of Judah, David’s soul “thirsted” for the Lord and longed for the time he could return to the Temple to reunite with Him (Psalm 63).   He desperately sought God.

Unfortunately the distractions of this life, our weakened flesh, and the deceitfulness of Satan continually draw us away from the Person who has all we seek (Haggai 2:8).  Left unchanged, believers will continue their intermittent prayer “transactions” while Jesus continually invites them to seek Him first and everything else will be provided (Matt. 6:33). Definitions of the prayer-filled life may vary in method and experience.  However, what they have in common is their clear articulation for a deepened relationship and intimacy with the Lord.  It is in pursuit of and lingering in God’s presence that the prayer-filled life is experienced.  Let us desperately seek God through a prayer-filled life.

Stone of Help

 

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.  1 Samuel 7:12 (NKJ)

Although I have never considered myself a history buff, I must admit as I listen to hymns, I often wonder what the writer was thinking as they pinned words of encouragement and resolve, which is often the nature of hymns.  One of my favorites in time of challenge is “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson.  The challenge can be one externally generated or an internal struggle that I am facing.  Verse two is especially reassuring. 

“Here I raise my Ebenezer, Here there by Thy help I come

And I hope by Thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home

Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wandering from the fold of God

He to rescue me from danger, Interposed His precious blood.”

In our study text we find Samuel, exercising his priestly role by raising a particular stone—Ebenezer which means “stone of help”.  Since the loss of the Ark of the Covenant, Israel had been intimidated and cowed by Philistine might.  Typically they reacted with fear to the news of impending warfare (v. 7).  But instead of taking flight, they solicited the aid of Samuel.  Samuel prayerfully “offered up” a burnt offering as atonement for Israel’s sins (Ps. 66:18) and then “cried out unto the LORD for Israel; AND THE LORD HEARD HIM” (v. 9).   The result of God’s intercession was victory.  Samuel then set up a stone reminiscent of other commemorative markers erected by Israel (Gen. 35:14; Josh. 4:9; 24:26) to pay tribute to God, apart from whom victory would have been inconceivable.  Samuel knew that the LORD would be Israel’s source of protection and defense, regardless of the enemy. The expression, “Thus far the LORD has helped us” means that the Lord was the one responsible for getting Israel to this point.  Would God not continue to do so?  Is this not also true for our lives?  Has it not been God who has safely brought us to this place today?   Will God not continue to do so as we repent and cry out for His deliverance?

Raising our “stone of help” is critical as we face the challenges of the 21st century.  In times of trouble, we tend to focus on the enormity of the problem rather than the greatness of God; we forget our true identity in Christ and transfer our trust to the fleeting security of a world that is fading away (1 John 2:17). We, like Samuel, must remember not only the things which God has delivered us from but also celebrate the place God has transported us to.  That place represents “God’s grace” for our life in that moment of need—peace, love, joy or provision and protection. 

Raising our “stone of help” will result in renewed confidence in the worst of circumstance; our confidence lie not within ourselves but in God.  Our God is dedicated to our well-being because we are His beloved children (1 John 3:1) and are of great value to Him (Luke 12:6).    Let us continually lift praises to God, our Stone of help, for His unfailing love and protection.  Thank you Father God for it is “Here by Thy help I come.”

A Foretaste of Glory

“… after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”  Ephesians 1:13b-14  (NKJ)

This past weekend I had the honor to speak at a conference in Kansas City.  The highlight of that conference was the presence of One who always “steals the show”—The Holy Spirit.  Oh how glorious was His presence as praises were lifted to the Father for His faithfulness and to the Son for His selfless act of redemption.  The Holy Spirit’s “imprint” was undeniable as prayers lifted heavy spirits and the music moved us to new spiritual heights.  The Word did not return void, but did accomplish its purpose (Isa. 55:11) as each speaker presented God’s heart from their assigned topic.  Those attending the conference experienced great freedom and release; others were validated and empowered.  Of the many ministries of The Holy Spirit, His role as the earnest of our future inheritance is one we need more time to understand and appreciate.

Before returning to His Father, Christ promised His disciples “another Comforter” (the literal translation, another like the other) to abide with them (John 14:16).   This was the Holy Spirit—Christ dwelling in them.  On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to indwell and seal the new believers (Acts 2:4).   This sealing had two purposes.  First, the sealing represented ownership and union with Christ (1 John 4:13).  It authenticated the believer’s relationship with Him (2 Cor.1:22); and second, it guaranteed the promise of glory.  The sealing by the Holy Spirit was the earnest or “pledge” that secured their future in heaven with Christ. 

When we accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, we too were sealed by the Holy Spirit.  Our ownership has been authenticated and the earnest of our inheritance secured (2 Cor. 1:20-22). In addition, Christ has left us the privilege to enjoy a foretaste of our future glory right now in the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine,

Oh what a foretaste of glory divine.

Heir of salvation, purchase of love,

Filled with His Spirit, washed in His blood”

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The promise of glory is our inheritance in which we eagerly anticipate and await.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3-4

Living in the Power of the Resurrection

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“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” Romans 6:5 (NKJ)

 

Good Friday is a few days away.  Christ died for the ungodly (Rom. 5:6).  Resurrection Sunday is on the horizon.  Christ is risen! (Matt. 28:6)  And now, as a result of these two events, how are we to live?  I’m sure Christ’s disciples had the same question upon hearing of our Lord’s resurrection.  They received the resurrection proclamation from the women who visited the empty tomb early Easter morning (Matt. 28).  They had personally seen the glorified Christ “behind shut doors” (John 20:19-30).  Even after all this, the disciples did not fully understand the implications of the resurrection and how it would change their lives forever.  They lived through the suffering of the Cross.  They would now need to learn how to live in the power of the resurrection.

The Apostle Paul knew how to live in the power of the resurrection.  He wanted to not only “share in the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings” but also, to know Him and the power of His resurrection (Phil. 3:10).  Paul prayed that the church at Ephesus would understand “the power God that worked in Christ when He raised Him (Jesus) from the dead”.  (Eph. 1:19, 20)  In the final days of His earthly life, Jesus hinted about this resurrection power.  He assured His disciples, “he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do” (John 14:12).  The early New Testament church gained its potency and power through accessing that same resurrection power through the anointing and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  

How do twenty-first century believers live in the power of the resurrection?  Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us.  We now are able to walk in victory.  Sin no longer has power over us (Romans 6).  Satan is crushed and we are free (Col. 2:15).  Though he would have us believe we are still lost, we have become new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).  Though our memories and the world would tempt us on every side, we are able to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4).  Though we may sometimes “stumble and fall”, we know that nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:39).  We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, our Guarantee, until we arrive in heaven (Eph. 1:13,14).  

We have received the resurrection proclamation.  Christ has personally come to dwell within our hearts.  We are witnesses to His existence.  As Christ’s followers, let us now learn to live in the power of Christ’s resurrection.

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After the resurrection, the disciples went back to their daily routines.  Peter even invited his cohorts to “go fishing” while they awaited their new orders from our Lord.  While we celebrate the resurrection of Christ once a year at Easter, we much daily tap into this power from on high.  Don’t go back to “business as usual”.  Tap into the resurrection power of God and finish the good work God has begun in you (Phil. 1:6).