Once again we are approaching “Resurrection Sunday.” With all the cares of this world and the distractions of life, it is easy to give this annual event nothing more than a mental ‘hat tip’ and move through the celebration enjoying some spiritual entertainment, a good meal and family gathering. We often get our eyes, and more importantly our hearts, off the revelation of what this event represents.
As a born-again believer, Resurrection Day is the MOST important day in human history. It is the most critical day in our eternal life.
Someone once said, “If Jesus Christ is still in the grave, nothing really matters. But, if Jesus Christ came out of the grave, rose victorious… then nothing but that really matters.” In 1 Corinthians 15:14, Paul states, “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.” Wow. If Jesus had not risen from the grave, you would have nothing to base your faith upon… nothing to hope for after this life… and access to nothing that Heaven offers while on earth. Praise the Lord that is not the case.
Looking further at verses is 17 and 18, Paul continues, “And if Christ is not risen your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” This would be a tragedy beyond measure. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead, was the seal on the deal that Christ made with mankind.
In Revelation 1:18 Jesus Himself proclaimed, “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is more than just an event that happened in history. Through that event, God released supernatural power in Jesus that is also in every person who puts their trust in Jesus as Savior.
When you were born-again, the resurrection power of Christ began its work in you, to give you a new spirit—a reborn spirit with the resurrection life of Jesus in it. The seed of that power is in you and standing by to release power to accomplish all that God wills for your life. Sadly, many seldom experience the victory offered because they don’t release that supernatural power to accomplish all that God wills for them.
As a born-again child of God, you have resurrection power available to release in your life, every day. Much like a car battery that sits in the car untapped unless the car is turned on and accelerated. The power is there, but not accomplishing anything without a demand. The same resurrection power that brought Jesus from death to life is available in you, and to you. And if you tap into it, you’ll see an amazing transformation in your own life.
Do you desire the things God desires? Like the salvation of a loved one? (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Healing from sickness or disease? (Psalm 107:19-21). Deliverance from a sin that plagues you? (Romans 6:8,14). Strength to be a witness? (Acts 1:8,22). Power to overcome an attack from the enemy? (1 John 5:4). And the list goes on and on.
Here’s how you can experience resurrection power every day:
This power is for now, not just for heaven
Your hope of the resurrection isn’t just for the future when you physically die and go to heaven; it’s also for now, while you’re living on earth and struggling with sin. Make use of that God-given power to help you overcome sin right now, and every day you’re alive. Regularly confess your sins, repent of them, and embrace the forgiveness and grace God offers you to keep growing.
Trade in religion for relationship
Instead of pursuing hope through performing religious rituals, believing right doctrines, or doing good deeds, realize that those things are valuable yet can’t produce hope. Place your hope in a dynamic relationship with Jesus. As you live for Him, relying on His resurrection power everywhere you live and work. Instead of focusing on what you can do for God, focus on what God can do through you.
Look at your life from God’s perspective
Ask God to help you see your life from His perspective. Look beyond this fallen world’s values (which are only temporary) to what has eternal value. Base your decisions—for all aspects of your life—on what matters most in eternity. Make the most of your time here on earth, keeping in mind that it will soon be over and you’ll be accountable for how you used your time here. You only have one life—make it count.
Die to self
Remember, death must always precede resurrection. Be willing to sacrifice whatever selfish desires and agendas you have that conflict with God’s will and purpose for your life. Decide to crucify your selfish attitudes and behaviors, so God will raise you to new life by transforming your attitudes and behaviors into healthy ones that will help you grow to be more like Jesus. Understand that, physically, you’re born and live until you die, progressing toward physical death. But spiritually, you’re dead until you’re made alive through a relationship with Jesus, progressing toward eternal life.
Expect the impossible
Just as the resurrection itself was impossible for anyone but God, the power behind the resurrection will take you into situations that are impossible for you to deal successfully with on your own. Expect God to challenge your faith when you ask for His resurrection power in your life. But know that if you trust Him, you’ll experience greater adventures than you can imagine.
Use your resurrection authority
Make full use the authority you have as a Christian, to lead other people to eternal life. The greatest power on earth is to see a person become born again. Remember, it’s not your power that saves them, it’s the Holy Spirit Who works through your witness, testimony and prayers. So, as valuable as it is to minister to people’s physical needs, don’t stop there. Share the Gospel message with other people as often as you can. By doing so, you’ll be helping to release God’s resurrection power into their lives. Every day, continue to pursue God passionately, and your passion for Him will spark the interest of others around you who can pursue Him for themselves.
The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrating the most important event in human history. As we approach this special day of remembrance and celebration… truly celebrate what God has given to you. And the best way to celebrate it, is to use it!
Always remember that, with God nothing is impossible!
Dale & Paula
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