Today is Resurrection Sunday – Easter! It is the day we celebrate the defeat of sin and death by Jesus! It is a day that asks us to commit ourselves fully to Him – because those who follow Him will live, too!
But is that life just after we die and go to be with Him in the place that He’s prepared for us? I think that life – abundant and eternal life begins the moment that we confess our sins, accept Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins, and declare that He is the risen Lord (leader) of our life. We are born again! As new born spiritual infants we begin to grow and mature. Our maturity is not bounded by time but is proportional to our willingness to take in spiritual nourishment: time in the written Word (Bible), time with the living Word (Jesus) in prayer, and our willingness to allow the Holy Spirit to heal us of our wounds and transform us into the image of Jesus.
In Romans 8:11 Paul says:
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. NIV
Do you understand the power contained in this verse? Do you understand who you are in Christ? He has placed His church here for a reason, and He has not left us powerless. It is now time to decide whether we trust Him enough to use that power to engage the enemy and to do our part as the Body of Christ at this point in time to help release a host of captives to the power of sin and death.
In that great 14th chapter of John, where Jesus is preparing His first followers for His death, he says …
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (John 14:12-14 – NIV)
Do we trust His words enough to rely on the power that is within us?
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