“You can live as an overcomer.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today –April 25, 2023
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
This morning, as I chopped veggies for my lunchtime soup, I thought, “I need some resurrection power today!” Because life often presents challenges to us, today is one of those days when I need God to help me live as the overcomer He says I am.
I haven’t always been clear on what it means to live with resurrection power. Sure, over the years I’ve heard preachers proclaim, “The same power that raised Christ from the dead is available for you today!” If you’ve heard this sentiment, maybe you’ve also thought, That sounds wonderful, but I don’t understand. What does that mean for me?
The phrase “Resurrection power” can sound so unearthly and unattainable, but it’s easier to understand when we know that Christ was resurrected by the Spirit of God.
Romans 6:10-11 says, “The Spirit of God, who raised Christ Jesus from the dead lives in you.”
The Bible says that you and I have the same power that raised Christ from the dead available to us. That power has been passed onto us from Christ because we are children of God. This power isn’t something you have to earn. It’s not something you have to muster up. It’s inside of you. It’s your inheritance. It’s God at work in you through the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 3:20 says: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us . . .”
Hallelujah! Living in resurrection power means living in the power of the Holy Spirit. It means that right now you and I have the power to be overcomers in all we face. This doesn’t mean all your troubles will disappear, but it does mean the Lord wants to give you His heavenly, truth-filled perspective and wisdom to “get above” your problems.
Recently, I attended Easter service with one of our girls, our son-in-law, and grandsons. The pastor shared a moving message.
“You don’t have to wait for resurrection power. It’s yours TODAY! Because Jesus got up, you can get up TODAY! It doesn’t matter how far you’ve come; how difficult life has been, or how insignificant you feel. Because Christ got up, you can get up TODAY!”
Your current troubles have not been allowed in your life to keep you down. They have been designed to elevate you. They are a gift so you can experience His resurrection power through the Holy Spirit so you can know Him more deeply!
As a child of God, you have His power. You can live as an overcomer.
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me” (Jeremiah 32:27)?
Lord, help me to not live in unbelief. Help me to live by the power of your Holy Spirit.
Kneel before the Lord today and ask Him what He wants you to know about living in His resurrection power.
Chris Tomlin: Resurrection Power
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