Experience the Power of the Resurrection Every Day
- Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Henry & Melvin Blackaby's new book, Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter that Changes Your Life, (Multnomah Books, 2007).
The resurrection is more than just an event that happened once in history. It’s the source of the power you can experience in your own life, every day. The same power that resurrected Jesus from death to life is available to you, and if you tap into it, you’ll see amazing transformation in your own life, too.
Here’s how you can experience resurrection power every day:
Use the power now, not just in 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 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 at work in your life, you’ll experience the fulfillment of all God’s good purposes for you. Instead of focusing on what you can do for God, focus on what God can do through you.
Set eternal priorities. Ask God to help you see your life from His perspective. Look beyond the 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 to God for how you used your time here.
Die to self. Remember that death must always precede resurrection. Be willing to sacrifice whatever selfish desires and agendas you have that conflict with God’s purposes 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.
Experience resurrection peace. You don’t have to live with guilt and shame because of the resurrection’s power to forgive your sins. Ask God to flood your soul with the peace of knowing that you’re in a right relationship with Him. Recognize that if you’re deliberately sinning against God, you can’t be in a right relationship with Him, so deal with your sin so it doesn’t block the peace God wants you to experience. If you want to experience the peace Jesus offers, you must come to Him on His terms, being willing to live the way He leads you to live – the way that’s best for you. Every day, repent of your sins, so you can enjoy true peace.
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