Experience the Power of the Resurrection Every Day
- Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Experience resurrection joy. The freedom from sin and hope in Jesus that the resurrection produced brings great joy into your life. If you allow your constantly changing circumstances to control your life, you can easily lose your happiness. But if you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you, you’ll experience joy, which will remain constant despite your circumstances. Unlike happiness, joy is more than an emotion – it’s the ability to see beyond your circumstances to the God who has ultimate control over them, and always acts according to what’s best for you.
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. 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. Stay closely connected to God so your life as a Christian will reflect the kind of character and obedience it should. Do your best to live faithfully to represent Jesus well. As other people see God at work in your life, they’ll be attracted to Him. Every day, continue to pursue God passionately, and your passion for Him will spark the interest of others around you who can pursue Him themselves.
Experience resurrection confidence. Since God is on your side, you can be absolutely confident in His love and you don’t need to be afraid of what the future holds. Whenever you encounter trouble in this fallen world, trust God to lead you through it and accomplish a good purpose in the process. Don’t place your trust in anything lesser than God – like your family, your health, your job, your talents, or your money. Give your allegiance wholeheartedly to God, and you’ll experience confidence that can’t be shaken by changing circumstances.
Experience resurrection hope. Your salvation means that you don’t need to fear death. Expect God to fulfill all the promises He makes in the Bible, and trust those promises in your own life. Don’t little life’s petty annoyances weigh you down; realize that they’re irrelevant compared to your eternal reward in heaven. Live with heaven in mind – pursuing eternal values – and rejoice in the hope you can experience every day.
Adapted from Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter that Changes Your Life, copyright 2007 by Henry T. Blackaby and Melvin D. Blackaby. Published by Multnomah Books, a division of Random House, Inc., Colorado Springs, Co., www.randomhouse.com/waterbrook.
Henry Blackaby, Ph. D., president emeritus of Blackaby Ministries, is the author of more than a dozen books, including the best-selling classic Experiencing God. He has spent his life in ministry, serving as a music director and as a senior pastor for churches in California and Canada. Today he provides consultative leadership on prayer for revival and spiritual awakening on a global level. He and his wife make their home in Atlanta, Ga.
Mel Blackaby, Ph.D., coauthored with his father, Henry Blackaby, the Gold Medallion winner Experiencing God Together. He travels extensively as a conference speaker. He and his wife and their three children live in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, where he serves as senior pastor of Bow Valley Baptist Church.
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