Resurrection Life—Here & Beyond
by Margaret D. Mitchell
We know that Jesus’ crucifixion wasn’t The Father’s final Word.
And we know that because of Christ’s resurrection, we as believers could be re-born.
As His redeemed, God’s Spirit of Life is sealed in us.
Galatians 2:20 TPT tells us, “My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!"
Romans 8:11 says, “Yes, God raised Jesus to life! And since God’s Spirit of Resurrection lives in you, he will also raise your dying body to life by the same Spirit that breathes life into you!”
Ephesians 2:6 TPT reveals, “He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ!”
So, we see here friends, that we are both seated with Jesus in the heavenly realm, while He lives inside of us now on earth.
This means that Jesus is our super power inside and out!
Psalm 18:1 TPT assures us, "Lord, I passionately love you and I’m bonded to you, for now you’ve become my power!"
When we Christ-followers know our true identity in Him—that we are His chosen, His treasured, His beloved, His co-glorified (Rom 8:17) to bring Heaven to earth—and we relinquish the pride of our ways to Him and submit to His ways, He can work His resurrection power through us to bring light to a dark world. Unhindered.
Psalm 36:9 TPT says, "To know you is to experience a flowing fountain, drinking in your life, springing up to satisfy. In your light we receive the light of revelation."
Psalm 17:11 TPT tells us, "For you bring me a continual revelation of resurrection life, the path to the bliss that brings me face-to-face with you.”
So, here we see that Christ is our true fountain of life (Ps. 68:26).
We can live in Christ’s continual unveiling of Himself and His mysteries when we seek Him and submit ourselves to Him.
Psalm 119:29 NLT says, "Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions."
Ephesians 1:9 TPT says, "And through the revelation of the Anointed One, he unveiled his secret desires to us—the hidden mystery of his long-range plan, which he was delighted to implement from the very beginning of time."
Jeremiah 33:3 reveals, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.”
What a blessing to have Jesus and Holy Spirit working on the inside of us to guide us on His path to live a greater life—a higher life, an uncommon, and an abundant life for Kingdom purposes.
Jesus is the Way. He is the Truth. And He is the Life (Jn. 14:6).
With Him, we can soar!
God assures us of an unveiled, risen life that can bring us to life on the other side of the betrayal of sin and the sin of betrayal.
His way is the only way that works for our good continually.
In fact, it’s important to even align our words with His, because “The Word of Life has power to continually deliver us" (Ja. 1:21). So, speak powerful words of life that “give life” (Prov. 18:21).
Romans 8:7, 13 TPT tell us, "For no matter how hard they try, God finds no pleasure with those who are controlled by the flesh. For when you live controlled by the flesh, you are about to die. But if the life of the Spirit puts to death the corrupt ways of the flesh, we then taste his abundant life."
Who doesn’t want abundant life?
Since our ways always lead to a limited outcome and disappointment, why wouldn’t we choose the way of Jesus that never disappoints?
Jesus is true to Himself and true to His Word.
God’s promises work in our lives when we believe and follow through with actions of faith to His instructions—both written and revealed.
Friends, you will never regret His love at work for you.
God’s Spirit will strengthen you in Him to stay the course as you depend on Him.
When you feel embittered, He will bring justice as you hand Him your self-justification.
He will forgive you as you turn toward Him and forgive others.
He will restore to you even more than the enemy stole from you.
His grace will come through for you in every situation as you reach for Him.
He will satisfy all your needs and make your crooked path straight.
He is a good God who desires to share His faithful life and good works with you.
No matter where we are, it can be a new day for us!
We are always on His mind.
No matter what.
Pray with me, if you will, Psalm 43:3…
Lord, Thank You that You have seated me in heavenly places and that Your Spirit of Life lives in me. "Pour into me the brightness of your daybreak! Pour into me your rays of revelation-truth! Let them comfort and gently lead me onto the shining path, showing the way into your burning presence, into your many sanctuaries of holiness” (Ps. 43:3 TPT). Thank You for helping me bring honor to You, Lord. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Friends, rest assured, this year can be a new beginning of fresh vision and manifest expressions of His love for you.
I pray that you will receive God’s wisdom for your life, and "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith..." (Eph. 3:16 NIV).
Isaiah 60:1 TPT invites us to "Rise up in splendor and be radiant, for your light has dawned, and Yahweh's glory now streams from you!"
"Once we carried the likeness of the man of dust, but now let us carry the likeness of the Man of heaven" (1 Cor. 15:49).
Until next week, may God bless your every facet of life.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ. This devotional was adapted from Margaret's forthcoming book, Enduring Grace. All rights reserved.