Monday, April 17, 2017

What Should I Focus On Now That Easter is Over?

Well Happy Easter!  Today is the day after Easter, and your bellies are probably full of jelly beans, ham, and mashed potatoes. I know mine is!  Hope you got some exercise today! Often after Easter and all of the celebration of Jesus' most defining moment, being raised from the dead, we might wonder, "What is next?"

Over the next couple of weeks I am going to focus on how we can live in the power of the resurrection.  Easter resurrection power is available to all of us as believers in Christ, and through the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

Listen to what Paul says to the Philippians,

"I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead." Philippians 3:10-11

Paul equates knowing Christ with knowing the power of His resurrection.  If you look at Paul's life you can see he did many of the things Jesus did. How? In the power of the resurrection?  Paul is not our Savior, but he lived a life full of "resurrection power".  Sometimes I think we see what happened on Easter and forget that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us. 

In Romans, Paul says that if we believe in Christ, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead.  And if the Spirit is in us he will give life to our mortal bodies. What does this mean?  You have power to live a new life in the power of the resurrection through the Spirit who lives in you. This is the Spirit of Christ! If you believe in Jesus ultimately you will also rise from the dead. But for now you have a power in you that is greater than the power in the world. 

So What?  As you continue to live "post-Easter" live in His power.  May the resurrection flow through you as Jesus uses you like he did his apostle Paul!  Where do you need power today? 

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