Monday, April 16, 2012

God's Resurrection Power!

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Last week we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus. Maybe you went to church, had family over for Ham, had Easter baskets and an egg hunt for the kids. Whatever you did, I wonder if you took any time to actually think about what resurrection really means.

When I looked it up in the dictionary, it had three meanings
The act of rising from the dead
The state of those risen from the dead
A rising again as from decay or disuse

Either way, it's a really good thing! And also very cool. It basically means something that was dead has been brought back to life. Something that was in a state of decay and disuse has now been restored and is useful.

If you know anything about God Almighty, you know He's in the business of resurrection.  And I don't just mean bringing dead people back to life. I also mean bringing life back into your finances, your health, your relationships, etc.  He LOVES to breath life into decaying and useless things!

Jesus told us Himself  “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die"  John 11:25

In other words, He is the only one who can resurrection your life, your health, your finances, your relationships, your soul, your spirit, and ultimately your body. Just Him. He doesn't just preform resurrections. He IS the resurrection.

In fact, anyone who comes in close contact with God cannot help but be resurrected. God is life. He is the Creator of all life. You cannot be close to Him and not be changed! 

Elisha died and was buried.   Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring.  Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet. 2 Kings 13:20-21

I recently came across this story in Kings and it blew me away. Elisha was a mighty prophet of God who had preformed countless miracles, even raising people from the dead himself.  Yet after his own death, as they were burying Him, God's presence, God's life-giving power was still so strong on Elisha's body that when a dead man touched Elisha's bones, he sprang back to life! Amazing.

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Throughout the Old and New Testament, God raised the dead multiple times.  We may think that's incredible and mind-boggling, but honestly, bringing life back into human flesh is no big deal for God. The real difficulty came in resurrecting man's dead spirit. The spirit that had been dead since Adam's fall. The spirit within each of us that was in bondage to Satan and sin.  That required a clever plan and a huge sacrifice. God's only Son had to offer Himself on the Cross and then rise again so that those who accepted His sacrifice, could have their spirits resurrected. 


When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, Colossians 2:13 

You may not feel like your spirit has been resurrected, but if you're a follower of Jesus, it has!  You have the Holy Spirit indwelling you, reviving your man-spirit and keeping it protected until you die and the Angels come to escort you to Heaven.  Not only that but God indwells you. That means His resurrection power is beaming out from within you to a broken world.  Like Elisha, our very bones should be so saturated with God that anyone who comes in contact with us should be affected in a positive way. Their spirits should feel something, sense something beautiful and hopeful and peaceful. They should sense Life!

If that's not happening, then perhaps we should pray the prayer from Ephesians 3 that says

May we be rooted deep in God's love and founded securely on love. May we have the power to grasp the experience of that love and what is the breadth, length, height and depth of it. May we really come to know practically and through experience the love of Christ so we will be filled with the fullness of God. That we may have the richest measure of the Divine Presence and become bodies wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!


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4 comments:

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  2. This is definitely something to think about and work on. I hope that people see Christ's love through me!

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  3. Mon Apr 16th ....
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    I praise God for His 'resurrection power' .... knowing all too well that without Him, I would be spiritually dead. I am SO very thankful for His -- unending and unconditional love, and mercy, grace, forgiveness, goodness ... and the list goes on, and on, and on ....
    Hopefully, others will sense a difference in me ... a hope, a peace, a beauty ... that only comes from a resurrected life in Christ (even when ... I am not always 'feeling' it).
    Thank-you for sharing this great truth, MaryLu !
    We serve a Risen and Awesome Saviour !!!
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

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  4. Happy Monday, Ladies! Yes, Sarah.. something I need to work on too! I want to be flooded with God's presence so it oozes out of my pours onto a dying world. Yes, Brenda.. even when we aren't feeling it.. which is often for me. LOL.
    Hugs to you both!

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