Friday, April 22, 2011

Experiencing the Resurrection

By Henry and Melvin Blackaby

The resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead, then seated Him at the right hand of the Father and put Him over all principalities and powers, is the same power given to us. Should that make a difference in our lives? Should we be afraid of spiritual warfare? Is there anything we cannot overcome if we’re walking with Christ?

Listen carefully: the battle is won! Don’t believe Satan’s lie that we have to do battle with him. Simply tell him, “You’ve already been defeated! And the same power that defeated you is the same power that now resides in my life.” Don’t get caught up in the fad of spiritual warfare that keeps you so busy fighting Satan that you have no time to follow Christ. The war’s over! This is the practical expression of the resurrection, and it’s available to you. When you become a Christian, you’re set in a wholly different dimension in which you can see what others don’t see. As Jesus told His disciples, “It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given” (Matthew 13:11). If you’ve been given ability to understand the mysteries of God, are you using your spiritual senses to detect the activity of God? Or do you act like the world, ignoring God until you need Him to bail you out of a crisis? You need to know what God is doing and then make whatever adjustment is needed to participate in His redemptive activity.

As a Christian, you’re to be a witness for Christ – a visible demonstration of every truth God has said. But the religious culture in which we live encourages us just to practice religious activity.

As a result, we misunderstand our relationship with God and miss out on experiencing His power. Unfortunately, many Christians are living way below their potential, believing they’ll never be anything but ordinary. But, as Christians, we’re children of God! If we’re faithful in a little, He can make us rulers over much. You’ve been given the opportunity to function in the realm of resurrection power – the most exciting life you could ever imagine. What then could God do in your life if He knew you were wholly yielded to Him? What could He do in you and through you if you believed He has already blessed you with every spiritual blessing, delivered you out of the kingdom of darkness, and taken you who were dead in sin and made you fully alive in Christ?

Are you willing to let Him use you?

Or are you settling for the ordinary – satisfied with being insignificant?

Adapted by permission. "Experiencing the Resurrection," Henry and Melvin Blackaby, 2008, Multnomah Books, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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