Anástasis

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Ephesians 4:1 (NIV)
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

I absolutely love the paradox in this verse, that even though we as Christians are learning to cast aside all the things of this world and allowing ourselves to become prisoners for the Lord, we are really in fact getting life eternal and every other promise that His Word has stated and pronounced over us. That being said, I think that we have to truly know our position in Christ and our identity in Him in order to rightly lead the life that is worthy of what He has called us to do and what He has given to us. Very often, I see Christians not getting the victories in their lives and constantly feeling unsatisfied because they have not yet realized what kind of Power they have got inside of them. Of course, I cannot exclude myself from this but what I can say is that I am learning more and more about the extent of this Power that lives in me and I’m working it out too, and it is my hope that you do so as well. You see, it all has to start with the knowledge, when we know what our birthrights are in Christ, we are sure to be able to stand strong and stand confident, resting in the security of our Savior.

Do you know that the same Power that resurrected Jesus from the grave is that same Power that lives inside of you today? Well, that’s what the Bible says in Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT): “19I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”

Praise be to God that He has bestowed the Power of Resurrection in us! Many of us know this for a fact and that can be a great start, but the power of belief has to come in from our end in order to bring life to this Scripture and this Promise that God has so graciously given to us. When Jesus died on the Cross, the Bible says that He descended into the depths of the earth to make captivity captive! Today, I want to encourage all of you, you may be in your Silent Saturday, where Good Friday has just passed and you feel so uncertain about the future and what is to come, but the good news is this: Jesus, in the midst of all your sorrows and uncertainty, waged war with the god of this world and took it captive so that you would never have to go through such a thing again as long as you are in His loving arms. And today, He is alive and seated on the right hand of the Father, and at the same time, residing in Your spirit as well.

God is never too far from you. In fact, He is closer than you would think. So in whatever you may be facing now, surrender it all to God through and through. It is never a sign of weakness for those who love Him, we surrender because we are courageous enough to take up our Cross, lay aside our pride and mentalities to just look to the One who has won it all for us. Jesus did not die so that you would remain leading the life that you were living when you didn’t know Him, He wants you to lean on Him and even when you thought you have leaned in enough, lean in some more until you are wholly dependent and transfixed on Him. That’s when the Power can finally be unleashed. Remember, you are called to a limitless life in Christ, nothing less.

Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, I praise You and give thanks to You for You have won the victory for us so that we no longer need to live in uncertainty and fear for our future because all that has been made certain the moment You conquered death and rose from the grave. Father, teach me to walk in Your ways and proclaim Your goodness and glory wherever I go, that I may discover the true potential of this Resurrection Power You have bestowed on us through Your love. Even though I may have to go through trials and tribulations in this life, I can be still and calm and know that You are my God who never forsakes me and will see me through till the end of the age. In Jesus’ Most Mighty Name I pray, Amen.

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