“But as many as received Him to them gave He the power to
become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name”.
Notice with me the words of Jesus: “to them gave He the power to become...” Many things happen when we get saved. Sins are forgiven, our sin-debt is paid, we are made “righteous” in the sight of God, we are “translated” from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God… our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, we become a new creature in Christ, our destiny and destination changes… so many things happen that require more time and space than this devotion affords.
One of the things that happens at and throughout our salvation is that the power of our resurrected Christ becomes resident within us. Every believer can walk in resurrection power! The power that the Lord gives us is not limited to sanctuaries, services, and worship experiences on Sunday. Jesus’ resurrection validates the shedding of His precious blood as the payment for our sins. Our internal resurrection power is not governed by the external circumstances of our life. Physical sickness and suffering are in no way a negative reflection on the power of Jesus in us. We live in the power of His resurrection and when we die, we will die in the power of His resurrection.
Our cities, towns and communities are filled with people that don’t like the life they are living. They feel trapped by the consequences of bad choices. Trapped in a life of addiction. Ensnared in destructive relationships. Living in a cycle of defeat. Trapped and traumatized by troubles. Longing for something better, yet, not knowing what do to make that happen. The message we preach offers not only heaven later, but an inherent and abiding power in the here and now! Resurrection Power: hope for the hopeless, freedom for the bound and power for the weak!
Regardless of gender or generation, can you imagine what a person experiences when they come into a church service where the power of God is present, worship is passionate, and the preaching is anointed? The Church of Jesus Christ offers what hurting humanity needs: the power to become a child of God. Keep praying, preaching, teaching, loving, leading, serving and singing. The message of Jesus’ death and resurrection has never been more needed or relevant.
“But thanks be unto God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren be ye steadfast, unmoveable always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
(I Cor. 15:57-58)