Friday, April 1, 2016

Easter People

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Paul made an astonishing statement to the Ephesian Christ followers. He wanted each of them to know the exceeding power of God working in their lives. How exceedingly powerful, you ask? The same power working “in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places” [Ephesians 1:19-20]. That is exceedingly powerful!

Resurrection Power! Fifty days after the resurrection, on the day we call Pentecost, God sent a wonderful gift; He sent the Holy Spirit to those who would believe. How strange it would have been if the Holy Spirit would make the new church God founded that day more fearful. More timid. More hesitant. What would have happened if the Holy Spirit’s power was a spineless power? 

Paul described the power to Timothy: A spirit of power, of love, and sound judgment.

POWER - It was the power God used to raise Jesus from the dead after paying for our sins. That’s power enough to overcome the struggles of life. Power enough to resist the evil one. Power enough to put off our rampant sinful nature: anger, hate, envy, et al. 

LOVE - It’s power to love as Christ loved.

SOUND JUDGMENT - It’s power over self-indulgence. That kind of power helps us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and be a Christ follower. 

With that kind of power, we can live an Easter Sunday life throughout the year. Better yet, an Easter life. We are Easter people, after all!

For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. 2 Timothy 1:7

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