Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:52

Resurrection Power: Do You Have Any?

Written by  Lou Priolo, Eastwood Counseling Center
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How much Resurrection Power is there residing in the battery of your soul?  Is it six volts of Holy Spirit power, nine volts, or is it 12?  Perhaps you have 120 volts, or even 240 volts.  Please allow me to give you eight clues that will help you do a quick evaluation of your power level:

1. Do you have increasing victory over areas of sin in your life?

 

2.  Are you witnessing to the lost? 

 

3.  Are you being empowered for ministry?

 

4.  Do you find God’s grace sufficient for your trials or your “thorn in the flesh?”

 

5.  Are you content in your weaknesses and do you sense His strength in them?

 

6. Do you abound in hope?

 

7.  Do you really believe that God is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that you ask or think, according to the power that works within you?

 

8.  Do you really know Christ, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering?  Are you being conformed to His death (Philippians 3:10)? 

 

Have you ever considered how the relationship between the resurrection of Christ and our walk in newness of life are alike?

 

 

1.  Since Christ was raised from the dead by the power of the Father, your walk in newness of life is to be lived in the power of the Spirit.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4)  Christ was raised from the dead through the power (glory) of God the father.

     

 

2.  Since Christ’s resurrection was characterized by His power over death, your walk in newness of life is to be characterized by power over sin.

“For if we have become united together [literally: planted together—like two seeds that grow together in union as they grow taller] in the likeness of His death, [what Christ experienced physically and literally, you and I experience spiritually—death to sin], we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection [the same power that raised Christ from the dead is made available for us in order that we may walk in newness of life]” (Romans 6:5).

 

 

3.  Since Christ’s resurrection rendered Him alive unto God, your newness of life is a life that likewise renders you alive unto God.

 

Being alive unto God means that we, as Christians, are now in a totally new relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  We are no longer “children of wrath” but rather “children of God,” and “children of light”  (cf. Ephesians 2:1-5).  Being alive unto God means that we now have communion with God and access into His presence (cf. Galatians 4:6). Being alive unto God means that we now have a new purpose for living—we are  called according to His purpose.  Consequently, we know that God is working all things together for our good (cf. Romans 8:28).  Being alive unto God means that the same Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, indwells and empowers us to live a supernatural life (cf. Romans 8:9-13). Being alive unto God means that sin no longer has dominion over us. 

 

Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones in his excellent commentary on the book of Romans explains:

Sin can never make me its slave or its captive again... ‘Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin’, by which he means ‘does not practice sin’, does not go on living in sin and committing it and practicing it- ‘for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin because he is born of God’.  He does not say that he is incapable of committing an act of sin; what he does say is that he cannot go on in slavery and the dominion of sin.  That is impossible.  So the position of the Christian now is this: when a Christian sins he does not sin as a slave, but he sins as a free man who is choosing to do that which is wrong. 

 

...The Christian, when he sins, does not sin as a slave, for he has been brought out of slavery.  He belongs to a new territory, he has been ‘delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son.

 

 

Is your “newness of life” evidenced by the power of the Spirit?  There are a number of “circuit jammers” that could short circuit the power of the Holy Spirit in your life and cause a spiritual power shortage.  Let me mention a few:

 

 

1.  You have never been plugged into the power source (you are not a Christian, cf. Romans 1:16).

 

 

2.  You are not giving the Spirit of God His most important weapon (you are not spending enough time in God’s Word, cf. Ephesians 5:18, 6:17; Colossians 3:16).

 

 

3.  You have not been willing to confess and repent of certain sins in your life (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:19).

 

 

4.  You have been waiting for God to “zap” you from heaven with an infusion of power rather than assuming that He will provide the power once you step out in faith and develop a biblical plan of action (cf. James 2:26).

 

May God give you the grace to more fully understand what it is that has kept you from experiencing the fullness of His power in your life.                        

 

 

 

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