The power of the risen Christ is in you!

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Stay strong”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength. He exercised this power in Christ by raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in heaven …” Ephesians 1:18-20 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “The power of the risen Christ is in you”
 
The same power that raised Christ from the dead is at work in you. That’s what Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:18-20 (above). He taught the same truth in a slightly different way in Romans 8:11, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you.”
 
What an astounding thought. The miraculous power that God used to restore life to the physical body of Jesus and to raise Him from the dead, is the same power that is at work in each of our lives. Incredible!
 
If you’re a follower of Christ then that power is in you, but it gets manifested in each of our lives in more subtle, less dramatic ways than being raised from the dead. The power of God at work in us is usually more a matter of a slow, steady, and lifelong transformation from the person we used to be into the person God wants us to be (I know I’m not yet who I should be, but thank God I’m not who I used to be!). It also manifests itself in progressively changed values and perspectives (a Biblical worldview). And sometimes we see it in bigger ways like being cured from a serious illness, or a returning prodigal child, or a new and better job exactly when we needed it.
 
Also, how much of His power we experience in our lives is determined by how close we stay to Him and how much opportunity we give Him to work in our lives. You do have to place yourself in a position before God whereby He can have His way in your life.
 
This Sunday is Easter Sunday. We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and we will talk about the miraculous power of God that restored Him to life, and which is also at work in each of our lives. I invite you to join us at Oak Hill Baptist Church, either in-person or online at http://www.oakhillbaptist.net. We will have a COVID-safe Easter breakfast buffet at 9:00 in the Fellowship Hall, and then our Easter celebration service will begin at 10:00.
 
Christ is risen! And the power that raised Him from the dead is also at work in us. This is a truth we need to celebrate. It’s something we need to worship Him for. I encourage you to join us.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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