Friday, April 18, 2014

Resurrection Blessings!

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know…his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead.” (Eph. 1:18-20)

It is such an awesome thing to understand that Jesus went to the cross and paid fully and completely for all our sins, once for all! When someone receives Christ then and there their sin is completely washed away. However, that understanding doesn’t always kick in right away when one is first born again.  I know it didn’t for me; it actually took many years of reading the Word to understand it, but when the revelation finally hit that Christ took all my sin there on that cross, it was something so liberating, so freeing, and life-giving.  Wow, to know that there was not one sin that the blood of Jesus did not cover, not one portion left unpaid, not one issue left for me to work off.  What a relief, what a glorious joy to receive that freeing good news! Hallelujah!!!

The good news only gets better too, because not only did Jesus pay for our sins, but He rose victorious from that grave. No sir, that tomb could not hold the Son of God, for He is more than a mere man, He is God the Son! He rose victorious, demonstrating He is master over life and death.  We also have a hope and assurance of a resurrection ourselves who believe upon Him!

And it keeps getting better, because the power of the Holy Spirit, that same Holy Spirit that brought life back into Jesus’ very dead body and lifted Him up from the grave, well, that same power is now also living and working in us.  That incomparably great power lives in the believer, and it’s very fullness is also available for all of us who believe.  The power of God is part of our glorious inheritance as saints according to Ephesians 1:18!

Praise God we get to witness that glorious resurrection power that touches and changes lives: We were just in Canada—we’ll have a more extensive update later—and as the Lord opened the door to minister we saw Him touch, minister, heal, and transform lives.  In fact a woman named Krista N. just wrote, saying: “Thanks Dave for bringing Bryan, Mercedes and Patrick over. Their ministry was profound and so needed! It feels like seeds of hope and faith were planted that get bigger each day.”

While on the way up we met with another friend of ours named Dave E., who a few years ago was filled for the first time with the power and love of God.  Even though he grew up in a contemporary evangelical church he never had experienced the love and power of God until we were ministering and praying over a group he was part of, and the Holy Spirit filled his life!  

You can watch and read about that resurrection power touching his life here:

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