As we were preparing for the May 24th worship set, I was struck by the lyrics in one of our newer worship songs, Shout Hosanna by Kristian Stanfill. “The same power that rolled the stone away. The same power alive in us today.” Did you get that?
THE SAME POWER
The resurrecting, supernatural, death destroying, evil slaying, grave conquering, everlasting power of Jesus Christ indwells me and indwells you! Let that truth soak in for a minute. This is our reality as believers and followers of Jesus Christ. So, what would happen if we actually started to live like that?
Too often I try to do things in my strength, within my limitations. But when I choose to accept the reality, the promise that He is alive in me, not only does it change my outlook, I am empowered because there is absolutely NOTHING too big or too overwhelming for our God to handle.
I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and POWER. – Philippians 4:13 (TLB)
We begin to live boldly. We live courageously and with purpose for Him! I may even say we live with reckless abandon.
CHASING AFTER GOD’S HEART
King David lived like that. While studying Jennie Allen’s book Chase, a study on “chasing after the heart of God,” I noted that I wanted to have the same kind of crazy courage and the same kind of faith that David had. Instead of seeing the problem that loomed in front of him (a 9 foot Philistine to be exact), he saw the God he served was so incredibly bigger! He knew God was more powerful than anything that could come his way. He lived in that truth. He responded in that reality.
We could transform the world around us if we lived our lives rooted in His power. We could impact those around us if we lived out the reality that we are not defeated, but are victorious! When we live like that, we make the invisible God of all creation visible and real to a world around us who so desperately needs to know this truth! He loves us. He goes before us. He is behind us. He is always for us, working all things out for our good.
OUR GOOD, HIS GLORY
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
“I believe God is calling us to a life like this, but not in our own strength. He wants us to see that He is able. He is for us. He is our hope and we live this out for His glory. We were made for that. We were made to display the glory of our Creator through our lives.” Jennie Allen, Chase study
The earth-shattering, unequivocal power that reached beyond death to breathe life back into our Savior, lives in us! That truth should make a difference in how we live and how we love.