The resurrection is
more than just an event that happened once in history. It's the
source of the power you can experience in your own life, every day.
The same power that resurrected Jesus from death to life is
available to you, and if you tap into it, you'll see amazing
transformation in your own life, too.
Here's how you can
experience resurrection power every day:
Use the power
now, not just in heaven. Your hope of the resurrection
isn't just for the future when you physically die and go to
heaven; it's also for now, while you're living on earth and
struggling with sin. Make use of that God-given power to help
you overcome sin right now, and every day you're alive.
Regularly confess your sins, repent of them, and embrace the
forgiveness and grace God offers you to keep growing.
religion for relationship. Instead of pursuing hope
through performing religious rituals, believing right doctrines,
or doing good deeds, realize that those things are valuable yet
can't produce hope. Place your hope in a dynamic relationship
with Jesus. As you live for Him, relying on His resurrection
power at work in your life, you'll experience the fulfillment of
all God's good purposes for you. Instead of focusing on what you
can do for God, focus on what God can do through you.
priorities. Ask God to help you see your life from His
perspective. Look beyond the world's values (which are only
temporary) to what has eternal value. Base your decisions - for
all aspects of your life - on what matters most in eternity.
Make the most of your time here on earth, keeping in mind that
it will soon be over and you'll be accountable to God for how
you used your time here.
Die to self.
Remember that death must always precede resurrection. Be willing
to sacrifice whatever selfish desires and agendas you have that
conflict with God's purposes for your life. Decide to crucify
your selfish attitudes and behaviors, so God will raise you to
new life by transforming your attitudes and behaviors into
healthy ones that will help you grow to be more like Jesus.
Understand that, physically, you're born and live until you die,
progressing toward physical death. But spiritually, you're dead
until you're made alive through a relationship with Jesus,
progressing toward eternal life.
impossible. Just as the resurrection itself was
impossible for anyone but God, the power behind the resurrection
will take you into situations that are impossible for you to
deal successfully with on your own. Expect God to challenge your
faith when you ask for His resurrection power in your life, but
know that if you trust Him, you'll experience greater adventures
than you can imagine.
resurrection peace. You don't have to live with guilt
and shame because of the resurrection's power to forgive your
sins. Ask God to flood your soul with the peace of knowing that
you're in a right relationship with Him. Recognize that if
you're deliberately sinning against God, you can't be in a right
relationship with Him, so deal with your sin so it doesn't block
the peace God wants you to experience. If you want to experience
the peace Jesus offers, you must come to Him on His terms, being
willing to live the way He leads you to live - the way that's
best for you. Every day, repent of your sins, so you can enjoy
Note: The above is a report on the practical applications of
Henry & Melvin Blackaby's new book, Experiencing
the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter that Changes Your Life,