Monday, June 27, 2016

Resurrection Power

UV 1795/10000 Resurrection Power
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Romans 8 v 11

The same Spirit who raised Jesus from death lives in us. Our leader is the Holy Spirit. A godly leader is one who is led by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead. He manifests the same power in us by bringing alive the dead parts of our being, death having been caused by our separation from God so far. The Word is the seed the Holy Spirit plants in our spirits to enliven us. He causes the revival of our spiritual being. He gives us the power to change our inner attitudes so that we can live fully and abundantly. The Resurrection power of the spirit is at work in us to do much more than we can ask, think or imagine. Since death and sin are present everywhere, we need the resurrection power in order to overcome both sin and death. Since resurrection power works only after death is confirmed, we need to voluntarily and completely die to our old nature. The process of so dying is our response and responsibility while the act of resurrection is that of the Spirit. We need to die in the different members of our bodies to the dictates and attractions of the lust of the flesh, lust of the eye and the pride of life in its various manifestations.

The Resurrection power of the Spirit is manifest in our daily lives in a variety of ways. The Spirit causes us to understand the meaning in every context we are placed in of the promises we receive. The Spirit enables us to wait with patience and faithful expectation for the fulfilment of the promises of the Lord. The Spirit causes and enables the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control to grow and become part of our new nature in Christ. To the extent we listen and abide by the counsel and directions of the Spirit, our transformation is hastened or slowed down. The Holy Spirit is a gentle pace setter and is never in a hurry but prompts us to move forward in different areas of our lives, character and ministry.
The Holy Spirit represents the indwelling person of God. He is the One who fulfils the ministry of Christ on earth. He is the One who declares our bodies as temples of God and sanctifies us accordingly. He is the source of inexhaustible joy, eternal wisdom, comfort and strength for each of us. He constantly reminds us of the word spoken by the Lord to us. He interprets the scriptures and also brings it into fulfillment in the course of our lives. The Holy Spirit is also the giver of many spiritual gifts of discernment, of healing, of prophecy, of word of wisdom and of knowledge. By means of His nine fruit, He makes the character of leaders authentic and by means of His gifts, he makes their words and actions powerful and effective.

Prateep V Philip

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