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This week Sean taught on the resurrection power of Christ, a power that we can lose sight of during our troubles, often leaving us feeling powerless.
Have you ever found yourself in a position of powerlessness?
During these times, what did you feel about your circumstances?
While we all come from various walks of life, it is likely we all have experienced moments of hopelessness at least once in our pasts. Whether it was as an adult or as a child, during these times the feeling of powerlessness can often drown out our will to persevere. Let’s read the following passage.
John 14: 17 – 20
17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
Knowing that the resurrection power of Christ dwells within us gives us perspective. During times where we feel powerless we can actually look to Christ to be emboldened and further encouraged.
Once we recognize the power of Christ is within us, it should motivate us into action, in such a way to use this power to overcome our doubts. We should be compelled to take actions of faith and trust in the resurrection power of Christ. Even in these moments of reassurance, we still can hold back the full power within us. This Sunday Sean told us a little Christian saying, “Don’t tell God how big your problems are but, instead tell the problem how big your God is.”
Let’s read John 14: 12 – 14
12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
How can the above passage encourage you to overcome your feelings of powerlessness?
During these moments, how can you release the full resurrection power of Christ within you?
Sean mentioned that it is important during our struggles to overcome thoughts of powerlessness that we “must know the difference between choosing not to, and not being able to.” He further pointed to examples in the scriptures of individuals who have overcome their own trials. Specifically, Sean mentioned David, a man known to be after God’s own heart who faced many struggles during his life. Despite all of this, David remained faithful to God.
Bringing it Home
Like David, we will likely face many challenges. In these moments it is our decision to take action. Our lives should exemplify living a life using the resurrecting power of Christ for God’s glory. In David’s story he came up short as many of us do, but ultimately, he was commended as a man of God not by his words but his actions.
Are we living a life that shows God’s power?
What does that life look like to you?
Let’s read one final passage:
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This week, as you continue through your studies and you walk your daily lives, remember that the resurrection power of Christ dwells within you. It gives you the power to overcome thoughts and feelings of powerlessness. Once we have overcome, it is our charge to live lives of example, using this power for God’s glory.