Living in Resurrection Power: Embracing Victory through Jesus

When we think of Jesus, many images come to mind - the compassionate healer, the wise teacher, the sacrificial lamb. But one aspect of Jesus that often goes overlooked is his resurrection power. The power that raised Jesus from the grave is not just a historical event, but a present reality that is available to us today. In this article, we will explore the concept of living in resurrection power and how it can bring victory to our lives.

Embracing Resurrection Power

The Power of Resurrection
Before we can fully understand the power of resurrection, we must first recognize the destructive forces that often plague our lives. We make choices that invite destruction, whether out of ignorance or simply because we desire to indulge in worldly pleasures. But the beauty of the resurrection is that it offers us a way out. Through Christ's resurrection, the power that raised Jesus from the grave is available to us each and every day. We no longer have to embrace destruction through our choices; we can turn to the power of resurrection instead.

"For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again. Death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all. But the life he lives, he lives to God." - Romans 6:9-10

Counting Ourselves Dead to Sin
To fully embrace resurrection power, we must count ourselves dead to sin. This means recognizing that sin no longer has control over our lives. We have been brought from death to life through Christ, and as a result, we have the ability to resist the desires of the flesh and live in obedience to God.

The apostle Paul urges us in Romans 6:11-12 to not let sin reign in our mortal bodies, but to offer ourselves to God as instruments of righteousness. We are called to surrender all aspects of ourselves, including our hurts, habits, and hang-ups, to God. Only then can we experience true freedom and victory.

"Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life." - Romans 6:12-13

A Testimony of Resurrection Power

A Journey from Addiction to Freedom
Let me share with you the powerful testimony of a man I recently met for coffee. This man had experienced firsthand the resurrection power of Jesus in his life. He had struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol, and his life was spiraling out of control. But through the love and support of his wife, he made the decision to confront his addiction and seek help.

As he went through the journey to get clean, he reached a pivotal moment in the 12-step process. This step required him to make amends with his past, to confront his hurts and painful relationships. In that moment, a pastor came alongside him and helped him navigate this difficult process. And it was in that room that he experienced the presence of Jesus in a profound way.

Surrendering All to Jesus
What made this man's experience of resurrection power possible? It was his willingness to come to the end of himself and surrender all to Jesus. He didn't just offer his abilities or talents; he offered his hurts, habits, and hang-ups. He laid everything at the feet of Jesus and said, "Here it is, Lord. Take it and do only that which you can do."
When we surrender ourselves completely to Jesus, we give Him something to work with. We open ourselves up to His transformative power and allow Him to replace our brokenness with wholeness, our despair with hope, and our bondage with freedom. It is in this surrender that we begin the journey to true victory.

Experiencing Resurrection Power
So, how can we experience resurrection power in our own lives? It starts with a deepening of our relationship with Jesus. We must examine our hearts and ask ourselves if we have truly embraced the power of His resurrection. Have we allowed the cares and distractions of this world to draw us away from our first love? Have we forgotten the victory that is available to us through Him?

To tap into resurrection power, we must remain connected to the source. We must prioritize our relationship with Jesus and seek Him daily through prayer, worship, and the study of His Word. It is through this ongoing connection that we can experience His resurrection power working in and through us.

In conclusion, living in resurrection power means embracing the victory that Jesus offers us through His resurrection. It means recognizing the destructive forces in our lives and choosing to turn to the power that raised Jesus from the grave. By counting ourselves dead to sin and surrendering all to Jesus, we open ourselves up to His transformative power and experience true freedom.

Let us not forget the incredible testimony of those who have tasted resurrection power and found victory in their lives. May their stories inspire us to seek a deeper relationship with Jesus and to fully embrace the power that is available to us through His resurrection. As we walk in this resurrection power, we can overcome every obstacle and live victoriously in Christ.

This recap is from The Crux of the Cross Week 5: Victory | Colossians 2: 10-15. Check out the full sermon below from Senior Pastor Dr. Roger Patterson.
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