Tuesday, January 30, 2018

"Which he exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places."  Ephesians 1:20  {The Amplified Bible}

I can't overlook this verse. I know I posted it yesterday but I didn't get a chance to share about it. Let's look at the word "exerted" in Vine's Expository Dictionary. We find that the greek word - energeo, which means to work in, to be active, and operative. We certainly can see how this is an appropriate usage of this word. 

Let's face it, I can't come up with any word or words that can describe this incredible work that God did in raising Christ. We need to understand that Jesus was beaten and raw when he died. He didn't look pretty, like in the movies. He was so disfigured the Bible says that he didn't even look like a human.   { Isaiah 52:14}

God's power that far exceeds our wildest imagination, made his body whole, and breathed life anew into it. How can I explain this? I can't, but one day we will be free of these earthly bodies and we will be in God's presence. We will know that power and authority in its purest form, coming from its source.   

By the Holy Spirit, we are given the power of God. The more we look to God, the more we change, and He can fill us. We need to exert our wills to press into the presence of God. It is God's will for us to be filled with healing, restoration and blessing, but it doesn't come naturally. We have to take what is rightfully ours as children of God.

Moving past our own desires and weaknesses isn't easy, but it is worth it. Any time we push past ourselves to gain more of the kingdom of God, we gain understanding, wisdom, and strength.  Many christians in foreign countries know this very well. Many have died for the gospel and wouldn't back away and deny the truth.  

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