The Power that Conquered the Grave

If I’m honest, I have to say I don’t feel the power of Easter on a daily basis. Sometimes I feel defeated by sin that I despise, but I continue to do. Paul talks about this struggle in Romans 7. He says,“I do not understand what I do, for what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”

When I think about this battle, I can get discouraged, but the lyrics to this Hillsong tune have come to mind in the last few weeks in thinking about Easter. They say,

“the same power that conquered the grave lives in us.”

In essence, these lyrics reassure us that the Holy Spirit we receive as believers has unmatchable power, power enough to bring the dead back to life. That same spirit who lives in us can change us to look more like Jesus, empowering us for day to day victory, helping us overcome anything one step at a time.

What does this look like in daily life? It looks like the fruits of the Spirit from Galatians 5 lived out. It looks like His spirit empowering us to love the unlovable, wanting the best for others over ourselves. It looks like His Spirit enabling us to have deep-seated joy and peace when outward circumstances make us feel like we’re living in a circus. It looks like His Spirit filling us with patience, kindness, goodness, and gentleness towards the person who always says and does the wrong thing. It looks like His Spirit giving us the capacity to exercise self-control even we haven’t slept or had enough coffee. It looks like the Holy Spirit allowing us to forgive the most unforgivable offense.

It means there’s hope for our rough edges and it is never too late to change, because,

“the same power that conquered the grave lives in us.”

There are other times I can get discouraged by a friend or family member who I believe will never change. I’m encouraged by the story of Moses, a man who spent a good deal of his wilderness life praying for frustrating people. Not only did God hear his prayers, God answered His prayers even changing His mind by not destroying those frustrating people, all because of Moses’ heart to pray for those who irritated him.

We can talk to the one who has the power to change anyone because

“the same power that conquered the grave lives in us.”

And the life of a believer in God always comes full circle, when we take our irritations and frustrations to Him in prayer, He is faithful to soften our hearts and give us wisdom about what next step to take in difficult relationships. Our prayers are never wasted.

Don’t give up, on yourself or the hard person to love.

“The same power that conquered the grave lives in us.”

“And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you…” —Romans 8:11a

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.” —James 5:16-18

“‘In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.’ (Moses asked.) The Lord replied, ‘I have forgiven them, as you asked (Moses).’” —Numbers 14:19-20

“Thanks be to God, who delivers us through Jesus Christ our Lord.” —Romans 7:25

 

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