We discovered yesterday that every believer in Jesus Christ has been spiritually raised from the dead! We are “resurrection people.” That means that your testimony … the story of how you came to know Jesus, is your Resurrection Story. What is your Resurrection Story and who can you share it with today? Join me as we pray about our Resurrection Story.
If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior then you have been spiritually raised from the dead! The Apostle Paul writes to the Ephesian Church, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins … But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him” (Eph. 2:1,4-6). If you are a believer in Jesus, you have experienced Resurrection Transformation!
One of the most difficult times for us to follow God is when we are facing adversity or heartache. Jesus provides the ultimate model of following God in the midst of traumatic circumstances. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus yields his will to the will of the Father and He entrusts himself to the Father’s plan. Join with me as we ask God to increase our faith to trust Him in the midst of adversity.
One of the most vital ministries we can have is to pray for those we are closest to – our family. We experience spiritual transformation when we allow God to use us as instruments of blessing through prayer. Join with me today as we invite God’s blessing on our household.
The Apostle Paul reveals the secret for contentment regardless of our circumstances. “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:12-13). Spiritual transformation and life-contentment require walking in reliance upon Jesus in every situation.
We know we are experiencing spiritual transformation when we can freely forgive others for their offenses against us. Forgiving another person for a wrong suffered is one of the most difficult things we can humanly do. Especially when the offense is significant and there is no expression of remorse or responsibility by the offender. The key to having a heart of forgiveness is realizing how much we have personally been forgiven. Every sin we commit is ultimately an offense against God. Each of us could honestly admit that our offenses against Him are innumerable. Yet, in Christ, God has forgiven us all our offenses. The Apostle Paul writes, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).
“To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 For. 12:7). Every person who has trusted Jesus as their Savior has been “graced” with a unique way that the Spirit of God wants to express Himself through them. This is commonly referred to as a spiritual gift. Many spiritual gifts are identified in the Bible but the lists are not exhaustive. Part of walking in relationship with the living God is discovering how He uniquely wants to express Himself through you. Let’s pray about that right now!
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). The power of love transforms lives. The Bible tells us that God is love, that He loves us unconditionally, and that He indwells those who have placed their faith in Christ. The ultimate expression of our love for God is that we obey Him. Obedience is an act of love, yielding my will to the one I love. Love is transformational. When we love God through decisions of obedience to Him … our lives are transformed. Let’s express, in prayer, our desire and our intent to love God with passionate obedience. Join me!
“ Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:15-16). The heart of spiritual transformation is becoming more like Jesus. We fan the flame of becoming more like Christ when we allow ourselves to be saturated by His presence. When we allow His peace to rule in our hearts and His word to dwell richly within us, we will increasingly reflect Jesus in our lives.
As you gather with other Christians on this day of worship, allow me to encourage you to have your “spiritual radar” on. Who can you pray for? Who needs encouragement? Who needs a listening ear? Ask God to use you in a special way to bless someone in prayer today.