Same Power

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“The same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in us.”

Yep, it was the midnight melody on repeat last night. I lay in bed and let the words play over and over.

Remember this in the morning, I thought to myself…remember.

I awoke the next morning and thought about the mental post it note I had “jotted” down.

What was the message I was supposed to remember?

I brewed my coffee and sat down on the couch. It took a few minutes for the words to awake again and percolate up to the surface of my heart.

“The same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in us.”

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It’s easy to forget this, isn’t it?  Even in my waking hours, I tend to forget (all the time) and even doubt this incredible deposit Christ left with us. But the Apostle Paul assures us that this power is accessible to all Christ followers:

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength  he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1: 18-23

“But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8: 10-11

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 I keep going back to a quote I read the other day from Scott Sauls.  I really like it.

“The wise heart prays not only to be blessed, but to be mastered. Because in the being mastered we find the true blessing.”

Could this also be the key to tapping into this resurrection power that seems so hard to claim and wrap our brains around?  If Christ rules our heart, then and only then do we give Him free reign to unleash this incredible power living inside us.

Oh, that I would remember this!  Not just at midnight. Not just when I’m sipping my morning coffee in the comfort and safety of my own house…but everywhere and always!

But in order for that to happen…there can only be One Master.

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