The Enemy’s powers are far less than we imagine. The Evil One cannot overwhelm us by force. Indeed he can use only the weapons we give him.
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Pondering the Master
Rise to Joy
During this last month, my wife and I have been taking time to
read and consider the devotionals in Biola
University’s Lent Project. It has been a thought-provoking time and for the
first time in my life I’m actually feeling prepared for Resurrection Sunday. As
a part of this I went back and read a sermon I wrote last year, called An Ode to the
Resurrection in Three Thoughts and in looking at it I was reminded of a key
truth: the Resurrection should infuse us with joy, day in day out. I do not
always keep this thought in the forefront of my mind, but in considering it,
these three thoughts arise:
Jesus’ resurrection guarantees that one day I will rise
again. My life is not limited to this short span of sorrow and suffering. I
will rise and live with Him eternally! If I “miss out” on something here, who
cares? I’ve got a million billion trillion years to make up for anything good
(and that is the qualifier!) that I couldn’t see or do on this earth.
Jesus’ resurrection guarantees that this earth will be
renewed. This fallen planet is going to be remade in perfection, in glory, in
beauty. The risen people of God will enjoy an earth at once utterly familiar
and totally new. When we see the sun rise, watch the birds fly, or enjoy the
beauty of untouched nature, we’re catching just a little glimpse of New Earth.
Jesus’ resurrection is the motivation to tell others. If I
really believe in His resurrection, my resurrection and the renewal of the
earth, I won’t want to keep it to myself, but tell others, so they can
have a part in the joy. So, let us rejoice and call others to rejoice with
them. Have a joy-filling, overflowing-blessing, forward-looking Resurrection
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