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Day 11: Power and Suffering (shhhh!)

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 11, 2011


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Philippians 3:10 – “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection” [STOP!]… Don’t read any further.

That’s far enough! Whatever you do in your Christian walk, all you need to know is Christ in the “power of His resurrection”. All you have to do is walk in the love, walk in the effortless joy of the Lord.

We all want that resurrection experience with Christ.  All too often, we read our Bibles only looking for those “resurrection moment” verses and cling to them like they are magic; however, you will never see Paul doing that.

Remember Paul, the one called by God where God said of him to Ananias?

“I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” – Acts 9:16

How many American’s, if presented with that calling from God, would actually give their lives to Christ?  Similarly, how many American Christians would gladly take on that calling?

We can’t stop a thought of Paul mid-sentence…

“… and the fellowship of His sufferings…” (Philippians 3:10, continued)

Paul knows that you can’t just know Jesus the way you “want” to know him.  You must know him the way God wants you to know him.

Why?

“…to become LIKE HIM in his DEATH.” (Philippians 3:10, continued)

The expressed work of the Holy Spirit is to make you into the image of Christ.  If we think that is a “living” image, we’d be gravely mistaken.  We die with Christ; we die to self; we carry our cross (our instrument of death); we are baptized into Christ’s death; we must humble ourselves and become living sacrifices (though you are alive, you are dead because you don’t get a sacrifice back).

In short, we need to die daily and let the power of God live through us. 1 Corinthians 15:31

Only then will we find real JOY!

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