The Easter holiday remembers the greatest event in human history; the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Everything Jesus taught about God, sin and man was proven true when he rose from the dead. The resurrection is the foundational truth of the Christian faith and if the resurrection didn’t happen, then the Christian faith is a joke (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).
The fact is that Jesus rose from the dead and there is power in the name of Jesus. The gospel of Jesus is no fairy-tale story. It is the story of every person. The challenge of the gospel is to bring it out of the book and let it change your life.
Jesus died and came back for you.
Listen as Casey gives reminds us why there is power in the name of Jesus.
Imagine you were a basketball player and someone came to you and said that they could put the fullness of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant into you. Would you take it? If you did, you would go on to be one of the greatest players in the game. If you’re a business leader and someone came to you said they could give you the fullness of legendary businessman Bill Gates. Wouldn’t you take it? If you did, then you would be able to make business decisions unlike you’ve ever made before and move into great success.
You’ll never receive the special fullness of a business or sports superstar, but you can receive the fullness of the foremost superstar of universe, Jesus Christ. When you receive the grace of God, not only do you receive forgiveness and salvation from sin but you also receive the full power of Jesus Christ inside of you. Grace is more than receiving a free pass from punishment, it is the receiving of a power unlike anything you’ve ever received so that you can live like Jesus and love others like Jesus did. When you become a Christian, a mighty power starts to work in you and through you. This power can enable you to be the best at what God has put you on the earth to do. The grace of God intends to distinguish you so that you can heal the world through the power of Jesus for the sake and honor of God.
The Christian life is supernatural. The Spirit of God lives inside every believer and yet elements of the supernatural makes us nervous. It’s easier to shy away from God’s power in everyday life than to embrace the possibility of it. The Spirit of God is orderly, but he pushes the us to the boundaries of our comfort.
Elijah was a great prophet of God but that doesn’t mean his access to God is different from yours. Elijah encountered the supernatural Spirit of God because he regularly invited the Spirit to move is noticeable and powerful ways. When Elijah was challenged by the false prophets and the Spirit of God fell on the altar, notice that the fire of God fell on a sacrifice that was prepared. It didn’t randomly fall in the middle of no where. The fire of God fell because of preparation and a prayer.
Listen as Cortney shares lessons we can learn from Elijah. Expect God to show up in powerful ways. Don’t fake the Spirit of God. Don’t hide from the Spirit of God. Expect the Spirit of God and let him show up when and how he wants.