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Dear Church Family,

I was reminded of a time years ago with my son, Jace, who was driving his remote-controlled car.  Everything was going well until his car started to lose power.  He said, “Dad I have hardly used it.”  I asked him if he had charged it up before using it and he said “no.”  I told him that it doesn’t matter if he has only used it a little bit, what matters is that he charges it up with power before using it.

As Christians, we often operate the same way, we take off without a power-charge.  We forget that we need the power of Christ in our daily lives to live victorious.  Paul writes in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and delivered Himself up for me.”  Crucified with Christ means death to or separation from the reigning power of the old sinful life and freedom to experience the power of the resurrected life of Christ by faith.  Jesus’ greatest demonstration of power was His resurrection.  This resurrection power is the Christian’s by faith and provides the believer with victory over all things.

Resurrection power enables the Christian to live victorious over sin, sin’s penalty and power (I Corinthians 15:3, 17, 26, 51-58; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 2:14, 15).  Resurrection power gives the believer victory over Satan and the world (Hebrews 2:14; I John 4:4, 5:4, 5).

Paul writes in Philippians 3:10, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…”  So why don’t Christians know Jesus’ resurrection power?  We need to return to the scripture verse I started with – Galatians 2:20.  There must be a crucifixion before there is a resurrection.  You see Jesus died, before Jesus arose.  We must die to self before Jesus can live through us with resurrection power.  If you want to run your life, God will let you, but you will live without His power.  Out of death, comes power for living.

No matter your age, no matter your years of being a Christian, you must daily die to self in order to live with resurrection power (John 12:24-25, 15:5).  With Christ’s strength I can do all things, without Him, I can do nothing.  Are you running out of power for daily living?  Check out your power supply – is it God’s or yours?  Are you being recharged in your walk with God, recharged in the things of God?  Recharged in the Word & Worship of God?  Die to self, don’t give the devil an opportunity in your life.  Say “no” to the flesh and “old nature,” and put on the Lord Jesus Christ and His resurrection power (II Corinthians 4:6-11).

Pastor Kirk

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.                                                             Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”  I John 5:4-5