I start by wishing you all a very Happy Easter. May you all
know the joy and power of the resurrection this Easter Sunday.
This Easter I have been thinking about the power of the resurrection. It is the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which we celebrate on Easter Sunday, that gives our faith it's power. In Ephesians 1:18-20 Paul says
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"I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people, and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength which he used when he raised Christ from death and seated him at his right side in the heavenly world." GNT
The power that we have available to us is the same power that rose Jesus from the dead. One of the things that helped me to not give up on my journey to freedom from bingeing, and keeps me seeking further freedom, is knowing that the Jesus I have in my life is the same Jesus as I read about in the Gospels. And he can free me. He has the power. He has the willingness. He died and rose again that I may receive that power for myself.
I can remember reading the gospels years ago and thinking 'The Jesus I read about in the Bible can free me. I won't give up until I am free. I choose to keep believing it'. I knew that what I was living was not necessarily in keeping with what I read. So I had to ask myself, do I believe my own experience or keep on pressing forward to receive the power of Christ I see in the Gospels. I chose to keep pushing to receive the truth I read. Sometimes I have had doubts (and a period of major unbelief) but I keep coming back to the hope I have in Jesus Christ and the power of his resurrection. The resurrection is proof that God accepts the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. Our sin is paid for. We are forgiven. Now the Holy Spirit of God can live permanently in his people - that is us. I keep choosing to believe this through life's ups and downs and I find it helps me to not give up. I keep Jesus and his love, mercy and power at the forefront of my mind. That is a choice. It doesn't just happen. I chose to turn to him and seek him always. I make mistakes and turn away from him again for a moment but I refuse to stop seeking him.
This Easter make a decision to really believe that Jesus rose from the dead. Believe it not just in your head but ask God to let it sink deep into your heart, deep into your spirit. Jesus is alive and his Holy Spirit is available to those of us who have chosen to follow Christ. Believe it and don't give up seeking freedom. Do you love Jesus? Have your given your life and heart to him? If so then the same power that rose Christ from the dead lives in you.
Have an amazing day celebrating the love, power and mercy of Jesus.
Lynda Alsford is a sea loving, cat loving GP administrator and writes in her spare time. She has written two books, He Never Let Go describes her journey through a major crisis of faith whilst working as an evangelist at a lively Church in Chiswick, West London. Being Known describes how God set her free from food addiction. Both books are available in paperback and on kindle on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. She writes a newsletter called Seeking the Healer, in which she shares the spiritual insights she has gained on her journey. When she finally starts her blog, it will also be called Seeking the Healer and you can find out more about both at www.lyndaalsford.com.