The following was taught and prayed through during our 9:30 a.m. family prayer time with Sue DeGroot
Just think, for such a time as this God called us to be His witnesses, what an honour it is to serve the only living God. How can we not express our love towards Him -Psalm 100 TPT-Lift up a great shout of joy to Yahweh! Go ahead and do it—everyone, everywhere! Worship Yahweh with gladness. Sing your way into his presence with joy! And realize what this really means— we have the privilege of worshiping Yahweh our God. For he is our Creator and we belong to him. We are the people of his pleasure. You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise. Come right into his presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to him and affectionately bless his beautiful name! For Yahweh is always good and ready to receive you. He’s so loving that it will amaze you— so kind that it will astound you! And he is famous for his faithfulness toward all. Everyone knows our God can be trusted, for he keeps his promises to every generation!
In John 7:1-4, Jesus’ brothers mock Him. Verse 5 tells us the reason, “For even his own brothers did not believe in him.” This is toward the end of Jesus’ ministry, likely about six months before His Crucifixion. This is after Jesus healed a man who had been disabled for 38 years, (John 5:2-9) fed 5,000 men with a boy’s lunch (John 6:5-14), and walked on water (John 6:16-21).
Even after more than two years of miracles, James is a skeptic.
Skeptic definition-not easily convinced, having doubts or reservations about the truth of revelation, the reality of doctrine and the existence and perfections of God.
1 Corinthians 15:7 specifically names James as one to whom Jesus appeared after His Resurrection. Seeing his dead brother walking and talking, James believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God sent to save people from their sins.
The life of James shows us the power of the Resurrection. The sneering skeptic becomes a devoted follower after witnessing the crucified Jesus come back to life.
Jesus is the resurrection –John 11:25-26 and this same power dwells in us –Eph 1:19-20; Rom 8:11
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The Start of It All
Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection was all part of the plan of Redemption. What Adam gave over to Satan in the Garden of Eden by disobedience, was taken back by one perfect Man’s obedience. God reclaimed THE BLESSING that was stolen in the garden and got His family back. He gave us back the dominion and authority that rightfully belong to us as His children.
When Jesus arose from the dead after being crucified, a voice echoed through the universe, “It is finished!” Jesus left hell in shambles—totally and completely devastated. Satan was defeated, conquered and under Jesus’ feet. That means he’s not going to be defeated—he already is!
Jesus triumphed! Colossians 2:15 says, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (NKJV). He triumphed over the devil, triumphed over all principalities and powers, triumphed over the kingdom of darkness. He disarmed every power that could take a stand against us.
Jesus sealed Satan’s defeat—it’s done. Satan has no power over you unless you give him the power. He has no authority—unless you give it to him. Jesus did the final work, the finished work to seal his defeat. Now we need to live in that finished work—the work of resurrection power!
Most Christians stop at the cross and don’t take full advantage of all that Jesus provided. But you can! Start today with these four ways to live in resurrection power every day.
1. Activate the Resurrection Power Inside You
“I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.” –Philippians 3:10
Let’s keep it simple. There is no Christianity without the Cross and the Resurrection. It is the core of everything we believe, receive and experience in the earth and thereafter in heaven. Every Christian believes and receives salvation, but sadly, most aren’t operating in the fullness of the resurrection power available to every one of us.
Resurrection power doesn’t come from heaven. It’s in you right now. The anointing, the power of Jesus’ resurrection that you have received from Him abides in you now—and when you activate it, it removes burdens and destroys yokes. The resurrection power of God is the most powerful force in the universe—yet it has no power in your life until you activate it.
How can you do this? Here are three simple steps.
- 1. Believe It
Being born again won’t cause resurrection power to automatically operate in your life— you have to choose to believe it. Believing is what activates the power in your life.
You activated resurrection power when you allowed Jesus Christ to come into your life as your Lord and Savior. Think about what that accomplished. Deliverance, forgiveness, being made right with God Himself—that’s a lot of power! But you had to activate it by faith—by believing.
To access all the benefits—healing, abundance, peace, joy and every good thing—you must put that same belief—faith—into action to receive full use of resurrection power in your life. Every yoke is destroyed under resurrection power and every part of THE BLESSING is released. Believe it!
- 2. Speak It
When you believe that resurrection power is residing in you, you begin to activate it through your words. You speak faith-filled words to release THE BLESSING. The power of God is in faith-filled words. If the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he will make alive your mortal flesh (Romans 8:11). Notice, it doesn’t say He will make alive your glorified flesh, but your mortal flesh. That’s resurrection power coming out of God from His Word, into your spirit, out your mouth, and quickening your flesh with resurrection power.
Every time you speak the Name of Jesus or plead the blood of Jesus over a situation, Satan is reminded of his defeat.
- 3. Act on It
Make no mistake—Satan’s defeat was sealed by the Resurrection, but we have to enforce it, or act on it.
The very same power that raised Jesus from the dead is now living in you (Romans 8:11)!s God raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Satan is defeated. When he tries to bring the curse back into your life—he’s trespassing. You have the authority to make him leave. Now act on it!
Apply the Name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, God’s power to every situation in your life. When sickness tries to come—apply the blood of Jesus—resurrection power. If lack tries to take up residence in your life—apply the blood—declare the curse is over in your life and the enemy is defeated, and claim the triumph Jesus won for you on the cross. Don’t ever accept defeat in your life—Jesus paid too high a price for you to accept anything less than total and complete VICTORY
2. Live Healed Through Resurrection Power
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” –Romans 8:11 (KJV)
When you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, the Holy Spirit imparted into you the same power that raised up Jesus out of hell, the same power that defeated principalities and power. You were made alive together with Him. The very same Spirit, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is living inside you—that’s resurrection power!
Imagine that! If that same power is in your body right now—do you think that any sickness or disease—no matter how bad—could even stand a chance? Of course not!
Whatever is going on in your body today—put the resurrection power to work. Jesus died so you could live! There’s nothing that can match the yoke-destroying, burden-removing power of the resurrected King.
You’re not qualified to bear sin, sickness, disease and demons. Jesus did all that so you don’t have to bear it. So, you shouldn’t bear it. It’s blasphemous for you to even try.
Our part is to resist everything that tries to come on us that Jesus already bore for us on the cross. That’s our job. That’s what we’re required to do. He bore our sin, so we resist sin, or the temptation of it. He bore our sickness and disease, so we resist sickness and disease. Instead of being tempted to just lay down and put up with it, we resist it.
To walk in resurrection power, we believe, speak and act on healing. Expect the power of God in your physical body, expect the same power that raised Jesus from the dead to operate in your life, and live healed, healthy and whole in Jesus’ Name!
3. Live the Zōē Life Through Resurrection Power
“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” –Revelation 1:18 (NKJV)
Jesus came to bring us new life. The word life in the Greek is zōē. It is the God kind of life—charging through our very being.
Living in zōē life means that God keeps on making life in our bodies because zōē is eternal, ongoing life. That resurrection life is designed to continually upgrade and renew our physical beings. If we are going to fulfill Scripture and live to 120 years (Genesis 6:3), then our bodies will have to experience a continual impartation of the zōē life of God.
Activate resurrection power by confessing the following: “Because of Jesus’ resurrection life in me, I am getting stronger and stronger every day. My eyes are seeing more clearly, my ears are hearing better, my mind is functioning perfectly, and every bone, organ, nerve and ligament is daily being supercharged with the glory of God! The same Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead is now dwelling in me and is constantly making alive my mortal flesh (Romans 8:11). My days are being lengthened, and my youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103:5).”
Resurrection life is available to all of us, but we must receive it by faith. We must embrace a daily recognition of the life of God dwelling inside us and making alive our mortal flesh. This must become a reality. We should wake up every morning and declare, “The resurrection life of God is living in me today!”
4. Live Free with Resurrection Power
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” –John 8:36 (NIV)
Resurrection power frees you from the bondage of sin and from your past. Your part in Jesus’ crucifixion and His suffering—what you must do to walk in resurrection power—is to forget those things that are behind you and reach forward to what is ahead for you (Philippians 3:13).
Do you know why Jesus shed His blood? It’s so simple. To get rid of yesterday. Think about it. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV). Now, the old things of yesterday need to be forgotten. Romans 6:4 says, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death…even so we also should walk in newness of life” (KJV).
As a believer, you actually have residing in you the same new life God gave Jesus when He raised Him from the dead. The old sinner you once were has died. You’ve become a new creation on the inside. You are full of the resurrection life of God!
But sin, disobedience and living a selfish, carnal life will keep that resurrection life from flowing out. Sin will separate you from the power of God, even though you’re born again. Resurrection life will lay dormant in you if you walk in sin.
You don’t overcome sin by trying to stop sinning. You overcome it by walking after the new life God has put within you; by spending time in the Word and in prayer. As you do that, the Spirit of God will strengthen you and enable you to put that sin under your feet.
Take the first step today by asking for His help. Say, “Lord, I desire to experience the power to live by this new life every day. By a decision of my heart, I put down the dictates of sin. I declare myself dead to it. In Jesus’ Name, I will spend time in prayer and in the Word today. As I do, I believe I’ll receive a Holy Spirit refreshing in my life. I believe I’ll begin to live out the resurrection power You’ve placed in me!”
Resurrection power sets you free from sin, shame and living in the past. And, it also sets you free from fear, worry and anxiety. Do you experience fear in your life? Know this—Jesus defeated fear, and you don’t ever have to fear again. Jesus took it. You’re delivered from it. That resurrection power living in you means you don’t have to be afraid of anything. Fear was defeated in the pit of hell for you. You don’t have to be in fear over your family, your children, your finances, your health or your future. So, go free in the Name of Jesus!
Just as James experienced the resurrection power, believed and then became a Believer, we are praying that also for our family members and also that we as Believers know that this resurrection power dwells with us.