Have you experienced the double blessing of Easter?
I started attending a beautiful historic church in Savannah, Georgia nine months before I was born. But the meaning of Easter didn’t impact me until I was in middle school. At a chapel service at Epworth by the Sea, I heard the message that would change the course of my life and afterlife.
Since our family had celebrated Easter my whole life, I was familiar with Good Friday and Easter. But, when the speaker told how Jesus went to the cross for our sins, for the first time, I realized God didn’t just love the world; He loved me! God so loved Debbie that He gave His only Son that if I would believe in Him, I would not perish but have everlasting life (see John 3:16). The realization that Jesus died for me broke my heart.
But the Easter message also healed me. I returned home on an emotional high. Singing camp songs, I thought I’d never come down. But I did.
Life went back to normal. I was still the impatient person I’d always been. Except for one change.
Before I gave my life to Christ I considered myself to be a good person. I hadn’t identified with needing a Savior since I only lost my temper when someone provoked me! But after I invited Christ into my life, I became painfully aware of how I couldn’t control my impatient outbursts.
Every night, I’d promise God to do better the next day. Every day I failed. Knowing that Jesus had paid the penalty for my sins—past, present and future—was certainly a great comfort. But I needed power to change how I lived today.
Only one person has ever successfully lived the Christian life. That person is Jesus.
Easter’s Second Gift
In college, I joined a small group Bible study. Even though I attended church and read my Bible, I’d never viewed the Bible as relevant or reliable. I embraced the parts that made me feel good and dismissed the parts I considered to be outdated.
The women in this study not only viewed the Bible as pertinent, but their lives were also different. Small things didn’t set them off. Their responses to disappointment and loss showed a faith I lacked.
As my perception of God grew, the obstacles to trusting Him shrank. I realized that my ability to trust the Bible was directly related to my view of Him.
If God is God then:
- He is able to communicate with His children.
- He’s able to preserve the integrity of His Word.
- His wisdom is timeless.
The better I got to know Jesus the bigger God became to me.
I also learned why I’d been powerless to control my temper earlier. I’d been trying to live the Christian life in my own strength. I learned that only one person has ever successfully lived the Christian life. That person is Jesus. And He wanted to live through me.
The power that raised Jesus from the dead on that first Easter is available to every child of God!
The power that raised Jesus from the dead on that first Easter is available to every child of God! We weren’t meant to live the Christian life in our own strength. We were created to live by faith in God’s Son.
- “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know…his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” (Ephes. 1:18-20 NIV).
- “The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20 NIV).
Easter provides a double blessing to all who receive Christ: the power to overcome our innate weaknesses now and the assurance of heaven later. Have you unwrapped God’s Easter gifts to you?
Click here to comment.
Debbie W. Wilson
Sometimes I link up with these great sites:
#TestimonyTuesday, #IntentialTuesday, #TuesTalk, #Tell it to me Tuesdays, #A Little R & R Wednesdays #w2wwordfilledwednesday, #Wedded Wednesday, #Women with Intention, #LivefreeThursday, #Thankful Thursdays, #Grace and Truth, #Word of God Speak, #Weekend Whispers