Written in Romans 8:9-11 is a staggering thought about the strength and power to which we have access as followers of Jesus:
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (ESV)
Paul is telling the Roman believers that they don’t have to fear the challenges to their faith. They don’t have to fear the chains of sin. They don’t have to fear the imminence of death. The Spirit of God, which had the ability to raise Jesus from the dead, he writes, lives in them. Think about that for a moment. The power to overcome sin, and defeat death, that same power dwells within us. That is power beyond our comprehension. Rulers and authorities, physically and supernaturally speaking, shudder at this power. That same power dwells within us. Yet, we are easily shaken by even the smallest challenges to our routine and comfort. I wonder what our lives would look like if we truly lived as if we had access to the same power that raised Christ from the dead?
As you pray and fast this week, ask that you (and the folks at the Gathering, and on campus) would catch a glimpse of that power. Ask that you would be strengthened by the power of the Spirit of Christ that dwells in you. Ask that the Lord would help you walk through your day with confidence in the fact that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
If you haven’t heard about why we are praying and fasting, take a couple of minutes to read the previous post. And, don’t forget to share any stories with us by responding to any of these posts, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you have any questions, send them to that email address.