“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Cor. 15:14). As we celebrated this Easter Sunday, Christ has been raised (indeed!), our faith stands firm, and our preaching of the Gospel remains the most life-giving act we can undertake in our lives.
The events of Holy Week form the core of the Christian faith, and they serve as the foundation for our daily lives. Some days, however, feel less “victorious” than they should, especially knowing that–through faith in Jesus Christ–resurrection awaits those who place their faith in Him.
When spiritual frustration is common, how do we daily walk in the victory that Jesus has provided through His triumph over death? I have learned to embrace a four-step discipline to make my faith really “RORE“!
- Recognize the Holy Spirit’s prompting.
God is always the initiator; I can only respond and follow. This truth corrects our tendency to get ahead of God. “Relax,” says the Holy Spirit. “Follow me; I know where we’re going.” What a relief!
- Obey God’s written Word.
Obedience is both evidence of salvation and a characteristic of sanctification. Obedience leads to a casting off of our old selves and an adoption of new selves. (Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9-10)
- Rely on the Spirit’s empowerment.
The sooner I recognize that it’s impossible for me to live the resurrection life on my own–in power, victory, and joy–the sooner I will be free. (1 Corinthians 6:11; Romans 6:1-14; Romans 15:13; Galations 5:16-18)
- Enjoy the Lord!
I try to have breakfast with Jesus every day (John 21:12a). This practice acknowledges that He is with me, and my time with Him fuels me with the joy and hope that I need to carry me through my day.
I choose today to put You in Your rightful place in my life, to submit to Your will and enjoy Your fellowship. You have enabled me with Your Spirit’s empowerment to put off the old man and to put on the new man.
Today I choose, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to no longer live under the dominion of sin or the influence of the old nature, but rather to thrive in the freedom of a life of obedience, righteousness, holiness, and joy made possible through Your resurrection.
Thank You for the freedom and power to actually live the new life that You have graciously provided for me!