“We have therefore been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory and power of the Father, we too might walk habitually in newness of life.”
Romans 6:4 AMP
Many Christian traditions celebrate Easter and the Lord’s resurrection throughout the entire week following Easter Sunday, called “Bright Week” in the Orthodox Church.
In fact, most liturgical churches observe “Eastertide”—or the “Easter Season”—for the 50-day period between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday.
Commemorating the Resurrection of our Lord should not be limited to a single day.
There is so much we should be continuing to acknowledge and celebrate in the days and weeks following this pivotal event.
As spring dawns here in the northern hemisphere, we see the powerful forces of new life “springing up” all around us—new hope as all things are “made new.”
Join me for this Thursday’s 4 Points Broadcast as we press on with our study of the Blessed Life!
Tune in this week as we celebrate God’s faithfulness and resurrection power working in the smallest details of our daily lives.
Let’s continue to celebrate the “newness of life” that is our birthright.
You might be surprised to learn that the word new in the new life described by Paul in his letter to the Romans connotes “continual renewal.”
Renewal is to be a way of life; not a concept we only consider when we are “born again” or celebrate Easter.
The “resurrected life” you’re called to requires you to continually renew your mind (see Romans 12:2) by becoming a life-long student of the Word of Truth (see 2 Timothy 2:15).
There is no other way for you to firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is concerning your life (see Ephesians 5:17). You must become a person “who knows how to use the word of truth to the best advantage” (2 Tim. 2:15 PHILLIPS).
This is what Kingdom School of Ministry is all about.
Don’t put your life on hold one more season! There is no better time for you to learn how to maximize your Kingdom potential.
Now, more than ever, the world needs God’s people to step up and make the most of the limitless power available to them in Christ.
“For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary…He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value] so that by them you may…become sharers of the divine nature.”
2 Peter 1:3-4 AMP
The resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead is working in you by His Holy Spirit—it is the same dynamic power that causes your life to be radically transformed when you invite Christ into your heart (See 2 Corinthians 5:17)—and it’s the same power by which God uses you to transform the world.
We too often forget the nature of our lives when we abided in the kingdom of darkness—when we were “dead in our transgressions and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). We take for granted this new life in the Kingdom that has been afforded to us in Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
This week, I want to encourage you to keep on pursuing the new life God continues to have for you.
Your life makeover didn’t end when you confessed Christ as your Savior!
You must continually be “being renewed in the spirit of your mind” (see Rom. 12:2; Eph. 5:18) if you are to experience the kind of transformation that will bring you the victory you seek in every area of your life—and the transformation you hope to see in the world around you.
“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God…and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait…”
Romans 8:19-23 NRSV