There is so much to sort out in the mind, heart, and spirit when considering the resurrection of Jesus. Without it our faith is futile. Without it we have no hope. Without it we are to be pitied above all men. There are other aspects of His resurrection that are less discussed generally. Try this one on for size:
for God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and self control. (2 Timothy 1:7, ESV)
In the resurrection of Jesus:
- we have been given the Spirit
- we have been empowered
- we have been equipped to love
- we are able to control ourselves–living beyond our passions
If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful. (2 Timothy 2:11-13, ESV)
What must we fear if we have died with him? We have victory over death through Jesus Christ: the sting of death is removed and is not the bitter pill it once was. We are no longer obligated to slavishly obey every whim of our bodies–whether that be lust or gluttony or laziness or gossip or fear or arrogance . . . We are free!
Why share these thoughts in a prayer update?
When I write the words “Pray With Us” I’m inviting you into an activity that marks you as dangerous to entities in heavenly places. The oft quoted passage is appropriate here:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God . . . (Ephesians 6:12-13, ESV)
Believer, you must understand that Jesus has made a spectacle of these spiritual forces when He walked out of the grave. He rules at the right hand of Almighty God, riding the white horse to victory, treading out the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God. We are sent forth in the name, authority, and majesty of Jesus Christ not to kill and destroy and subdue, but to conquer evil in love, purity, and spiritual power.
When you pray in alignment with the Father’s heart, you are wrestling against echelons of evil, arrayed in the whole armor of God, marching to victory.
We together must pray, must call upon the name of the Lord, must leap into the fray in the name of Jesus Christ the Risen One and shake the gates of hell in Jesus’ name!
As you pray,
- Thank God for imbuing us with the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome sin and death in Jesus’ name.
- Thank God for His compassion and longsuffering patience with the nations; that He has provided a means for them to come into relationship with Him.
- Thank God for calling us out of darkness into His wonderful light.
Pray specifically for Bible translation efforts in Papua New Guinea:
- Pray that there will be unity across ethnic boundaries–that Christians of different people groups will work together in Jesus’ name and for his glory.
- Pray that expatriate missionaries will exercise great wisdom and discernment in serving both Jesus and the peoples of Papua New Guinea–that God’s word will be made accessible to all.
- Pray that the Father will protect and provide for the teams that are intensely involved in the Bible translation ministry.
Mount your white horses, take up the weapons of your warfare, and fearlessly bring the battle right to the gates of hell!