Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Second Trumpet

With the sound of the first trumpet beginning to fade away, there is suddenly the strong blast of the second as the 11th verse of Romans 8 appears on the page.  "If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit that dwells in you."  The empty tomb that Sunday morning shouted out to the whole world and every generation of people born and still to be born that resurrection power has been unleashed in the world.  Nothing has changed the world like the advent of resurrection power.
Of course, the Word not only declares that Jesus was raised from the tomb by the power of the Holy Spirit, but goes on to declares that the same power resides in us because the Holy Spirit resides in us.  If there is anything that we underestimate and undervalue in the spiritual realm, it is surely the difference the Holy Spirit can have in our lives.  If He has such power as to raise Jesus from the dead, then there is no way for us to comprehend what He can also do in and through our lives.  A source of power is available to us through His presence that exists nowhere else in all the creation.
Of all the verses of the 8th chapter of Romans, this one surely stands as the most power filled.  To meditate on it is to see the change that is possible in our own hearts.  There is no reason for us to give the power of sin permission to be the victor in our lives.  There is no reason to think that we are not regarded by God as people of great value.  There is no reason to think that a single one of His promises can be made invalid by the circumstances of our life.  No!  The power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in each one of us.  Hear that trumpet blow!  It is indeed the sound of a mighty wind blowing through the world and the core of our soul! 

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