During my time with the Lord today, he brought to light / reminded me of three things that definitely uplifted my day. This will be quick, but I wanted to share the deliciousness of what we have in Christ.
1. “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” Romans 8:11
The Holy Spirit is obviously the Spirit of God. This is the same Spirit who hovered over the waters in Genesis, lead Jesus every step of his life and empowered him to perform his awesome earthly ministry, as well as the one who raised Him from death to life. This Spirit is capable of healing, preaching, teaching, loving, empowering, guiding, and anything else that has to do with righteousness and the kingdom of God. It’s basically like you have the powers of all the Avengers living inside of you and allowing you to live for God. Jesus himself said it would be better for him to leave because He would send the Holy Spirit.
“But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7
And finally, Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.” Being lead by the Spirit of God is not something of which we should be fearful. Instead, He leads us into life as a son of the Most High God!
2. Was Jesus not God’s most beloved? However, God, in his wisdom, chose to allow his son to come to earth and die an excruciating death so that we might be reconciled to him and live with him forever. If this isn’t good enough news already, it gets better! Romans 8:32 says the following.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
The way this struck me today was that if God would give up the thing that was of greater worth to him than anything else (his son), will He not give us all things now that we are reconciled to him? Let me put it this way, everything that God has is not worth as much as his son, yet He gave his son for us. However, David said, “you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:11). David knew that in God’s presence were eternal pleasures. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what the pleasures are because, whatever they are, we are joint heirs of them with Christ (Romans 8:17). Now, I don’t say all of this to get us excited on material things, I say this to get us excited on heavenly things, things that reflect the goodness and favor of God!
3. “Christ Jesus, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:34).
Jesus didn’t just die and rise to life and then leave us alone and say, “There, I’ve done my part, now you live for me because of what I did for you.” No, he constantly intercedes for us as we go through this life. To add a bonus to this, look back at Psalm 16:11 two paragraphs ago. David said that eternal pleasures were at God’s right hand. Romans 8:34 says that Jesus is at God’s right hand. Is it possible that Jesus is our eternal pleasure?
Let me summarize what we have in Christ. First, we have the most powerful thing that’s in the earth today actually living inside of us and counseling us how to live. In addition to having Holy Spirit live within us, we know that we are co-heirs with Christ and everything that is the Father’s is our inheritance as well. And finally, Jesus is praying for us night and day. That’s a power punch of hope! Being saved by Jesus is the best thing anyone could have!