The Christian life is hard. We are called to deny ourselves daily, take up our crosses, and follow Jesus all the while we face a crafty and powerful three-fold enemy: Satan, the world, and the flesh. Some days are easier than others, but we’ve all experienced those days when the battle is fierce and we allow ourselves to be overcome because it feels like there is no other option. We are all familiar with those occasions when it seems like the reality is that sin has the upper hand and surrender is inevitable.
During those times, what truth do we need to remember so that we rise above what feels real and rather act on what is real? I ran across an awesome text in Ephesians 1 that I think we would all do well to memorize: “that you may know… what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places” (vv. 18-20).
What is Paul saying? He’s saying that we, as believers in Jesus Christ, have the same power that God used in raising Jesus from the dead and seating him at his right hand in heaven. This is the power we have to deny our enemy and obey our King! Power like this cannot be found in this world. We’ve created machines and weapons of cataclysmic energy, but no one has accessed the power to raise a dead man to life. Paul says his prayer is that the Ephesians may know that this is the power that God already gives them, which means they (and us) don’t have to go on some kind of long, epic quest wherein they must battle treacherous conditions and ferocious beasts to find it. No, it’s already ours in Christ and we have access to it now. So, no matter what your enemy throws at you today, you have the power to choose God’s will and honor your Savior. No matter how strong it may feel, having the power of Christ’s resurrection means you can always overcome temptation.