“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know . . . His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead” (Ephesians 1:18-20).
What are you overcome by? Pain, anxiety, despair, loss? What about happiness, excitement, thankfulness, or relief? Life is usually a mixture of both, but chronic pain and suffering can leave us feeling overwhelmingly overcome with negative thoughts and emotions rather than positive ones.
More and more, I am realizing the great significance of these verses in Ephesians and how they should be impacting my life. As I think about the power that God exerted to raise Christ from the dead, my human mind can’t fully comprehend what that entailed. But I do know that no other power is so great, and as a Christian, that power now lives in me.
There are countless times when I don’t know how I will endure another moment of pain, headaches, depression, grief, or loss. Jesus understands my pain and distress. He was overcome with sorrow in the garden of Gethsemane to the point of sweating blood.
He was overcome by grief because of friends that failed Him. He was overcome by the agony of knowing He would be separated from God the Father as He bore our sins on the cross. But hours later He victoriously overcame sin and death, and now His power and Spirit live in me. Regardless of how hopeless things may appear at the moment, I can endure and overcome whatever God allows in my life because of His resurrection power.
Yes, life will still be painful, and I will not always feel or act victoriously. But the Holy Spirit continually reminds me of that first Easter morning and what it means to me–now and eternally. In faith I believe and declare that I am an overcomer, and I will keep overcoming until my resurrection day.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I praise and thank You for Easter and Your victory over sin and death. I want to be overcome by victorious thoughts and attitudes rather than defeated ones, knowing that Your resurrection power is alive in me. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
How can knowing that you have resurrection power within you change the way you are feeling about or responding to the difficult situations in your life right now?
Have you heard Mandisa’s new song, “Overcomer”? This song is guaranteed to get your heart singing and reminding you that you are an overcomer every single day because the Lord is your Savior. We all hit the bottom and that is when we need to hang onto His promises, she sings. Take a minute to listen. For some of us this has become our theme song for coping with our illness. Thsi was the song Bronlynn had in mind while writing this devotional and I know it will bless you. -Lisa