The same power

Did you know how powerful you can be?

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A couple of years ago the leader of our Bible study group asked us what we thought was the most powerful thing in the world. The answers we gave him ranged from tsunamis to earthquakes and nuclear weapons. Kevin asked, “What about raising someone from the dead?” And then went on to tell us that if we have Jesus in our hearts, and if Christ is in us, then we have that same power.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.  But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.  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 because of his Spirit who lives in you. ~ Romans 8:9-11 +++

Jeremy Camp is becoming a favorite of mine when I am listening to the radio these days. His song, “Same Power” has led me to write of this. From the song, these lyrics are always amazing me: “The same power that rose Jesus from the grave, the same power that commands the dead to wake, lives in us!” “The same power that moves mountains when he speaks, the same power that can calm a raging sea, lives in us!” “He lives in us!”

It soothes my soul to hear these wonderful words and I can listen to this song and those words again and again.

“We have hope, that His promises are true, in His strength there is nothing we can’t do.”

Wonderful words that should make every one of us live to be more Christ-like each and every day. After all, “there greater things in store.” This power of Christ lives in us. Christ lives in us. “He conquers our enemy” and that enemy is Satan and sin.

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power  that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.  ~ Ephesians 1:19-20 +++ 

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About David Christenson: He is a lifelong resident of South Dakota, grew up on a farm north of Claremont and attended school in Amherst and Britton, graduating from Britton in 1977. David married Gretchen Tisher in 1984. Gretchen is also a graduate of Britton and teaches math and drama at Britton-Hecla high school. David and Gretchen have two children. Zach is an engineer for Continental Ag in Norfolk, Nebraska and his wife Amanda is a nurse. Margo lives in Denver and works as a Marketing & Outreach coordinator for MyLifeLine.org, a cancer support not-for-profit entity. David started a cow/calf operation in the 1980s and farmed on the family farm after his high school graduation until December of 1994 when he accepted a sales position at the John Deere store in Britton. David left the John Deere sales position in March of 2006 and became a licensed crop insurance agent in May of 2006. David also started a rental business in 2010 and remained in the cattle business until January of 2012. David, age 55, has had some extraordinary circumstances in his life. He was run over by a farm tractor before age 6 and had three heart attacks a few months before turning 40. Then he suffered life threatening injuries a few months after turning 50 in a hit and run incident. David was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 and skin cancer in 2014. David started writing his recovery experiences on Facebook in December of 2009. Over the next four years those Facebook notes became what would become chapters in his book, “Why Are You Here?” which was published in December of 2013.

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