ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY-The Power of His Resurrection by Iris Gordon-Harris
While pondering His resurrection over lent season, I was repeatedly in awe of Jesus and the power of His resurrection. Coupled with that, while reading one of C.H. Spurgeon’s sermons, I was seized by Spurgeon’s words,
“I desire that you should feel resurrection power. We have many technical Christians who know the phrases of godliness but know not the power of godliness. We have ritualistic Christians who treasure the outward but know not the power. We have many moral religionists, but they also know not the power. We are pestered with conventional, regulation Christians. Oh, yes, no doubt we are Christians. Be not content with a Truth of God till you feel the force of it. Do not praise the spiritual food set before you, but eat of it till you know its power to nourish.”
I continue to question what compromises our ability to know Jesus and consistently experience the power of His resurrection. I believe one hindrance is our inability to receive the fullness of God’s love. Dr. David Jeremiah reminds us that, “At the cross, justice and mercy, grace and truth, righteousness and peace, flow simultaneously from the love of God.” In God’s love dwells our pure and enduring inheritance. May you know Him and experience the fullness of the power of His resurrection as you meditate on His unfathomable love for you!
“…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high anddeep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
God Loves You, He always has – He always will, Dr. David Jeremiah
The C.H. Spurgeon Collection, The Power of His Resurrection, Sermon #2080
The Following Poem was written by Iris Gordon-Harris
I love you! I knew you before time began. In your mother’s womb my hands shaped you. I designed you in My image and for My purpose. Beloved, there is nothing about you that is not remarkable and wonderful. I determined the time and place of your birth. I know when you sit and when you stand. I am aware of all your ways! My thoughts toward you are as countless as the sand on the seashore and I rejoice over you with singing.
My love is one of the great realities of the universe, a pillar upon which hope of the world rest. But it is a personal, intimate thing too. I don’t love populations, I love people. I love not masses, but men. I love all with a mighty love that has no beginning and can have no end. I love you with an everlasting love and I pursue you with unfailing kindness.
My love for you is durable, loyal, and permanent! Beloved, you must know that My love is all together different than human love. My love is perfect. I love you without motive. I love you according to the good pleasure of My will. My love for you is unconditional, unlimited, unending, and unchanging. Nothing you will ever do can make Me love you more than I do right now and nothing you have done can make Me love you less. You can not fall beyond My love for you! Nothing can separate you from my love! Not hardship nor persecution neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate you from my love.
My love is enormous in every dimension. My love is not coercive. You are left with the free option of how to respond. I love you as intensely as it’s possible to be loved, yet never in a way that undermines your freedom to choose. Forced love is not authentic love. It is a gift that accepts the possibility of rejection. My love is a gift! You must receive the gift to experience the fullness of my peace, purpose, and power! A gift that you do not receive is of no value. Beloved, I desire to lavish my love on you! I gave it all for you! I did not spare even my son but gave Him as the ultimate expression of My love for you. Accept the fullness of my transformative love by receiving my Son! Jesus is the truth, the way, and the life. No one comes to Me except through Him.