Let It Be You!
Did you ever notice all the Epistle’s in the New Testament that begins with “Grace and peace to you?” I think that greeting is only possible because of the Resurrection. Think about it. All these letters were written after the Resurrection and because of the Resurrection. Paul wrote most of the NT, but other authors were Peter, James, and John. And they all have this same greeting. Why? Because they chose to live NOT BETWEEN the cross and the Resurrection, but victory IN the Resurrection and complete acceptance of the power of the Holy Spirit.
Friends, from this victory, this power, is how God intended for us to live too. What will it take for us to accept this gift that Jesus himself said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)
After Christ was taken up into heaven, he would be spiritually present everywhere through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is what guides us, helps us, comforts us, and transforms us to become more like Christ.
This gift, however, starts with faith. As I read through the Psalms, I realize the perspective change we must have as Christians before fully appreciating the Holy Spirit and letting Him have complete control of our lives. We are to surrender all and have faith and trust in God. Unfortunately, I sing the well-known hymn differently by singing, “I surrender some.” I obviously am a work in progress.
As we celebrated this past Sunday, Jesus rising from the dead, defeating death, let us all accept God’s saving grace and choose to live in the peace only possible by the Holy Spirit. The peace of Jesus. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Let it be you; my hope is in.
Let it be you that is my help and shield.
Let it be you; my heart rejoices.
Let it be your unfailing love that rests upon me.
Let it be you that strengthens my faith.
Let it be you I give glory to.
Let it be you, Lord Jesus, that I chose to live daily in the victory of death defeated because of your unfathomable love and the power of Your Holy Spirit.
I am praising you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.