THE MOST ENCOURAGING SECRET
By Mario Murillo
The Resurrection of Jesus was the greatest display of power the universe has ever known; even greater than the alleged “big bang” that birthed the universe.
Satan never recovered from that blast. Stripped of power, desperate and delusional, he lurches forward using smoke and mirrors to lie to believers. And there is one thing about the Resurrection of Christ that He must hide at all cost:
Satan wants you to think of the Resurrection as a past event that you honor when it is should be more like a wall socket that you plug into and use the current of its power to defeat the horrors of your daily life. He quakes at the thought that you would see that the Resurrection is an ongoing explosion of victory.
Here is your verse: “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” -Romans 8:11.
Right now you may be facing the fight of your life. It may be the devastating loss of a job, a home, self-respect, or even a loved one. You may feel your heart failing and your body withering from the warfare. It is time for action, but not just any action. It is time to find power over your enemy and the storm you are facing. It is time to apply the power of the Resurrection to your personal crisis.
How do we apply the power of the Resurrection to the devastating warfare of our daily life? Let’s ask the first human being who ever did it: Mary Magdalene.
It is one thing to live in despair and poverty and not know anything different but it is quite another kind of hell to have known relief from demon possession and shame and embrace abundance only to be cast back into the gutter of life. That was Mary’s world on Easter morning.
His words of life embedded themselves in the deepest part of her soul. They were beyond real to her. When life threw “the facts” at her, His word was in her soul and so the facts no longer counted. But Now that He was dead why should she keep going?
She had every right to lay there and try to sleep off her unspeakable disappointment. But something entered her room. It woke her up and gave her the strangest notion. She would get up and go to the one place that would verify her hopelessness: the tomb.
“Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”-John 20:1.
Mary Magdalene felt utterly lost when she went to the tomb, but she went anyway. She did not know who would roll away the stone for her, but she went anyway. Her actions were not based on the facts as she knew them but on the glorious automatic pilot of her faith. If you and I could have interviewed that amazing woman that morning we might have heard these words: “Yes, I saw Him die, yes, I know He is in a tomb, yes I know this is crazy but I am going anyway!”
Satan is throwing the identical garbage at you that he threw at Mary. That is why you can expect the identical victory. There seemed to be nothing good about Good Friday. Lucifer hijacked the Cross for his own ends. In all of the confusion, the disciples forgot that Jesus said this would happen. The Cross was a divine event that ignited power and hope for all men. Satan made it look like it was a horrifying, humiliating end for all of the disciples.
That same Spirit that woke Mary up and sent her to the glorious discovery that Jesus was alive is within you. It is the same Spirit that will make you get up one more time and go after your reward and fight for what you love. He empowers you to dust off your dream, shake off the cobwebs of modern thinking, and storm toward victory with clear direction.
Right now you stare at the sputtering rubble that was once your dream and torture yourself with speculation: “How could this have happened?” That question will paralyze you. You may want to sit and cry or worse, lie down and die.
Mary did not get out of bed because she saw through the lie, but because power, resurrection power made her feel direction and inexplicable hope. I am not asking you to understand all that has happened to you, I am asking you to surrender to that power and watch it carry you to the victory you cannot even imagine now.
Jesus said, “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
How is His peace different? Philippians 4:7 Explains: “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
This was the peace that arrived after the Resurrection. A sense of comfort and hope that would clothe you even before the facts and the outcome supported the peace.
If the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in you then it will give you life, life to get up and try again, life to trust God even before you know why tragedy struck, life to feel hope before the miracle arrives.
Confess it! It’s the same Spirit! The same Spirit that resurrected Christ’s lifeless body will infuse my weary body with life. Life will enter my soul and renew it to a just cause. Life will enter my shattered dreams and raise me up to a tomorrow that seems unimaginable right now. Life is coming, and not just any life but resurrection life. You will live again, you will love again, and you will ride on the waves and finish strong on your appointed shore! Hallelujah, Jesus is alive!!!
We are only three days away from a historic gathering in Concord California. On Sunday afternoon, the Contra Costa Room of the Crowne Plaza will be transformed into a temple of the Holy Spirit and a river of healing and saving power. The prayers of many soldiers of faith have bombarded heaven. Cell phones, social networks, street teams, church services and schools are abuzz with the news that Living Proof will be given to the East Bay Area. If at all possible make your plans to join us. Bring someone who needs to be healed or needs to see the proof of Jesus Christ’s power today.