Happy Easter everybody!
As many of you know, I’ve been on break since February 4th.
I’m feeling refreshed and am looking forward to helping you live out a dynamic faith through this devotional five days a week.
Since today is Easter Monday, let me just say this:
A lot of people struggle with an identity of failure. Their sense of self is saturated with thoughts, ideas and voices like, “I’m not good enough,” “I’m not smart enough,” “I’m not pretty enough,” or “I’m not successful enough.”
But Easter can change that.
When we more fully understand the significance of Jesus’ resurrection, we realize that his victory over death is our victory in life. His triumph is our triumph; his hope is our hope; and his joy is our joy.
What happened to Jesus is a kind of foreshadowing of what will one day happen to everyone who follows him.
Death will whimper. We will be given spiritual, resurrected bodies. Decay and pain will go six feet under. All things will be made new. And God’s justice, truth and healing love with reign supreme.
In the meantime, you can know that “your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (verse 58). God can use every prayer, ever act of faith, mercy and care, and every word of truth and encouragement, for his kingdom-building purposes in the world.
So whenever those voices of failure start to buzz around your brain, blow them up with an Easter truth bomb; memorize and counterattack with this:
“thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57)!
Easter can move you from an identity of failure to an identity of victory.
Memorize the Easter truth bomb of 1 Corinthians 15:57. And remember that his victory over death is your victory in life.
By Matthew Ruttan
—Bible quotes are from the New International Version.