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25 AprilDaily DevotionalNow What?By Tanya S. James
This week's topic: After the Resurrection
This past weekend we celebrated Resurrection Sunday. People have many
different traditions that they partake in during this time each year but
I think overall most of us will agree that it's a very special time
for Christians.It's a time that many of us reflect on just how much God really loves
us. He loves us so much that He sent His only son to die on the cross
for our sins. Someone who had never sinned took the hit for the entire
world. As a parent, it's very hard for me to even consider such a
sacrifice … but God.
During our reflections this season, some of us cried, some continuously
praised God all weekend, some may have even re-committed their lives to
We love to hear the story of our Risen Savior and what it means for
each of us. We meditate on those scriptures and sing numerous songs that
fill our hearts with joy about God's grace and mercy.
But now that the joyous celebratory weekend is over, I have to ask …
Are you going back to life as usual?
You know exactly what I mean … the last few days even the closet
Christians let their "light" shine a little. Are you going to now
store it away until next year when the Resurrection Sunday cycle starts
again? Or will you look for opportunities to share Christ with those
Are you going to fall back into a rut of a defeated state of mind,
focusing on what is not right in your life or are you going to make that
shift and accentuate the positive?
Are you going to lose heart and faith because the circumstances or
situations in your life right now look bleak or will you stand on the
promises of God that you are an overcomer?
Are you going to return to the thoughts and actions that you "nailed
to the cross" this weekend – or truly walk in your repentance,
striving to keep all of God's mandates?
Let's not turn Resurrection Sunday into an external show; let's
make sure there is an internal change that took place and continues to
take place daily in our lives.
You don't have to wait until next spring to reflect on the goodness
of God and the sacrifices that were made for us. Let's make praise a
lifestyle when it's not convenient just as much as when it is.
Just as Jesus arose with all power in His Hand … it's time for each
of us to walk in the power that God has equipped us with. Today is a new
day which gives you the opportunity to make a new commitment to be the
Man or Woman of God that you were created to be. What a wonderful way to
show God how much you truly appreciate the sacrifice He made for each of
Scripture Of The Day: "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become
new." - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
"Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in good
health, even as thy soul continually prospers" 1 John 3:2