10 Weekly Spiritual Habits: A Guide to Cultivation

Outside the Tomb (Day3)

"He has risen," - Matthew 28:6

Jesus' resurrection is crucial to the Christian faith. It is the supreme manifestation of God's power and love for us. By His death and resurrection, Jesus defeated sin and death, and he gave us the gift of eternal life. We remember Jesus' immense sacrifice for us as we celebrate his resurrection. Christ willingly gave his life so that we could be saved.

This is cause for great excitement and celebration because it shows that we, too, can have hope. When we think of hope in the Bible, our first thought generally goes to the blessing of being a part of God's forever family and spending eternity with Him. While this is true, hope also has an impact on our daily lives.

“Even if you suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for the hope that is in you.” – 1 Peter 3:14-15

This hope that we can have permits us to have serenity and joy even when we are going through terrible periods in our lives. Hope should affect our minds, hearts, and attitudes.

In our heads, we need to remember that Jesus is no longer in the grave. Jesus’ resurrection requires a response from us. How are your time, decisions, and sacrifices different because Jesus has been raised from the dead?

We must allow hope to change our hearts so that we do not succumb to dread or discouragement, but rather know that God is still on His throne. He has already shown us His immense love by sending His Son, and that He is willing, able, and actively aiding His children. We have an advocate in our Heavenly Father. He has got the whole world in His hands.

Hope should also impact our attitudes since it gives us a solid foundation to construct our lives on. When we try to control our circumstances, our future, or the people around us, we are expressing our desire to be God. Often, we do not have hope in the things of God, so we try to pave a way ourselves. However, we must acknowledge that we will never be the Creator as creatures. God forbids us from aspiring to be gods. Instead, He wishes for us to imitate Him by embracing His principles, attitudes, and personality. As we pursue Him, we can have joy in His sufficiency and His provision of hope.

God, the fact that Jesus is risen should lift my head, my heart, and my attitude. Help me live today as if I really believe this with every part of my life.

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