and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 1:4 NIV
Canadians continue to have one of the most powerful passports in the world, according to a recent report. Each quarter, the Henley Passport Index presents its ranking of passports according to the number of countries their holders can enter without the bother of applying for a visa in advance. Canada remains tied with Australia, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Malta for 8th place, with our passport providing access to 185 countries. The report authors note that there is a “direct link between passport power and economic power.”
The normal Christian life should be one of victory. That doesn’t mean that we don’t face challenges – Jesus said that in this world we will have tribulation. We all know what that means – illness hits, financial pressures rise, family crisis happen. Life can be difficult. Jesus faced all of these pressures – He was forever touching those who were ill, for a time He faced opposition from His own human family, the religious leaders were determined to get rid of Him. Through it all, He continued to walk in victory over the temptations that came His way and the opposition He faced. The Bible tells us that the same power that He tapped into is available to us. Romans 1:4 says, “and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus was consistently in touch with the Spirit of holiness (I love that title for the third person of the trinity) and so lived and rose in victory. That same power is available to the redeemed of God, who by faith have accessed all that Jesus accomplished through His death and resurrection.
These have been words from the heart.