4 Biblical Methods to Engage the Power of the Ressurection

Lose it, He’ll Use It!

Dissected & Defined:

“But what things were gain (valuable) to me, those I counted loss (a negative effect) for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss (a negative effect) for the excellency of (purity of heart that comes from) the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord (my personal relationship with Christ): for whom I have suffered the loss (a negative effect) of all things (to my everything), and do count them but dung (animal excrement’s), that I may win (gain) Christ, And be found in him (under His influence), not having mine own righteousness (that’s self-righteousness), which is of the law (man doing the work), but that which is through the faith of (measure of confidence in) Christ, the righteousness which is of God (Holy Spirit empowered) by faith (an acceptable measure of faith): That I may know him (have a deep personal relationship with Christ), and the power of his resurrection (that I may have His power on my new life), and the fellowship (intimate familiarity) of his sufferings (God ordained adversity), being made (which produces) conformable (a molding) unto his death (suffering for the sake of others);”
— Phi 3:7-10

Paraphrased:

But what things were valuable to me, those I counted to be a negative effect for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but a negative effect for the purity of heart that comes from my personal relationship with Christ: for whom I have suffered a negative effect to my everything, and do count them but animal excrement’s, that I may gain Christ, And be found under His influence, not having self-righteousness, which is man doing the work, but that which is through a measure of confidence in Christ, the righteousness which is Holy Spirit empowered by an acceptable measure of faith: That I may have a deep personal relationship with Christ, and that I may have His power on my new life, and the intimate familiarity of God ordained adversity, which produces a molding that will be willing to suffer for the sake of others.
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Phi 3:7-10

1. Developing a Personal Relation Gives You a Purer Meditation.

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:”

A. Your gain cannot remain.

“But what things were gain (valuable) to me, those I counted loss (a negative effect) for Christ.”

B. That which is not valuable must lose its appeal.

“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss (a negative effect)”

C. You must then lose it, so He can use it.

Christ: “for whom I have suffered the loss (a negative effect) of all things (to my everything),”

D. It must lose you, so you can win Him.

“and do count them but dung (animal excrement’s), that I may win (gain) Christ,”

2. Turning His Crucifixion into Your Resurrection develops your Personal Relation.

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”

A. You must be molded into a daily dying person.

“being made (which produces) conformable (a molding) unto his death (suffering for the sake of others);”

B. Your former gains are replaced with pains.

“and the fellowship (intimate familiarity) of his sufferings (God ordained adversity),”

C. Your new pains become your new gains.

“and the power of his resurrection (that I may have His power on my new life),”

D. Your gains will break your chains.

(Lazarus, I am the resurrection and the life—raised but bound—loose him!)

“That I may know him (have a deep personal relationship with Christ)”

3. Being Found and Unbound turns His Crucifixion into Your Resurrection.

“that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

A. The Found but Bound have Christ in them.

1. When Christ is in you, you have the Holy Spirit.

“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” — Col 1:26, 27 

“So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” — Rom 8:8-11 

2. That doesn’t mean you use the power of His Spirit.

“And be found in him (under His influence), not having mine own righteousness (that’s self righteousness), which is of the law (man doing the work),”

B. The Found and Unbound have Christ in them and are in Christ.

1. When you are in Christ the Holy Spirit has you.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” — Rom 8:1, 2

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.” — 2 Co 2:14 

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” — 2 Co 5:17 

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” — 2 Tim 3:12

2. When the Spirit has you, you’re your living by faith.

“but that which is through the faith of (measure of confidence in) Christ, the righteousness which is of God (Holy Spirit empowered) by faith (an acceptable measure of faith):”

4. In Conclusion: The Colon Gets it Rollin:

A. Lose it for Him:

“: for whom I have suffered the loss (a negative effect) of all things (to my everything),”

B. Come to know Him:

“: That I may know him,”

Suffer Loss for Him, that You may Know Him!

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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