that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. Phil 3:10
This verse has special meaning to me. I met a curly -haired, tan, fit college student leader at Campus Crusade for Christ headquarters in the late summer of 1978. His Bible was so used and worn he had to have it rebound in rough tan leather and burned into the front cover was “That I may know Him” I fell in love with Bill Farrel not just for his good looks, but rather, for his God-chasing heart. Any guy who wants to identify with Christ, not just for His majesty and power but also for his sufferings, is a deep man of faith.
Cultivating habits that allow God’s resurrection power to flow into your life is imperative so that you can stay strong, even in times of suffering . Here are three ways that have helped me find and experience resurrection power:
Partner for Power
Since the day I met that gorgeous guy, I have watched him graciously handle suffering and hardship with a 5-fold P.O.W.E.R process that has become our “Go to” when times get tough:
Pray: God will get us thru this. Let’s pray.
Open up: Let’s both share our needs with each other
Wisdom seek: Let’s find some scripture to hang our heart on to keep our hope, joy and peace.
Endure: Let’s just keep doing the next right thing. Let’s be true to God and God will be true to us.
Reach out: Let’s gather our trusted faith community to pray and believe with us and for us.
Which would help you most right now?
Pam Farrel and her husband, Bill, are relationship specialists, authors of 50+ books, international speakers, and Co-Directors of Love-Wise.com. They live on a boat docked in Southern California.