“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27; KJV).
Wow, do you ever stop to think what that means to us as Christians? We have
Jesus on the inside of us in the form of the Holy Spirit (John 14:17). All that
Christ died for, all he rose for, his victory and power and authority are ours
find out what is ours in the Bible and he gives us his power (Acts 1:8) to be
all he wants us to be and to live the life that God lives (John 10:10). God’s
power works in us to bring about change (Phil 2:13; Phil 1:6). In fact, Paul
said that he could only boast about that which Christ had done in and through
him; everything else was of no significance (Rom 15:18).
you think about it, all we need to do as Christians is to rest in him (Matt 11
:28), study and believe his word (John 6:29) and cooperate with him as his word
and power change us, guide us, direct and use us for his glory.
this, we should have such a heart to be in his word; to pray, praise and
worship him, give him thanks and hang on every word as we are taught by his
sorrows me to look around our churches and see blank, impassive faces during
worship and hear gossip going on as we are taught the word of God. Christians,
wake up to who you are in Christ, what we have and what God expects of us.
are his hands and feet and voice in this earth. His will can only be done
through us. Be exhorted today, time is short.
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things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might may have peace. In the world
ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John
an encouraging verse this is. The word used there for "tribulation"
is the Greek word "thlipsis" which means pressure, opposition,
stress, squeezing. We have all experienced it at one time or another, whether it’s
from people that make life difficult for us or whether it’s trying
circumstances that we find ourselves in.
are many other related and encouraging scriptures in the Bible. We are told that
God comforts and encourages us in every trouble so that we can do the same for
others (2 Cor 1:4). It also says that: "our light affliction, which is but
for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of
glory" (2 Cor 4:17). God's grace is sufficient for us (2 Cor. 12:9) and “we
are more than conquerors through him that loved us"(Rom 8:37). The meaning
of the last phrase is "super victorious". Of course, you may not be
feeling super victorious right now but don't go by your feelings, go by what
the word says. Keep confessing these and similar scriptures, stay patient and
trusting the Lord and he WILL bring you through the squeezing to the other
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we look around us today we often see people in fear and confusion as they watch
TV and listen to the fear mongers in the media. But fear and confusion should
have no place in the life of the Christian: “For God hath not given us the
spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim 1:7; KJV).
says that perfect love drives fear from our lives (1 John 4:18). Fear is the
opposite of faith; faith believes God, fear believes the reports of the devil.
our lives are driven by selfishness and evil motives then confusion easily
results (James 3:16). However, “God is not the author of confusion, but of
peace” (1 Cor 14:33). How do we walk in peace? In Isaiah chapter 26 and verse 3
it is written: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee,
because he trusteth in thee”.
commit to walk in love, focus on God’s word and believe it, not the noise in
the world around us. Let’s cut through the confusion in our world and be
beacons of God’s life, peace and truth. “And ye shall know the truth, and the
truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
life and freedom are not to be found in rushing after everything the world says
is important. God’s greatest desire is to bless us, but his word says: “seek
first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (God’s
provisions and blessings) shall be added unto you” (Matt 6:33). We need to put
God first and do things God’s way. Wow, I don’t know about you, but I needed to
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it seems like our prayers get no further than the ceiling, we wonder if God
hears. What can hinder our prayers? Well, we must pray in faith believing
(James 1: 6-8) and we must pray according to his word and will (1 John 5:
14-15). However, the word says we must also ask for the right reasons, not
purely selfish ones (James 4:2-3).
are also told in the word that we need to mix patience with our faith (Heb
6:12). God`s timing is not the same as ours (Ps 90:4). It’s also important in
all our asking to have thankful hearts and to praise God (Ps 100:4).
all our asking we need to be sure that our hearts and lives are right before
God. In Matthew 6:33 we are admonished to seek God first before we start
asking. In this verse we are also told to to walk in obedience to him, in right
standing with him, seeking his face, his heart and not his hand. As we walk in
obedience to God all of our needs will be met by our heavenly father.
suspect that if we focused on Matthew 6:33 we would need to do less asking.
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73 and verses 23 through 26 have always been favorites for us. The idea of
constant fellowship with God and his holding us by our right hand has to thrill
any Christian (V23). But verse 24 gets even better: “thou shalt guide me with thy
counsel, and afterward receive me to glory” (KJV).
guides us with his word (Ps 119:105). In
Proverbs 3:5-6 we are told that he will direct our paths if we fully trust him
and don’t allow our thought processes to get in the way. In those verses it
also says that we need to acknowledge him; to me that mean’s people around us
should know whom we serve.
in Psalm 73 and verse 25, the Psalmist tells us we need to have a tenacious and
single-minded focus on God. In verse 26 he tells us why; because we will always
reach the limits of our strength but God is our strength and he never fails! Isn’t
it amazing to think that God and his power, dwells in us as Christians in the
form of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17; Rom 8:11)?
all sounds wonderful and it is but to allow God to do all he wants to on our
behalf we must cooperate. Cooperation is a matter of spending time with him in
his word and prayer. A simple expectation but do we long for these times with him
and make them our priority (Joshua 1:8)? We should, the results are awesome!