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Hidden in God – Alive in Christ

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“Think only about the things in Heaven not the things on earth.” Colossians 3:2 NCV

How many of us have come away from the Laundry with one sock missing? We place our dirty laundry into the machine, bleach them, soap them, rinse and dry them and in the midst of our sorting we find one lone sock when we know we had two!

Did the sock disappear in an invisible black hole? Did the sock gremlins come to carry it away to Sock Land? Unfortunately we’ll never know.

Like that lone sock that goes missing into the great unknown, our old nature goes missing into the black void of our old lives. We go before God with a dirty life, a dirty mind and a sin-riddled heart looking to be made clean. He soaps us in His love, bleaches us in His blood, sorts us out with the Holy Spirit and we’re made new in Christ Jesus!

Colossians 3:3 (paraphrased) says our old life is gone and we are kept in (hidden in) God with Christ. (1) What an encouragement! God does not lead us to repentance and baptism to then leave us to find our own way. No! He takes us in with Christ and hides us/keeps us within Himself. Is there any better hiding place, any better shelter than in God?

The world offers many temptations and many moments where one decision can lead us away from God but thank God for His grace and favor. God has chosen you and me and made us His holy people. He loves us! (Colossians 3:12) He will not leave us to walk alone.

Little by little He makes us over to resemble Him; little by little as we focus on those things above our old nature gives place to a new nature, one that looks like God. Don’t be discouraged because you make mistakes. We’re made holy each day but we will not be perfected until we reach Heaven. God does not expect perfection from us, what He does expect is for us to rely on His strength, trust His love and to obey His Word to the best of our ability. With the in-filling of the Holy Ghost our ability is astronomically increased beyond mere human abilities so even in that – He’s with us.

Jesus cautioned us to remain in Him. He said, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” John 15:4 NLT. So you see, if we remain in Christ, we will remain Hidden in God.

Think about the things in heaven. Live for those things. Live to please God. If we do these things then we’ll remain.

Beloved, do not now or ever leave the Ark of Safety, the Cleft in the Rock, the Hiding Place. We dare not go back to the bin of past sins, looking for our old nature. It is no more. Let it stay that way!

Let us live, move and have our being in Christ Jesus; with Christ we live, with Christ we stay hidden in God. I don’t know about you but if I’m lost in Jesus, I don’t want to be found!

(1) ref. the ESV and NCV versions
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Agent of Evil Makes a Sale: A Parable

A parable of the house swept clean - Luke 11:24 and 26.

A parable of the house swept clean – Luke 11:24 and 26.

Roaming Spirit: “So how’s the real-estate business these days?”

Agent of Evil: “Booming!”

Roaming Spirit: “Great! You got anything open for me?”

Agent of Evil: “Oh yes, I’ve got just the place! Plenty of room, right environment – it’s the perfect locale.”

Roaming Spirit: “Wow! How’s the neighborhood, do I need to worry about the wrong element coming in?”

Agent of Evil: “Oh nooo – not at all. This house is situated perfectly. There’s no Godly element to be found anywhere! The music is Carnal, the eating establishments are Trash TV, Romance Novels, Violent Entertainment and the neighbors are just as bad!” Continue reading

There is Power in Waiting

There is Power in Waiting - @saintintraining.net

Standing ‘still’ before the Lord is faith in action.

“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” Isaiah 40:31 AMP

Standing still before the Lord is faith in action. When I was a child my natural father would often make promises but rarely kept them. As I grew I tuned him out, neither expecting nor hoping for him to fulfill his word.

God is not a man. He does not make promises rashly, half-heartedly or with no power to make them come to pass. The power and integrity of God insures us that He will come through. Why is this important? Because there will be times when we will have to wait on the Lord.

“And though the vision may tarry – wait!” Habakkuk 2:3 There is power in waiting; a change takes place in us as we wait. Our endurance is stretched, our strength is increased and our relationship with God is deepened.

Our ability to wait with patience and expectation indicates the level of our spiritual maturity or lack thereof. Waiting proves us. It reveals us to ourselves, not for condemnation but for examination and correction.

God wants us to grow. And one of the methods He uses to grow us is waiting for Him to act when we desperately want change.

I was in a situation for a long time that had quite frankly seemed to have defeated me. Or rather I was defeating myself because of my unwillingness to wait on God. Years passed the situation stayed the same and I grew bitter – it was my father’s oath-breaking all over again, or so I thought.

God began to do a work in me. He started at the root of my impatience and, little by little, began to prune off the dead pieces of my heart.

“I will not drive them out before you in a single year, that the land may not become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.” I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land.” Exodus 30:29-30 NIV

I began to study His word, to fast and pray for change in me rather than my circumstance and you know what? I began to change! Isn’t that what the scripture says? “But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change…” Isaiah 40:31 AMP

I drew close to God and He drew close to me. The situation did not change or resolve but I did. Glory to God! My old weather-beaten feathers, damaged by complaining and doubt, shed off and as I persisted in prayer and persisted in thanksgiving I grew new wings, strong wings, and soon I stretched them wide in preparation for flight.

God was changing me so completely that I was no longer consumed by the situation but I was enthralled with God. Oh how beautiful is the grace of Our Lord. I am closer to God now than I have ever been and He is calling me to come higher still. I believe that call is true for us all. “Come higher. Draw nearer and I will give you rest.”

Beloved there is power to be found in waiting, power and peace. Don’t let your condition or situation separate you from God, rather let it be the propelling force that causes you to draw closer to Him. Our Heavenly Father loves us. He longs to give good things to us (I am speaking of spiritual, not material blessings.) but we must position ourselves to receive those blessings.

I encourage you today to position yourself in prayer. Look for God in His word. Expect Him to fulfill His promise and set yourself to take off running. Wait on the Lord and you will finish the race.

Wait on the Lord!