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Posted on 09/30/2020 9:26:22 PM PDT by JustAmy
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Well, JustAmy, how are you?
First time I’ve been in here
Haven’t had time to hop on in
And have a JustAmy poet beer!
God has chosen to make known . . . the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Thérèse of Lisieux was a joyful and carefree childuntil her mother died when she was just four years old. She became timid and easily agitated. But many years later on Christmas Eve, all of that changed. After celebrating the birth of Jesus with her church community, she experienced God releasing her from her fear and giving her joy. She attributed the change to the power of God leaving heaven and becoming a man, Jesus, and through His dwelling in her.
What does it mean for Christ to dwell within us? Its a mystery, said Paul to the Colossian church. Its one that God kept hidden for ages and generations (Colossians 1:26), but which He disclosed to Gods people. To them God revealed the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (v. 27). Because Christ now dwelled in the Colossians, they experienced the joy of new life. No longer were they enslaved to the old self of sin.
If weve asked Jesus to be our Savior, we too live out this mystery of His dwelling in us. Through His Spirit, He can release us from fear, as He did Thérèse, and grow within us the fruit of His Spirit, such as joy, peace, and self-control (Galatians 5:2223).
Lets give thanks for the wonderful mystery of Christ within us.
How do you see Jesus reflected in your life? In the lives of those you love who follow Him?
Jesus, thank You for lowering Yourself and becoming a man, and for living within me. Help me to understand more of Your work in my life.
Good Morning Mayor. Thanks for the beautiful message.
Lovely! And I love that song!
How are you lady? Your very welcome, so good to see you here.
Ooooo...I love double rainbows!
I’m doing good. How are you feeling?
Feeling older than I want but otherwise OK.
My back is the worst part. After all these years building
my back has finally said enough.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
Julio was biking across the George Washington Bridgea busy, double-decked thoroughfare connecting New York City and New Jerseywhen he encountered a life-or-death situation. A man was standing on a ledge over the Hudson River preparing to jump. Knowing that the police wouldnt arrive in time, Julio acted quickly. He recalls getting off his bike and spreading out his arms, saying something like: Dont do it. We love you. Then, like a shepherd with a crook, he grabbed the distraught man, and with the help of another passerby, brought him to safety. According to reports, Julio wouldnt let go of the man, even after he was safe.
Two millennia earlier, in a life-or-death situation, Jesus, the Good Shepherd, said He would lay down His life to save and never let go of those who believed in Him. He summarized how He would bless His sheep: they would know Him personally, have the gift of eternal life, would never perish, and would be secure in His care. This security didnt depend on the ability of the frail and feeble sheep, but on the sufficiency of the Shepherd wholl never let one be snatched out of [His] hand (John 10:2829).
When we were distraught and feeling hopeless, Jesus rescued us; now we can feel safe and secure in our relationship with Him. He loves us, pursues us, finds us, saves us, and promises to never let us go.
What makes you feel insecure in your relationship with Jesus? How do you feel knowing that your security in Him depends on His sufficiency and not your weakness?
Jesus, when I let go of You because of my sin, You never let go of me because of Your grace.
To learn more about Jesus offer of salvation and His resurrection, visit ChristianUniversity.org/CA206.
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