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God’s Presence

No doubt that life can be overwhelming!  We all have struggles, temptations, and weaknesses that we must deal with.  Many times those things seem unbearable and we are intimidated by them, we feel as if we are constantly at a loss with no one to help us and and it seems that we have no where to turn.  Life is often a lonely experience as we strive for fulfillment but seem lost in emptiness.  The good news is that as believers in and followers of Christ we are never alone.  The Bible tells us that if we are “in Christ” then His Spirit is in us!  Listen to what Romans 8:9-11 says in the Message:

But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!

Romans 8:1-8 tells us of this great sacrifice, our release from sin & death, and of our life and mindset in Him.  God wants us to be aware of His presence in our lives and has gone to great lengths to secure our relationship with Him.  He did for us what we could never do for ourselves by sending His son to be a sacrifice for our sin.  We will begin to recognize His daily presence as we set our minds upon Him instead of the sinful desires that used to control our lives – this will result in peace and hope instead of chaos and condemnation.  As we become more and more aware of Him we will naturally begin to acknowledge Him and follow His direction for our lives.  He wants to lead us out of  lives that are overwhelmed with destruction and despair and to release us to live in the freedom of a hopeful future that is secure in our relationship with Him.
Once we place our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and our God we will never be alone again – He walks with us and talks with us, residing within our hearts through His Spirit.  I urge you to look for His presence and interact with Him – follow His leading and act upon His prompting and you will experience His hope.

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June 16, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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