Sunday, December 28, 2014
Colossians 3:3 says, "You have died and your life is hidden in Christ in God." What do you think God is revealing when He says that you have died and your life is hidden in Christ in God?
Assuming that you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and that you understand that your old nature in Adam has been crucified in Christ Jesus and buried with Him, I would like to ponder this thought with you.
If you were buried with Him, then you were raised in Him to a newness of life. (Romans 6) You are a new creation, made alive in His resurrection. The Father has placed you in His Son Jesus who is His great delight.
To help you to picture what happened to you when you were born again, write on a piece of paper your full name and add in Christ Jesus. Take the piece of paper fold it in half and place it in the middle of your bible. Close the bible, wrap your arms tightly around it and hold it close to your chest.
Your arms represent the Father's arms wrapped around His Son, (Word of God) and you are hidden in Jesus. When the Father looks on His Son, He sees you hidden in Him. In fact, when the Father looks on you, He sees His Son and not your sin. Do you believe that? The Father is more interested in training you up in His righteousness than in condemning your sin. The old self has died and the a new self is alive hidden in Christ.
Open your heart wider and let His love invade your heart. You are His adopted child and He sees you in the righteousness of His Son. You are free from guilt and shame and are restored to the innocence you were in Him before the Fall of Adam. That is how God sees you in His Son. This is only the beginning. We have all eternity to grow up in Christ.
No matter what circumstance or situation you might find yourself in, remember you are hidden in Christ in God. If this is true, then all your circumstances or situations are in Him too. We need not fear, because Jesus has overcome the world and through Him we too overcome the world. 1John 5:4,5, 1John 4:4.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." The other night, when I looked into the heavens,the planet Venus was shining like a brilliant diamond in the black sky. It reminded me of the night when Jesus was born. He was the ONLY light shinning in a dark sinful world.
Recently, while traveling by plane, I looked out the window. As we ascended into the night sky, I noticed multitudes of lights, glistening in the cities below. It made me think. WOW, if each light on earth below represented a born again Christian, our light would NOT be hidden under a bushel. So let His light so shine that we may glorify our Father in heaven all the days of our lives. I prayer you will enjoy the light display.