Friday, July 5, 2013

Hope of Glory-RJD July 2013

“Christ in you, the hope of glory”
Colossians 1:27 (NIV) 

"Christ in you. . ." Paul writes to the believers at Colosse in order to encourage them to stand firm against the false teachers in their midst.
When a person comes to Christ, he or she asks Jesus to live in his or her heart. His desire is to inhabit our thoughts, our minds our speech, our actions, and our interactions.The result of Christ’s presence in us is the anticipation of His in us and through us.

God in us—three powerful words. We should feel humbled that the Father would want to live in our hearts and souls. A pastor’s wife I knew told a group of us she felt very small when she partook of communion because she reflected on who He is and who she was each time she received the elements. 

"Hope. . ."noun—anticipation; verb to look forward to an event or happening.
Christ lives in the hearts of His children. He guides them in the way to live, to love, and to work. His presence in our hearts is a Spiritual blessing. He empowers us with His presence. With His empowering, we are able to work for the Kingdom. We look forward to seeing God on His throne, in His glory. (Isaiah 6:1) We can only see God if we know His Son and have Christ in our hearts.

We turn our hearts and lives over to Jesus Christ and ask Him to live in our hearts. But we get overwhelmed by our world. We try to balance home, work and our spiritual lives.
As far as my place in this realignment of priorities, I allowed conditions surrounding my life to keep me off balance. It took a lengthy time for me to realize that God was with me and Christ was in me.

I still feel I haven’t done as well representing (living for) Jesus as I should have.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Making Everything New

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’
Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ 

Rev 21:5 (NIV)

”He who was seated on the throne. . . ” God almighty sits on the throne in heaven.
“‘I am making everything new!’” When we enter heaven we will have new bodies. The infirmities we have developed here on this earth will not be with us. Several of my Friends, wheelchair bound on earth, will be able to walk, run, and dance when they get there. Those who suffer from intense pain will no longer have to deal with it.
”Then he said, ‘Write this down. . .’” When I was a child, my earthly father sometimes said, “Mark my words. . .” when he felt something was important and he didn’t want me to forget them. I believe God wants us to remember what He will say.
“’. . . for these words are trustworthy and true.’” God puts his seal on these words. He tells John that the words to follow are reliable and genuine. His words are believable; they have stood the test of time.

We can trust God when He tells us something through His Word. On the morning I transcribed this, I had to change my order of things and go to the grocery store early. We returned home and I later started my devotional reading. The passage in Zephaniah 3:17 caught me by surprise.

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you in his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV) I pray that each of you will find some passage that speaks to you today.


Monday, July 1, 2013

New Heart, New Spirit


“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you;
 I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NIV)

“I will give you a new heart. . .” God speaks here. He speaks of His children being given a new heart. The LORD promised to give His children more than a revamped or a cleaned up heart but a NEW one.

“. . . and put a new spirit in you . . .” God goes one step further and gives His children a new spirit, a part of Himself. One of the books I am reading this summer, Follow Me, by David Platt gave me something to ponder. Mr. Platt says,” God puts the source of His life in the center of your life.” Think about this-the source of God’s life, His Spirit in our lives.

“ . . I will remove from you your heart of stone. . . .” God  goes into detail and tells His children, then and now, that he figuratively performs surgery on us. He cuts out the bad, the unfeeling heart.

“. . . and give you a heart of flesh.” The Lord God completes the procedure by replacing our hardened hearts with a new, tender heart—a healthy organ.

“ . . . And I will put my Spirit in you. . .” Did you catch it? God will put His Spirit in us. He does this because He loves us. His love is so great He wants each of us to be like Him.

“. . . and move you to follow my decrees. . .” Because God gives us a new heart and His Spirit, we see his decrees as vital, living, and basic to our (lives). When God reveals Himself to us we want to please Him. He tells us “If you love me, you will obey what I command you.” (John 14:15)

“. . . and be careful to keep my laws.” God directs us to exercise care as we try to follow His Commandments. Our world seems to have gotten careless in obeying His laws.

 A perusal of any newspaper will show us the state of our world. In a small town in our county, people moving into a house noticed something had stained the carpet. They called the police. The police discovered over 20 ounces of mercury in the home. This element is toxic and is usually used as an acelerant or in the making of bombs.  

Both our county courthouse and our city building recently received a threat of a ‘chemical’ bomb. The paper reported the chemical to be cyanide. The police traced the phone call to a pay phone in the north part of our city.

               All we can do is pray for our world.

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