CLARK E. WADE's picture

Ephesians 2:13 says this:

"But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were so far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been BROUGHT NEAR."

What are the implications for this as believers right "now" as the passage states, to live in nearness to Him Who so loved us and gave Himself for us? If He really does live 'in' us, which doesn't get any 'nearer' than that, how can we live 'in' Him who lives 'in' us? I think it would be a good thing to prayerfully reflect on some passages which I don't think we have understood very well, let alone actually attempted to practice, as obviously the early church did. They knew an indwelling Lord! He was the central focus of their lives together, in community, and I think we are going to see that in these passages in new and unexpected ways.

Some of the passages that speak of this immense privilege of entering into the joy of the Lord in the land of the living are Hebrews 10:19-25; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18,4:6-7; and I Peter 3:15.

Our precious Heavenly Father. Oh how we love You and thank you for placing us in Christ, in whom are all heavenly things, and then placing Christ in us. We pray that Father, you will open first our ears to hear just how glorious is this gospel of Jesus Christ to us and in us. And then in our hearing Father, may you then open our eyes to see this utter blessedness in which You have granted to us in placing Christ in us as our indwelling Lord, Savior, Teacher, Friend and soon-coming King! The world is famishing not because they haven't heard our doctrine, but because they haven't seen our Lord in us, together, as Your community expressing Him in Spirit and in Truth. Oh Father, when Christ is truly living in us, we become living epistles. If the world can't 'read' Christ in us, we perish as Your church! Oh our great and glorious God, let us know Him, who lives so near! The glory of God was in this place and we knew it not. Plant in us ears to hear and eyes to see. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

ladyhoffman's picture

Limiting God

Scripture-Ephesians 6:10-13
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

O-As I read Margie's response to comments I had made I was encouraged to go back and read what I had written more than a year ago. What comes to mind are the above verses in Ephesians because they positively express where our strength to persevere in life originates. God's power, lives in us but we are told what we must do to stand firm and defeat the darkness. We must put on His armor. Unless we wear the specific pieces of protective gear that come from His supply closet we will not be able to stand against our enemy, for he is unseen by us. We limit God when we fail to do as He says and rely on our own tactics, manipulations and "good sense."

A- Although there are times of hardship, temptations, waiting and questioning, God has proven to be faithful during the 40+ years of knowing Him. He has changed my heart, loved me, instructed me, disciplined me and comforted me. It is a continual walk forward as more and more of Christ is revealed to me. Each year I learn new lessons and I am strengthened in my faith.

P- Father God,
We come with joy and thankfulness during this time of celebration. We honor you with our praises and humble ourselves before your magnificent presence. This, the 1st Sunday in Advent, fills us with anticipation as we wait for the coming of the Christ child. Come and fill us with your presence. We adore you, precious Lord.
In the Name of Christ We Pray, Amen

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
Psalm 119:105


I wait on Jesus, my Lord and King,
In silence bowing, my life an offering.
Waiting, praying, not acting alone
Your grace revealed, my heart is your home.

Refine me, use me, all that I am,
Change me from flesh, the condemnation of man,
Infused by your Spirit, raised into life everyday
I am moved by your mercy guiding the way.

My life is a shadow filled with your love
In perfect guidance bestowed from above.
Increase my faith by your Spirit in me,
Make me willing, believing, able to see.

In the darkness of daylight and troubles of life
Grant me vision and patience to endure all strife.
At the feet of the Savior who knows and sees all,
Strengthened with Christ who won't let me fall.

Fill me with love, enduring and true
Infused by His Spirit transforming and new,
May my actions and words be loving and pure
Grant me peace and joy as I patiently endure.
(linda hoffman 2010)

Blessings and grace to you my brothers and sisters. May God strengthen you with His power and His might.