It's in you! In His Word 7-12-2021


It’s in us… In His Word 7-12-2021

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.  For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. Colossians 3:1-4

Christ is in us via the Holy Spirit, or the Comforter, or the Advocate in some versions, that Jesus said would be sent to us in His stead. We are saved and accept this addition to our lives and live with Him as our director of our path from that point on. Another thing that is in us is His peace! He said; “ Peace  I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give it to you, do not be discouraged or afraid for My peace I give to you.”

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.  Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. John 14:26-28

So, we do not need to worry about things going on in the world around us. We do not need to cry out for peace because we bring it!  We have the peace of God within us and we need to share it with those around us in the world!  We do this by walking in His presence daily, remembering that God is with us and keeping our profile fitting to this life with Christ! This means we shed off those old, tattered garments to put on the ones that exemplify Christ in us. Do not watch what He would not enjoy watching, no matter who you think you are trying to impress. I speak to myself here as much as anyone because I know sometimes, I have viewed things that I would rather not have for the sake of peace among people. We need to seek God and ask Him to find the things in us that are wrong. Yes, I said wrong. We tend to live as Christ, who technically is in us, via Holy Spirit’s presence. We really are dragging Him along on our walk. If we walk through the dung, He will get the same view as us. So, let’s try and remember this each day as we go out into the world. Remember to not allow people to be controlled by their sinful nature anymore than we allow ourselves to be controlled by it.

But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. Romans 8:8-10

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.  Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.  Put on your new nature and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Colossians 3:5-11

It is in us to do what is right, and what is good, no longer doing what is wrong in God’s eyes we can grow closer to Him and further from the world.

It is in us to ignore the anger that wells up in us when people are rude to us, but instead to forgive them and pray for them.

It is in us to shield ourselves with our shield of faith to protect our own heart and mind from tarnishing itself on the things of this world we are forced to live in.

Sure, things are getting harry scary out there, but we can live in peace because peace has been left in us! We do not need to worry or fret. We do not need to run and hide. Jesus has our back. He has overcome all these things, and those to come, so we may have peace and have life more abundantly! That abundance comes when we set our mind on things above and not on earthly things. When we remind ourselves that He is in us, Peace is in us, and the Hope of Glory is in us, we too can overcome these things with and through Him.