Christ in me the hope of Glory.
I believe in the church world we use scripture in such an ethereal way. Terms such as “Christ in me the hope of Glory,” are used to describe remote concepts of what God is doing somewhere up in heaven. We quote scriptures believing they are more for those that live in a distant land with people living in lack, with no food or clothes. In our mind, God equates with charity so the bible isn’t relevant for us today. It is only for those that are down and out and in need of God’s help. Many don’t realize the wisdom in applying scripture to our own daily lives.
Chuck and I have gone through some battles in our 28 years of marriage. The main theme being; God is good and He does provide. God is good and He does provide! The greatest lesson that I have learned when facing a trial is finding out what God is saying to me personally about my situation. We take thoughts, ideas, scripture stories and we claim that they are true because it worked for someone else while never fully exercising them in our own lives. It is good to hear and learn from others stories, but I also believe that God wants it to be completely personal to your situation. He is wanting us to stop being gleaners in someone elses field and start harvesting our own field full of fruit. Once when we were facing a dire situation I heard the Holy Spirit whisper; “believe on the Lord and you will be saved.” Now I have heard that scripture quoted, and have actually used it myself, many times when talking to people about giving their hearts to God for the first time, but I started thinking about what it said as the Holy Spirit kept whispering in my heart. “Just believe in God and you will be saved..” Saved from what? From whatever we are facing.
Really. Could it be that simple? No it’s not simple at all, it’s a battle that can drive you crazy, but yes, just believing can change everything. God recently told me that belief is the currency for heaven. Believing that He can and will move in our lives is powerful. Scripture is alive, and it CAN and WILL change the world. Christ in me the hope of Glory could also read, “Christ in me the hope from judgement.” What is it saying to you today? I was recently praying for a need in our life when I heard the Eternal say; “seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.” Now I could have said, “okay God,” and kept praying, but I started asking questions. “So what does seeking your kingdom look like? I have dedicated my entire adult life to ministry God…is that seeking your kingdom? I was just down here kneeling….is that seeking your kingdom?” I believe that seeking His kingdom is different for everyone. God’s kingdom is limitless, we find during our quest to follow Him, our place and his plan for us in the kingdom. Basically seeking His kingdom is about finding your purpose in life and when you find your purpose living that purpose out in the way God is directing you.
The word of God is more than just the Bible, though I believe the bible is a compass for us. John 1:1 says; In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. John1:4: The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. Gen.1:3 Then God said… In the beginning God spoke and created life. Everything living has the vibration of the voice of our creator. Something inside of you longs to connect back to that source of our creation. 1 Cor. 2:14 But a person who denies spiritual realities will not accept the things that come through the spirit of God; they all sound like foolishness to him. He is incapable of grasping them because they are disseminated, discerned, and valued by the Spirit.
Our true nature is longing for the realities of what scripture gives us. To believe in something beyond what we can only experience with our 5 senses. That is why reading the bible and applying what you discern from it to your life is powerful. This experience brings us back to our original intent from the father. It is almost as if we are stepping back into a perfect dance with the father and through this sacred dance we are painting a beautiful picture for the world to be drawn in so they can peek a glimpse of God’s goodness for them too. So I want to encourage you to know that Christ in you isn’t just for heaven. It is for where you are now. What is God’s word saying for you?