Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Our Perfect Union with Christ

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All of humanity is made in the image of the Trinity (Genesis 1:26). We are a triune being with a body, soul and spirit. Unless we are Born Again, we live a crippled life with only a body and soul, because our spirit is dead in sin.

We live in prideful rebellion, enjoy controlling our own life and have no need or desire to think about God. In fact, thoughts about God, which intrude on our conscious mind, disturb us and make us feel uncomfortable.

We run from God’s conviction and reject people who remind us of Him. We forget that thankfully the “Hound of Heaven” is constantly pursuing us, drawing us into His loving embrace.

Once we finally yield to His sovereignty, we wonder why we took so long to submit to His call and to relinquish control of our life to Him. When we share His yoke and surrender everything to God, life is no longer a struggle (Romans 8:28; Hebrews 4:10; Matthew 11:30).

Throughout each day, we experience God's continual provision and daily blessings. He takes all of the guess work out of life, as we seek His face and follow His will for each moment of our day.

In our walk with God, when our spirit is Born Again, we are able to walk in ever increasing success toward holiness. God’s Holy Spirit changes us from one stage of glory to the next as we place God's will above our own (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Each stage of glory brings us closer to a perfect union with God (Ephesians 2:1-5). The more devoted our relationship with Him grows (John 4:24), the more intimacy with Him we experience and the more of it we want in our life.

Some Believers are simply content to escape hell. They live a shallow, carnal life, without this intimate union with God. Yet others of us often feel like we are in a desert, thirsting for more and more of His Living Water (John 4:14).

We hunger and thirst after His righteousness (Matthew 5:6; Psalm 107:9). Our spirit longs to receive more nourishment from the Bread of Life (John 6:35). We desire to walk each moment of our day in this intimate union with Christ.

Father God, even though we cannot sense You with our physical body, we feel your presence in our spirit and we see the evidence of Your work in our soul every day of our life (Hebrews 13:5). We form this perfect union with You by spending time in Your presence as we go about our day. Thank you for teaching us to consult with You and to rely on You as we follow Your Spirit’s direction.

Remind us to listen to Your Voice, as well as to commune with You from our heart. You know all things and we do not need to impress You with religious words in our prayers. We simply talk to You as our best friend. Help us to trust in You with our whole heart and not to lean on any human advice.

Thought for the Day:
God enjoys times of companionable silence with us and often seems silent; but He is always ready to direct us by His Spirit, encourage us with His Word and bless us with His presence within us.

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