We must abide in Christ…

The emphasis here is our operating IN and THROUGH Christ, and our totally abiding in Him 24/7 365

Christ in you, is the hope of glory…

In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came upon certain people to empower them for service, but then He would leave again.

New Testament believers have a different experience, as the Holy Spirit indwells us permanently.

The permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit given to New Testament believers was a “mystery” to the Old Testament saints.

After Jesus ascended to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to live within us, never to leave (John 14:16–17; 16:7).

Jesus told His disciples, “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father . . . and I am in you” (John 14:20).

The Holy Spirit seals us for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).

In other words, the Spirit’s presence in our hearts GUARANTEES our ultimate salvation.

Though we are in this world, we are not of it (John 17:16).

God will continue to work in us until He is finished perfecting us (see Philippians 1:6).

This forward-looking guarantee of perfection is what is meant by “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

The J. B. Phillips translation of Colossians 1:27 puts it this way:

“The secret is simply this: Christ in you! Yes, Christ in you bringing with Him the hope of all glorious things to come.”

The hope of glory is the fulfillment of God’s promise to restore us and all creation (see Romans 8:19–21 and 1 Peter 5:10).

This hope is not a wishful thought, but the confident, expectant, joyful knowledge that we are being changed by God and will one day see Christ face to face, having been conformed to His image (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2).

Christ’s presence in us is the hope of glory, and this truth is full of “glorious riches.”

Our once dead, darkened spirits are made alive.

Christ is in our hearts, and we know that there is life beyond this earthly existence—a life that will be glorious beyond all imagination.

In the meantime, the ministry is all about the hard work of bringing all believers to maturity in Christ.

The Bible even says of Jesus, that He learned obedience through the things He suffered (Heb 5:8).

James 1:2-8

Profiting from Trials
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

1 Peter 1:3-9
The Message

A New Life
3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus!

Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now!

God is keeping careful watch over us and the future.

The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.

6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime.

Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine.

When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing.

Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

The key is to hang in there and don’t give up… QUITTING IS NOT AN OPTION, you never ever quit!

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).

When you feel beaten down, when you’re too tired to keep going, remember we are promised the crown of life. Our reward in heaven is worth the trials we face on earth — the same way the exhilaration of completing your first marathon is worth the pain of training and running it.

No matter how hard we pray, at times it can feel like God is taking an eternity to show up and do something about our circumstances. In those moments, Satan wants to use our impatience to convince us to doubt God’s faithfulness.

God reminds us through the Bible that He is with us and He has not forgotten us.

4 Verses When Hard Times Hit

1. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12).

When we experience affliction — whether it’s the death of a family member, the pain of divorce, or the heartbreak of a disobedient child — the author of Romans tells us to be patient. Pray earnestly. God can work anything out for our good and His glory.

2. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

It’s not easy to keep doing the right thing when it feels like you’re getting nothing in return. The Bible promises if we will persevere, we will see a return on our investment. Our words and actions can make an eternal impact on the people around us. We might not know the legacy we left on this side of eternity, but we can trust that Jesus will bless our hard work.

3. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).

When you feel beaten down, when you’re too tired to keep going, remember we are promised the crown of life. Our reward in heaven is worth the trials we face on earth — the same way the exhilaration of completing your first marathon is worth the pain of training and running it.

4. “In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears” (2 Samuel 22:7).

God always hears us when we call on Him.

He doesn’t always give us what we want, but He always gives us what is best for us.

If we trust the Lord, even when we don’t understand, we can begin to see where the Lord is working in our lives, whether it’s experiencing His faithfulness through a financial need or His goodness through our Christian friendships that show us support and encouragement.

When we ask for help and then seek God, He will open our eyes to experience Him in new ways that bring us closer to Him.

God’s understanding is far greater than ours and we have to trust that His timing is perfect.

We serve a mighty God who will never abandon us and who wants the best for our lives.

It’s not always easy to wait in a world of instant gratification.

But if we stop limiting God to our own deadlines, demands, and desires, we can experience a calmness amidst the chaos in our lives.

Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
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Sunday, Sept 18
God Calling
by Two Listeners

DWELL THERE

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
— Psalm 91:1

Hidden in a sure place, known only to God and you.

So secret that no power on Earth can even find it.

But, My beloved children, you must dwell therein.

No fitful visit, a real abiding.

Make it your home. Your dwelling-place.

Over that home shall My Shadow rest, to make it doubly safe, doubly secret.

Like brooding mother-bird wings that Shadow rests. How safe, how sure, you must feel there.

When fears assail you and cares trouble you, it is because you have ventured out of that protecting Shadow.

Then the one, the only thing to do is to creep back into shelter again. So rest.
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Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Jude 1:24-25
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