When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. ~ John 14:20 NLT
In our moments of weakness, even the strongest believer in Jesus can allow the loud accusations and lies the Enemy whispers to discourage us. In those moments we may think it seems easier to just give up.
But it is exactly in those moments, we should remember Jesus’ words in John 14:20. For one thing, we are not alone in our struggles. Jesus’ Spirit is in us. We are in Jesus. He surrounds us on all sides. And as Paul exhorts us in Colossians 3:3, we are hidden with Christ in God the Father. Just stop and think about this reality. Could there be a safer place?
When we feel like our troubles and trials are about to overwhelm us, let’s do as Paul directs us in Colossians 3:1, 2, “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven… Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” What we focus on becomes our reality. The Bible says that Jesus’ followers are no longer are citizens of earth, but our real home is in Heaven, where we are seated with Christ at the right hand of the Father. When we gaze at our problems from that high place, they lose their power to overcome us.
We are not abandoned to the hardships of this life. Dear one, be assured that you are heard. You are seen. You are highly valued. In those moments when all seems lost, you truly have a God who, not only is working to release you, but who foresaw what was coming and already has the exit plan. So, if you are feeling overwhelmed or abandoned and all alone today, stop and tell yourself the truth. The Spirit who lives in you is much greater than anything that could come against you. You are the Father’s precious child and Jesus’ friend.
You are safe and secure in Jesus. His Spirit is in you, making all things possible as you rely on him. Thank the Father for hiding you from the enemy in his own heart. Nothing can touch you there that the Father can’t use for your good and his glory. Don’t give up. Instead, thank God and enjoy what Jesus won for you on the Cross!
Dear friends, be blessed as you focus on heavenly reality. Be strengthened in your faith as you practice living from your true position in Christ. Don’t be shy about proclaiming where you are as you start each day. You are in Christ. Christ’s Spirit is in you and you are hidden with Jesus in the Father! Receive abundant blessings as you choose to stay positioned in true reality all day long. Amen.
Mary Sumner ~ August 23, 2022