November 18, 2010
“Meanwhile. the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8:26-28 … The Message
Living the JesusLife: What does His life become in us…?
If living your life in Christ is about learning to love “the life” that Christ is living in you .. then .. when do you get around to living life? You’re called to love God with everything that makes up your life. You quickly discover (it may take years) that on your own you just can’t love God with everything that makes up your life. You’ll end up frustrated .. fearful .. and miserably forced into a way of love that imprisons you. And the great fact is that God knows this about you already and just tells you up front that His Spirit .. His Life .. The Very-Source-of-Love will walk alongside you every moment of your life. Why..? Because you’ve already turned over the keys to all the rooms in your heart and mind. So God begins to piece together all those unspoken .. weary .. frustrated .. unbelief thoughts .. aches .. and sighs and turns them into first-person prayers before the Father. So the pressure is off!!! You don’t have to live today hoping that you will love God good enough and maybe He will bless you or come through for you. He’s working all of your life into something so filled with His love and goodness .. that all you have to “do” today is exhale and love Him. You’ll begin to love your wife .. your husband .. your kids .. even “those” people who are front-burner irritants in your world. You already know who they are. You may know in your head that God forgives .. but you’ve “unspokenly” decided that you aren’t going to forgive them. Well God even knows that “place” in you and He is loving you by loosening your death grip on trying to live an unloving life .. with His life being the center of your life. You can’t do it. You can’t live an unloving life with Christ being your life! You can be sure of this: God is working in every detail of you life at this very moment. Jesus became every detail of your life .. so He knows how to birth His life in you. How are you going to live today…? It only takes a moment ..
“That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself — all the pain, all the testing — and would be able to help where help was needed.” Hebrews 2:16-18 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Men and Women “pregnant” with the indwelling love of Christ. (firstname.lastname@example.org)