Saturday, September 7, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . Closer than We Sometimes Feel~

What do you do when you are in the middle of writing a series entitled, "In CHRIST, We Are...",
only to sit down at your laptop and unexplainably find yourself without a word to type.

What do you do when suddenly you feel as though you are on the "outside looking in"?

Not outside, exactly - still in Christ, but journeying through the wilderness.

You know Christ is there, you just can't see Him beyond the next word on the screen.
You know Christ is speaking, you just can't hear Him over the winds of doubt, fear, and insecurity blowing through your mind.  You know you are still IN Christ, but you feel out of sync, out of earshot (and heartshot), out of His presence, out - not in.

Have you ever been there?

Oh sure, maybe you weren't in the middle of writing a series,
but chances are you, too, have sat down at the table of life, only to find the tables turned -
(and most likely in a life-changing way you never expected or never saw coming).

Perhaps, you have been in the middle of

a job and unexplainably found yourself in the unemployment line,

a marriage and unexplainably found yourself in divorce court,

a healthy body and unexplainably found yourself at a cancer treatment center.

You know you are still in Christ, but suddenly you are journeying through the wilderness.
You know Christ is there, you just can't see Him beyond the bills, the rejection, the doctor report.
You know Christ is speaking, you just can't hear Him over the winds of doubt, fear, and insecurity blowing through your mind. You know you are still IN Christ, but you feel out of sync, out of earshot (and heartshot), out of His presence, out- not in.


No matter where we find ourself,
no matter what our circumstances may be,
no matter what our feelings may be trying to convince us we feel,
we have to hold tight to the truth that

grounds us,
    
sustains us,

upholds us,

as we journey through.



In CHRIST,
  we are always 
        near to Christ.
               ALWAYS.






 But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were [so] far away, 
through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been brought near.
~ Ephesians 2:13, (AMP)


Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? 
Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, 
or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 
 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 8:35, 37-39 (NLT) 

Sometimes, we walk hand in hand with God through lush green pastures.
Sometimes, we walk heart to heart with God through a vast wilderness.

In both, God is near.
In both, God is active.
In both, God is working all things for our good and His glory.

Feelings are fickle. 
Circumstances change.

But, our God - our God is always near. 

What do you do when the tables have turned?
What do you do when you feel you are more "out" than "in"?
What do you do when you don't know what to do?

Trade your feelings for faith and keep on
typing one word after another,
sending out one resume after another,
embracing one friend after another,
praying one prayer after another,

until

your feelings are overtaken by your faith,
your circumstances no longer loom bigger than your God,
your heart knows that it knows that it knows, your God is near.
ALWAYS.

Chances are - your God is closer than you've ever imagined.

In CHRIST, we are. . . closer than we sometimes feel.








 
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