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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 130 days until the Lilburn, GA, USA Revival Conference

130 days until the Lilburn, GA, USA Revival Conference

Christ’s Place in Your Life

Let us look at the activity of Christ in your life in the area of prayer. Turn first to Colossians 1:27-29: "To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect [complete, mature] in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily."

God said He chose to make people understand the exceeding riches involved in this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. In the Bible the term "hope" is never wishful thinking. It is always confident expectation. So He said in effect that Christ in you automatically brings a confident expectation. The term "glory" in the Bible in the simplest form is the present, real activity of God working in and through and around you. What I think Paul is saying is: Here is the mystery God wanted the Gentiles to understand. He is putting Christ in you which brings to you a confident expectation for the full, mighty activity of God working through you. When God put His Son in you He said that His Son would live out His life in you.

Because that is so significant in the mind of God He uses a number of figures of speech to help you understand it. Christ in you, living out His life in you is like God planting you securely in a relationship with the Son of God but to do it in such a way as a vine and a branch. The life of Christ is now actively flowing in you and through you and everyone will recognize that you are in union with Him because of what begins to happen in your life. The Christlikeness of His character begins to show in you.

Or God will use the picture of a shepherd and a sheep. Jesus said that He wanted you to know that He is the good shepherd and you are His sheep. God has created in the sheep the capacity to know His voice, and has given you a heart to know that He is your shepherd so when He leads you out, you go with Him (John 10:14-16). He knows where the green pastures and the still waters are and will lead you where they are. He knows where the paths of righteousness are. As your shepherd, He leads you there, and because you are connected to Him, you will experience all that He has and all that He possesses and all to which He can lead you (Psalm 23). So our relationship to Him brings immediately a confident expectation for experiencing all the mighty power of God. -Henry Blackaby


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