Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Look Inside

Thoughts of truly living in the present and treating my body as God would want me to treat it have been rolling around in my head a lot lately.

In my devotional notebook I have written down: God is in me; why don't I start acting more like it and treat my body as He would.

His Word is filled with powerful statements regarding God having a living, active presence in our lives.

"God's presence can be found wherever His people are present." - Tom Felton, 'Our Daily Journey devotion from 4/5/13

Colossians 1.27 - This is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing His glory.

2 Corinthians 6.16 - What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will live with them
and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they will be my people.”

1 Corinthians 3.16-23 -
16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 18 Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21 So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, 23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

Colossians 3.1-14

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.  These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11 In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
My choices have to be reflected through my actions. For me that includes the words that come out of my mouth, the food I put in my mouth and how I decide to use my body each day. A few weeks ago I finished reading Lysa TerKeurst's book 'Made to Crave', and I can honestly say this book has change the way I view myself and my relationship with God. In combination with our amazing church, The Greenhouse Culture, I'm seeing a lot of growth in who I am in Christ.  God is so good!