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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Inside - Out 2

Today I'm reading Ephesians 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Living from the inside out means being able to access the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within you. His indwelling presence is everything when it comes to living a victorious Christian life. Just as with our salvation (we don't do it, earn it or achieve it - we receive it), our daily sanctification is also God's work. Our job is to get in step with the Spirit. We yield. We surrender. We cooperate. That is our part. And that comes by repeatedly turning our minds and hearts over to His control throughout the day. At first this is much more of a conscious process. We need to remind ourselves to bring our thoughts before the Lord and to yield. This can be as simple as a quick prayer to say, "Thank you for this job." Or "help me in this meeting." Or "Let me see this person through Your eyes."

At first this takes some self-discipline. Set your phone/watch alarm for hourly intervals. Or wear a rubber band on your wrist to be a visual reminder to pray. We get so distracted throughout the day we do need practical physical reminders to open our hearts to God's work. But after a while it becomes more natural; and soon it becomes your way of living. An inner, silent heart to heart conversation with God throughout the day. He's your closest friend - so why not talk with Him?

What inhibits your awareness of Christ's presence in your life? What draws you to Him?
What excuses do you use - and aren't you tired of making excuses? What method will you use to remind yourself to be aware of Him with you today?


Today's prayer:
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, and in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. Amen
(By St. Patrick)

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