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Not a Fan of Secrets

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I’ve never been a big fan of secrets. Secrets involve information that you can’t tell...or are they?! Get this, in Colossians, Paul tells us that God had a secret. I’m serious! Listen to this: Colossians 1:26-27: “This message was kept SECRET for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too, And this is the SECRET...

Oh boy, here it comes!! Here’s the big secret!!“...Christ lives in you.

This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.”

Whoa!!! What a beautiful and POWERFUL secret!! Christ lives IN you!

I literally have to keep repeating that phrase over and over, personalizing it, just to make sure it sinks in: Christ lives in me. Christ lives in me. Christ lives in me.  oh my...The Spirit that brought sight to blind eyes, lives in me.
The Spirit that made the mute speak, lives in me.
The Spirit that has authority over hell itself, lives in me.
The Spirit that brought the dead to life, lives in me. 

Christ lives in me. Christ lives in me. Christ lives in me. And because Jesus Christ lives in me, my identity is identical to Jesus’ identity. 
Jesus Christ is holy. He lives in me, making me holy.
Jesus Christ is pure. He lives in me, making me pure.
Jesus Christ is righteous. He lives in me, making me righteous.
Jesus Christ is worthy. He lives in me, making me worthy.

And get this...Jesus Christ is sinless...making me sinless. Yes, in God’s eyes, you are sinless! Sin cannot enter God’s presence. So, Jesus took away your sin, giving you access to God at any time.  “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Sometimes we forget that Jesus came to “take away the sins of the world.” Yeah, let that sink in: Jesus TOOK AWAY the sins of the world and “all who BELIEVED HIM AND ACCEPTED HIM, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12, 29 The sinless, spotless, Lamb of God, makes His home inside of you in the person of the Holy Spirit; making you a sinless, spotless, child of almighty God. We are actually commanded to come “Boldly into His presence.”  Jesus Christ has chosen to unite himself to you, joining His Spirit with your spirit. And now, the two have become one. 1 John 4:17 says this: “As He is, so are we in this world.” So whatever attributes, authority, and power that is in Jesus, because of your relationship with Him, He gives them back to you. “As He IS, so are you!” He has joined Himself to you, and now you can overcome anything...ANYTHING. Because nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible with God! You have peace with Almighty God because Christ lives in You. And that’s a “secret” that is MEANT TO BE SHARED!! “This message was kept SECRET for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too, And this is the SECRET: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.” Colossians 1:26-27 NLT (emphasis mine)What a God! He actually wants to share His glory with his children.

What a Father! Who spared no expense in His redemptive plan.
What a Savior! He willingly gave up His life, to have yours.

What a Holy Spirit! Who makes His home in our hearts, empowering us to carry out and share with the world this incredible, beautiful, most awesome SECRET!“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NLTVerses for further study and meditation:“And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:19-22 NLT“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.”

Ephesians 1:4 NLTThe Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his, Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ, we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.” Romans 8:11, 14-17 NLT“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT“And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.” 1 John 4:17 NLT“But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
1 Corinthians 6:17 NLT“ Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sinbecause he is born of God.” 1 Peter 3:9 KJV*I have personally emphasized these verses...just in case I needed to make that clarification

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Allow Me to Introduce

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Imagine a complete stranger walking up to you and saying, “I’ve heard about you and well, I just don’t like you.” You’d probably think, “How rude and unfair.” You know what? You’re right. More than likely, we’ve all been judged prematurely by others before. People make up their minds about us before they ever really get to know us.

 You know what? I feel like that’s exactly what people have done with God. (Well, I know I did.) People all over the world make their minds up about Him before they ever really get to know God personally.

 The story of God and His Son, Jesus, is the greatest love story, mercy-full story of ALL Time! God’s Love Letter to us (that’s what I like to call the Bible ) is a story full of passion and unforeseen twists; there are heroes and villains, and an ending that no one could have ever predicted. It’s sooo good!! And it’s a book with your name all in it! It’s to YOU!

 So...let me ask you:

What do you know about God? 

 I was raised in what is known as the “Bible Belt” here in the middle of North Carolina. I cannot remember a time of not knowing about God, but I would come to find out there was a huge difference between knowing ABOUT GOD and KNOWING GOD.

 As a four-year- old, I was told that when I died I would either go to heaven or hell. There isn’t a third option. My soul will live forever in one place or the other. I didn’t want to go to hell, so I asked Jesus to save me. I asked Him to come into my heart, and to take me to heaven one day.

 I could have been labeled a “good girl” all through school and my teenage years. I never drank or cussed or partied. I began to develop this mindset that if I did good, if I kept the golden rule of treating others the way I wanted to be treated, IF I went to church and read my Bible and prayed, God was keeping score. I was trying to earn His blessings. My thoughts were that IF I did good, I’d get good. I thought God was keeping tabs and checklist of my behavior.

 It’s amazing how when I started studying the Bible, I discovered that it literally says the opposite of that!! My behavior could never grant me access or acceptance to God! But here’s the wonderful news: God loved me so much that He gave me good, when I deserved bad. He’s so full of mercy, grace, and compassion.

 Picking up the Bible and wanting to discover who God is seems a bit overwhelming, right? Well, the best place to start is the beginning, I mean the very beginning! The very first book of the Bible and the very first sentence in the Bible! The first four words in the first book of the Bible is, “In the beginning God...”

 Pastor Mike made a statement years ago. He said, “If you can believe the first four words in the Bible are true, then you can certainly trust Him for the rest of it.”

 What does that mean? 

 If God was, then He still is! If He was then, He’s still God now.

 “In the beginning God...” 

And deep down inside every human being, God placed a longing and yearning for Him. It’s kinda like a hole in the heart that nothing can fill...nothing except Him.

Remember that little toy you may have had as a kid that had all kinds of shaped holes in it with the corresponding objects (square, circle, triangle) and you had to get the shaped objects to line up with the right hole for it to go in?

Well that’s exactly what I am talking about!

There is a hole in your life, in your heart, that only God can fill. You were made with it. You were made to be connected to your Creator; God Himself. A girlfriend or boyfriend won’t fill it. A better job won’t fill it. A bigger house won’t fill it. Nothing is going to fill that longing and emptiness in your heart. Nothing except God.

This is something I know I don’t have to convince you of because you feel it and know it already. Romans 1:19 says, “In reality, the truth of God is known instinctively, for God has embedded this knowledge inside every human heart.”

Here is what I would like to ask you to do. Would you have the courage and to pray this, 

 “God, if You are real, would You speak to me. Would You show Me the truth of who You really are? I will give you a clean slate, and I will come with an open heart and open mind. Reveal to me who You are. I want to know You personally.”

 God wants you to give him a chance, and He’s inviting you to get to know Him. I can assure you, if you get to know Him for Who He really is; you’ll fall in love! He’s the kindest Person I’ve ever met.  

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