Are You Presently One With Christ?


If you would have told me that a child riding a bicycle could help me grow significantly in my relationship with God, I would have thought that you were stretching things a little too far, but that’s exactly what happened.

One morning, my husband announced that we were going bike riding and before I knew it we were at the local bike park. After determining what direction we would travel, we set off. I began to notice that my youngest son was having trouble riding his new bike. There was a steady stream of traffic down the narrow path and every time someone would zoom past my son, he would wobble and veer into the other lane. After quite a few near misses with the other riders, I slowed down and began to follow behind him. I guess I yelled one, “Stay to the right!”, too many because he demanded to follow behind me instead. We had a showdown. I wasn’t budging and neither was he. He tilted the scale in his favor when he said, “Mom, I’m just going to walk beside it.” I caved and let him follow behind me. After all, I wasn’t going to walk such a long way if I could help it.

Gradually, the whining and complaining stopped and to my surprise, he had made peace with his bike and they were functioning as one unit. Before long I was racing to keep up. I was amazed to see how much progress he made when he made the decision to pull away. He instinctively knew what he needed. Without the pressure and anxiety, he could discern what to do. It was like God was speaking to me that day through my son.

Just as few days before, I couldn’t shake the lingering feeling that God wanted more from me , yet I couldn’t discern what I needed to do. After seeing how my son resolved his dilemma, I knew in my heart that God was showing me that the only way to discern his will is to pull away from the world and lay all my concerns at his feet and be completely present before him in prayer and worship. There is not enough room in our hearts for the anxieties of this world and our heavenly Father too. Jesus says that the first and the greatest commandment is to love the LORD with all our hearts, all our souls, and all our minds (Matthew 22:37). Again, we cannot be divided between God and the cares of this world. Our Father simply wanted all of me and he wants all of you too.

Jesus revealed the ultimate goal of our full submission to God at John 17:21. In this verse, Jesus says, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” God’s will is for us to attain to oneness with Christ. In John 17:26, Jesus says, “…I will be in them.”

This doesn’t happen by happenstance. For example, David knew the importance of nurturing his relationship with God. He says at Psalms 5:3, “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice, in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” David knew that he could expect guidance, wisdom, insight, and answered prayers if he wholeheartedly came to the Father and indeed, so can we. Unfortunately, at times we imagine that we would be further behind if we took our focus off the chaos around us, but God has a way of pushing us even further ahead than we would have been without him. Isn’t that amazing?

Has God spoken to you through something that happened in your life and if so, how did it improve your relationship with him?

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God Is Our Deliverer And No One Else.

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In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me.

Psalm 71:2 (NIV)

One morning a friend called unexpectedly. She needed to vent about some things that were happening in her life. Although we had talked about these same issues for hours on several occasions, there still didn’t seem to be a dramatic change in her situation nor in her level of peace. As I began to offer advice, there was one lesson that stood out the most. It was the fact that our God deeply desires to personally deliver us. It sounds so simple until we are the ones on our knees, desperately crying out for him to intervene in our lives. The Bible is candid about the fact that we will all have many trials but we don’t have to despair. Psalms 34:19 says, “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.”

While it is true that the word deliver means to save, rescue, set-free, redeem and release; the goal of deliverance is not just for God to set us free. In Exodus 19:4, He says, “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself.” Isn’t it wonderful to know that the purpose of deliverance is to bring us into a personal relationship with God? Only then will we find true freedom that will never be taken away.

I told her that during a stormy season in my life, I also tried to talk to anyone who would listen. But, in the midst of it all, I could hear God speak to my heart and invite me to tell him instead. Psalms 55:22 says, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” I realized, regretfully, that I was casting my cares on others and not completely on God.

Only after I went into a deeper walk with the LORD, did I began to see things shift for the better in my life. I have no doubt that this was his plan all along. I am so overcome with gratitude that he didn’t allow me to depend on humans, who were only flesh and blood. He heard my prayers and offered himself to me. At Psalms 50:15, God says that after we call on him and he delivers us, then we will honor him. I have seen his mercy and blessings firsthand and I live to testify, to all who will listen, that God is good! Bring your troubles to him and he will be faithful. He’ll never let you down. Even if it seems as if nothing is happening, keep worshiping and praising him, eventually you will see what he was doing all along. Always remember that God is our deliverer and no one else.

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Do You Thank God Through Music?

Psalms 92:1-4

It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night,
On an instrument of ten strings,
On the lute,
And on the harp,
With harmonious sound.
For you, LORD, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

I love these verses because they show that we are to thank and praise God through music. Sometimes, we find ourselves letting the choir do it but it is also our responsibility to confess that God is good through songs and instruments. After all he has done for me I couldn’t let another day go by without asking Him to fill my heart with songs of praise to his holy name. Won’t you join me even if you do it just between you and God? He still appreciates it.

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