Purity 284 12/07/2020
Today’s photo comes from a friend’s recent hike to Harrier Hill park in Hudson NY. I share it because it’s December and blue skies with clouds and sunshine are becoming rare.
Lately, I have been thinking of that Counting Crows song: “A Long December”, as a week ago I asked for prayers for healing for my Mother and Father, Kathy and Matt, as they both have Covid-19. My father has had mild symptoms and remains home, relatively well, and my mother is hospitalized, receiving treatment and reports that she is improving and hopes to come home some time this week. We are praying for complete healing for both and for mom to return home. I deeply appreciate all the prayers and messages of concern for my parents. Thank You.
I recently read that the Christian discipleship process is both Bible-based and forward looking.
The Bible tells me God is in charge and He is the creator and healer. So we will trust in Him, knowing that all outcomes are in His hands and that He is good.
And as we enter into a new week, we won’t lament over disappointments in the past, but we will look ahead with hope and expectancy, planning and preparing for what the Lord has for us this week.
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This morning’s meditation verses were:
Psalm 109:30-31 (NLT2)
30 But I will give repeated thanks to the LORD, praising him to everyone.
31 For he stands beside the needy, ready to save them from those who condemn them.
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The Primary Protection: Established in Truth
The "heavenly places" (NIV "realms") are a present reality. The phrase does not refer to heaven where God has His throne, nor does it refer to some physical planet such as Pluto or Mars that exists in the natural realm. It refers to the spiritual world or atmosphere in which we live. The god (ruler) of this world, "your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8, NIV).
John says, "We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one" (1 John 5:19). Herein lies the problem and the answer in one verse. People are kept in spiritual bondage because of the lies they believe about God and themselves, and Satan is the father of lies (see John 8:44).
Jesus is the truth (see John 14:17), and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. He will guide you into all truth (see John 16:13), and that truth will set you free (see John 8:32). That is possible because we are children of God.
Every defeated Christian we have worked with, regardless of their presenting problem, had one thing in common. None of them knew who they were in Christ, nor understood what it meant to be a child of God. Almost all of them were questioning their salvation. If the Holy Spirit is bearing "witness with our spirit that we are children of God" (Romans 8:16), then why weren't they sensing it? "Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, 'Abba! [or] Father!" (Galatians 4:6). Where is the "Abba! Father!" in the depth of depression? He is there, but depressed people often don't sense His presence because of ignorance or lack of genuine repentance.
The Primary Issue: Our Identity and Position in Christ
The devil does not want you to know that you are a child of God and seated with Christ in heavenly places (see Ephes. 2:6). From that position in Christ, we have authority over the kingdom of darkness. Every believer is alive in Christ and therefore united with Him:
In His burial
In His resurrection
In His ascension
In His life
In His power
In His inheritance
Finding Hope Again: Overcoming Depression
God bless you all!