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A human being lives, but he is given life.

The Path to Discovery

One of the most important truths that a Christian can understand is the abiding-in-Christ that the Bible teaches us. Everything hinges on experiencing the reality of abiding in Christ and Christ abiding in us. As the believer grows in his or her life, there will be a day when they will discover the reality of the mystery of union with Christ – Christ is living in them. Once discovered, they will be amazed at how simple the marvelous truth is, yet it had eluded their understanding for years.

Today God is calling us to this amazing experience in Christ. Why? Jesus is coming soon! In (1 John 3:2) we read “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when he is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see him as he is.” Our daily walk will become a complete victory in Christ: When this truth is discovered, the believer will proclaim from the depths of their hearts, “Christ did it all” Man can claim no glory for the victories over temptation and sin. All the glory will go to God and will be proclaimed throughout all eternity

Supporting Scripture; (1 Peter 2:21-23), (Col 1:27), (1 Corinthians 1:29-31)
 

Personal Reflection and Discussion

  1. When did you notice this truth?
  2. How did it change your life?
  3. How have you applied this understanding to your life and witnessing?

Prayer Activities

  1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
  2. Contact the people on your prayer list and let them know you are still praying for them.
  3. Pray with then and ask for the following;
    • For God to continue to convict you with the Holy Spirit.
    • For God to lead us to witness to others.
    • For the individuals on your pray list.
    • That we continue to seek the Holy Spirit
  4. For today use the following Bible Verse in your prayer (Isa. 60:2, 3)

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

4 comments on “The Path to Discovery

  1. Rosi
    July 25, 2011

    You know it is funny, I have been an adventist all my life. I was baptised into the church when I was in high school. I have always loved Jesus. I didn’t understand alot growing up, but I knew Jesus was always there. I didn’t develop a relationship with my Father until a few years ago. I knew God was my creator, but I certainly didn’t know He loved me! Realizing that God does indeed love me, that He did all He could to save me?!? That Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice for me?!? WHen I finally realized all of this about 5 or 6 years ago I changed. I should say God changed me. I know it is not me,but God working in me. I have learned so much in the last few years. Things I should have known but was blind to. When I asked God to come into me, to have the Holy Spirit indwell in me, my eyes and my heart were opened. Unfortunately, I still have imperfections(sin) but I know my Lord and Saviour is there to forgive me and make me perfect but it is only, only throughthe love of my God.

    • bobh6
      July 26, 2011

      So many times I have heard people say I grew up in the church and then you see their lifestyle and you wonder if they ever learned anything. Now this statement was not made to beat anyone down, the point I am making is that, for someone to truly know God we need that moment in our life that it just hits us. The sad part of that statement is most of the time it is not until we hit bottom before we get there. Life would be much easier if we would just see things before then.

  2. Amalia
    July 25, 2011

    I think this is a mystery I would say we we may think we discovered at one point but, may later look back and see we really didn’t understand it there nearly as much as even a later time.

    I thought I understood what Jesus in me meant early on in my christian walk, and in reality I only barely understood it. I understood the Holy Spirit of Jesus was in my consceince, then later understood it more when I had people tell me they knew I was a christian even before I spoke…but was confirmed when I spoke, and even more recently when I re-read Romans and got more insight into the fact that Jesus had really done it all and lives in us, and as long as we have Him in us we live, through Him.

    It was the same message with new light each time and a clearer message of who Jesus really is. Can we ever really feel we can know Jesus, they Holy Spirit, or the Father for that matter…while in such a dark, sinful world, let alone with my still dark, sinful, struggling mind. I don’t think that could completely happen till He rolls back the clouds and the darkness, that covers our world and minds, and shine through in full glory…then and only then will we be truly like Him.

    Now we could only try to reflect, what we see…which in comparison isn’t much. There is a whole other half of the moon we could never see…without coming off this earth first. Can’t wait!!

  3. bobh6
    July 26, 2011

    I like the way 1 John 3;2 puts it; “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

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