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Today I am in Wisconsin. I have been here for several days with a very good friend of mine. We have had a wonderful time sharing in the goodness of God and one another. It was also good to see some friends from the past at Living Waters Fellowship in Ellsworth, Wisconsin yesterday. I have blessed to be here.
Christ in each of us is the hope of glory in and through our lives. We are each a dwelling place of Christ and together we live our lives as the manifold dwelling place of God. Our lives are to be a testimony of the righteousness, peace, and joy of God. We are the visible expression of who God to our world.
John 14:19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
Do we see Him? The more we see Him the more we become like Him. Perhaps, whatever we look at is what we become. What has our attention? What is the focus of our lives? Looking at a created thing will limit us but looking at Jesus will transform us to become givers of life to all creation in our world. Because He lives, we also live! What does it mean to live? Jesus said that eternal life is to know God as our Father and to know Jesus the son. Our lives are to be lived in Him and Him in us (Jn. 17:3). We can expect Jesus to manifest Himself in our lives daily.
John 17:1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Eternal life is not simply where we are going to go when we die. Eternal life works today! It is true life! It is life that destroys death today, tomorrow, and in every situation to come. Not even the second death can overpower it. To embrace the Spirit of Christ in our lives today is to destroy the power of death today, tomorrow, and in every place to come. Holy Spirit in you and me inspires us to call out for the testimony of our husband, our head, to come. Jesus will manifest today in our lives!
John 14:22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
Christ in us empowers us to be as He is. Christ in us empowers us to be keepers of His word. His word is a testimony of His love for us and through us to the world around us. His love redeems, restores, and reveals His true life in every phase of our journey in life.\
John 14:25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Peace is not the absence of conflict. Peace is living in a place of connection to God in heaven. It is by our connection to God in heaven that heavenly things become the testimonies of our lives. God is the word, but we are His voice. We are expressions of Him in this world. The peace that God gives to us is a peace of connection to Him in all things. We have access to His house, and He has access to our house to make our house a testimony of His presence.
Ted J. Hanson
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