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Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.” — Romans 8:8-9a

Being “in the Spirit” is not based on how close God feels but on the presence of God’s Holy Spirit. The two are not the same.

Believers don’t always agree on exactly when the Holy Spirit is received but they do agree he is found in Christ, a promised Gift for assurance and comfort.

“You were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit because you believed in Christ. The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance” — Ephesians 1:13 (CEB)

In Christ the Holy Spirit no longer comes and goes but remains even as our feelings change.

It’s time for us to stop asking, singing, pleading for him to come and time start thanking him for being here, moving on to what he wants us to do now that he is.

— fritz

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Discovery about Days

The way a day turns out is often different than the way it feels facing it.

And that’s a good thing!

“Instead of worrying, pray… It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” — Philippians 4:6-7 (Message)

– fritz

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“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. – Jesus (Revelation 3:20)

More than once I have heard, “I asked Jesus into my heart but I don’t feel saved!”

I always ask two (2) questions – first, “What is being saved supposed to feel like?”, and without exception they say, “I don’t know!” Then I ask, “How do you know, then, you don’t feel saved?!”

When you ask Jesus to come into your life, that IS what feeling saved feels like, right then, at that moment! Sure, we read stories in the Bible where lights flash, people fall, holy voices speak – we like those stories, they make good theater. They are the exception rather than the rule. God seldom does theatrics but he will do what he says.

When we open life’s door to Christ we know he comes in simply because he said he would. Start with that simple fact. Feelings may come and go, but trust in God’s word stays.

– fritz@langgang.com

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Anthony Bloom

Some think it insincere to offer praise to God without the corresponding feelings.

Anthony Bloom (1914 – 2003), Archbishop in the Orthodox Church, has good insight here.

When you live in your family, and you work out of doors and are doing a heavy kind of work, you may come back physically worn out. If at that moment your mother, your sister, your father or whoever else, said ‘Do you love me?’ you would say ‘I do.’

If the other person goes on investigating, ‘Do you really love me at this moment?’ what you could honestly have said is ‘No, I feel nothing but my aching back and worn out body.’ But you are perfectly right in saying ‘I love you’ because you know that underneath all exhaustion, there is a live current of love.
– Beginning to Pray, page 35-36

It is that way with God. For one reason or another we don’t always feel our love for him but there is, still, a live current of love.

Prayer:Father, I thank you there is a live current of love in me for you and yours, even when I don’t always feel it.

Sound Bite: The live current of Love for Christ is deeper than my surface feelings.

– fritz@langgang.com

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All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. – Galatians 3:27 (CEB)

Our criminal history with God has been expunged,1 so why continually dredge it up in prayer? Before coming to Christ, Yes! we need to be aware we are sinners in need of redemption, but not afterwards!

Though I am a sinner in my sight2 I am not one in his! He see me redeemed, clean, and dressed in his beloved son! He begins his character changing work in me, making me more like Christ in my actions, not from guilt but gratitude.

Prayer: Father, I am grateful that though I see my failures you see your son who died for my sins and ever lives his life in and through me!

Sound Bite: I have given my life to Christ, I am redeemed, and I will not let anyone tell me different.

– fritz
1 – Related Post: Expunged – April 23, 2011
2 – Related Post: Grasshoppers! – April 24, 2011

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Grasshoppers!

[W]e saw the giants … and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. – Numbers 13:33

God sent spies into what was to be Israel’s future home land but they brought back a bad report — the whole nation lost their opportunity to enter because they saw themselves as “grasshoppers!”

God called them an army but they felt like grasshoppers! Isn’t that what happens to us? Our feelings don’t align with what God says and we lose out on divine opportunities! No more!

Prayer: Father, thank you that I am what you say, not what I feel. Help me to see in your word, the Bible, what I really am and what I really have in Christ. Amen.

Sound Bite: I’m no grasshopper!

-fritz

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Dallas Willard surfaces an interesting fact.

“We cannot just choose our feelings”1

But, he says,

“you can evoke and to some degree control feelings by directing your thoughts.

Our power over our thoughts is of great and indispensable assistance in directing and controlling our feelings, which themselves are not directly under the guidance of our will.”1

Perhaps this is why the bible says

“whatsoever things are true, … honest, … just, … pure, … lovely, … of good report; … think on these things.” – Philippians 4:8

– fritz
1 – Renovation of the Heart, by Dallas Willard, page 104

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