CIMHOG- “Christ In Me Hope Of Glory”

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The title of my blog is CIMHOG- “Christ In Me, Hope of Glory”, taken from the Scripture- Colossians 1:27“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

This truth made a deep impact in my spirit over twenty years ago.  The concept of Christ being in me produces hope in me.  A hope about what? This mystery that the Apostle Paul was speaking about- how we believers can become mature believers if Christ is in us.  I went on a quest to see what the Word of God had to say about being “mature”, Christ in us, on us, around us, through us, etc.  There is so much in the verse, it is so rich, you almost have to dissect it one word at a time to get the full understanding.  Today, I’d like to take that journey again, through the Word of God and exegete and isegit this text.  Let’s begin.

The book of Colossians was written by the Apostle Paul, to the church at Colossae, AD 50- AD 80.  These new believers were being assaulted by the teachings (heresies) of Gnosticism- the belief that knowledge surpasses faith, that deeper truth must be sought after rather than the simple- truth of the gospel.  It denied the concept of Jesus’ divinity and that Christ’s death conquered sin in the flesh. Paul, in the letters to the Colossian church, defended Christ and emphasized that salvation is through Christ alone and his blood cleanses us from all sin.  Our flesh is not more powerful than the power of God, the Holy Spirit. This is our hope of glory.

So, we cling to passages like Colossians 1:9- 14– “9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks[d] to the Father, who has qualified you[e] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Paul prayed that we would be filled with the knowledge of God and his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.  We can know God!  We can understand his will for us, have His direction for our lives, not lost and wandering around in darkness with no hope.  We can live a life that is pleasing to God, worthy of the Lord, fruitful in every good work.  In Christ, we can be strong and powerful, we are not weak and victimized by the devil.  The knowledge that we must meditate on is that God has provided a place for us in His kingdom, through the redemption of Christ, the forgiveness of sin- we are our Father God’s children, heirs of the kingdom, living forever with Him eternally.  Once we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we are in Christ and Christ is in us.  This sinful flesh no longer has dominion over us.  Be encouraged.

Colossians 1: 21-22“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,..”

This is CIMHOG- “Christ in me, hope of glory”.  We will continue to look at Colossians in the next post.

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God’s Medicine- Our Remedy- the Ultimate Antidote

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Proverbs 30:5- Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

The Word of God is the prescription for anything that causes you to be infirm, weak or ineffective. According to Hebrews 4:12- The word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing and dividing assunder the soul and spirit and is a discerner of the very thoughts and intents of the heart.

Today, the world needs a remedy. The world is looking for an antidote to the Corona virus (Covid19) that is menacing, causing death, fear and panic.  The Word of God has the answer, it is the antidote, the anti-virus. Below are a few scriptures that will help you overcome the fear and anxiety you may be experiencing right now.

And for those who are grounded in faith, the Word of God is the anti-virus that will protect you from becoming infected with any of the enemy’s fiery darts of doubt and pressure. I pray these scriptures soothe your soul and your spirit and even your body. In Jesus’ name, amen.

God’s Word has our answer

John 3:27- A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.

Romans 8:28-29- We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.

2 Peter 1:3- His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory.

Ephesians 3:16- That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.

Matthew 8:16-17- That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illineses and bore our diseases.”

James 5:14- 16- Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Believe and trust His sovereign plan

Psalms 85:9- Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.

Psalms 106:47- Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.

Galatians 1:3-5- The Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Coronavirus must bow its knee to the name of Jesus

Philippians 2:9-11- God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jude 1:24-25- Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Colossians 1:27- …Christ in you, hope of glory.

John 16:33- “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Shelter in the secret place of the most high God

Psalm 91:1- He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence….

Psalm 9:10- Those who know your name put their trust in you.

2 Timothy 2:13- If we are faithless, he remains faithful- for he cannot deny himself.

Hebrews 10:23- Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Deuteronomy 31:8- It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you, he will not leave you or forsake you. Don’t fear or be dismayed.

Mark 12:24- Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God”.

Deuteronomy 7:9- Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.

Titus 1:2- God, who never lies, promised.

Psalm 119:140- Your promises have proved to be true, I love them.

Proverbs 30:5- Every word of God proves true, he is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.

Beloved, the Word of God is full of promises, guarantees that we can count on, when we position ourselves to receive from God. How do we position ourselves? We must become His child, we must allow Him to be our father, we must be born again of the Spirit of God. By simply:

1. Confessing with our mouth who Jesus is- he is God’s son, sent to earth in the form of a man, lived a sinless life on this earth, preached a living Gospel, suffered on a cross, died and was resurrected the 3rd day. Jesus is now in heaven, sitting at the right hand of the father interceding for you and me.

2. Surrender your life to Him and ask Him to be you your lord and savior and he will. He will forgive you of your sin and wash you clean.

3. When He comes into your heart or spirit, you are then transformed- born again- a new creation in Christ. Now you are His, you belong to the Father, a son or daughter of the Most High God.

Now you can rest and be confident that the promises of God are yours to claim. You are safe in the Father’s house. I will close with one last scripture of hope and comfort. Be safe and be blessed.

Psalm 32:7- You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

About

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A follower of Christ, intimately acquainted with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I am a lover of the Word of God and spend a majority of my time reading, studying and meditating on God’s Word. God anointed me from a very young age, to sing and he has called me to bring his healing power through song, teaching and laying on of hands, to his people. I have a beloved son, Bruce, my daughter-n-law Briana and two lovely grandchildren- Kristopher and Khaliah. I am truly blessed. I am in full-time ministry at the Church of Joy, in Waukegan, where I am Dean of Students at our School of Ministry Bible College, and I lead the Counseling and Prayer Ministries. My favorite authors are Andrew Murray, Smith Wigglesworth, Lester Sumrall, Henry Cloud, James Goll, R T Kendall, Dutch Sheets, Kris Vallaton and the list goes on and on….Prayer, Intercession and Warfare are by far my favorite subjects.

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Now is the Time

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Almost a year ago, December 15, 2015, I received a Word of the Lord, as I often do in the early morning.  Now that we are post- election and anticipating the transition of the current President as he concludes his term and the installation of our next President and a change in leadership, this Word rings true.

“Now, now is the time

for my people to come forth.

The people of God, hear my voice-

receive the Word of the Lord.

Prepare yourself, my bride.

Be clothed in the wedding garments-

garments of praise, of righteousness.

Set apart for this very hour,

stand firm in your faith.

And you will see my glory and power.

For I have called you for purpose.

To go forth into the world, no doubting,

but in faith, you will stand-

a beacon of light and hope to the dying.

Bring my healing to the people,

bring deliverance to the captive.

It’s time for my people to shine,

declare My Word, proclaim their freedom.

Now is the time, set my people free.

Now is the time, do not delay, saith the Lord.”

What are you hesitating about? What has God told you to do

and you still will not move?  God is moving by His spirit.  Now is the time

for you to come forth.  The Kingdom of God is here- in you. (Luke 17:21)

Romans 13:11- “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.”

When I talk with God…

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One thing I’ve come to know about God, as I have learned how to communicate with Him, is that I don’t have to use fancy words or be a great religious scholar. God desires to talk with me, to commune with me, to be a part of every aspect of my life. All I have to do is be open before him, be genuine, not proud, humble not high-minded. When I come to Him in this posture, His spirit comes and touches me, illuminates my mind and lets me know how much he loves me.

Hebrews 2:10- God himself underwrites your battle and has appointed his own son, the “Captain of your salvation.” Jesus is the Captain of my ship- my life. He guides me through valleys and over mountains, clearing a pathway so I can walk straight into God’s perfect will for my life. Knowing that Christ Jesus has control of the wheel of my life, I have confidence and peace of mind, trusting in Him.

You can have this same confidence. Give your life to Jesus and allow God complete access and the Holy Spirit will be your navigator. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”- Proverbs 3:5-6

Conversation with God

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Are you talking to God? Are you sharing how you really feel with Him? Do you think that He doesn’t care? I know that there are times when the only time I talk to God is when I am in trouble, when I feel pressed or stressed or when I don’t feel well. This is not fair to God. He is more than just my cosmic butler, doctor, social engineer or whatever. God wants to be my everything. Will I let Him be that?

Nahum 1:7 says, “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,” Do I trust in Him? Do I believe that God is good? Do I run to Him in my hour of trouble? Yes, yes, I do. Therefore, He cares for me. My God, he cares for me and He cares for you, if you trust in Him. Don’t waste your time trusting in other people, uncertain riches, the government or your own intellect. These things will fail you.

Put your faith and your trust in God. He is always there, even when you feel He is not or that He has left. Don’t listen to the lies of the devil, that you have done something so awful that there is no way God will help you. God is patient, loving and kind and He delights to do good for you. This brings me great comfort. I am going to meditate on this. I invite you to consider this truth.

1 Peter 5:7- “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6- “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God’s Word is alive with power!

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As Christians we are to consume the Word of God as our spiritual food. If you are hungry in the natural you look for something good to eat. The same goes for the spiritual. What are you craving? What is your soul longing for? What will satisfy you? When you are in love with someone, anything they say to you and anything they do is satisfying to you. Jesus, lover of your soul, has a message for you. It’s written in a book written over 2000 years ago and the message is still valid today.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18
The Temple of the Living God

14 (AG)Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For (AH)what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or (AI)what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 (AJ)What accord has Christ with Belial?[b] Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For (AK)we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

(AL)“I will make my dwelling among them and (AM)walk among them,
and (AN)I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore (AO)go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
18 (AP)and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”

God is interested in who we are in relationship with. We must be careful not to hide our light under a bushel- to be overshadowed by someone who does not love the Lord and who does not share our love for God. We are special and He wants us to remain separate, undefiled, no compromise. Take heed. Your heavenly father is a jealous God.

Conversation with God

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Are you talking to God? Are you sharing how you really feel with Him? Do you think that He doesn’t care? I know that there are times when the only time I talk to God is when I am in trouble, when I feel pressed or stressed or when I don’t feel well. This is not fair to God. He is more than just my cosmic butler, doctor, social engineer or whatever. God wants to be my everything. Will I let Him be that?

Nahum 1:7 says, “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,” Do I trust in Him? Do I believe that God is good? Do I run to Him in my hour of trouble? Yes, yes, I do. Therefore, He cares for me. My God, he cares for me and He cares for you, if you trust in Him. Don’t waste your time trusting in other people, uncertain riches, the government or your own intellect. These things will fail you.

Put your faith and your trust in God. He is always there, even when you feel He is not or that He has left. Don’t listen to the lies of the devil, that you have done something so awful that there is no way God will help you. God is patient, loving and kind and He delights to do good for you. This brings me great comfort. I am going to meditate on this. I invite you to consider this truth.

1 Peter 5:7- “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6- “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”