“Christ is within and among us”
“To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of (realizing the) glory.” (AMP)
“God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery, in a nutshell, is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory.”(MSG)
Last week, we were talking about what you are thinking about during the fast. Along the same line of “thought,” what is inside you when you are thinking? What propels the thoughts within? After you accept Christ, He is within and among you. When you are praying, fasting and reading/studying the Word, you allow Him inside to command your thoughts. The enemy tries to enter in also, but with careful control of your thoughts through the Holy Spirit, the glory of God shines through. We can only appreciate and experience the glory of God in our lives because Christ is in us. He is our hope of seeing better things and thinking better thoughts.
How is the glory of God manifested in our lives through fasting? A deeper connection with God allows us to see what He sees for us, drives us to imitate Christ with our daily walk, and experience the plans that God has for us (Jeremiah 29:11). As children of God, we have a right through the blood of Jesus to experience the best that God has for us. Do not be fooled to think that as you are trying to glorify God during your fast that the enemy will not try and push you off track and get into your thoughts. The enemy will fight the plan that God has for you and Satan’s primary weapon is deception. He gets to you through your thoughts. When we are deceived about God’s wonderful plan for us, we think it cannot possibly be true – it’s just too good to be true. Our thoughts can defeat us when they are not of God. This is where God comes in through the Holy Spirit to help us control our thoughts. Through fasting, praying, and studying God’s Word, we hear from Him about the goodness of His plan. We have to trust in God, that He wants the best for us. When we rely on our own thoughts, we fail to see the grace Jesus provided through His sacrifice. We fail to see Jesus when we rely on our thoughts.
God has destined His church for Glory (and you are the church). In John 11:40, Jesus told Martha, “Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?” Allow the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts and attitudes throughout this fast and see the Glory of God manifested in your life. Glory is the expression of God’s excellence and goodness. He will move mountains and He will create miracles in your life that will manifest His glory. As believers of Jesus Christ, we can experience His presence and see His glory by connecting with Him. Continue to think about what you are thinking about and may God shine through with His presence and Glory.