Entering in

 

“For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory”
 — Colossians 1:27, NLT

 

Recently, the Lord began to use the phrase “entering in” when speaking to me about my quiet time and communion with Him. For many years, I had this mindset: there was God, and there was me looking upward or outward, seeking to connect and hear from Him.

Eight years ago, I started to record my prayers in a journal. As I was writing my prayers upward, I found that thoughts would light upon my mind and heart from within. A speaking voice would rise up from the depths of my being, speaking wonderful words of affirmation, edification, encouragement, conviction, and exhortation.

Often, these words would come from the Scriptures, leading me to die to self, accept His incredible love for me, or worry less. At first I resisted, for it sounded like I was making it up. Yet this voice continued to speak tenderly. It was so refreshing.

Through this process, God revealed to me that my connection with Him happens on the inside. It is His plan for my renovation!  In Christ, I am a new creation, filled with His Spirit. He dwells within me and I am one with Him. This understanding led me to fundamentally change the way that I expected to hear from Him.

Instead of a voice coming from without, it is a voice that comes from within. Instead of understanding His words as coming from One who is separate from me, they come from One who is within me.

REFLECTION
1. Quiet yourself and write a prayer to God. Be aware of Him speaking from within. When He speaks (thoughts that light upon your mind), do not question, just write what comes.
2. Later, test it against the Scriptures and share it with a trusted Christian friend.


Rev. Jeff Roy, Pastor of the 3crosses Café, is also the Founder and Director of the 3crosses Listening Centre in Huntsville, Ontario. Go to 3crosses.ca to find out about The Jesus Experience or to connect with Jeff.

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