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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Surfing With Jesus"

Date published: 11/23/2015
 
Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (NIV)  

   Where do you find your rest from work, trouble, conflicts, and busy schedules? Do you find it on Sunday morning in the aura of worship, the comfort of being with like-people, and the refreshment of the Word of God, where it is easy to declare, “I find my refuge in God.” But what happens when the waves of the ocean (hard times) curl over your head? Do you dwell in God or flee? Your refuge from trouble begins not when troubles arrive, but long before when you learn to dwell in the shelter of the Most High.  Psalm 85:13 shows how this type of lifestyle builds a foundation for trusting Christ long before the storm arrives, “Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.” (NIV) As you learn to live life with God as your refuge, you will go deeper and deeper in relationship with Him. It is out of the depth of your relationship with God that He becomes your fortress. In Psalm 91:2, you are told to trust God as your refuge, “I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’" (NIV) When the waves begin to beat upon your house, there will be no panic, no back-up plan or reinforcements, just trusting in God and allowing Him to be God in your life. It will not be about escaping the storm, but allowing Christ in you to be Lord of Lords in all circumstances. These times not only magnify Christ to others, but also allow you to experience His life in you. Jesus taught this principle in many ways. He teaches you in John 6:56 to continually participate in His life by feeding on Him, “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in Him.” (NIV)). In Colossians 3:3, He teaches you to let go of your fears and worries, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (NIV)).  When you remain in Jesus and let go of your fears and worries, the peace that He talked about in Philippians 4:7 will consume your anxiety, worry, and fear, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”(NIV) 

1 John 4:15-16 “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.” (NIV) 

Do you know someone who needs this message on trusting God? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ. 

Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Deeper with God” and “Hard Times.” 

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