Joy in God Comes From His Word: NOT This World.

All week it kept coming back to me.

ME

He is in Me!  When some tough moments happened I remembered, He is in ME!

Oh of course I know this.  I know when I was saved that I began a relationship with Jesus Christ.  I know that His Spirit indwells me and that it is no longer that I that live but Christ that lives in me.  But it kept coming back to me in new ways, IN ME!

It was Martin  Luther who helped me see this in a deeper way.  His Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians has been invaluable to me.  He has helped me to unlock morsels in the Scripture that I didn’t know existed.  He is leading me to a new path of understanding, and the Scriptures are seeping into the crevices of my heart, mind and soul.

Galatians 2:20 states, “I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Luther says:

“Read the words “me” and “for me” with great emphasis.  Print this “me” with capital letters in your heart, and do not ever doubt that you belong to the number of those who are meant by this “me”.  Christ did not only love Peter and Paul.  The same love He felt for them He feels for us.

In my tears this week I remembered IN ME.

In my confusion and despair I remembered IN ME.

In my thankfulness I proclaimed He is IN ME!

I do not have to summon my God.  He is IN ME!

Luther is right.  We need to let this sink in.  My entire view of life changed this week when I contemplated in me and for me.  I have had the sweetest fellowship with God this week.  I faced moments of sadness, confusion and strife, and yet maintained the utmost joy and peace with God.  Because He is IN ME!  IN ME!

We are doing this thing together.

Scripture gets into our hearts and minds and does a great work.  It seeps into the crevices of our soul.  It works when we aren’t aware it’s working.  God’s Word is living, breathing and active.  It’s why we need to be readers and students of God’s Word.

Thank you Lord for helping me know you in a deeper way.  For dying for this sinner.  Thank you for loving me when I hated you.  Thank you for now living in me!  Together I know we can do great things.  Use me Lord to help others in any way you would choose.

For God’s glory and Because of His Grace,

Marcy Pedersen

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