During a recent night time devotion with Bryant we were reading about the children of Israel and how they seemed to go through a vicious cycle of “following God – falling away from God – experiencing the chastisement of God – returning to God – discovering the goodness of God”; a cycle that never seemed to end. As strange as that cycle may be to us today as we look back on all of the miracles that God worked in the lives of the Israelites, its not that far removed from how we live today. Often times we seem to forget that “When God Moves In” our thoughts and desires of the flesh that are self-seeking are suppose to “Move Out“.
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4: 22-24
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, “God Moves In” and the old man is replaced by the new. In that newness we are suppose to die to self and take on the characteristics of the spirit.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:9
Yet even though the Spirit of Christ is within us, it becomes a constant battle to remain true to God and focus on His plan for our lives. Daily we struggle to keep our eyes on Christ and allow Him to work in and through us.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
When we become frustrated with the constant fight, when we become downhearted because one more time we faltered, just as the children of Israel did so many times. We need to remember that within our struggles we are not alone, we need to remember that “God Moved In” and He has already won the victory.
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15:57
So just like the children of Israel we need to focus our eyes on God, the one who saved us and the only one that can keep us. We need to focus each day on the fact that within us exists the power of a mighty God that has the power to overcome this world. We need to focus on the “God that Moved In” and lose sight of the restraints of this world that continue to try to hold us down.
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” Isaiah 40: 28-29