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Finding Peace and Shelter in Jesus

16 Mar

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace. When the Assyrian comes into our land and treads in our palaces, then we will raise against him seven shepherds and eight princes of men; (Micah 5:2-5)

We see a couple of things here. First of all, we know that the person Micah is referring to here, in the beginning of the passage, is Jesus. That’s obvious, because only He was the one who was born in Bethlehem, and was the ruler of Israel, and through His birth caused God to remember His people. Along with that though, we also see what we’re supposed to do:

  1. Dwell secure in Him.
  2. Find peace in Him.

Our job/s are really pretty simple; it’s not like we have to die on a cross. All we need to do is find our security in Jesus, easy, right? People have a problem (yes, that’s a slight understatement). That problem is that they tend to require physical things, such as food. Sadly, people, including myself, have a tendency to carry over that need to touch, to taste, etc. over into Spiritual matters; things which you cannot tough or taste. Which is a long-winded way of saying that, frankly, putting our security in Jesus (someone we can’t touch) is rather difficult. We’d rather trust in money, something we can see. Or we’d even prefer trusting in nature, or better still, our own works! — A song-writer put it in this way:

Sink the whaling ships, save the whales
Kick out the French, save the baby snails
Stop the interstellar radiation
But we can never be our own salvation

— From: Ian Eskelin

Dwelling in Christ, and finding peace in Him, can only be done with the help of the Spirit. Because, as previously mentioned, we typically prefer tangible to Spiritual things… Unless the Spirit is working within us to will and to do the will of the Lord. With that being said, though, this is what it means to dwell in Christ, and what it means to find peace in Him, in simple terms:

We dwell in Christ when He dwells in us (seems like a paradox, I know, but the same rules don’t apply Spiritually that do physically). And we find peace in Jesus, when we aren’t worried about what will happen to us physically; i.e., when we have the attitude that if we die, all that’ll happen is that we’ll go somewhere even better than where we are now… Because, to be frank, we will.

We Dwell in Christ when He Dwells In Us

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Dwelling in Christ simply means being a Christian. As I said before, it means having Christ dwell in us; live in our hearts, thus making us “Christians.”

Finding Peace in Christ

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

We shouldn’t be troubled. Why? Because, as I’ve already said, we’re safe in Christ. As Jesus Himself said, “But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (see: John 16:33), thus no matter what “the world” (temptation/unbelievers) do to us, Jesus has already overcome; thus, through Him, we have as well.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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