Speak Lord; I’m Listening – Daily Bite-Size Encouragement – Day 8
Is it possible to live in a place where we feel like we have no deficiencies? To live with a heart of contentment and as if we lack nothing?1 I believe we can live in an attitude of fulfillment within, complete in Christ.
Christ is Light
John points to Jesus Christ as the Light. And as Christ illuminates our spirit and our soul, we are set free to “love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind, and with all our strength.” John proclaims, “These things we write, so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”2
And because Jesus Christ is the Light, and we are in His Light, “If we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].3 In His Light, we find freedom and fellowship.
Complete in Christ
“For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.” And, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
“For in Him [Jesus Christ] all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him [Jesus Christ] you have been made complete, and He [Jesus Christ] is the head over all rule and authority.”4 In Jesus Christ, we find ourselves made righteous and complete in the presence of God.
Blessings in Trials
Even when we encounter hardships in this life, we can find joy in Christ. “Consider it all joy, by brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
No matter what we are currently enduring and no matter what the future holds, we can clothe ourselves with strength, dignity, and joy, “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.”5
Clothed in Christ
And we can clothe ourselves in Christ, “Therefore, if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on the earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”6
Because we are in the Light and hidden with Christ in God, we can know our deficiencies are covered by His righteousness, that we lack nothing, and are made complete in Him. Hidden with Christ in God brings deep fulfillment, peace, contentment, and completeness that the world cannot touch. Rejoice and be glad in Him!
We can clothe ourselves in Love Love – One of 8 Garments to Wear – Strength with Dignity
We can walk in Joy Joy – One of 9 Fruits of the Spirit – Strength with Dignity
1 Psalm 23:1b WEB; Webster’s 1828
2 Mark 12:30 WEB; 1 John 1:4-5 NASB
3 1 John 1:7 AMPC
4 Colossians 3:3 AMPC; 2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB; Colossians 2:9-10 NASB
5 James 1:2-4 NASB; Proverbs 31:25 NASB
6 Colossians 3:1-4 NASB
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