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I read a comment recently that was so simple and yet so powerful if we grasp it. "Everything that God has for a Christian is in Christ." (W. Nee) On the surface, we all say yes of course. But if we think about that a little we see it means that there is nothing you can be looking to God for, that you will ever receive from Him, if it is not already in Christ. In other words, sometimes we look for an experience or even a thing to bring us peace, happiness, or into the 'things" of God. But if that which you seek is not already in Christ then it will not come from God. This explains the instruction on prayer where it states:

"...I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that HAVE received them and they will be granted to you."

How can you already have what you will receive? Because in Christ all that God has for His child is already there, and since we are in Christ we have it. We simply wait for that which we have in Him to be manifest in God's order. So here we come back to the theme of the glorious offer to abide in Christ. Keeping our eyes on Him and not on us is the position and the focus of God's redeemed. If we look to experiences, stuff or even ourselves outside of "In Christ" then we will not have all that God has for us we will have, to our disappointment, just the other stuff.

So many of us look in the mirror and see self, and ask God to grant us this or that victory. Prayer is awesome, and yes there are times of conviction and repentance, but we must look into the mirror with faith and realize that so much of what we are asking God for is already there for us and in Christ; not just forgiveness but life. Let us look with eyes of faith and see Christ in us, and us in Him; for this is God's reality. Believe God, Love what is good and hate what is evil. By faith, God who began a good work in you will complete it. Remember you are in Christ because God Himself placed you there. Praise God!

CJ Cutrone

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