When we discover God’s Hideout for us, we discover the place we belong.?
God’s Plan to Use Us
[quote]Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings.[/quote]
Did you know that God wants to use all of us powerfully? He has great plans for each of us. His plan is for us to get in on His greater plan. It is so amazing to me that He has made us His very own dwelling place. What an outlandish offer! Not only that, He desires to flow through us touching others with His extravagant love.
His Perfection Flows Through Us
[quote]That He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory.[/quote]
How does this happen? Is it because of all the good things that we do? Our perfect lives? Do we need to ascend to some measure of spiritual greatness to be used by God? Absolutely not. It is the grace of God that has made us worthy to be vessels of His Presence. It is not about our perfection, our giftings, our great ability or whatever else we think might help qualify us for His work. He uses each of us where we are because we trust in His grace and depend on His Spirit, His perfection flowing through us.
Incorporated Into His Flow
[quote]Of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.[/quote]
It is not about our performance. He will use us powerfully because of His grace. All God looks for in us is faithfulness and a heart that has learned to hide in Him. In our walk with God one of the most valuable keys we can learn is to “hide in Him”. What does this mean? God is our hideout. We become absorbed in Him as we are found in Him without our own self-righteousness. This way it is not about all the things we do, our performance and our credentials. As we learn to yield ourselves to the Spirit, we become a hidden people incorporated into the flow of His desires.
Benefits of Hiding Out With God:
- You discover your true identity is in Christ.
- His grace becomes “His ability” manifest in you.
- You will be able to lead others to discover this Hiding Place.
The Finished Work of Christ
[quote]For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.[/quote]
When Christ died, we died. When Christ rose, we rose with Him. Christ is now seated at the right hand of God and us with Him in heavenly places. (Eph. 2:6) All the work is finished. When we hideaway with God we become absorbed into His very life. With our hearts yielded to the Holy Spirit we become conduits of His Presence into the earth. God will use us in power because we are simply vessels. It is Christ in us the hope of glory. (Col. 1:27) Just as Paul said, “I live, not I but Christ in me,” His life was absorbed into Christ. We move from the position of visibility into a position of being hidden with Christ in God.
- In what ways can I better understand and experience this hiding place?
- Do a bible word search on “hiding, hiding place & hidden”.
- Take time to rest meditating on the work Christ accomplished for you.
- Worship God from a position of being hidden in Christ.
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Abundant Blessings to you,
John & Brandi Belt