“To be in Him or Christ is a common theme in Scripture. The concept appears in the New Testament more than 70 times! It’s a phrase that can be easily overlooked, when it’s meant to be internalized instead. To be in Him is to be united with Christ.” (Pgs. 213-214)
When we live in Him, He makes us new. All the old ways of thinking and our old perspectives change to be more inline with God not the world. He changes us from the inside out.
When we internalize His word, it goes from our minds into our hearts. When we live in Him it starts in our hearts. We may know Scripture and have biblical answers to biblical questions, but do we believe what we know? or do we say we do but then go and do things our own way?
I know that I have. I have times when I say I trust God, but then don’t show that I do. Just proving that I lacked trust in Him.
We may know the answers in our minds but do we really believe them in our hearts? Living in Him is when you start to believe and trust Him with your heart. As you spend more time with Him the more you will grow in Him.
~When You Live In Him, You Don’t Give Up~
“Last week you celebrated a victory, but yesterday you felt those same old feeling again. Living in Him (united with Christ) means that you are united with Him when you twirl in your living room because you felt so joyful – and you are also united with Him today when darkness is pressing in around the edges.” (Pg. 215)
Even when the feelings come flooding in and the hard times come we are to still look to Him. To live in Him. When we get grumpy and moody He doesn’t just stop using us for His glory. When you choose to live in Him, He stays with you always. He never gives up on you. He is always there. In the good, the bad, and the ugly. He is there. So no matter how you feel when you wake up in the morning He is there for you still. And when you live in Him no matter how you feel you look to Him and He will give you comfort in the way you need it most in the moment.
Living in Him comes from the heart. It flows out and touches everything around you. Just remember that God always cares for you. Remember to always give thanks to Him and look to Him even when your feeling down. Because being in Him just isn’t in the good times it is all times.
(The Mended Heart by Suzanne Eller. Chapter 10 Pages 213-215 underlined)