“In Him we live (exist). In Him we breathe (take in life). In Him we have our being (our identity). The more we live in Him – not just going to church, but uniting with God in all aspects of life – the more we start to accept and look for the reality of His presence in the everyday.” (Pg. 216)
When you live in Him, He changes you from the inside out. He changes you perspective to be more in line with Him. Our view of our circumstances and our world changes. We are better able to step back and truly see what we have been blind to in our haste to fix or do in our own power. Our eyes are opened to see what He sees, how He views our circumstances and our lives.
The things that hold us back or keep us shackled fall away. Sometimes we don’t even notice when there are gone at first. Because our minds and hearts are centered on God. Living in Him sets us free from our shackles, from our shame, from our brokenness.
It isn’t a instant fix, or a quick do this and you’ll be happy within a couple of hours or days. No He wants to heal the root of your brokenness, to set you free. To do that takes time and patience.
“This is not a sprint. It’s a marathon, and we can choose to enjoy every mile. The finish line is ahead, but that’s not our focus. Running the race is our goal.” (Pg. 217)
When we choose to live in Him we start to see how truly Big and Great God is!
We tend to try and fit God into a box that fits our lives, it’s small and doesn’t leave room for growth. We forget how Great He is. We forget that He knows more than us and wants more for us. What we plan for our lives is small compared to what He has planned for us.
“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and establish in love, may have power, together with all of the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able ti do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”(Eph. 3:16-21) (Pg. 218-219)
(The Mended Heart by Suzanne Eller. Chapter Ten Pages 216-219 underlined)