Words from the Heart for Wednesday April 7th, 2021
We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.
1 John 3:23-24 (NLT)
He Lives In Us
The first day of summer, June 21, also marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to recognize and celebrate First Nations people, Métis, and Inuit in Canada. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples. In the 2016 census, 1,673,785 people reported an Aboriginal identity. The percentage of the total population of Canada who reported an Aboriginal identity in 2016 was 4.9%, up from 3.8% in 2006 and 2.8% in 1996.
There’s a chance that at some time in your life, God has seemed a long way away. It might have been during a dark time, a time when you turned your back on God, or while you were walking through the deep, dark valley of grief. No matter how hard you prayed, it seemed like the Lord was nowhere nearby. It’s a good thing our relationship with the Lord Jesus doesn’t depend on our emotions. During those times when He seems so far away, we need to stand on God’s Word. In 1 John 3:23-24 we read, “We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.” One of the unique parts of God’s nature is that He is the God who is close to His people. When we receive Jesus Christ by faith, He comes by the Holy Spirit to take up residence in us. If God feels a long way away, let me assure you He is not.
These have been words from the heart.