We Need An Internal SaviourColossians 1:27: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Galatians 4:19: My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
You have probably never in your life moved into a home, new or old, without making some changes, both before and after you moved in. You made changes to make the new places more what you wanted them to be. We should not expect Jesus to move into our hearts and live there without making some changes and without making them what He wants them to be.Acts 15:8: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 2:29: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.Colossians 2:11: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
And of course, Jesus dwelling in our hearts will change the spiritual nature of what comes out of them into our lives from evil to good.Luke 6:45: A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
God works harmoniously in Christians and outside of them in the circumstances of their lives.Philippians 2:13: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
In the midst of great difficulties in his early life and as a missionary to China Hudson Taylor learned to think of God as THE ONE GREAT CIRCUMSTANCE OF LIFE, and of all lesser, external circumstances as necessarily the kindest, wisest, best, because either ordered or permitted by Him.
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