WHAT’S IN YOU?

24 Jun

John 14:30 records the words of Jesus when He said to His disciples, “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of this world comes, and he has nothing in Me.”  Jesus made this statement as He was sharing some of His last words with His disciples before fulfilling His mission through giving His life on the cross for mankind.  In essence what Jesus was saying was that Satan had not been able to penetrate His soul with anything that would keep Him from fulfilling that mission.  There was no doubt, fear, sin, or any other foothold that the enemy could use to thwart the purpose of God on Jesus’ life.

This statement reveals such an important thing for us to reflect on as we endeavor to live our lives on mission for God.  This scripture has served as a reference for what the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me about myself as well as our congregation for the past couple of weeks.  And it comes at such a significant time as we are dealing with the tragedy of the Charleston shooting that took the lives of 9 brothers and sisters in Christ while they attended a Bible Study at Emanuel AME Church.  When confronted with crises, what is in us will always be revealed.  We have seen where love and forgiveness is overcoming evil, where light is driving out the darkness.

Ephesians 4:27 instructs us to give no place for the devil in our lives.  Because the reality is any of us could become the product of unresolved issues in our lives.  We need to allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate our lives with truth, revealing those things that we have not allowed Him to heal, correct, or deliver us from, and invite Him to fill those places with His presence.  Then and only then can we say like Jesus, though the enemy may come he finds nothing in me.

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