VIDEO Safer Than Cheyenne – Christ Our Life

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-4

 

What’s the most secure place in the world? You might think the White House or the Kremlin, but many security experts would point to the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado. It’s an emergency military center buried two thousand feet below ground and serves as the alternate command center for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Beneath the ground are elaborate tunnels and fifteen buildings mounted to shock absorbing springs, capable of withstanding a thirty-megaton nuclear blast.

But even inside Cheyenne Mountain, a woman might have a heart attack; a man might have a stroke; a military general might unknowingly be suffering a fatal but undetected illness. Even inside Cheyenne Mountain, an airman might suffer depression or an engineer might face heartbreak.

True security is only found in our relationship with Christ. Psalm 27:5 says, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion.” Our lives are hidden with Christ in God, and when Christ who is our life appears, then we will also appear with Him in glory. In Him, we are safe and secure from all harm.

Our only strength, our only security is in Christ; our only hiding place the Rock of Ages. Frederick Whitfield


Christ Our Life, Colossians 3:1-4 – Pastor Chuck Smith – Topical Bible Study

Jesus’ Promise to You

He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever. John 14:16

Jason wailed as his parents handed him over to Amy. It was the two-year-old’s first time in the nursery while Mom and Dad attended the service—and he was not happy. Amy assured them he’d be fine. She tried to soothe him with toys and books, by rocking in a chair, walking around, standing still, and talking about what fun he could have. But everything was met with bigger tears and louder cries. Then she whispered five simple words in his ear: “I will stay with you.” Peace and comfort quickly came.

Jesus offered His friends similar words of comfort during the week of His crucifixion: “The Father . . . will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16–17). After His resurrection He gave them this promise: “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). Jesus was soon to ascend to heaven, but He would send the Spirit to “stay” and live within His people.

We experience the Spirit’s comfort and peace when our tears flow. We receive His guidance when we’re wondering what to do (John 14:26). He opens our eyes to understand more of God (Ephesians 1:17–20), and He helps us in our weakness and prays for us (Romans 8:26–27).

He stays with us forever.

By:  Anne Cetas

Reflect & Pray

What do you need from the Holy Spirit today? How can knowing He’s always near help you?

How thankful I am that You remain always by my side, Jesus! I need You.

Hindrances to Prayer

James 4:1-10

Is God answering your prayers, or does it seem as if He’s not listening? Hearing no reply can be very discouraging, especially when you really need His help. Although it’s not always possible to know why God is silent, James offers some possible reasons:

• Sin (James 4:1-2). Unaddressed sin hinders communication with God. This may have been the case with the recipients of James’s letter, who were quarreling and feeling animosity. 

• Wrong Motives (James 4:3). Sometimes our petitions may be self-centered. James clearly says that God won’t answer this kind of prayer, which amounts to asking for our will to be done rather than His.

• Worldly Desires (James 4:4). The world presents deceptive philosophies that lure us away from pure devotion to Christ. When we find more pleasure in its offerings than in Jesus, we are vulnerable and can easily be distracted from things that are of eternal value. Whether we realize it or not, this puts us in opposition to God.

If you recognize any of these hindrances in your life, the solution is clear: Confess and repent of your sinful attitudes, actions, and desires (1 John 1:9). Then thank God and rejoice in His cleansing. 

God Is Holy

“Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11)

The awesome vision of the throne that God gave Isaiah included a short description of the seraphims. They stood above the throne announcing, “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3). They are cited again in Revelation 4:8 constantly saying, “Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”

Apparently, the holiness of God is all-consuming.

Both the Hebrew and Greek words for “holy” used in Scripture are strong descriptions of separateness, a dedicated detachment from all else. “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy” (Revelation 15:4). “There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God” (1 Samuel 2:2).

It is this absolute and unique transcendence that sets the Creator of the universe above and beyond all others: “For I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me” (Isaiah 46:9). Although there are “gods many, and lords many” (1 Corinthians 8:5), and the “desperately wicked” heart of man (Jeremiah 17:9) twists the “glory of the uncorruptible God” (Romans 1:23) into every vile image possible, “Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Since God is holy, you and I can trust Him without reservation or doubt. “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Since God is holy, we can be totally confident that our souls are secure in God, “with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). HMM III

Confidence in Him

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. —Ephesians 3:20-21

You can have this confidence in God, and you can have this respect for His will. Do not expect God to perform miracles for you so you can write books about them. Do not ever be caught asking God to send you toys like that to play around with.

But if you are in trouble and concerned about your situation and willing to be honest with God, you can have confidence in Him. You can go to Him in the merit of His Son, claiming His promises, and He will not let you down. God will help you, and you will find the way of deliverance.

God will move heaven and earth for you if you will trust Him.   FBR049

Thank You, Father, for the majesty of this truth. It certainly is only in the merit of Your Son, but in that merit You’ve given us a powerful promise. Thank You that You never let us down. Amen.

Tozer on Christian Leadership

Holiness Is Not an Option!

As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. —1 Peter 1:15-16

You cannot study the Bible diligently and earnestly without being struck by an obvious fact—the whole matter of personal holiness is highly important to God!

Neither do you have to give long study to the attitudes of modern Christian believers to discern that by and large we consider the expression of true Christian holiness to be just a matter of personal option: “I have looked it over and considered it, but I don’t buy it!”

I have always liked the word exhort better than command so I remind you that Peter has given every Christian a forceful exhortation to holiness of life and conversation. He clearly bases this exhortation on two great facts—first, the character of God, and second, the command of God. ICH061-062

[In the New Testament] the emphasis is not upon happiness but upon holiness. God is more concerned with the state of people’s hearts than with the state of their feelings. OGM049

Tozer on the Holy Spirit.

What Things?

Luke 24:18-19

Cleopas on the Emmaus Road is astonished that anyone coming from the direction of Jerusalem should be in ignorance of the trial and death of Jesus, with the defeat of His cause. Almost petulantly he answers the inquiry about the cause of his sadness. “Don’t you know the things that have happened?”

The question is like the despairing gesture of a defeated, disillusioned and hopeless man. All was lost. Their leader was fallen. Their hopes had gone with him into the grave. How can anyone come from the scene of such tragic events and yet know so little of their grief and disappointment? But the third traveler who had joined them did nothing to allay the incredulity of the other two, when He quietly countered, “What things?” (Luke 24:19).

Yet He was in fact the principal sufferer, the cause and the center of “the things which had come to pass.” He was Himself the pain-racked sufferer at the heart of “these things.” Yet, with the empty grave behind Him, the agony past, and a vision that put time and eternity in true proportion, He quietly put the sufferings in the light of His victory, with the wonderful words, “What things?”

Was there ever a more astonishing and glorious question? With simple dignity, and yet supreme authority, He takes hold of the dictates of evil and thrusts them into the background. The leers and jeers, the barbaric cruelties, the scorching lashes, the mockery, the crimson robe, the ridiculous reed, the spiteful crown, the heavy cross, the shrieking maledictions, the stripping and the shame, the death walk of the condemned, the nailing and the railing, as He went down into death! “What things?” Yes, indeed, who knows the answer but He who suffered “these things.”

All too often, we who are His disciples permit ourselves to be dominated by the things that happen. These little words tyrannize us and make our lives a journey along heartbreak road.

As we journey along the road, running away from the world of our broken dreams, One draws near and walks with us. We tell Him the things that are troubling us. Quietly, strongly, with the tones of boundless love and limitless power, our Lord replies, “What things?” and just that direct and simple question dispels our fears, restores our peace.

On your Emmaus Road, you will find Him walking by your side. As He speaks, instead of being obsessed by “these things” you will, as those of old, go forth with a living word of witness, “We have seen the Lord!” (John 20:25).

Albert Orsborn, The War Cry