I love the kinship that’s being built in our Inseparable Journey Facebook group. I pray that God will also give us relationships “in real life” that will encourage, sharpen, and build us as a result of these 13 weeks we’re all spending together. Facebook and blog posts are amazing, but they can’t replace those face-to-face, in-the-flesh friendships that we all need so desperately!
This week we’ve been reading Chapter 1: In Christ. I struggled a bit in writing this introduction to the book. There is a lot of Christian messaging out there right now that has felt like it’s trying to make me feel worthless. I want to be clear: I do believe it is important to discuss our helpless state before a holy God when we are NOT in Christ, and in Chapters 2 and 3 we will take a look at that. But, I can’t get to the place of believing that people are worthless to God, before or after He saves us. Maybe I’m wrong on that but I really don’t think I am.
If you haven’t already, I invite you to read John 14:15-21. Then I’d like to share this excerpt from Chapter 1 of Inseparable:
If we were sitting across the table from one another over coffee right now, I would be leaning forward and possibly even taking you by the hand because of the urgency of this truth. Jesus said the Spirit of truth will remain constantly with you, dwelling within you. The Holy Spirit within you, as someone in Christ, is completely and totally present with you at all times. He’s always there, always speaking to you, guiding you in everyday choices, reminding you of the things you’ve read in Scripture, showing you the way through life. He’s comforting you when the pain inside you feels as if it is seeping out of your pores, He’s excited with you when you know you’ve done the right thing, He’s empowering you with patience to get through the day. When you don’t know what to pray, He prays for you. When you’ve royally messed up, He lets you know. When you’re so lonely you want to give up, He’s the voice that whispers to you to keep going. He is there with you, all the time. He isn’t just with you in church on Sundays. He’s with you as you’re doing the dishes, chasing your kids, taking notes in class, or watching YouTube videos. He’s always there.
It is my prayer that together we can overcome any tendency to “prioritize Jesus” in life rather than give Him full access to every part of our hearts and minds–even the darkest corners. I pray that we will saturate ourselves in Him to the point that we are consciously and fully aware of His presence moment by moment. Through this I believe He will give us the confidence and assurance of who we are in Him and exactly how precious we are to Him, and from that overflow our lives will never be the same.
This week’s assignment is to read Chapter 2: Made Right. With this chapter we begin the first part of the book, called New Creation. New believer or seasoned follower of Christ, I hope you’ll experience God’s grace with fresh joy!
This week’s discussion questions:
Have you experienced the presence of God on a consistent basis? If so, what has it looked like for you?