How do You Spell Relief?

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This is a letter of encouragement my grandfather sent me last week that I wanted to share with you:

 It is such a relief that it was Christ Himself who spoke these words From the cross, ‘lt is finished’.

And indeed it is. There is absolutely nothing we can add to His atoning sacrifice.

Though our redemption is total and complete, Paul writes that we must work out our redemption

with fear and trembling. Yet at the same time, we know that His grace is ever sufficient to

meet all of our needs exceedingly, abundantly more than we ever can ask or think – daily and

every moment. The choice to experience the victorious life and to walk the upper life in Christ is

ours. Faith is not something that just happens. It means to embrace His Lordship, His will and

submit whole heartily to all He is and wants to be – in and through us! He is the One who wills and does it according to His own good pleasure! Tremendously glorious!

The constant hassle of this life takes its tolls though. We are ill equipped when we fail to daily put on the new man with the entire armor the Lord has provided. To know Him, to be found in Him and He in us, must always be our highest goal. lt means to abide in Him, to become still, to heed His inner small voice, to center and contemplate solely and completely on Him.

Recently, l went through some emotional ups and downs – surely something we are all familiar with from time to time. But then l came to the conclusion that it is OK to have these feelings and thoughts. They are part of us. With other words, they no longer have any power over us and cannot rob us of our true identity in Christ. Now I am a new Creation, a brand new ‘me’ as the old ‘me’ was crucified with Christ and buried with Him – once and for all. When He rose from death, l was raised along with Him. l am now a brand new person. lt is no longer I, but Christ operating and living His life – in and through me. That truly is glory!

To most of us this may be nothing new. To work out these truths however, comes by daily application, often with fear and trembling. Christ deserves our total devotion, for He – in us – is the only hope of glory (Colossians l;27).

Christ yearns to cohabit with us, yearns to dine with everyone who longs for divine communion with Him (Revelation 3;20). He patiently knocks at the door of our hearts, wanting for us to open and let Him in. Oh, what a Savior! To be still and contemplate Him is to join the universal prayer which is going on at all times. His voice bids us, ‘Be still! May all esh he still in My presence. Get to know Me. I AM who I AM. Listen to the worship in My entire creation. Listen to the sweet songs of the birds, the humming of the bees; listen to the leaves whispering in the trees. Be still and know that I AM GOD. In all My creation there is never a moment of idleness, for all creation continues to bring forth new life – vibrantly celebrating with jubilant joy. Behold I will do something new. Now it springs forth. WiII you not be aware of it?’

lt is with such incredible magnitude that it awes the human mind. But how then can we possibly

rejoice in a world filled with endless agony, tears, and hurt, a world going mad with raging injustice and human suffering. Do we dare to close our eyes to it? No, may it never be! There is no

justification for it, none! Man, without God, is utterly lost, he must eat of the fruit he planted. God is

love, and His love (Agape) never gives up on His own creation. Love is forever in control, for Love is the same yesterday, today and forever more. May His Kingdom come; His Glory has appeared, and His Righteousness will be established on earth as it is in heaven. Amen, so be it!

We know of the last two chapters in Revelation and have all reason to rejoice. ln preparation for the onslaught of the enemy, we must daily take our seat in heavenly places with Christ Jesus and seek the things above and not the things that are on earth. Then our life will remain hidden with Christ in God, and the enemy cannot find us! Glory! Yes, the inhuman suffering will continue, at least for a while. But that is why He has chosen us to be His Ambassadors with the mandate to stand in the gap, to fervently pray and intercede for a world in its darkest hour. The battle is His, but the victory has already been won! lt is finished! Allelujal!

Dieter Schuette

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About Leah Ness

I am a self-professed story addict. Ever since I was little, I've had an overactive imagination and a passion for a well-spun yarn. When I grew up, I was blessed with a passion for God as well. It was then that I noticed a relative shortage of unique Christian fiction, the kind that can both captivate you and glorify God. So, despite the hurdles of things like commas and homonyms, I am endeavoring to write some of my own. Check out my Books page for updates on current and future books. View all posts by Leah Ness

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