He Lives Within You

Max Lucadoby Max Lucado

The virgin birth is more, much more, than a Christmas story; it is a picture of how close Christ will come to you. The first stop on his itinerary was a womb. Where will God go to touch the world? Look deep within Mary for an answer.

Better still, look deep within yourself. What he did with Mary, he offers to us! He issues a Mary-level invitation to all his children. “If you’ll let me, I’ll move in!

Proliferating throughout the scriptures is a preposition that leaves no doubt- the preposition in. Jesus lives in his children.

John was clear, “Those who obey His commands live in him, and He in them1 John 3:24 (NIV, emphasis mine).

Christ grew in Mary until he had to come out. Christ will grow in you until the same occurs. He will come out in your speech, in your actions, in your decisions. Every place you live will be a Bethlehem, and every day you live will be a Christmas. You, like Mary, will deliver Christ into the world.

God in us! Have we sounded the depth of this promise?

God was with Adam and Eve. God was with Abraham. God was with Moses and the children of Israel. God was with the apostles.

But he is in you. You are a modern-day Mary. Even more so. He was a fetus in her, but he is a force in you. He will do what you cannot.

Can’t stop drinking? Christ can. And he lives within you.

Can’t stop worrying? Christ can. And he lives within you.

Can’t forgive the jerk, forget the past, or forsake your bad habits? Christ can! And he lives within you.

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Max Lucado
From: Next Door Savior
Used by permission

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6 Responses to He Lives Within You

  1. Judy says:

    I will be sharing with ‘my’ congregation at the local assisted living home
    tomorrow during our regularly scheduled worship time this very truth: that
    the God of the Universe wants to live within us……..thanks for all of your
    amazing insights regarding the grace of our Lord. I did not discover this
    truth till I was 40 years old……….please never stop sharing.
    Judy

  2. Kim says:

    “Can’t stop drinking? Christ can. And he lives within you.
    Can’t stop worrying? Christ can. And he lives within you.
    Can’t forgive the jerk, forget the past, or forsake your bad habits? Christ can! And he lives within you.”

    Mr. Lucado, How do I get Christ to manage those things that I can’t handle? How do I turn those things over to Him? Please help.
    Thanks.
    ka

  3. jose lavin says:

    Amen! To God is the glory in Jesus name.

  4. jose lavin says:

    Sir Max Lumado, Good Morning sir! I thank God thru your message of praise to His beloved Son, Jesus Christ and the significance of Mary, the virgin birth, in a holy and sanctified life. Let your message be heard to many and go deep within us all. God bless sir to your mission field. We love you sir.

  5. Alick says:

    Born & dwel in me all the time my Lord Jesus.

  6. Stephen Bernard says:

    Thank you for this inspiring devotional. Jesus is in every one of us always. But many of us do not realize this fact in our daily busyness. This message is an apt one for a reminder to all who long to have a joyous Christmas in this season. Praise the Lord.

    Wish you a Merry Christmas.

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