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Morning all 8th August 2016

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Morning all,

After a few days listening to Bill Johnson, Randy Clarke and Heidi Baker I’m bound to be a bit fired up I guess. I went with every intention!

I love this thought – that the Holy Spirit is in me for me and on me for others!

I get it. He lives in me. “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11)

I have kind of known it all along. Certainly it hit me with his presence in a field in Scotland oh so many years ago. I have been weighed with a sense of his presence right from the start in this present time of healing from cancer. The power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead is pouring life into my mortal body and I walk in peace beyond any mortal (well this mortal’s) understanding. He is in me! This is “Christ in me (in you) the hope of glory” It keeps me awake some nights (all good!) and allows me sleep when the ship is storm-tossed.

But he is “on me” too. It makes sense of the times that people say that they can “see” something. Yes he is in me, but to be seen he must be “in sight” – on me. This goes for all of us who “walk in the spirit.”  (“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25)

I am fully convinced that Satan comes to kill rob and destroy, and that he would have killed me before my time. I stand on these remarkable verses in Job – “You will know that your children will be many, and your descendants like the grass of the earth. You will come to the grave in full vigour, like sheaves gathered in season.” (Job 5: 25&26)

So with the time I have before I am “gathered” I set myself to know and practise His presence. He is in me, the hope of glory. (That is, he is in me the hope of being revealed). So now I look to have others see him “on me”. He is “in me” for me, but “on me” for others.

 “I have become its (the gospel’s) servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness – the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1: 25-27)

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” (Isaiah 60: 1-3)

How did Bill Johnson put it? “Stand up and shine the best you know how.”

Pete Hardy
Written by Pete Hardy

Pete is part of the leadership team. A qualified teacher, he works in many local schools and with the church. He is married to Ruth and they have two children and are now grandparents.

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