But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!” (Romans 8:9-11 The Message Bible)

“But for you who welcome Him,” this phrase holds an amazing promise. As a follower of Christ, we have the promise that Jesus will never leave us. There is something beyond my comprehension that happens when we “welcome” Him into our lives, our circumstances, our thoughts, our relationships, our struggles, our worries, our challenges, our longings, our dreams..” 


When we welcome someone into our home, we are excited to see them. We are inviting them into our world. Some synonym of “welcome” are: “to receive, to meet, to embrace.” 

When we embrace, and receive Jesus daily, we are changed. We see life through His eyes. We invite His Spirit to work in us. We let go of our own stuff and “embrace” what God is doing in us. “when God lives and breathes in you, you are delivered from dead life.” (Romans 8:11 MSB) We are freed from the mundane, the miserable, the status quo…We are called to something greater. When we welcome Christ into our lives, we wake up to what God wants to do in us, to us, and through us!

Jesus, 

I invite You in to every detail of my life, I welcome You into my circumstances, my thoughts, my relationships, my struggles, my worries, my challenges, my longings, my dreams... I give those aspects of my life to You. 

I embrace what You are doing in me, to me, through me…Help me to let go of the “limitations of sin” and the things that bring me down. Please forgive me and I welcome Your grace and power in my life. I want to focus on what You are up to. In Your name. (Rom. 8:9 MSB)

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