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John Ogden Sr.

“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yes indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith” (Philippians 3:7-9, NKJV).

These scriptures deal with having the righteousness of Christ and being found in Him. We must be in Him in order to have His righteousness. This only comes as we become immersed in Him. There is a place of rest and faith in Jesus Christ that can only be experienced by putting Him first in all that we do – it is being found in Him. So often in life’s difficult situations, we cry out to God, and rightfully so, but He reminds us that He is always there, that He is always in the storm, that He is always the peace of the storm, that He is always there to conquer the adversary.

As Christians, He dwells within us, but we only know that He is there when we are found in Him. There is a secret place of hiding in Him. John 12:24 (NKJV) states, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” God wants us to see that we need to die out to ourselves to be resurrected in Him. We must come to a place where the natural life ceases and by the power of God we are resurrected into a life where God rules and reigns.

Do we long for Him? Our longing for Him can only be satisfied when we are found in Him. If we truly want to know Him, then we must yield to Him and obey Him. Only the cries of the Spirit of God within us can bring us to this place. Only when I cease to try to be righteous within myself and totally yield to Him and His righteousness will I experience the secret place of God. What a blessed place it is to be found in Him. My prayer for you, as well as myself, that we be found in Him.



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