Christ in You – book chapter 1

Forward

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 20.00.48God the Father is drawing people to Himself every day awakening in them a hunger to be restored to right relationship with Him. You, dear Reader, are clearly one of those dear people as you hold this book in your hand. You are looking for deeper revelation of God and you’ve come to the right place.

Guided by the Holy Spirit in compiling this excellent short book, Paul Noble unpacks scripture with clarity and ease that will lift the veil of mystery surrounding what it really means to have Christ on the inside of you. Prepare to be challenged and enlightened! He ably illustrates the impact new life in Christ has on our spirit, our mind, will and emotions and points to the freedom believers should and can experience in their everyday lives. This book will comfort, clarify and edify and will be a treasure to share with your fellow believers and loved ones.

In my work as a missionary based in Italy, I need clear, impactful materials for new believers and others seeking the freedom the true gospel offers. Soon ‘Christ in you’ will be available in Italian, too, and no doubt other languages will follow.

I congratulate Paul, the Lord’s ‘good and faithful servant’, on ‘Christ in you’ and pray more inspiration for additional titles to equip the Body of Christ.

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  (Colossians 1:27 (KJV))

Sally Davis MBE

Missionary in Italy

Chapter 1
How did this book begin?

In August 2013 I reached the ripe old age of 50. Reaching this momentous point – please don’t laugh if you haven’t yet arrived – it caused me to reflect on over 43 years as a seasoned born-again Christian. I asked myself the question: how much progress have I actually made? Well, for the most part, like many believers I was doing OK, trundling along, doing church, reading my Bible, preaching, leading worship, praying, witnessing and even seeing the sick healed occasionally. So, using a modern-day analogy, my Christian life was a bit like the Star Trek Enterprise on its impulse engines – I was getting there slowly on 0.5 warp!

Of course, there have been times when my spiritual experience has definitely been on steroids and I have felt the turbo kicking in! When I was 25, for instance, and a member of the strict Christian sect the Exclusive Brethren, God arranged for my ordered and controlled world to be rudely overturned!

Firstly, I bumped into a fervent Pentecostal believer (I had never met these strange creatures before, in fact I had hardly met any Christian outside my narrow religious confines!)  Boldly, he told me to my face that I was a theoretical Christian and that I needed to be filled with the Holy Spirit! He told me that I didn’t even have a warp drive and that I was using rocket fuel! What a cheek!

What he said, though, was like someone plunging a dagger into my heart and, after much soul-searching, I came to the realisation that he was right! So, ditching my pride, I simply knelt down one night and asked Jesus to fill me with His Holy Spirit. Immediately I started speaking in tongues in a language I didn’t understand – totally freaking me out and overturning my neat theology!

Of course, as I awoke to the truth I continued asking questions. This eventually led to both my wife and I being ejected from the Exclusive Brethren and joining a local lively charismatic church.

In this church, we soon experienced our first taste of prophets and the prophetic and in 1992 my wife Fran and I were given several prophecies by well-known prophets. Part of one of those prophecies spoken 25 years ago I reproduce here, as I believe this my first book is part of its fulfilment:

“Its just marvellous how he’s going to write, not only songs, but he’s going to write music that, even if it doesn’t sound musical, just the sweetness of heaven will come through. Stories, articles that are written against injustice. Father, he’s a good researcher. When he does his homework he does it very thoroughly. I see him astounding teachers when they tried on him. Good grief! He sounds like [hes at]college when he’s only at high school. So, Father, I thank you there is going to be something that he’s going to be released [into] with his ready writing pen or word-processor, that’s going to burst chains asunder, where people have been illegally treated by legal systems, where oppression has continued in a spirit of hypocrisy. He’s going to be a clear voice that cuts through the crap of this world: the light of Jesus.

Several years later, as I approached my fifties, I again began to hunger spiritually and as an elder of a Pentecostal church I increasingly began to preach grace and what some today disparagingly label ‘hyper-grace’. Eventually this message resulted in my being asked to step down from eldership. That was a painful time but looking back I can see how God used it to totally revolutionise and reformulate my thinking. The fruit of that process is this book “Christ in You” which I pray will bless and equip you to continue in the grace of God.

Acts 13:43 “Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.”

Anyway, to answer my original question! On my 50th birthday I started writing articles for my blog www.godsgraceworks.com and a year later this book is the fruit of my labour!

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