Learning the Hidden Life: How to Develop a Relationship

“If I fail to reaffirm my helplessness daily, then yesterday’s victory will lead me to today’s defeat.”

The pattern of our relationship with God was set in the Garden of Eden before the fall of man. God would daily visit and talk to Adam. We were created to have that kind of close fellowship with Him. Nothing in life can substitute for it in the Christian life. You can no more have a vibrant spiritual life absent of a relationship with God than you can have a vibrant physical life absent of oxygen.

A relationship is “us getting to know God.” Knowing someone is far different from simply knowing about them. I have a friend who knows just about everything he could ever learn about D.L. Moody. But no matter how much he knows about Moody, he will never know D. L. Moody. Obviously, it is because Moody is dead and gone to glory.

However, Jesus is very much alive and He longs to be a very real and present Presence in your life. Yes, indeed, without a dynamic love relationship with Him, we will find the Christian life to be a series of ups and downs, periods of self-induced victory punctuated with bouts of self-indulged defeat. If we don’t walk in intimacy with the Spirit, we will eventually walk, once again, in the immaturity of the flesh.

The Hid-N-Life™ is a term at RU that we use to define this intimacy in Christ. Simply put, when it comes to true Christian living, it is not about information; it is a personal relationship. That intimacy only comes as we experience God’s work of sanctification in our lives.

Have you struggled to experience that dynamic personal relation? Well, thanks to the prince of this world and his delegators (powers and authorities), the information needed to develop that personal relationship often remains hidden! Just like the devil hides justification from the unbeliever, he hides the benefits of sanctification from the believer.

The Hid-N-Life™ is best described as exercising a measure of confidence (that’s faith) in God’s ability to do the work (that’s grace) necessary in my life to conform me to the image of His Son (that’s fruit) through a daily walk with Him. I will not do the work (that’s performing); I will allow the work to be done in me (that’s transforming). I must realize that God did not come to change my life (that’s self-righteousness). He came to exchange it (that’s righteousness)!

As a result, I will die daily through confession and repentance of all sin that is obvious to me or brought to my conscience by the Holy Spirit during my daily time with God and throughout the day. As I do this, I will experience a greater enlightenment in my worship. My enlivened worship will then provide me with the most coveted act of the Spirit, and that is His intuition. With Holy Spirit intuition, I will remain the clean vessel required to qualify for God’s power on my walk and work.

As we walk in His Spirit and enjoy the enlightenment of real worship, we will begin to see great victories in our lives! However, often in the life of a Christian, we experience great victories, and then we fail to remember Who did the work! We take the compliments, the exhortations, the glory…and begin to let them make us look good, rather than making Him look good! Our relationship with Him takes “backstage” as we begin, once again, to perform in our own power. God may allow us “center stage”, but only for a short “act”. The curtain will come down and this will lead to the inevitable….defeat.

The only way to conquer this “actor” from taking the stage is to consistently acknowledge our helplessness. We must realize that we are NOTHING outside of Christ. It is only by remaining “IN CHRIST” that we will experience continual victory.

Realize our need and think not we are elite…or surely our victory will cause us to retreat in defeat!

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

3 thoughts on “Learning the Hidden Life: How to Develop a Relationship

  1. Hi : I am a mother to a 32 year old son, who lives n my basement. He pay rent but does nothing else at home he works till 11pm but does not come home till 4 or 5 am. he says he takes weed everyday for pan but i also know he has done harder drugs and he also drinks. H has no motivation to do anything. I have tried to tell him he needs to move out . But now he a homeless friend living in his car in my back yard. I would like to help them both. But i know them living this way is not safe for them or me. I do not what to be an enabler . what action should i take in helping them .

  2. Would like an up to date list of meetings in my are

    1. You can search the RU Chapter Locator at rurecovery.com/locate with your Zip Code to find a chapter near you.

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