The Inner God

by Joanna Pierce on February 07, 2018

It was starting to get dark. The treacherous fireflies were about. I was losing visibility fast, and I had to get back to base. Running as fast as my little legs could carry me, I bounded around the side of the house to the backyard. My destination was the playhouse, nestled in a garden plot behind my childhood home.

Throwing open the door, I bounded inside. A small head popped down the ladder from the floor above and asked, “Did you find him?” “No,” I panted, out of breath. I scrambled over to the table with the stationed CB radio. I grasped the hand-held mic, and shouted, “Breaker, breaker 1-2-3-4. Can’t find the robber. Requesting back-up. Over.”

We were kids then. It was just another game of cops and robbers, and we were playing with the entire neighborhood. We loved playing games, playing hard, and more importantly, having fun.

There are days I dearly miss the afternoons and evenings engaged in play with the neighborhood children. I miss being able to have fun, goof around, and have no one think twice about it because I was a juvenile.

Now I’m an adult, and let’s face it. If I’m not serious most of the time, people would think I have a screw loose. When I laugh hysterically at something remotely funny and get blank stares from onlookers, I blame it on my inner child desperately trying to break out. If I don’t feed her once-in-a-while, she’ll die.

I’m not in this whimsical category alone. There’s a clan of us running around with an “inner child” living in us. And, unfortunately, notions from our “inner child” can get us into trouble from time to time. When the going gets tough, if all we have is our “inner child,” our naïve spirits will break under pressure. If we’re not careful, we may be readily destroyed.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He That is in you than he that is in the world (I John 4:4, KJV).

When we commit our lives to Christ, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost—God’s Spirit—dwelling inside of us, we literally have Jesus Christ Himself, living on the inside (Acts 2:38). Scripture tells us that instead of being led and governed by an innocent (albeit rambunctious) inner child, we can be led by something greater.

When the enemy of our soul attacks and tries to destroy us, the Spirit of God will rise up in us and combat the devil. We cannot defeat the devil on our own, but the Spirit of God will give us power to tread on serpents, and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). Realistically, our “inner child” may want to accept defeat and cower in a corner. But, God has not given us the spirit of fear, but peace, love, and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). And, it’s His perfect love and powerful Spirit that will cast out all fear (I John 4:18).

He is greater. His work is greater. There’s nothing that’s impossible with God. When you walk with God, with Him living on the inside, He will also manifest Himself on the outside.

If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ today, it’s not too late to get right with God and allow Jesus to take up residence in your heart. You won’t just have an “inner child” on the inside, but a great big God.