Our Father God desires for us to come to know and understand on a daily basis the richest measure of His divine presence within us, so that we will be filled in our body, soul and spirit by God Himself (Ephesians 3:16-19, Amplified Bible).
He makes His home in us through His Holy Spirit that moves into our newly Born Again Spirit at the moment that we repent of our sins and ask Jesus to be our Savior (John 14:16, 20, 23). His Justification means that we live just as if we had never sinned.
Then His Spirit begins the work of Sanctification, which cleans up our soul – our thoughts, emotions and choices. As we learn to totally surrender to His plans and guidance each moment of the day, He makes a conquest of our life and makes us holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15).
God’s Spirit conquers any unconsecrated areas within our nature from one stage of glory to the next (2 Corinthians 3:18). He penetrates the deepest levels of our subconscious mind in order to invade our darkest secrets and set us free.
At times, we live on a spiritual roller coaster, with highs and lows and quick, steep turns that defy sanity. This is caused by our attention’s penchant to wander at the slightest temptation that comes along to steal our interest away from spiritual pursuits.
Without surrendering to the Spirit’s invasion, we never mature in our spiritual walk. We remain carnally minded as spiritual babies (1 Corinthians 3:1-4). However, God’s Spirit vigilantly continues to defeat every area of our humanistic mind, will and emotions, as He matures us spiritually with the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
Father God, help us to remain on Your straight and narrow road of Salvation, rather than to walk on the edge of the wide road of worldly pursuits. We do not want to grieve You by our thoughts, words or deeds; and we do not want to reap the destruction that sin brings into our life. We want to flourish in Your Spirit rather than to subsist in the flesh.
Help us to grasp and to understand the depth of Your love for us and to surrender to Your saving grace each moment of the day. Thank You that Your Spirit, who raised Jesus from the grave, dwells in us with His dynamite power, and gives life to our body, soul and spirit (Romans 8: 9-10).
Thought for the Day:
God wants us to experience the length, width, height and depth of Christ’s love, which surpasses any affection we could ever receive from this world, because His multi-dimensional love encompasses, nurtures and protects us.
– Ephesians 3:18; Romans 8:31-39