There is good news for those of us who realize that in our self there resides not one good thing (Romans 7:18). God is not looking for adept, super humans to carry out His will in the earth. He tends to choose the base and foolish to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).
As long as we have one ounce of human effort left within us, He cannot use us (John 5:19-20). He does not want our experience, training, knowledge, common sense, abilities, talents or human effort. He simply wants empty vessels to fill (2 Corinthians 4:7; Philippians 3:8).
Without the Spirit of God residing within us, we do not belong to Him (Romans 8:9). As we forsake the corrupt flesh, the earthly philosophies, and the devil’s plan, we enter into the fullness of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).
Once we realize that without Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5), we place our total reliance on Him. Even in this world filled with anxiety, we have rest in Jesus (Hebrews 4:10); therefore, we lay down our life and take up Christ’s life instead.
We reject all doubt and completely resign our will to His. We totally surrender our goals and desires to His. God’s fire burns in our heart, uniting us to His purpose for our life (Mark 1:15). We learn obedience through tribulation, just as Jesus did (Hebrews 5:8).
We grow by persistently walking in His Spirit, who leads us in God’s perfect will for us each moment of the day. We do not waste our time, resources or efforts partaking in worldly pleasures, but instead we follow the direction of God’s Spirit (Galatians 5:6, 25).
Rejecting fear’s control, we trust in God’s faithfulness and become like little children, trusting our Father as He furthers the Kingdom of God (Mark 10:15). With Christ in us we trust Him and His hope for our eternal freedom (Colossians 1:27).
We do not have to wait until eternity to live continually in the Spirit. In Him, we live and move and have our entire being (Acts 17:28). As we boast in our weakness, Christ’s strength is made complete in us (2 Corinthians 11:30). He fills our body, soul and spirit with Himself (Galatians 2:20).
Regardless of tribulation or discouragement, we rise above the natural world because Christ lives completely and abundantly in us. We enjoy God’s presence and grace as He removes our doubts and fill us with His faith and love.
Father God, You faithfully fill each of our moments with the security and love of Your ever-present Spirit. We vow to only perform the works, which You designed before the world began, for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). With our whole heart, we accept and enjoy the blessings that You prepare for us in each new day. These wonders benefit every Believer as we unceasingly abide in Christ.
Teach us not to focus on the trials and stresses of an earthly existence, but to live every moment in abiding fellowship with Christ by Your Spirit within us. You are able to do infinitely more in and through us than we can even imagine, because of Your power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20-21). We look forward to spending eternity with You.
Thought for the Day:
Jesus brought total salvation on the cross for everyone humble enough to accept it, because His divinity dwells within our spirit, and affects our body and soul – our mind, will and emotions.