God’s Plan for Us

God designed the earth with the exact atmosphere needed for our survival. He continues to keep the earth’s axis tilted so that we do not perish. He provides the ozone layer to protect us. He gives us the sun and moon for light and to grow plants, which provide us with oxygen and food to eat. God is our all in all (Ephesians 4:6).

He provides for us abundantly more than we could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). His Spirit takes us through the stages of sanctification, and we die to our self and gradually gain God’s perspective and attitude. We stop dwelling on earthly matters and we focus instead on eternal issues. Realizing that Christ lives in us, we come to depend more on Him than on our human abilities or associates.

If we are willing, Christ will live out His life in and through us. We quickly repent of any sin and lay down any idol, which the Holy Spirit identifies in us. We relinquish our independence and self-centeredness, and start to focus on abiding in the will of God in the beauty of holiness (1 Chronicles 16:28-19). We function in the Body of Christ, His church, as individual members of one Body (1 Cor 12:12-27; Romans 12:4).

When we give in to the temptation to sin, we even have an advocate with our Father, the Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 2:1). When we confess our sins, God is quick to forgive us (1 John 1:9). With Christ in us, there is no reason to choose to sin (Isaiah 35:8; Colossians 1:27; Galatians 2:20). We have everything we need, including deep fulfillment in body, soul and spirit, through our relationship with Him.

Prayer:

Father God, You could save us from sin to serve You as a bond-servant until we pay off our sin debt to You. However, in Your mercy and grace, You make us Your children instead (Ephesians 1:4). All that You have is ours. We are co-heirs with Jesus of Your entire Kingdom (Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:4-7). Thank You for Your love and for appointing angels to minister to us even while we still live on this earth (Hebrews 1:14).

Thought for the Day:

God has an inheritance for us that will never weaken, spoil or expire. – 1 Peter 1:4

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Living in God’s Glory

Jesus is our everlasting light and life (John 6:47; Isaiah 60:19). He takes the place of the sun, moon and stars in our life; and we will never dwell in darkness again (Isaiah 60:20). Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee manifested His glory and caused His disciples to truly believe in Him (John 2:11).

The Apostles all wrote about the possibility of us also enjoying the intimate, personal union with Jesus Christ, which they did. Anyone who receives Christ and believes on His name has the right to become a child of God (John 1:12; Acts 16:31). All we have to do to enter into this new life is to confess that Jesus is Lord and totally believe that God raised Him from the dead, so that we will be saved.

When our heart believes in Jesus, He gives us His righteousness; when we confess Him as our Lord, we enter into His eternal salvation (Romans 10:9-10). Anyone who does not have the Spirit in them is not Born Again, and they do not belong to God. However, if Christ is in us, His Spirit, who raised Christ from the dead, gives life to our mortal body as well as our soul and spirit (Romans 8:9-11).

As vessels of God’s fullness, we walk by His Spirit and accomplish His works in the earth (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 2:10). God’s children do not live by the flesh, because God’s Spirit abides in them. Our carnal desires are dead, so that we can rise up through the glory of our Father and walk in this new life in Him (Romans 6:3-5). God freely gives us all things, both to enjoy and to help us to do His will (1 Tim 6:17; Philippians 2:12-13).

Prayer:
Father God, Satan is the god of this world and creation is subjected to him and the curse of sin. Therefore, all creation groans for the appearance of Your children. Creation is waiting for You to restore Your order to the heavens and earth, and to bring us all into Your glory and freedom (Romans 8:19-22). Christ in us is our hope of entering into Your glory forever (Colossians 1:27). Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Rev 22:20).

Thought for the Day:
We receive the glory of the Lord through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by faith in Him to justify us, not by our human efforts, but by our faith in Him. – Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9

Flowing from Our Union

God calls us to live as Spirit-filled Believers (Ephesians 5:18). This starts when we receive the Holy Spirit at salvation (Romans 8:9). A renewal of His fresh anointing in us each day allows rivers of life to flow from within us (John 7:38). This Holy Ghost power enhances our life and empowers our ministry for God’s Kingdom.

Sin clogs the communication between us and God and it grieves the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). Therefore, we confess every sin, great and small, on a daily basis. The Spirit leads us to live a consecrated life and to put down addictions and vices, which cripple us. Even an unkind word, a fit of temper, an unscrupulous act or a little white lie are all things we deal with on occassion.

Staying confessed of our sins humbles our flesh and gives us greater victory over those sins the next time Satan tempts us with them. Humility allows us to willingly surrender our day for God’s purpose. Of course, we must go to work to earn a living, but we can do our job directed by God’s Spirit. This way, we accomplish more and are in the right place at the right time to live out God’s will for us.

We are branches on the Vine of Christ (John 15:5). Consider a branch. It does not work or stress or struggle. It simply rests in the vine. That is the life God prepared for us. We rest in Christ and His life flows through us and nurtures us. When we bear fruit for Christ, it does not separate us from Him, but flows from our union with Him.

Our ministry is not a drain or wearisome, but a natural outpouring of the nutrients from the Vine to the branch. Ministry does not rob us of time for prayer, but is the result of prayer and our union with the Vine. The Spirit strengthens us with might from within (Ephesians 3:16). He anoints us to accomplish God’s will for our day. He blesses us with perfect peace, rest, joy and strength.

Prayer:
Father God, as branches of the Vine we are absolutely dependant upon the life of Christ flowing through us. You are the Vinedresser and You prune us so that can bear more fruit (John 15:1; 15:8). You know just where to separate us from the aspects of our life that are dead wood and preventing our fruitfulness.

Thought for the Day:
The branch depends on the vine for everything.