Regardless of the state of affairs in our life, whether smooth sailing or troubled waters, we have God’s blessed assurance that everything will work out for our benefit (Romans 8:28). If we are not living in rebellion or known sin, then we can live with the promise that God has a plan and purpose for every trial and tribulation we experience.
Sometimes, His purpose is nothing more than to isolate us for a while, so that He can enjoy our company. We just surrender our self-will, self-confidence and self-centeredness to God and exchange it for a focus on Christ alone. With our attention on Jesus, we live a full and complete life (Colossians 2:10). We decrease, so that Christ in us can increase (John 3:30).
As we fellowship with our King of kings, we gain insight, power, direction and wisdom to face the issues, which we experience during our day. As we wait on Him, He directs our paths in the way that we should go (Proverbs 3:5-6). The glory of the Lord shines out from within us and blesses those around us (Isaiah 60:1). God’s Spirit fills us with the measure of Christ, which our heart longs for (Ephesians 4:13).
Jesus redeemed us from the curse of sin and gave us everlasting life. Sin no longer has a hold on us. There is no enjoyment in sin for us, and there is no longer any desire to practice sin. We walk in this world, not as a sinful human being, but as the embodiment of Christ in us (Colossians 1:27). Anyone who lives for God, filled with His Spirit, cannot live in habitual sin (1 John 3:9).
As Christ is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). The desire for the world is crucified in us (Galatians 6:14). We no longer crave anything other than all of Him, because God’s Spirit gives us new desires. Our human nature is crucified with Christ, and Christ lives in and through us (Galatians 2:20). Jesus makes our life sweeter and more fulfilling as the days go by.
Father God, thank You for setting us free from the bondage to sin and giving us a new life in Christ Jesus, our Lord. The power of Christ in us destroys our desire to live a life of sin and draws us ever closer to Your heart. We have no more attraction to sin and we desire nothing more than to please You with our whole life. We are crucified to the values of this world and we look forward to living in Your eternal Kingdom both now and for eternity.
Thought for the Day:
God gives us the blessed assurance that once we surrender our life to Him, He gives us new life in Christ both now and for eternity.