Divinity Dwelling within Us

God dwells in His children by the new birth we receive from Christ through Salvation (John 1:12). He rejoices as we grow in the knowledge of our salvation (1 John 3:2), but He waits for our realization that we are also the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).

 

Once we begin to submit to the Spirit for sanctification of our flesh, then He teaches us about the divinity of Christ, which dwells within us (Galatians 2:20).

 

We are not separate from Christ, obeying Him in our own power. He permanently dwells in us and expresses Himself through us (Colossians 3:3).

 

We are children of His death, but we are also children of His resurrection (Luke 20:36). We are transformed into Christ’s image in ever-increasing increments of glory, which come from the Lord’s Spirit.

 

Then, as unveiled mirrors, we reflect to the world the glory of the Lord within us (2 Corinthians 3:18). In our daily life, as His Spirit molds us into His image, we experience and express all of the attributes of God because He is within us (Romans 8:29).

 

Jesus gives us the glory that God gave Him, so that we are one with our triune God, just as they are one (John 17:22). If we do not recognize this divine power within us, then we will never live up to our full potential as Christians.

 

Jesus’ sacrifice enables us to share in His divine nature and to escape the corruption in the world caused by evil human desires (2 Peter 1:4).

 

As we mature, we attain to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ who dwells within us (Ephesians 3:16-19). We put on our new self, shaped by the Spirit to be like God, with all of His virtues and holiness within us (Ephesians 4:13,24).

 

Prayer:

Father God, we often limit our understanding of life to what we perceive through our five senses. We also rely heavily only on what our human mind envisions. We ignore the supernatural and the eternal aspects of Christ within us.

 

Therefore, we hinder the expression of Your power in and through us. Remind us that You impart Your Spirit to us in order to allow the glorious nature of Christ in us the freedom of expression through us (Colossians 1:27; 1 Corinthians 12:27).

 

 

Thought for the Day:

With Christ in us, it does not matter where we live, with whom we live or even if we live alone; Christ’s presence within us rises above the limitations of this earthly realm and our circumstances in it.

 

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Overcoming Anxiety

Anxiety is a horrifying malady. It strikes when we least expect it and has some sources that are subconscious and not apparent to the conscience mind. The healing process for anxiety often eludes us.

Anxiety may have its roots in unresolved conflicts of our past and is fueled by lies, which Satan planted there. Often our medication taken for medical issues will also trigger unexplained and unfounded panic attacks.

We chastise our self for these feelings, believing that we should be able to overcome them. The exciting truth is that anxiety cannot harm us. We have authority over the attacks in Jesus’ name.

Focusing on the anxiety only increases the fears within us. Instead, we can focus on Christian music, fellowship or memorized Bible verses until the attack passes (Isaiah 41:10). Herbal relaxants also calm us.

Human faith is limited, and dependent on our five senses and physical circumstances. Faith in God replaces our fear of life’s uncertainties (Isaiah 43:1). This supernatural faith understands what our human senses cannot even perceive (Hebrews 1:11).

God’s Spirit is right there in us and with us, protecting us and guiding us through the travesties of life. His fruit replaces our carnal nature with the character of God (Galatians 5:22-23).

Hearing God’s Word and standing on Jesus, the firm Rock of our salvation, also increases our faith in God (Romans 10:17). They renew our mind and heal us from past trauma by helping us to expose Satan’s lies and to resolve those issues (Proverbs 12:25;  http://www.theophostic.com )

Regardless of our experiences, God strengthens our resolve as we trust ONLY in Him, obey His commandments and believe without a doubt that He is always only a prayer away (Psalm 94:19).

There is no human way that we can control life, regardless of how much we obsess or attempt to keep our self and our loved ones safe. As we trust in God instead of our self, we experience His supernatural peace which exceeds all human comprehension (Psalm 56:3).

Prayer:
Father God, regardless of our experiences, either past or present, or our fears of the future, there is no trial that You will not walk through with us. You carry us through the rocky roads and the fire scorched earth to a place of safety tucked away in the cleft of the Rock of Christ (1 John 4:18).

You teach us that our mind is Satan’s battleground, which he uses to take control of our life and to make us ineffectual for Your Kingdom work on the earth. Thank You for strengthening our resolve to deal with, or to turn over to You, the source of any negative thought or emotion in our life, and to put our trust in Your control over our circumstances (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 5:6-7).

Thought for the Day:
The result of sitting quietly in God’s presence is a renewed sense of intimacy with Him, spiritual power to take authority over Satan’s interference in our life and peace that surpasses human understanding.
– Philippians 4:6-7; James 4:7-8; John 14:27

Our Five Senses Impact Our Life

Our five physical senses impact our body, soul and spirit in both negative and positive ways. They influence who we are and how we mature in Christ (Romans 8:5-8). Seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling and tasting are powerful persuaders on our thoughts, beliefs and actions. Pursuing our fleshly impulses diminishes our spiritual’s maturity and our impact for Christ on society. A carnal mind is hostile toward God, because it does not surrender to God’s will (Romans 8:7).

It is incongruous to think that carnality will bear any fruit toward righteousness. When we dwell in the fleshly realm, there is no way that we can please God. The eye is the lamp of the body. If our eye is healthy and views only wholesome objects and scenarios, our whole body, soul and spirit will live in better health (Matthew 6:22; Proverbs 15:30; Psalm 100:3; Job 31:1). It is important to walk in the Spirit and to reject the temptations of the flesh (Romans 5:15,25).

What we hear also influences our thoughts and formulates what and who we are. Music causes our brain to produce serotonin with feelings of joy and well-being; or it produces pessimistic, sad or angry emotions, which affects our mood negatively (1 Samuel 16:23). What we smell influences how we eat, think and act. What we feel with our senses may lead to godly or ungodly behavior. The five senses are very strong persuaders of our thoughts and behaviors.

Authentic Believers are blood-bought children of the Most High God. We are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) and conduits for the Spirit of God to impact us, as well as the world around us. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). As we examine what we see, hear, smell, taste and feel, we use the Spirit’s discretion for what to walk away from in our life. Living in the Spirit gives us life and peace (Romans 8:6). Our loving and pure life impacts the world for Christ.

Prayer:
Father God, we do not want to tarnish our reputation or Yours by living in sin. We want to bring You pleasure with all five of our senses. Your purpose for us is our main focus in life. We want to glorify You in our body, spirit and soul – our mind, choices and emotions. Please align us with Your will and create a clean heart in us (Psalm 51:10). Allow us to live for your purpose today and always.

Thought for the Day:
Our spirit is dead in sin, until the Holy Spirit regenerates us and continually sanctifies our responses to our five senses.