We do not have to arouse an inordinate amount of faith within us, in order to survive the issues of life. As we keep our focus on each current moment, we will live by God’s Spirit through every second of our day. If we can abide in Christ in each instant, then we can put all of our moments together and end up abiding in faith in Christ all day long. Every time a sin or a disturbing event threatens to rob us of our peace, we remind our self that we are safely abiding in Christ.
As we abide in Christ, He replaces our carnal nature with His Spirit’s fruit and His character (2 Corinthians 3:18). Christ in us leads us to a life of complete surrender and undivided commitment to God. We lay down our goals, self-will and pride. God alone is our King, and He rules over every area of our life according to His will. He exerts His power, overcomes our enemies and provides us with His anointing to accomplish His service. His contentment, peace and joy permeate our soul by His Spirit.
When people are in our presence, they see Jesus instead of us (Acts 6:8-9). We live moment by moment by the faith of the Son of God, who loves us and sacrificed Himself for us (Ephesians 5:1-2). We readily forsake this world and the flesh in order to gain the excellency of Christ and to live in Him (Philippians 3:8-9). The power of His divine life within us works in this present moment and also extends into the next moment, until we walk in His Spirit throughout the entire day.
We live in a reciprocal relationship with Christ, receiving and restoring all that Adam lost in his fall. We abide in Him, and His words abide in us (John 15:7). As we give to others what Christ gives to us, we receive even more – whether it is encouragement, money or time. As we empty our life for Christ, His divine fullness heals us. He replaces our thoughts and feelings with His fruit as we abide in the Vine (John 15:4).
If we are too full of our self, there is no room for God’s divine life to fill us. Humbling our pride is the first step to a fulfilled life. There are many examples in Jesus’ parables, which teach us to forsake what we are and what we possess in order to seek His treasure. We lose our temporal life, so we will find eternal life in Him. We leave the many to seek the One. We count everything as lost in order to know Christ more fully (Philippians 3:8).
Prayer:Father God, once we repent and walk away from our sin, we enter into Your plan of salvation through true conversion. It is impossible for us to conquer sin on our own; however, the power of Christ in us, removes from us all desire to sin (Galatians 5:16, 25). We hunger and thirst after You and request that You give us a clean heart and to purge us of anything thwarting our intimate relationship with You (Matthew 5:6). We are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to Your righteousness (Romans 6:18).
Thought for the Day:Rather than to work for God, we depend on the Holy Spirit to do the works of God in and through our life. – Ephesians 2:8-10