Monday, May 16, 2016

Complete in Christ



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Although we are simple clay jars, we contain God’s greatest treasure, Jesus Christ, who actually lives within every Born Again Believer (2 Corinthians 4:7-9; Colossians 1:27). We are in Christ, and Christ is also in us (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:10; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Ephesians 3:16-17).

Jesus, who knew no sin, took on the sin of the whole world; so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:20-21). Christ’s light shines in our hearts.

When we follow the Spirit’s leading rather than our flesh, we no longer experience condemnation and guilt (Romans 8:1-21). We minister in righteousness by the Spirit according to the will of God (2 Corinthians 3:7-9).

We discover that God's love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control replace the carnal nature and attitudes in our heart (Galatians 5:22-23). 

Satan wants us to focus on our failings, and he tries to make us feel like failures - not good enough. However, if Christ is in us, although our body is dying daily, God’s Spirit gives us His life (Romans 8:10).

We are no longer a separate entity from Jesus. We quit struggling, stressing and striving to be more spiritual (2 Corinthians 5:18-19); and we enter into God's rest. We cease from all of our efforts (Hebrews 4:10).

God’s grace draws us to Jesus, keeping us pursuing holiness and finishing our perfection as God’s Spirit transforms us through sanctification into God’s divine nature (1 Corinthians 6:17; 1 John 3:2).

God fills us with His Spirit to complete us in Christ. We are so united with Christ that His thoughts fill our mind (Philippians 2:5). He has our new life, our perfection and our character in His capable hands.

Prayer:
Father God, thank You for giving us Jesus as our advocate with You (1 John 2:1), and Your Holy Spirit who makes constant intercession for us before You (Romans 8:26). Help us to decrease so that Christ can increase within us (John 3:30). You give us our true identity in Christ, because our human “self” is dead and buried with Christ in You (Colossians 3:3).

We live in and through Christ, and He lives in and through us. We are complete in our union with Christ (Colossians 2:10), having all of Your power working in and through us. We never even have to fear death, because the moment we leave this earth, You take us home to live with You for eternity (Philippians 1:21).

Thought for the Day:
Christ is our life (Colossians 3:4), we are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10), He puts His mind within us (1 Corinthians 2:16), and He gives us His abundant life now and forever (John 10:10).

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