Monday, June 5, 2017

A Deeper Unity with Christ in Us

Green Leaf Plant on Brown Wooden Stump

Once we come to Christ in repentance, asking for His forgiveness, He exchanges our sin for His righteousness. We enter a union with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). The triune life of the Trinity permeates our spirit, soul and body.

We do not make a half-hearted contract with God, but we enter into an intimate relationship with Him, which includes a unified life. As we surrender our life, strategies and dreams to God's Holy Spirit, He carries out His perfect plans in and through us.

God purges us in increments, going deeper with each penetration of His holy purifying fire, until we radiate Christ’s nature from within us. He replaces our carnal nature with the fruit of His Spirit, which is actually the very nature of God (Galatians 5:22-23).

The less we function out of our humanity and the more we wait on God, the more He expresses His character in us and through us. As we embrace His divine nature, we are filled to overflowing with His fruit, and His very life flows out of us (Ephesians 3:16-19 Amplified Bible).

We embrace God's presence within us. Our thoughts, choices and emotions are His, instead of our carnal ones. Our unity with Christ invades every cell in our body, as we live as the temple of His Holy Spirit.

Constant awareness of this holy relationship and our ever-increasing intimacy with Christ, provides us with less and less of an inner contest between our flesh and God's Spirit.

Our human way of thinking and feeling pass away, and God makes us an entirely new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). We freely choose the leading of God’s Spirit for each moment of the day (Romans 8:14).

Father God, our union with You is based on our faith in and trust in Your faithfulness. When our trust fuses with Your faith in us through Your Son, who loves us and gave Himself for us, we have perfect unity with the entire Trinity (Ephesians 5:2; Galatians 1:4). We belong to Your eternal family as co-heirs, priests and saints.

By faith, Your divinity freely flows through our body, soul and spirit (2 Peter 1:4). We see evidence of this truth more each day. As we walk in accord with Your direction, wisdom and love, we will never fulfill the lusts of our flesh (Galatians 5:16, 25). The degree to which we enjoy an intimate relationship with You corresponds with the depth of our love for and obedience to Christ within us (2 Corinthians 6:14-15).

Thought for the Day:
God did not create us and leave us stranded on this temporal globe in our solar system; we know this because He daily proves to us that He loves us and thinks of us as the apple of His eye. - Psalm 17:8; Proverbs 7:2; Zechariah 2:8

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