God's plan for us included that we receive eternal life by recognizing the truth of who Jesus is. It is only when we fully embrace Him in our life that our spirit, dead in sin, can receive new life (1 John 5:11-13).
If we confess our sins and fully embrace and submit to Christ, then we have eternal life. It is all a matter of our choices. Our selection at these crossroads either condemn us to hell or free us to believe on Jesus and receive everlasting life (John 3:18).
We prove to our self, to the world and to God that we are sincere in our faith when we resist the drain on our soul by our flesh, the devil, and the draw of the world; and instead, obey His commandments (1 John 2:3-5, 3:9, 3:14, 3:18, 4:9).
God calls us to cooperate with the major overhaul of His Spirit in our life, so that He can call us His children. We have faith in His sacrifice for us through the redemption in His shed blood (Romans 3:25).
This change in our soul - our thoughts, choices and feelings - is not accomplished by self-effort and trying harder. Without Christ as our salvation, we will continually fall short of God's glory (Romans 3:23).
With Christ abiding within us, however, we receive God's blessings as His free gift to everyone who believes (Romans 6:23). God's Spirit transforms us and removes our sins - past, current and future - from His consciousness forever (Acts 3:19).
With this sanctification comes constant blessings in our life as we change our focus from the earthly aspects to the spiritual realm. We lose our affinity for the ideals and lusts of the visible and gain more of a respect and passion for the invisible attributes of life with God.
Father God, by You all things were created (Colossians 1:16; John 1:3; Col 1:17; 2 Corinthians 5:17). In You, our life is made complete (Colossians 1:28, 2:10). As we surrender to Your will for our life and walk in Your truth by the guidance of Your Holy Spirit, we have everything we need to live a fulfilled life now as well as in eternity.
We thank You for the abundance You provide for us in this life, as well as in the next. We rejoice in trials and tribulation because You walk in us and with us through them all. We surrender our carnal, sin nature to You and walk in Your Spirit each moment of the day. When we do, we reap the rewards of our inheritance with Christ in You (Galatians 5:15 -25; Colossians 3:3).
Thought for the Day:
Including our mate in our process of sanctifying changes, allows them to enjoy a more intimate relationship with us and gives them more of a valuable part in our life.