—For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
—Colossians 2:9-10 (NKJV)
As a born-again believer, you have the fullness of God living completely in you. (Colossians 2:9-10). Your spirit is reborn with the spirit of the living God (John 3:6). The Resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead is real in you (Ephesians 1:18-19).
How often do we feel powerless over circumstances and relationship issues and illness and life? Resurrection power is ours. But many times we don’t exercise it because we don’t feel it. You don’t have to feel something for it to be yours. God wants us to have faith in what we can’t feel and act upon it. To live an overcoming life of faith, we must continually renew our minds to believe the fullness of God that completely lives within us. We have to start believing that the power of God is ours and releasing it by faith.
—He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly (heart) shall flow rivers of living water.
—John 7:38 (KJV)
Can we change our perspective to believe God is within us? We don’t pray God’s power down. We pray and draw from His power living within us. We exercise by faith the truth of His Word. God living outside of us is not as personal as God living within us. God is ours. He is real. He is relationship and life. And out of the God within us—out of the depth of our heart—flows rivers of His living water. Christ is our living water—the Resurrection power that rises from within. By faith, we release who He is in us.
In Hebrews 1:3, we read where Jesus is the express image of God. He is a perfect representation of His Father. 1 Timothy 3:16 says that Jesus is God manifested in the flesh. “He who has seen me has seen the Father,” Jesus told Philip in the Upper Room (John 14:9). We are in Christ, and He is within us. As Jesus is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
Jesus, as the perfect image of God, has perfect faith. Perfect health. Perfect wisdom. Perfect power. And the perfect fullness of God that was manifested in Christ lives within us (Ephesians 1:18, Colossians 2:9-10). Only in Christ and His perfect sacrifice, we have perfect faith. Perfect health. Perfect wisdom. Perfect power. We were not partially redeemed and partially born-again by the blood of Christ. His work on our behalf was perfect and complete. However, in the flesh, we are imperfect in our faith—in our health—in our wisdom—in our own power. But in our spirit where we were born-again, Christ has given us His righteousness and the perfection of His finished work. He lives within us. His Resurrection power is ours. To live our lives fully relying on His power, we have to believe what is ours. Believing who we are in Jesus Christ is essential to understand that what we feel does not determine what we believe.
Paul prays that “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:18-20, NKJV).
Paul is not praying for the believers in Ephesus to receive these truths from God. He is praying for their eyes to be opened to what God has already given them. Paul wants them to know that the death-defeating power of God is theirs. He wants them to know the incredible truth of their identity in Christ.
God wants us to know that we have the same power that raised Christ from the dead. It is Christ’s authority in us (Colossians 9:10, Mark 16:17-18). Do you believe the power of God is within you? Do you believe that it is enough to heal? To deliver? To break chains of bondage? Jesus told His disciples to “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8).
Freely, we have received the fullness of God in our born-again spirit—His Resurrection power that heals and delivers and sets us free. When we believe the Resurrection power of God lives within us, we yearn to freely give as we have received. Out of us will flow rivers of living water.
What changed when you were born again? Did your physical body change when you were saved? Did the way your think immediately change? Of course not. But your spirit was completely reborn in Christ. We are three distinct parts: spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). We are a new creation in our born-again spirit. (1 Corinthians 5:21, John 3:6). But for the other two parts (soul/mind and body) to experience the truth of who we are in Christ, we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
—Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
—Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
To believe what we have received in our born-again spirit, we must be renewed in our minds. To release and experience the fullness of the transforming power of God in our minds and physical lives, we must be convinced of who we are in Christ Jesus. God’s perfect will is for us to know who we are in Him. Out of His fullness, we will know our passion and live His purpose.
—Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
—2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
You are new in Christ—born again in your spirit. To believe old things have passed away—the blemish of sin—the bitterness of rejection—the illness that comes against you—the feelings of not being worthy of God’s love, allow the Holy Spirit to renew your mind with the truth of the Word. His life-changing power lives in you. Choose to believe God’s truth that you are chosen, redeemed, blameless, set apart, blessed, and loved with His everlasting love. Believe He dwells within you (Ephesians 1:1-20).
© 2021 Lynn Lacher