Jesus spoke to His disciples the night before His crucifixion.
“A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you” (John 14:19-20, NKJV).
Jesus was speaking of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit that assures us that God is within us. God has given us His Holy Spirit as proof that we are in Him and He in us (1 John 4:13).
“When I am raised to life again,” Jesus told the disciples, “you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”
When we really know in our hearts that we are in Him and He is in us, we live in the freedom of His grace. We experience the fullness of the new life He has given us. Feelings will try to tell us something different. But when doubt and fear try to claim our thoughts, they are defeated. We believe that greater is Christ within us than anything that comes against us (1 John 4:4).
Do you believe that this is true? That Christ is greater within you? We have been crucified with Christ. It is Christ who lives in us. And we live by the faith of the Son of God who loved us and gave His life for us (Galatians 2:20). To experience the fullness of the new life that is ours, we have to believe what we have received in Christ. The battle to believe what we have been given is within the mind. We have the Holy Spirit to teach us. When we allow the same faith we had for salvation to convince us of the new life Christ has given us, we grow to believe the old person has passed away. Fear has no place in us. Doubt is defeated. Christ, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:17), lives within us. All things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“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).
Our beliefs mold us. What we believe becomes who we are. To believe who God says we are, we can’t conform to any belief other than God’s truth. We can’t allow the world or our natural minds to tell us what is true. We conform to the image that God has of us by the renewing of our minds with the truth of His Word. Only then are we able to agree with what God says about us and experience the plans He has for our lives.
God is in you, and you are in Him. Do you believe He is within you? Are you convinced of the righteous image He has of you? You draw from the truth of whom He says you are. When self becomes less, His truth becomes more. He convinces you of the new person He has made you. You believe that His glory is yours.
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one.
—John 17:22-23a (NKJV)
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