But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
—Romans 15:29, NKJV
This is a bold statement that Paul made! Paul had no doubt that he would walk in the fullness of God’s grace in His life. Paul knew God’s power was His, and he confidently drew strength from that truth. Do we believe that God also wants us to know His fullness and experience His power? Paul believed and acted by faith in God’s truth. When we, believe what is ours in Christ and act upon it, we receive (Matthew 9:29).
Walking in the power of the Holy Spirit is something that doesn’t happen by chance. It is a choice to allow the Holy Spirit to work through us. Some people believe the Holy Spirit turns on and off His power when He chooses. God is always available, and His power is always available. We are the ones who are on and off with Him. Often, we let our flesh determine how we feel instead of being led by the Holy Spirit guiding us into God's truth. But when we choose to believe we have received the fullness of God’s life within us, we can be certain that the power of God that has been given to us in Christ will flow. Our responsibility is to exercise our faith and draw from the fullness of God that is within us. "He who believes in me," Jesus said, "out of his belly will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38).
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV).
God’s plans for us are full of hope and an expected future. When we yield and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can expect God’s good results. In Romans 15:29, Paul said he knew when he came to the Romans, that he would come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel. He believed that the message within Him would be received. He believed in the miracle of God’s grace manifesting in the lives of those he taught and led. According to what Paul believed and expected, he received. He lived and breathed the fullness of God. Out of his life flowed the power of the Holy Spirit.
God wants us to believe and move in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Paul was human, too. But he believed in the river of Resurrection power that was always within him. He believed it was Christ that lived in Him. And the faith by which he lived stirred him to act on what he believed.
We, too, must stir up the gift we have been given (2 Timothy 1:6) We, too, must draw on God’s Resurrection power from within us. And out of our lives will flow rivers of living water.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
—Ephesians 3:20, NKJV
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