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 believers that God is within them. God has given us His Holy Spirit as proof that we are His. We are in Him and He is in us (1 John 4:13). He has sealed us as His own (Ephesians 1:13).
When you receive Christ as your Savior, you receive the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit to assure you that Christ is in you. You don’t always feel His presence. But you don’t have to feel Him to know He is in you. You know it because the Word says it is true.
When we really believe in our hearts that we are in Christ and He is in us, we live in the freedom of His grace. We know the power and the authority His resurrected life has given us. Feelings will always try to tell us something different. But when fear, pity, bitterness, jealousy, greed, hatred, or any other destructive emotion tries to claim our minds and hearts, we have Christ’s power to defeat them. God is greater in us than any lie of the enemy that comes against us (1 John 4:4).
Do you believe 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). Do we live by His faith instead of our emotions?
To experience the power of God in our lives—to have His wisdom to know and understand the new life that is ours, we have to believe the truth of what we have received in Christ. The battle to understand what we have been given is within the mind. We have the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s truth. When we allow the same faith we exercised for salvation to convince us of the new life Christ has given us, we grow to believe we are a new person. All things are new even if they aren’t felt or seen (2 Corinthians 5:17). We stand in faith against the emotions the enemy uses to destroy us. We know that Christ, the hope of glory, lives in us (Colossians 1:27).
“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).
What we believe molds 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 feelings to tell us what is true. We conform to the image that God has of us by renewing 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 it? Are you convinced of the new person He has made you? Are you convinced of His fruit in your life?
You can’t overcome your feelings with your own strength. You can’t produce the fruit of the Spirit in your life. But when you believe who you are in Christ, His life within you has the power to produce joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness, and self-control. You need no law with the fruit of God's righteousness in your life (Galatians 5:22-24). When you are convinced of your identity in Christ, you draw from the truth of whom He says you are. The self becomes less, and His truth becomes more. The Holy Spirit convinces you of the new person Christ has made you.
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)
The glory that God gave Christ is now also ours. Christ, the hope of glory, lives in us. It is no longer we who live, but Christ. When we believe this truth, we live by the faith of Christ who died to give us everything we need to experience His abundant and fruit-filled life. We have received the perfect and finished work of Christ to overcome the lies of whom we once were. We have His power to experience the new life that He has given us. It is our choice.
Fear not. He has redeemed you. He has called you by name. You are His (Isaiah 43:1). He chose you, and now you choose to believe Him. Christ is in you. He is your hope of glory.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher
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