Christ In Me

These three words are so powerful when you grasp the full magnitude of what they mean in your life.  So many Christians go through life thinking that their life is still the same.  Your life changes the day you get baptized both in water and spirit.  Yes when you accept Jesus and get baptized to publicly declare it you become new.  When you go under the water your old nature, your old self is washed away.  The person that comes up out of the water is a new person, with a new nature.  All of your sins and the past have been washed away in that one moment.  Your old self was crucified with Christ and now Christ lives in you.  YES CHRIST LIVES IN YOU.

It is written My old self has been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.  So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 NLT  Or as it is written in the Passion translation.  “My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him.  And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me – we live in union as one!  My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!”  Gal 2:20 TPT

Our lives become changed the moment that we accept Christ and get baptized.  We are no longer the person that we were before.  We are made new, so now we live by faith in Christ.  The Holy Spirit is very alive in us and this is the essence of Jesus.  As you walk out your new life in Christ the Holy Spirit is intertwined with your spirit.  Yes for we are all made up of Spirit, Soul and Body.  When we become new in Christ, it is important to grasp that Christ lives in us.  For when you start to grasp this one simple concept it brings freedom to stop doing the things that were your old nature.  It is written For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.  Gal 3:26-27 NLT.

I think those words are powerful, we have put on Christ like putting on new clothes.  That tells me that I have been made new, you have been made new.  We no longer have to be controlled by our sinful nature.  We have been made new and when we realize that the power and life of Jesus lives within us it brings freedom from the lies that we are sinful.  We are no longer sinners for we have been saved by GRACE.  A grace and love that is amazing, you could never find a vessel to contain the grace and love of God.  A love that is so vast it can’t even fill the expanse of the Universe.

I am reminded of the wonderful verse I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  That is just another reminder that Christ is in us.  Christ brings us supernatural strength to handle things that would normally be outside of our capacity.  When we submit our soul and body to the spirit we see changes happen in our lives.  When we bring ourselves into right alignment with Heaven, it allows heaven on earth.  We no longer have to walk in slavery to our soul and body.  We are free to walk with our spirit leading us, guiding us, teaching us.  We bring our soul and body into alignment under the spirit.

As this happens we change from the inside out.  We grow in relationship with Jesus, and as we apply Gods words to our hearts we become more Christ like.  What I mean is that we start to think about our actions, we start to notice things and to bring them back into alignment with the Spirit.  We stop being controlled by our emotions.  When we feel fear creeping in we speak the truth that we were not given a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.  It is self-discipline that starts to happen when we allow the spirit to guide and direct our lives.  We then find peace in the middle of the storm for we know who we are, and we rebuke the fear that comes at us trying to take us down.  This is that strength I was talking about.  The real strength that we receive is self-control so that we become slow to anger, just like God.  We don’t cower in fear, but stand tall with power and authority, declarations of the truth of Gods word pour out of our lips.  The love of God starts to flow from within us and to pour out on the people that we are around.

So, you see we are truly transformed and created to be something new and greater when we accept Jesus.  We are like a piece of clay that the spirit molds and transforms from a boring lump into a beautiful masterpiece.  The changes can be so subtle at times, but then we look back and realize that we have changed and we are no longer that frightened, fearful person but a strong and mighty warrior.  We find that we shift thinking about ourselves and we start to think of others.  There is no longer anger and hate in our hearts but rather love and peace that fills our hearts and lives.

Realizing the truth of who you really are, a child of God.  That you have the spirit of Christ living in you, through the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is a gift from Jesus.  That gift brings us comfort, is our advocate, who will never leave us.  The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth.  The Holy Spirit is our teacher, and teaches us everything and reminds us of the truth of God.  This is the most wonderful gift from Jesus.

JESUS IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER

These are such powerful words to me.  Just knowing that Jesus is unchanging, that he has the same power and authority today as he did yesterday or even 2000 years ago.  But I think it is important to remember that it continues on forever.  Yes, FOREVER is eternity and Jesus will remain unchanged.

Jesus is the Great I AM, and is part of the wonderful God head Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Jesus was there at the beginning of creation, but to me the greatest works were his sacrifice for you and me.  Some may think that Jesus does not hold the same power and authority as when he was here on Earth, but that is so untrue.  The Jesus I know sits at the right hand of the Throne of the Father “God”, in a seat of authority over creation.

The miracles, signs and wonders that Jesus did, still continue to this day.  They did not end with Jesus dying on the Cross.  They did not end when Jesus rose to be with the Father.  No we were sent the Holy Spirit, “the spirit of God” that resides in each of us.  Yes God lives in us when we are in relationship with Jesus.  With that gift is the same power that Jesus had when he was on earth.  The disciples continued on with miracles, signs and wonders but they did not stop when they died either.  For as you read the new testament you see the Holy Spirit baptizing every new believer.  That did not stop back then.  The gift of the Holy Spirit the blending of God’s spirit with our spirit still continues.  We are children of God, and as children we are in close relationship with the Father and the Son.  We have the DNA of God in each of us.

That DNA of God empowers us to walk in freedom and truth of “The One True God”, our unchanging and powerful God.  All of creation knows of the “True God”, this is the Father of Creation.  A Father that has so much love for his children that the Bible is a love story of a Father chasing after his lost children to bring them back to him.

In Hebrews the scriptures read “You made him lower than the angels for a little while.  You placed your glory and honor upon his head as a crown.  And you have given him dominion over the works of your hands, For you have placed everything under his authority.”  Hebrews 2:7-8 TPT

All control is in the hands of the son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  We may not see the final accomplishment, but DO NOT EVER think that Jesus has lost power and authority.  It is time that we start to realize that we are sons and daughters of God the Father.  We have been brought under this same power and authority through Jesus Christ.  We are not slaves to sin, fear, anger, unforgiveness, or despair.  No we walk in the light of Jesus Christ.  The Jesus that still has the same power and authority for all time.

Our accuser the enemy aka the devil, has no power and authority over us or this world.  As Romans 8:1 in The Passion Translation puts it.  So now the case is closed.  There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life union with Jesus, the Anointed One.   When I think of this I think of a court room and Father God is the judge.  The accuser is the prosecuting attorney, but our defense attorney is Jesus.  When the accusations are made about us the Father does not hear them for Jesus is speaking on our behalf.  The Father sees us through Jesus, not through the accuser.

Romans 8:17 puts it so well.  Since we are children of God, we are qualified to share all his treasures.  We are joined with Christ, so we inherit all the he is and all that he has.  At times we will suffer just as he did, but we walk in a new freedom.  Jesus has set us free from the power of sin and the desires of the flesh.  It can seem hard at times to overcome the desires of the flesh, but when you grasp that you are a son or daughter, you are not an orphan, you have power and authority over the flesh because you are made new.  When we receive Jesus in our heart, when we allow Jesus to take up residence in our heart, we are changed.  We are made new for our spirit is joined with the Holy Spirit.  We are a new being and we are set apart as Gods children.

That freedom breaks the control of our fleshly desires.  It starts as a gradual change as we seek to know Jesus better.  We start to shift what our desires are.  I know for me I can look back on my life and over the last 10 years I can see how I have changed.  As I have applied God’s word to my life, as I have walked and grown in relationship with Christ, I take control over my thoughts.  I recognize when I am having thoughts that are not of God.  I used to dress like the world, for I knew no better.  But as I have grown spiritually with Jesus, and with the teachings of the Holy Spirit, I look at things through different lenses.  I now ask myself what would Jesus do.

The power and authority of God are unchanging and that is truth and fact.  The light will always win over the darkness.  God is always at work even though we may not see it directly.  But our hope comes from having faith and trust in our Mighty and Powerful Father God.  Our hope does not come from what we see around us, it comes from a higher power and authority.  Our joy does not come from this world, but it should always come from Jesus and the love of God.

God always wins in the end.  Read the book of Revelation if you don’t believe me.  God has a great and mighty plan.  God still walks in full authority and Jesus is at his right hand.  Miracles, signs and wonders are still happening, they did not end thousands of years ago.  The power and glory of God is everywhere.  It is time for us to truly embrace our identity in Christ and to walk in the fullness of what that is.