God’s Reflection in You

Romans 8:9-11

 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (ESV)

God’s Spirit lives in you the believer. The same Spirit who resurrected Jesus, also lives in us and through us. As Christ-followers, we are ambassadors of God’s domain and privileged to reflect God at all times. Yet how well do we?

All humans are made in the image of their Creator. Our natural DNA includes genes with abilities to mimic in a small physical way the attributes of God Almighty.

We have been given a mind and consciousness, emotional personality, and strength of character to become more and more like HIM. Our ability to dream visions of what can be, and then create and move the process toward its fulfillment, are attributes found in our Master Designer.

The relational and social aspects of life to belong and share with one another are the divine attributes of the Triune God who lives in perfect relationship with Himself as Father-Son-Spirit.

As we walk with God, sharing our life with HIM as HE shares life with us, and as we enjoy living in HIS presence, communicating with HIM, and developing a trustful relationship with HIM, iron sharpens iron. HIS divine nature becomes more empowering in us. Our worldview slowly changes as we long to view life from HIS perspective.

In our journey through space and time, we take on more and more the attributes of Jesus Christ. Like Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:19, as we grow up, we are being filled with all the fullness of God who lives in us.

As we allow God more access into our inner being and allow HIM to sculpt out the ungodly spaces that are hidden in our darken soul, HIS divine nature becomes more and more real in us. It is then we begin to realize the work is more HIM and less of us. Yet our side of the partnership is to put in the effort and hang in there. HE will manifest the rest and give the growth. We are HIS workmanship (Eph. 2:10). The end result is more of a reflection of HIM.

And yes, you are included – if you so choose to participate at this time. If you haven’t done so yet, ask HIM to fill you with HIS Spirit and follow HIS lead in your life. Your only wish is you started earlier in life then now.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Author of e-Books

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 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
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How Real Is God in Your Life?

Colossians 1:27

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Just like Peter and John in Acts 4:13, Jesus is also with YOU!

Imagine living life where God was visibly and actively present in your world?

Wherever you went and whatever you chose to do, you acted and behaved knowing God was walking right next to you. How would that change your decision-making and choices?

How would you act towards all the people you meet? How much confidence and sureness would you speak with others knowing HE stood next to you?

Yes, HE is nearer to us than we most often realize. Yet, because HE is invisible and unnoticed, we naturally move about our day ignoring HIS presence.

But what if we could live-out each minute under the umbrella of absolutely acknowledging HIS presence every single minute of our lives?  What difference would that make in your life?

The mystery of the Christian faith as the apostle Paul writes, is “Christ in YOU.”

I recall reading a book written by a missionary in the early twentieth century (sorry I don’t recall the name), who tried living every minute with the mental awareness God was with him every minute. He stated that he could do it for a short time and then his mind would waiver. When I tried one day to live out the day with a mental focus of God’s presence, I likewise could only do it minutes at a time. The daily routine and events kept diverting my attention away. However, the result did make me more aware of God’s grace and assured of HIS immediate availability when needed.

Maybe you would be different and able to capture HIS presence for longer periods of time. Either way, the important matter is being aware that HE lives in us, is doing a work in us, and through us. The more we lean on HIM and become aware of HIS presence in our world, the greater the joy we experience acknowledging HIS love for us and knowing HE holds us in HIS grip.

So why don’t you give it a try this week and see what impact it makes with you in your walk with our Incarnate Triune God. You may do better than I did, and whatever the outcome, I assure you will come to realize how much more you become of HIS awareness in your life by the practice.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Author of e-Books

 *  Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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