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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Holy Swagger

2 Timothy 1:7

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

David had the walk. Peter also had the walk. So did Paul. And so have many others who have embraced our Lord’s purpose. But have you?

The walk is the confident sureness one has of having seen God Almighty intervene in your life so often, you know you are a child of HIS. You have witnessed the work of the Spirit morph you from that self-centered, ego maniac into a humble, serving student of God’s Kingdom. You have experience in yourself and watch others become more and more Christlike. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is becoming more and more alive in you and through you.

The outcome of your surrender and commitment to Jesus Christ is that certain walk I call Holy Swagger.

Paul writes here to Timothy, a young minister, reminding him of the work God has started in him which includes giving us a spirit not of fear, but of “gevurah, ahavah, and havchanah” or miraculous power, love, and sound judgement as the Jewish Orthodox Bible translates.

The power we have been bestowed upon comes from heaven. God’s power alive in us. The more we deny our self-carnal desires and allow God’s Spirit to penetrate the core of our being, the sooner we begin to experience HIS character through our heart and mind. We become “little Christs” as C.S. Lewis would refer to the definition of a Christian. 

When you know God is for you, with you, and in you, your entire disposition changes. You are at awe and you are humbled. At awe how God is working to change you from a broken person to an engaged, spirit-led witness of HIS handiwork. And so, you are also humbled that HE chose you and given you the opportunity to experience HIS riches in your life today.

Yes, the outcome is that confident walk that let’s the world know you know who is in control, and it’s not you, but your Heavenly Father. Your walk includes an attitude of spirit that resembles the fruit of God’s Spirit which includes the love, joy, and peace that surpasses understanding. In fact, your Holy Swagger begins to mimic the heart, mind, and worldview of your Lord and Rabbi, Jesus Christ.

You probably have experienced the Holy Swagger walk many times in your past. But only for a few periods of time. But as we mature in the faith, and witness more and more of God’s workmanship in the lives of others and in yourself, the walk becomes more and more evident. Before you know, you find yourself walking into the next chapter of life facing some of humanities greatest evils with a peaceful, loving, self-control disposition that you smile, lift your eyes to heaven, and prayerfully thank God for the opportunity to be HIS witness at a time like this.

The glory, honor is HIS. The Holy Swagger is also HIS. You know it. HE knows it. Now we shall let the world know it.

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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Blessed How?

Psalm 34:8 (NIV)

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

We all have different expectations when we hear that God wants to bless us?

Some think He will put the winning Powerball lottery ticket into our pocket. Others think he will open doors for us to build the next Google or Microsoft company. Others may be more personal like having good health so we can abuse ourselves eating all the ice cream, chocolate, and candy we desire without any ramifications. Or we will find Mr. or Mrs. Right and marry with a handful of children and a home second to done.

Now God may include these physical outcomes in the process, yet there is so much more about being blessed than the fulfillment of our dreams. The 34th Psalm hits the target right in the middle. When God is the center of our lives, when we run to him with all our problems and praise, and when we come to know Him as HE IS, we will experience the life He promises to humanity throughout Scripture.

Our challenge is focusing on the spiritual outcome rather than the physical means.

For many of us growing up in commercialism USA, we have the tenancy to associate blessings with physical or social outcomes. We want to be happy and believe certain “things” will make us happy. And we associate certain “things” with happiness. We have difficulty understanding this with-God life.

For when one begins to know God and experiences His life within you, you quickly realize that everything you ever wanted is already included with Him. He is the Source of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control. His presence alone generates all the positive feelings mankind seeks through physical means.

Security, self-actualization, acceptance, and all the other physiological functions are found in Him.

That is why saints of old have constantly repeated that HE is all they need.

The blessing is having a personal relationship with the living God and allowing Him to share His life with you as you share your life with Him. Through this relationship, you will experience a blessed life simply because He is a generous, outgoing Being who naturally loves and gives and shares His best for you. And yes, He tempers His generosity with the purpose of raising His children with godly character.

So, if you want to experience the blessed life, don’t focus on your dreams. Instead pursue God and let Him live His life in you.   

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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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