Some thoughts to share with you guys and to preach to myself.
Being in Christ produces 2 results:
1) A new creation; the old things have passed away; all things have become new. (2 Cor 5:17). This is a personal, individual transformation.
2) Unity in Christ: that we may be one in the Father and the Son. (John 17:21). The is a corporate transformation.
The truth is we are already in Christ, if indeed we believe in Jesus the Son of God. Those who are in Christ are already a new creation and united in Christ. As He is, so are we in this world.
But why do we struggle in old ways and do not behave like we are united? Because we do not fully believe in the word. We do not believe that we are already a new creation. That would result in our love being cold to one another.
Believe in the abundant grace and love of God.
Pray for a revelation of the love of God.
Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit.
Once we know the height, the depth, the length and the breadth of the love which God has for us, we will never want to go back to our ways. Instead, we will want to lay down our lives for Him. We will want to love one another with same love which Jesus loved us.
We need to pray for a move of the Holy Spirit like never before! Because “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Rom 5:5). It is the Holy Spirit who reveals the love of God!
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.
- 1 Peter 2
Something to remind myself, for I am a rebellious fool at times.
I feel like the Lord is pressing out many things that I did not know about myself; weaknesses, thoughts, fears and even prideful ideas.
Through different people and events that happened, I discovered that there are times when I wanted to act in a way that does not glorify God. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. It pleases God when I overcome and His grace covers me when I don’t. All things work together for good to those who love God. But of course, we make it our aim to please Him.
I feel like the Lord is purifying me and expanding my capacity. It is not easy, but I am happy for it! (not when it happens, but after). Correction is the sure sign that God loves you! (Heb 12:6-7)
Because of this, I know the Lord is going to promote me. It may take a year or many years — it matters not. Whatever it is, I want to know Jesus more, and become more like Him. Indeed Christ is enough for me.
Thank You God, for loving me so much that You would mould me.