For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Philippians 2:13 (NLT)
God is working in us, transforming us from the inside out. As we put our faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit goes to work on the inside of us, producing in us the desire and the ability to live right. When we believe that Jesus has already made us righteous, the Holy Spirit will enable us to live and act in ways that correspond to what we believe.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 1:3 (KJV)
Power, strength and victory in the Christian life are directly tied to the resurrection of Jesus. When He overcame sin, death and the grave, we overcame with Him! In Christ we have the victory over every difficulty or adversity we could ever face. And so it does not matter what it seems like in the natural, our starting point as Believers is always victory; and out of this we move from victory to victory!
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
On the cross Jesus was made sin for us so that we could be made the righteousness of God in Him. We did nothing to earn or deserve this, it is purely the gift of God’s unmerited favor. Understanding who we are in Christ enables us to live out of who He has called us to be.
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Proverbs 4:18 (KJV)
We can always have a confident expectation of good. As we receive the favor of God that is in Christ Jesus, we may be sure that—no matter whether we find ourselves in the valley or on the mountaintop—something good is coming out way. Let us take hold of this promise and rejoice in how good our God is!
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV)
Jesus has become our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption. And so let us remember to not look to ourselves, but to Him. Being in Christ means that He has become our sufficiency unto whatever need may arise. As we meditate daily on this truth, accepting it in our hearts by faith, we will see the fruits of it showing up in our lives.
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
1 John 4:16 (KJV)
To dwell in God is to dwell in His love. When we understand that God does not have love, but that God is love, we find ourselves receiving His perfect love for us and in turn we can share it with others.
Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
1 John 4:13 (KJV)
God has joined us to Himself through His Spirit that dwells on the inside of every Believer. Now the Holy Spirit in us will teach us and guide us through the Word of God. He will make the truths of the Word real to our hearts and enable us to walk more fully in who God has called us to be.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)
When we make it our practice to keep our attention and focus on God through His Word, we will find ourselves being more receptive to the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. When we acknowledge God in all things, He will direct our paths into the good He has already prepared for us.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)
To be sober-minded is to be filled with what the Word declares over us. It is to keep our minds actively focused on the truth of God’s Word, and to be actively on guard against the lies and deceptions of the enemy that would seek to invade our thinking. Our confident expectation is set fully upon what the grace of God has made available to us in Christ Jesus.