November 29, 2016

If we are looking to be successful in any area of life, being aware we can only express what we possess is an important principle. As Charles Hannel has written, “We must ‘be’ before we can ‘do’ and we can ‘do’ only to the extent which we ‘are’ and what we ‘are’ depends upon what we ‘think.’” Thoughts transmit vibrational frequencies which are attracted back to us and have the potential to impact our lives in tangible, physical ways.

For someone to be an effective follower of Jesus Christ, that individual must possess the presence of God in their life. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; {20} you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body.” The power to honour God within the context of the life we live comes from His presence within us.

We can only express this power if we possess His presence. This becomes possible through the reconciliation made possible by Jesus’ death on the cross of Calvary. In 2 Corinthians 13:5 the Apostle Paul writes, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?”

If you pass the test, then it would be good to understand, as Charles Hannel also says, “There is a world within – a world of thought and feeling and power; of light and life and beauty and, although invisible, it’s forces are mighty.”

The Apostle John identifies the way in which we determine whether the power within us is for light or darkness. Because it is good to be aware that there is power within everyone based upon what we possess and what possesses us. 1 John 4:4-6 reads, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. {5} They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. {6} We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”

The choice of what is within us is ours, but the outcomes are based upon our choices, because we can only express what we possess. This is a universal principle we cannot avoid.

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