But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
1 Thessalonians 4:9 (KJV)
God indwelling us by His Holy Spirit compels us to want to love one another. As we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit who is at work in us, we will find ourselves being led more fully into living a life of love, kindness and compassion as we receive God’s love for us in Christ.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
The more we behold Jesus through the Word, the more are we transformed into His image and likeness. As we seek His will in all of the areas of our life, we will find ourselves being led from glory to glory through the wisdom and counsel of the Holy Spirit.
For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God’s building.
1 Corinthians 3:9 (AMP)
Every born again believer has an assignment from God, we have a role to play when it comes to God fulfilling His plans and purposes in this earth realm. And as we yield to God’s plans and purposes for our life, we ourselves are molded, shaped and developed in the process, the Holy Spirit working in us to make us more fully into all He has called us to be.
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Romans 8:16 (NKJV)
The Holy Spirit makes the things of Jesus real to us. One of the things He speaks to us of is our identity in Christ. He is continually whispering into our hearts that we are children of God, that we have His favor and blessing. The more we listen to the Holy Spirit who speaks to us through the Word of God, the less receptive will we be to the voices of fear, doubt, confusion or condemnation. Let us spend some time every day with the Holy Spirit as He guides us into all truth.
Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
John 6:28-29 (KJV)
To work the works of God—to live in a way that is pleasing to God and to fulfill His calling upon our lives—we are to believe on Jesus whom He has sent. When we believe that Jesus is enough to make us righteous, His Spirit works in us to transform us from the inside out. He reshapes our hearts and molds our desires so that they are in accordance with His will for our lives. This frees us bear fruit in His name.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 6:35 (KJV)
When we come to Jesus and rely upon Him, He will meet our every need. The key to receiving this grace is faith. When we believe even in the midst of adverse circumstances and conditions, we will bear witness as He meets all of our needs—spirit, soul and body—oftentimes in the most unexpected ways.
And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Ephesians 3:19 (KJV)
Being filled with all the fullness of God is to know His love in and through Christ Jesus. This surpasses intellectual knowledge and must be known in the heart. When it sinks into our hearts just how much He loves us, our lives cannot help but overflow with His goodness.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV)
Spiritual truths cannot be understood or received through human reasoning or mere intellectual understanding. It requires the Spirit of God to make the things of God real to us. The more we renew our minds in the Word, the more will the Holy Spirit reveal the reality of the Word to us. And the more that the Word becomes real in our hearts, the more will we see the glory of God reflected in our lives.
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
Proverbs 23:19 (KJV)
We have control over what goes into our hearts. We are able to guide our hearts by taking charge over our thinking, and by being selective about what we pay attention to. What is in our hearts is determined by our predominant thoughts and by what comes in through our eyes and ears. The more that our thinking revolves around the Word of God, and the more we pay attention to what God is seeking to do in our lives, the more will our hearts be filled with the things of God.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Colossians 1:27 (KJV)
The word hope can also be translated confident expectation. Biblical hope is to look to the future with confidence and expectancy, always expecting God’s glory to manifest in our lives. And it is because of Christ in us—indwelling our born again spirit—that we can have this confidence that no matter what is going on in the natural, something good is happening to us today.