We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…
That something buoyant, which is rising from the inside of you, is the life of Christ in you!
Christ in you is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) who says to you, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Christ in you is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6), and He says to you, “It will all be all right. I will provide a way out for you.”
Christ in you is your victory (1 Corinthians 15:57) and He says to you, “You are not fighting for victory, but fighting from victory because you already have the victory in Me.”
Christ in you is the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27) “Hope” in the Bible means a definite, positive expectation of good.
Christ in you is the definite, positive expectation of a glorious marriage!
Christ in you is the definite, positive expectation of a glorious family!
Christ in you is the definite positive expectation of glorious health!
Christ in you is the definite positive expectation of a glorious, prosperous life!
Christ in you is the definite, positive expectation of all the glories of God revealed to you.
You can never be destroyed or forsaken when you live knowing Christ in you is your hope of constant expectation of good.
Romans 8:1 says, Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Along side with God’s glory you need to have a victorious thought life because your thoughts have the power to destroy you. Using your mind for good thoughts and not evil sin filled thoughts.
From time to time thoughts rise up in your mind that have the power to destroy you, both physically and mentally.
You need to know that there “is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Notice that this verse is in the present tense. Right now, even if at this very moment, sin filled thoughts are going through your mind, there is no condemnation because you are IN CHRIST JESUS!
What are sin filled thoughts? Any thought you have that contradicts the Word of God.
“I think I have cancer. I have diabetes. I feel run down. I’m not very smart. I’m old. My eyesight isn’t what it used to be. I have allergies. I’m bypolar. I have a nervous condition…” And the list goes on and on.
Galatians 3:13 calls these curses and says we are no longer under the curse of the law. Go to Deuteronomy 28 and read through the list of curses. At the very end of the list it says even those things not listed. I think that would about cover everything.
I’m sure you’ve heard this, “You cannot stop birds from flying over your head, but you can certainly stop a bird from building a nest in your hair.” In the same way, you cannot stop temptations, sinful thoughts and desires from passing through your mind, but you can certainly stop yourself from acting on them. How? By using your mouth. Confess at the very moment of temptation that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and that there is therefore NOW no condemnation for you!
The power of Jesus to overcome every temptation kicks in when you remain conscious that even at the point of temptation, Jesus is still with you and that you are righteous in Him apart from your works (Romans 4:6)! When you do that, you reject the condemnation for the temptation that you are facing. You are now able to rest in your righteous identity in Christ apart from your works, and release the power of Christ in you to rise above the temptation.
That, beloved, is the overcoming life in Christ, the life we have in Christ and His righteousness!