The result is that our heart then, like the heart of Jesus, bows before Him in humility and surrender, seeking only His honor. Our whole soul thrills with desire and love for Jesus. This inward renewal makes the heart fit to be a dwelling place of the Lord. By the Spirit He is revealed within us, and we come to know that He is actually in us as our life in a deep, divine unity as One with us.
Believer, God longs to see Jesus in you. He is prepared to work mightily in you that Christ may dwell in you. The Spirit has come, and the Father is willing to work mightily by Him that the living presence of His Son may always abide in you. Jesus loves you dearly and longs intensely for you. He cannot rest until He makes His abode in your heart. This is the supreme blessing that the fullness of the Spirit brings you.
By faith, you receive and know the indwelling of the Spirit and the operation of the Father by Him. By faith, which discerns invisible things as clearly as the sun, you receive and know the living Jesus in your heart. As constantly as He was with His disciples on earth - yea, even more constantly than with them - He will be in you and will grant you to enjoy His presence and His love.
Pray that the Father would strengthen you with might by the Spirit and open your heart for the fullness of the Spirit. Then at last you will know what it means to have Christ dwelling in your heart by faith.
Love Is ...
"That ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge." Here is the glorious fruit of the indwelling of Christ in the heart. By the Spirit, the love of God is shed abroad in the heart. By Christ, who dwells in the heart, the love wherewith God loved Him comes into us. Just as life in God, between Father, Son, and Spirit is only infinite love, so the life of Christ in us is nothing but love.
This we become rooted and grounded in love. We are implanted in the soil of love, and we strike our roots into heavenly love; henceforth, we have our being in it and draw our strength from it. Love is the supreme element in our spiritual life. The Spirit in us and the Son in us bring us nothing but the love of God.
Love is the first and the chief among the streams of living water that are to flow from us.
Love is the fulfilling of the law. it "worketh no ill to his neighbor" (Romans 13:10). It "seeketh not her own" (1 Corinthians 13:5). "It causes us to lay down our lives for the brethren" (1 John 3:16). Our hearts become ever larger and larger.
Our friends, our enemies, the children of God, and the children of the world are worthy to be loved. Those that are the hated, the ransomed and the lost, the world as a whole, and every individual creature in particular are all embraced in the love of God.
Our happiness lies in sacrificing our honor, our advantage, and our comfort in favor of others. Loves takes no account of sacrifice. It is blessed to love.
We are able to love only because the Father, with His Spirit, works mightily within us and because His Son dwells in us. He, who is crucified love, has filled our heart completely with Himself. We are rooted in love. In accordance with the nature of the root, God produces the fruit - love. Begin to pray that the Father would strengthen us with might by the Spirit, and that we may know the love of Christ.
(continued with # 38 "Filled With the Fullness")