Releasing the treasure within this earthen vessel – Christ in you!
By Mark Virkler
2 Cor 4:7 we have this treasure in earthen vessels that
the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.
Rom 8:9 the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Col 1:27 Christ in you
It takes a total renewing of our hearts and minds to live in the awareness that God lives within us. We are so inclined to think of Him living in a distant heaven, and that within ourselves dwells no good thing, that it takes revelation and constant repetition to drive this glorious truth home.
The truth is, however, that when we asked Him in, Jesus has filled our hearts with Himself by placing His Spirit within us. Now, by having Jesus in our hearts, we have all that God has and all that He is, available within our spirits.
Col 2:9 for in Christ dwells all the fullness of God in bodily form,
(v10), and you have been given fullness in Christ.
How to Release Him
The first step then is becoming conscious of the fact that Christ lives within (Eph.3:17), that He is all things (Col. 3:11), and that, therefore, we are complete (Col. 2:10).
We have to learn to release out of Him whatever it is that we and others need, because He is in us and He wants to give us Himself. He wants to release His divine nature into us, and out through us.
For eg, If we are having a hard time getting along with a co-worker, we can say “Jesus, I really don’t like this person, but You love him. You’re the love of the universe and You live in me. So I ask You to cut out the bad feelings in my heart toward this person and I ask that You give me a heart of peace and love, and I just release Your heart of love, the love of Almighty God out through me to this person.” Then watch what He does!
We don’t have to labour, we just direct the power. Let Him provide the strength or the need.
When we need wisdom, He grants it from within.
When we need righteousness, He grants it from within.
When we need hope, He grants it from within.
When we need faith, He grants it from within.
When we need love, He grants it from within.
When we need joy, He grants it from within.
When we need patience, He grants it from within.
When we need kindness, He grants it from within.
When we need gentleness, He grants it from within.
When we need self-control, He grants it from within.
Eph.3:16 that He may strengthen you with power
through His spirit in your inner being.
So when I quiet myself down into my spirit, I find Jesus there, sitting on the throne of my heart, healing and empowering me in so many ways. There is a mighty healing life flow which comes out of my spirit and is realized afresh every time I quiet myself down and re-experience it.
John 7:38 he that believes on Me, as the scripture has
said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
God lives within me. He has chosen to join Himself to my spirit so that now when I sense my spirit, I am also sensing God. What an amazing miracle of divine proportion! To God be the glory for the great things He has done!
I Cor 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
I want to go on to discover what Jesus has offered me through joining Himself to my spirit, and then, how I can become more sensitive to my spirit’s sensations so I can sense the indwelling God, and release Him into my life, and through me to others.