I was studying 1 John chapter 3 the other day and at first I was contemplating the verses comparing the world to Cain and the Body to Abel. I was thinking of how the world hates the Spirit of blessing and favor that resides in us and upon us. I was suddenly arrested by the revelation that we have a Spirit of Blessing and Favor in us as part of our new design. The following is was I wrote out about it:
‘I have an indomitable Spirit of giving and favor in me. God is continually blessing me and bestowing favor upon me, that same Spirit does not change when it enters me. God does not change and neither does His Spirit which resides in me. That same Spirit will continually seek a way to act–to manifest itself through me.
The way it manifests through me will depend on my unique design. Maybe it manifests through giving of my time, of welcoming someone into my home, of donating money to someone who needs it, of volunteering somewhere. This Spirit continually strives to be a blessing and bestow God’s loving favor to others through me.
This Spirit is not controlled by outstanding circumstances in the world. It is a direct manifestation of God’s nature in me and therefore divine and makes a way no matter the adversity it faces. If I am abiding in God then His Spirit is abiding and alive in me. I cannot deny it as being a part of my new nature. It becomes an integral part of my new design and should not be suppressed. As I cannot quell the blessings and favor from God, I cannot quell the urge to do the same for others and therefore should find a way for it to manifest in my life for others in a way unique to my design.’
There aren’t certain parts of God that reside in us. When we accept Him into our hearts, all of Him comes in. As we continually live in God, His nature becomes our nature, all of His nature. We love more, we give more, we have more grace. All of God’s nature is acting in us and no matter the circumstances we face, we can always rely on God’s nature to work through us.
1 John 3:18 (NIV)
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
John 15:4 (TLV)
Abide in Me, and I will abide in you.