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"The Success of Life"
As a Christian

As Paul said, (after he was baptised by Ananias … full immersion as Jesus was)

  • (Gal 2:20) "I (spiritually) have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ Jesus Who lives in me" (emphasis added)

So ..."The success of your life (OUR LIVES), as a child of God, is directly proportional to the consciousness of the living Christ and the almighty power of God that is in your heart." F J Heugal

  • John 14:23 Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching] (not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord Zech 4:6); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.

Grafted In

Being born again, as children of God, we have been spiritually cut off the (worldly) Adam vine by Father and grafted into the True Vine (Lord Jesus) so that moment by moment, we receive His life. So, as He is, so are we in this world 

  • (1 John 4:17). It is no longer us who live (spiritually) but Christ Jesus in us .. and He has overcome the world!   (Reflect quietly on that!)

Receiving, moment by moment, Lord Jesus' heavenly life … vessels for FATHER to do His will through us and by us on earth. Note: It is NOT by might nor by power but by His Spirit 

  • (Zech 4:6)… we are only His vessels! - So, no more fleshly striving is needed.
  • Acts 2:38 .. Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptised,*** every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of {and} release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

ALL born again believers are children of Father and grafted into the Vine to rest so they are, as Lord Jesus is, in this world – His spiritual life in us (1 John 4:17) … so FATHER can thus do His will through us, as He did with Christ Jesus on earth.

Rest in the Vine

Note: Father wants people to refrain from striving and putting in a big effort to be Christians. All that is needed is to rest in the Vine .. to have a consciousness of being spiritually grafted into Him

By Father ... waiting and expecting – He is caring for you – and when you simply rest in the Vine, He will do His will through you … as a vessel of Father. Look around you at the trees, shrubs, vines ... moment by moment, they are receiving all that is needed to grow and produce.

  • Prov 3:5 Lean on, trust in, {and} be confident in the Lord (grafted in) with all your heart {and} mind and do not rely on your own insight {or} understanding.
  • Prov 3:6 In all your ways know, recognise, {and} acknowledge Him, and He will direct {and} make straight {and} plain your paths. …… as a vessel available for Father to work through!

Have a consciousness (frequently) of this ….

"He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.

He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know He lives?

He lives within my heart."

He is in ALL born-again believers – as we walk, breathe, talk, rejoice, eat, drink – everything we do, He is in us … and He speaks to Father through us, making requests to Father through us …. So, have a consciousness of the living Christ in you at all times!

*** This step of faith is available for anyone when they believe .... baptism ... be it in a river, a pond, a lake, a swimming pool, a bath ... or even under a shower. God knows their faith and sees them taking the step of faith!

The Greek word for baptism is "baptidzo" literally means to "dip" or to "immerse". … it is NOT being sprinkled with water – baptism is "washing away!"

Brian McMichan


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