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“For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.” 1Jn 5:4 Amp

What is the life within you that is born of God?  Within your spirit, it is the life of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit that has rekindled life within your own spirit. So you have life anew within your spirit, and you have the Holy Spirit living within you as well.

Life has been established within you, in your spirit!

But there is a second part to this aspect of being “born of God.”

At salvation, life was reestablished in your spirit. But also, you were given a new nature … the nature of God, Jesus Christ, living in you.

Here is the difficulty.  You need power.  You need power to love, power to operate in a sound mind. You need power to die to your old fleshly ideas, motivations, opinions, perspectives. You need power, basically, to let go of that life – your old life, so that you can instead live the new life that has been given you.

Where does this life operate? It operates in your soul.  It is the mind of the soul together with the conscience of the rejuvenated spirit that God looks upon as the real you. (The conscience of your spirit and the mind of the soul form the Biblical heart which God looks upon.) And you are called to lean this entire human personality of your soul upon God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness ….(Heb 10:22 Amp).

But you can’t, really.  Not without the power of God.  This is the power that is given as the enduement at the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is power that is released upon you, so that you may no longer live the life of your own soulish flesh.

But rather, with this enduement of power from God, you are able to lay your old life down, and now live the life of Christ that was given to you at your salvation.

Without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you continue to live your old lives: struggling, frustrated, double-minded, without the victory promised.

Your mind can understand the promises, but it is helpless to work them out. (Rom 7:20-25) What is needed is your surrender: completely; your submission;  your belief in what that word says;  your personality, your soul, totally resting on the Lord.  In this manner, in this submission, His life is lived in you.  It becomes true: we live and move and have our being in Him.  And Him in us.

It is not that we see and understand what the Holy Spirit desires and we then on our own, in our natural power, arrange our thoughts, and opinions, our very will and emotions to accommodate His. For you cannot.  Because your own stuff is of the flesh. It cannot inherit the kingdom.  It cannot possess it.  But in death, His new life can animate you.

It is laying down your life, and taking up His life, receiving it, responding to it, waiting upon it … realizing, you cannot do it without Him!

This is the life then, where we are His witnesses.  This is the life that He has already provided for in His entire Body!  This is the life that is “born of God.”

It is already available.  It is already done. Do you have it?  His life flowing forth because of the Power given in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

It can be yours if you want it. Today. Just repent of trying to live it on your own, in your own control. In your own soul. Give it to Him and ask today.

It is this life, born of God, that can flow through us, that is victorious over the world which the Body so hungers to see. But it first requires us to let go, and let Him … LIVE in us!

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