To strive to obtain love, peace, and joy etc. or to pray to God to give you these qualities is wasted religious energy. ‘My people perish through lack of knowledge…’ Hosea 4:6. The perception exists that God needs to be talked into doing things for us. To realize His presence and nature within you, is what sets you free to be who you are. The more aware we become of God in us, the more overwhelmed we are with a sense of total fulfillment and completeness. Needs disappear into insignificance. He is not a God who is afar off. Emmanuel means ‘God with us!’ Nothing you can seek to do or wish and pray for could qualify you more for life. Nothing can make your life more significant than to simply become aware of his nature and presence in you and His favor towards you.
God is pleased with you because He believes so much in Himself in you. Your faith reveals the value you place upon God’s faith in you. To be overwhelmed with the awareness of God’s indwelling, ignites and awakens the human spirit with a desire to be useful. Suddenly, your immediate, personal needs seem insignificant in comparison to God’s ability in you to reach out to others. As much as He desires to bless you, He prefers to bless others through you! No wonder that James concluded that true religion is to visit the widows and orphans. Can you imagine how their grief and loneliness would test the concept of being complete, perfect, and lacking nothing!
“Occupy your mind with this new order of life; you have died, your new life is hid in oneness with Christ in God. The secret of your life is your oneness with Christ in God.” Col 3:1-4