Living from the Inside Out

It is so easy to get caught up in our circumstances. It can seem like everything is falling apart and the chaos is too great. Fear and anxiety cripple us and hope is a distant memory. However, this does not have to be the case even when we encounter difficult situations.

It all comes down to focus.

One of the enemy’s greatest weapons is distraction. If he can get us more focused on what we can see than on God, who we cannot see, he will be able to prevent us from living out all that God has for us. It is our job to be vigilant against the devil’s schemes (1 Peter 5:8), so that we will be able to resist his temptations and be victorious.

The key to overcoming these distractions is to realize that God lives in us. We are the temple where God chooses to dwell. (1 Corinthians 3:16) God Himself lives in our hearts; He is closer than our skin. Greater is He living in us than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

It is so easy to forget that the same Spirit who has the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. (Romans 8:11, Ephesians 1:19) The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

So, with all this in mind, what are some practical ways we can apply this to daily life?

Living from the inside out means focusing on cultivating our relationship with God wherever we are. Wherever we are, God is with us because He lives inside of us. This means that we can be in a continual conversation with Him, being obedient to His leading and desires in the everyday routines of life. He may give us words to say to a cashier at the grocery store or prompt us to give something to a colleague at work. There are endless ways we can change the world by partnering with God one step at a time. Our responsibility is simply to be an available vessel for Him to work through.

A common lie that often hinders us from living out our God-given destiny is that we cannot do it. We believe we are too weak, so unqualified and not good enough. But the truth is that God works best through our weakness and He is the one who qualifies us. We can boast in our weaknesses, because God’s strength is shown best through them. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

We will walk in the abundant life Jesus died to give us if we learn to focus on communing with God throughout the day instead of being distracted by what is happening around us. We are called to bring Jesus to those around us, and all we have to do is be willing to let Him work through us.

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