All that you need is within you.

That’s a powerful and often misleading statement of truth. When I look within for “my power” I am in danger of seeing what I can do and where I can go. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? There’s a whole lot wrong with that. When I look within and see only myself as the source of my power, of my wisdom, my help then I am terribly shortsighted – and vain.

All that I need is within me – in the form of the Holy Spirit. When I look within and see God as the source of my power, my wisdom, my everything, only then can I truly live. Unless God gifts me the courage to face each day, to make decisions – large and small, to be kind and compassionate and patient – I would be incapable of doing anything worthwhile.

Ultimately there is only one thing I take with me to my grave, and that is my spirit – the part of me that is part of God. Oh, I can die with unforgiveness, regret, anger, etc., but even that will burn up in the Presence of a Most Holy God. But why would I want to carry those things to my last bed? Why would I want to live my life with those rocks tied to my ankles, slowing my pace and altering my path?

Without God dwelling in the midst of me, I will meet death with those rocks weighing me down. Without God in the deepest places of my heart and soul, I am moving through this life with no hope of anything better.

All that I need is within me. God is within me.

“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells within you, Whom you have received from God, and you are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19


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