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True Happiness Is Jesus In You

Chapter Four

True Happiness Is Jesus In You! The Lord Jesus Christ Who now lives in you is Everything and Everyone that you will ever need to be Truly Happy.

You have come to trust Jesus as your Savior and Lord. Now you will learn how to trust Him in all areas of your life.

Discovering Jesus in His Fullness takes a lifetime, but here in Chapter Four, you will discover many of the fundamental attributes of Jesus Christ and thereby discover your completeness in Him.

You will discover that all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily in Jesus and that in Him, you are complete. In other words you lack nothing; everything you will ever need is found in Christ Who lives in you.

This is an awesome Truth from Godís Word. Imagine that Everything and Everyone you will ever need is living inside of you every day.

True Happiness Is Jesus In You.....

Jesus Christ now lives in you and you live in Him. The Bible says, ďFor in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you are complete in Him.Ē In other words, you lack nothing. You are now everything that God originally created you to be.

This completeness is in Jesus, and because you are in Him and He is in you, you lack nothing. Every need you have is now met through Christ, and then some. Christ in you is the hope of glory.

Read and meditate upon the following verses of Scripture from the Bible, and they will help you understand how blessed you are:

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness for His Name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Jesus is revealed here as the Shepherd and you are one of His sheep. In previous chapters, we referred to you as Godís child, and that you are. However, in this chapter, we will also discuss your relationship with Jesus Christ in other ways.

Read this portion of Godís Word over and over and allow the Holy Spirit to make this real to you. God wants to touch your innermost being through His Word. He wants to make Himself real to you so that He can love you and bless you more than you can imagine.

For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. As you ponder the Word of God and His Goodness and Love revealed therein, the Spirit of God will touch you deeply, change you, and enlarge your heart and soul, enabling you to experience Christís love even more.

Jesus is your Shepherd. He will guide you and provide for you, and comfort and bless you. You will not want. He is the Good Shepherd that leads you along the path of life and keeps you from all harm. You have no reason to fear or worry. Your Shepherd meets all your needs and protects you and blesses you with peace and joy.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will direct your paths. Donít trust in yourself! There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof is the way of death. Follow Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He will never lead you astray.

Jesus will never leave you, nor ever forsake you. No one can pluck you from the Fatherís Hand. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You are secure in Jesus. Read and meditate upon the following portion of Godís Word from the Bible:

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

Surely He will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you make the Most High your dwelling-- even the LORD, Who is my refuge-- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My Name.

He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My Salvation."

This is the precious revelation of your relationship with your Creator, through His Son, Jesus Christ. God cares so much for you. Read these words over and over and think about what they say, and believe them as if they were written personally to you from God. The Bible is Godís love letter to all who believe in Him.

No one has ever loved you like Jesus. For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

You can never exhaust the Love of God, nor His riches, nor His mercy, nor His goodness, nor His grace, nor His forgiveness, nor His power, nor His peace, which are beyond your understanding. All that God has is yours, and His resources are endless.

Everything that God has and Everything that God is are wrapped up in Jesus Who lives in you, and you in Him. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is alive and will do for you what He did for those who believed when He walked the earth almost two thousand years ago.

Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He came to seek and to save that which was lost. Jesus went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil. He came to reverse the curse placed on mankind because of sin and bring restoration and reconciliation between God and us. He came to give us Eternal Life.

Eternal Life is not only forever, but it also is a quality of life here and now. God does not want us to remain in bondage to any of the effects of sin or to any of the schemes of Satan. Jesus Christ made that very clear when He healed the sick, forgave the sinner, cast out demons, fed the hungry, and met the needs of all those who believed in Him. Thatís what He will do for you and me today.

On one occasion, when Jesus came into Peter's house, He saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on Him.

When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Him, and He drove out the spirits with a Word and healed all the sick.

This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases."

Centuries before Jesus was born, it was written:

Surely He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases, yet we considered Him plagued, smitten by God, and afflicted.

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the punishment of us all.

Years after Jesus died on the Cross, it was written in Godís Word:

He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

It is so important for you to understand and believe that when Jesus Christ died in your place, He suffered and died for your sins, sicknesses, diseases, and pains so you could be forgiven and healed.

It is also written, ďBeloved, I wish above all things that you will prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.Ē

God has forgiven your sins, and He has provided for the healing of your body through the suffering, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is your privilege, purchased and provided by Jesus, to live in health, free from oppression by sin and Satan, just as you have the right to be forgiven for your sins.

Jesus came that you might have life and that life more abundantly. Your Heavenly Father wants you to live a full and complete life. His will is for you to live in victory, in holiness, in divine health, in prosperity, and in His love and peace that passes all understanding.

Satan came to steal, kill, and destroy, and he wants you to remain bound in sin, addictions, immorality, sickness, pain, disease, poverty, lack, turmoil, hatred, greed, lies, and all kinds of mental, physical, and emotional agony and turmoil that will rob you of Godís will for your life.

You must settle in your heart and mind that you want only what God wants for your life, and that His will is always good for you. You must desire for yourself what God desires for you, and desire it for the same reason that God desires it for you, and then cooperate with the Holy Spirit so that God can bring it all to pass in your life.

You must also settle in your heart that you are going to resist Satan and all of his schemes and desires for your life by using the Word of God to defeat Him, and to know the difference between his will for your life and Godís will for your life.

It is written, ďSubmit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.Ē

You must want what God wants for you in every area of your life, and you must believe that God will do everything that He says He will do for you, His child. Your body and your spirit were bought with a price. Therefore, you should expect Godís health in body and spirit and settle for nothing less.

It is written, ďDo you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.Ē

When Godís forgiveness and healing power are manifested in your body and spirit, God is glorified. When Jesus forgives the sinner and heals the sick, God is glorified. Satan wants to rob God of His Glory by keeping people in bondage to sin, sickness, and disease, but Satan is defeated, and Godís healing power and forgiveness are still available to all who will believe and take God at His Word.

To receive healing you must know that God wants you to be healed, the same as you knew that God wanted you to be forgiven and saved. God cares about the whole person that He created. He wants to meet all your needs. Jesus never ignored anyone who believed Him and asked Him to heal them, and He never will! He always healed and forgave all who believed in Him for forgiveness and healing, and He still does today.

Letís read a few accounts of Jesusís ministry when He walked the earth, almost 2,000 years ago, as they are recorded in the Bible:

While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. "I am willing," He said. "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him.

This man questioned whether or not it was the will of God for Jesus to heal him. Jesus answered clearly, ďI am willing!Ē This is the same answer Jesus will give today. It is always Godís will to heal.

Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with Him. As He approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out--the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.

When the Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, "Don't cry." Then He went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Jesus is so loving and compassionate that He even raises the dead.

One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.

Yes, even the wind and the waters obey Jesus.

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When He heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to Him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied.

Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

Jesus acknowledged this manís faith. He believed and was healed. This is why we stress the importance of faith in Godís Word. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Remember, faith is simply trusting that God will do that which He has already promised to do. It is simply taking Him at His Word. This pleases God.

A large crowd followed and pressed around Jesus. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.

When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak, because she thought, "If I just touch the hem of His garment, I will be healed." Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched My clothes?" "You see the people crowding against You," his disciples answered," and yet You can ask, ďWho touched Me?Ē But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.

Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at His feet and, trembling with fear, told Him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."

Again, Jesus did what the doctors couldnít do in response to this womanís faith. You too can believe and be healed.

These are just a few of the miracles that are recorded in Godís Word, but Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

Salvation, from Godís point of view, involves the saving and deliverance of the entire human being from the effects of sin and complete restoration to Godís original plan for all people.

Donít limit God. Believe Godís Written Word, the Bible, and Godís Living Word, Jesus Christ. Make the most of all the benefits of knowing God, and give Him all the Glory for all He has done for you. Donít allow the devil to steal from you anymore. Heís a liar!

The next chapter of this book will teach you how to receive all the benefits that God has freely provided for you through Jesus. You will discover how to appropriate the promises of God, and experience all the benefits of knowing Him personally. This is a good place to close Chapter Four. Letís offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for what you have just learned:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that all Your fullness dwells bodily in Jesus. In Him, I am complete. I now have True Happiness because I have Jesus. I never again need to want for anything or anyone. I am in Jesus, and He is in me. I have Jesus, and He has me. We are now one with You.

Thank You, Lord, that you are my Shepherd and I will not want. Thank You that You are with me always and that You will never leave me. Thank You for guiding me and for protecting me and for caring for my every need. Thank You for leading me into paths of righteousness and that I no longer need to fear or worry or doubt.

Thank You, Lord, that nothing in all creation can separate me from Your love. Thank You that I now dwell under Your shadow, that no harm can come to me, and that You satisfy me with long life.

Thank You, Lord, that sickness and disease no longer have power over me. I will resist them, as I resist the devil, and I will always draw near to You for healing as I have for forgiveness, knowing that you will draw near to me and keep me according to Your Word. Thank You that your Word is alive and active in my life.

I am so thankful to know that when I see Jesus, I see You, God, and that I can always count on You to do for me, through Jesus, what You did through Jesus for those who believed when He was on earth.

Dear Lord, I will not limit You in my life. I want to know You as You really are. I will take You at Your Word and believe what You say, no matter what I see or hear or feel or think. I know that your Word is Truth and that You will never lie or deceive me in any way. I know You love me as I have never been loved before, and I love You, too.

In Jesus Name, I pray, Amen!

Chapter Five