When we are born of the Holy Ghost and enter into the Kingdom of God, we become a new creation, a new man, (person) who is reconciled to our Heavenly Father, through Christ Jesus. As a new man we can struggle with the old nature, even when we think we have taken it off and put on Christ. Such experiences remind us of who we were in the flesh; the nature Christ took within HimSelf at Calvary and brought to death, that is trying to resurrect itself, usually through the lust of the flesh, lust of the eye and the pride of life. Writings left to us as Holy Scripture admonish those who have been changed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, to reckon ourselves dead; to recognize we died with Christ to sin and were raised with Him to newness of life, as eternal Spiritual Beings. We become hid in Him as an aspect of the body of Christ, and thus through our spiritual union, we are anointed to let go of that which would hinder our spiritual growth. This takes place with the renewing of the Spirit of our mind through HIS living word, as the Spirit of Christ abiding in us.

There is no condemnation in these struggles, for they are the perfect circumstances the Holy Spirit knows we need to cause us to grow in Spirit and Truth, as we become who we are created to Be hid with Christ in God, through our Heavenly Father's manifested plan. As we grow, day by day, we become increasingly aware we live and move and have our being through Him, as His offspring; as Overcomers through the resurrected power of Christ within.

For some, the struggles and the trials of life can cause us to feel like we might loose touch with the peace of God which surpasses ALL understanding. Thoughts come in which tempt some to doubt. Perhaps you can relate? If so, perhaps you too can thank the good Lord for keeping us, with a KNOWING that has to be experienced as our reality so we can give witness to the truth His Holy Spirit within has caused His peace to rise up strong, as His living words remind us of His Truth and overcoming power, through bringing it to remembrance with an awareness of His abiding Presence.

As I have walked out my salvation with the power of God upon me, with the light of scripture transforming my inner man and restoring my soul, over the years, my Spiritual experiences have taught me:

The Peace of God which surpasses all understanding is a state of BEing ... this state of Being imparts peace deep within that is alive and expanding; no matter what is taking place about us, even if we don't feel it in our moments of struggle, it is available and rises up as we draw nigh to the Spirit of the Lord. Ultimately, His Peace causes us to abide in Christ and His living words and His promises to us once we choose to believe and embrace the gift of faith and spiritual obedience that is offered through unconditional love.

Conflicts which contradict His Truth, cause us to labor to enter into God's REST and to draw upon the gift of Peace and eternal life which overcomes that which sought to drain us of an awareness of HIS abiding Presence within and in our midst, bringing forth that which has been revealed as HIS truth unfolding before our opened mind and ears.

As we draw upon it, His Spirit within speaks, as the mind of Christ through the living Words of Christ Jesus. A greater level of peace is manifested empowering the union of our eternal Spirits to GROW in Spirit and truth with an understanding, ALL is working out for the good as an aspect of our maturation process. These struggles are necessary and a form of purification which transforms our inner man and causes us to walk victorious ... in the Spirit and not after the flesh.

What a tremendous gift we have been given through the opportunities to experience and receive the Truth, Peace, Joy, Righteousness, Presence and Revelation of God!!! If you have not yet done so, do seek to receive and grow, as you put your trust in who our Heavenly Father is manifesting HimSelf, His eternal plan to be in relationship to us and who we are becoming in relationship to Him as spiritual eternal Beings ... as His Inheritance, the family of the True and Living God.

Below are some Scriptures the Holy Spirit brought to mind as I wrote. May they bring life and it more abundantly to those seeking it and refreshing to those in need of it:

John 14:17: Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

Matthew 6:33: But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness, (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

John 3:5: Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God.

Luke 11:2: And He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come. Your will be done [held holy and revered] on earth as it is in heaven.

Romans 14:17: [After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

John 3:3: Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.

Luke 17:21: Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].

Philippians 4:7: And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!.

Colossians 3:3: For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.

1 John 3:24: All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [ They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.] And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us.

John 15:7: If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

1 John 2:16: For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things]--these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].

John 16:27: For the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from the Father.

Ephesians 2:22-24: Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God's image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

Romans 6:3-11: Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life. For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God]. We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin. For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men]. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, Because we know that Christ (the Anointed One), being once raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him. For by the death He died, He died to sin [ending His relation to it] once for all; and the life that He lives, He is living to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him]. Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.

Acts 17:28: For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring

John 14:15-18: If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever-- The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.

2 Corinthians 5:18: But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].

Romans 8:1: THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

Colossians 1:20-22: And God purposed that through by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, [the Father] made peace by means of the blood of His cross. And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities, Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father's] presence.

Romans 5:10: For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin's dominion) through His [ resurrection] life.

1 John 4:4: Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.

Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

John 16:13: But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].

John 4:23: A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers.

Hebrews 4:11: Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].

2 Timothy 1:14: Guard and keep [with the greatest care] the precious and excellently adapted [Truth] which has been entrusted [to you], by the [help of the] Holy Spirit Who makes His home in us.

Jude 1:23-25: [Strive to] save others, snatching [them] out of [the] fire; on others take pity [but] with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality. Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight] To the one only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever (unto all the ages of eternity). Amen (so be it).

Romans 8:28: We are assured and know that [ God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose

Philippians 2:13: [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

Bless You Father ... may our lives be an act of worship as we surrender to YOU and Your manifested will as a expression of love returned.