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God Is For Us, God Is With Us, God Is In Us

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Timeless Teaching

// Kenneth E. Hagin

In the New Testament God maintains three relations toward the believer. First, God is for us. Romans 8:31 says, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be FOR us, who can be against us?" If we're not careful, we can forget the Bible is so and that God is for us.

With God on our side, we are guaranteed success. God is not a failure. When we know that He is for us, we can be utterly fearless, no matter how dark the situation or how difficult the problem. We can be sure of this: God has the ability, the power, and the answer to put us over.

Sometimes people miss it and sin. But God is for us, even when we miss it. John was not writing to sinners when he wrote, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). God wants to help us and restore us when we miss it. He wants to lift us up even when we stumble and fall.

Proverbs 24:16 says, "A just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again." If we've fallen or failed in an area, we can't just lie there. We must get up, repent, and go on with God. He will forgive us.

With Us
Thank God He is for us. We don't have to experience defeat when the great unseen One is for us. But He is also with us. In John 14:23 we read, "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode WITH him."

Our abode, or home, is the place where we live. Jesus said that we—speaking of Himself and God—would make their abode, or home, inside of us. When we're conscious that God is with us in all of life's circumstances and difficulties, it will buoy up our faith. We will know that God is with us.

In Us
God goes one step further. He is not only for us, and with us, but He is also in us! Ephesians 2:22 says, "In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit."

God has made His home in our bodies! First Corinthians 6:19 says, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we no longer belong to ourselves. We become the temple of the Holy Spirit. God has made His home in our bodies! Unfortunately, many Christians are not conscious of this, nor do they really believe it. If they believed that God dwelt in them, they would not talk about their lack of power or ability. There is no lack in God, and since He dwells in us, we should not have any lack either.

Second Corinthians 6:16 says, "Ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." Why does God live in us? To put us over and help us.

The first three verses of First John chapter 4 talk about demons and evil spirits. The 4th verse begins by saying, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them. . . ." "Them" refers to the devil and his cohorts. Through Christ, we have overcome all demonic forces. How? This verse goes on to tell us: ". . . because greater is he that is IN [us], than he that is in the world."
The Greater One—the One Who overcame the devil and his demonic forces—lives in us! How big is the Greater One? He's greater than the devil. He's greater than demons and evil spirits. He's greater than sin, sickness, and disease. He's greater than any force or power that tries to come against us!

We let the Greater One dominate our lives by allowing His Word to dominate us. That's why James tells us to be doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22). Scripture says that when we are only hearers of the Word, we delude ourselves.

We just need to act as if the Word of God is so—because it is. But if we don't know the Word, we're at a disadvantage. We can't act on what we don't know. When we're full of the Word and incline our ears to what it says, then we'll know what to do in any situation. It's doing the Word, or acting as if it is true, that brings God's blessings in our lives.

If God is in us, then His nature, His love, His wisdom, and His strength are in us. All that God is, is in us!

Whenever you face what looks like an impossible situation, confess in faith: "God is in me. God's ability is mine. God's strength is mine. God's health is mine. God's success is mine. I'm a winner. I'm a conqueror. I'm a success!"

Our confession of the Greater One living in us will help us overcome any situation or circumstance that comes against us.