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What Is Your Greatest Characteristic?

Updated on July 17, 2012

What is your greatest characteristic? Do you know that if you ask someone this question they would give you an answer like, “I am trustworthy” or “I'm reliable”. But do you realize that your greatest characteristic is that you have been made in the image of God and have the ability to have God in you!

Ephesians 3:17 tells us in part, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith”. I love the subject of Christ because when you start dealing with Christ you are dealing with the anointing and the anointing has the power to destroy anything in your life that does not fit the description of “life more abundant” (John 10:10).

Notice that the anointing (Christ) “may dwell”. It is not a guarantee. The Word does not say that the anointing is dwelling in your heart. It does not say that the power of God is dwelling in your heart, but it states that it may dwell there by faith. This means that you are going to have to receive it and operate as though it is there and will function on your behalf. This is where most people break down in their faith. They want to see it before they believe it, but as Christians we need to believe just because God said it and He cannot lie.

Then in verse nineteen of the same chapter we read, “that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Did you get that? We can be filled with all fullness of God. I like to take the Word of God literally and if God says, “all” then I believe “all”. I don't know about you, but I don't want a little bit of God in my life. This is not like that product they used to say, “a little dab will do ya”. God promised all and I want all.

From what I have just read in the scripture, if I have faith the anointing will dwell in my heart and I can be filled with all the fullness of God. This is who I am someone capable of having God in me. But what does this mean for me in my daily life? Well, the very next verse is probably my favorite scripture in the Bible and it says:

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Can you image that? Exceedingly (that's a lot) abundantly (that's a lot more) above all that we ask or think. Now, I don't know about you but I have a big imagination. I can think of a lot and I can ask for a lot, but did you notice the catch? God said it was according to the power that works in us. This goes right back to having faith that Christ dwells in my heart and that I am filled with all the fullness of God.

Let me tell you why most people don't see many prayers answered. It is because they view Jesus as their servant. I know we wouldn't ever say that because we know that Jesus is Lord, but when you pray, “Lord, take care of this” and “Lord, work that out” most people's thinking process is they hope Jesus some how goes and does that particular thing for them. Isn't that what a servant does? The master tells them to do a particular thing and then they go and do it. Consider the next verse of scripture:

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (2 Cor 4:7 - KJV)

That word translated “treasure” from the Greek actually means a deposit. If I may paraphrase this scripture it says, “A deposit of the power of God has been placed in this fleshly body that I live in, so that you can do things that are humanly impossible so that people will know that the power by which you operated is God and not you.”

What God has designed for people is more valuable than anything this world can offer. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people never experience their most valuable characteristic because they are too caught up in this temporary world that we live in.

If I may take the slogan of the army, let me encourage you to be all that you can be. Allow God to fill your heart with all of His fullness and allow the anointing to dwell within you.


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    • ThePastor profile image

      ThePastor 5 years ago from California

      @Dave - thanks for stopping by and commenting. I would have to disagree in part with your statement and feel it would be difficult to make the case biblically how you stated your belief.

      When you invited Christ into your life you now have the potential to be one because you still have the potential to sin. Christ is not one with sin therefore, if you are sinning or have attributes that are not Christ like you are not completely one.

      In my definition of "one" there is no such thing as partially one. The things that you mentioned that the Holy Spirit goes to work on in you are areas that are out of line with the Holy Spirit otherwise He would not need to go to work on them. The whole process of working on those things are for the express purpose of bringing you into oneness with Christ.

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      The Pastor: I beliieve that as a "Christian" the moment I invite Christ into my life, we become as one. Christ through the Power of the Holy Spirit enters into me and my life and we become as one. Holy Spirit then immediately goes to work to change parts of me to allow for Christ to fill me completely with forgiveness, grace, love, knowledge, and wisdom from God.