By virtue of our existence as human beings— created in the image of God (i.e. created in Christ) —we have a very intimate point of contact with God (and with the Spirit of God and the Word of God). This point of contact is the Divine presence that “I Am” (aka the mind of Christ or Christ-in-you).
It must be stressed that our emphasis on the “I Am” presence has nothing to do with “self-promotion” or having a “me first” attitude. Rather, it is about the dethroning of the egoic mind— by the grace of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit —as we becoming increasingly selfless in contemplation of the Divine presence that is always with us, here and now.
“You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I Am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from [the Divine presence that “I Am”] you can do nothing” (John 15:3-5) [paraphrased].
When we truly abide in Christ, we have effectively exchanged our will for God’s will. It is only when we die in this way– our life being hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3) –that the joy of our salvation is truly realized and we become obedient from the heart (Romans 6:17; cf. Hebrews 8:10). Reminiscent of the verses in John 15, quoted above, it is at this point that we begin to
“bear fruit for God . . . not under the old written code, but in the new life of the Spirit” (Romans 7:4,6).