And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
Luke 18:27 (KJV)
When it comes to the areas of our lives in which we are waiting for breakthrough, may we remember to never look merely at what we can do in our own strength and ability. Let us look instead unto our God who can move the mountains, split the seas of adversity, and who will faithfully lead us into our promised land.
And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Mark 4:20 (KJV)
When the seed of the Word is sown into the good and receptive ground of our hearts, we cannot help but produce fruit in our lives. As we bring forth fruit through the Word working in us, our lives become a radiant demonstration of the goodness, the glory and the unmerited favor of God.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
The kind of faith that pleases God is the faith that knows and believes in the heart that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. God rewards us with finding our joy, peace and fulfillment in Him, as well as manifesting His glory and His goodness in all of the areas of our life.
Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquties.
Acts 3:26 (KJV)
God has sent Jesus into the world to bless us. To be blessed means to be empowered to prosper. And so in Christ we have been empowered to prosper in every arena of life and we have been set free from anything that may have kept us in bondage. We have been fully equipped to enter into faith-filled and victorious living.
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Proverbs 30:5 (KJV)
Putting our trust in God means trusting in His Word. Each day we get to choose to either agree with the word of man or with the Word of God. Let us be sure to agree with what God’s Word declares about us in Christ, and we will see as it proves itself to be true in our lives.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27 (KJV)
Independent of any circumstances or conditions Jesus has already given us His peace. Our part becomes to rest in this promise, and in simple and childlike faith receive what has already been provided. The peace of God arises in our hearts as we find our wholeness, joy, satisfaction and completion in Christ.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)
It takes a daily training of the mind to rid ourselves from the unproductive habit of worry, and instead take our needs and requests to God in simple and childlike faith. And so whatever need may arise, let us receive by faith the supply, the deliverance or the healing that God by His grace has already set before us.
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
Hebrews 10:35-36 (NKJV)
As we maintain our confidence in the finished works of Jesus, we will receive the reward which is to see the promises of God come to pass in our lives. Endurance enables us to remain faithful to God’s will, which puts us in a position of receiving everything He has already made available to us in Christ.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Hebrews 4:2 (KJV)
The gospel is the good news of God’s unmerited favor in Christ Jesus. In order for it to profit us, we must mix the Word with faith. Mixing the Word with faith means we accept the Word as true even when our situation and our circumstances contradict it. We accept that through the finished works of Jesus we were healed, delivered, redeemed, empowered and prospered. And the highest form of believing is to enter into rest, to have a peace that cannot be shaken.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 100:4 (KJV)
Nothing puts us more quickly into the presence of God than praise and thanksgiving. We can praise God at any time throughout the day, and we can train ourselves to always maintain a grateful heart towards Him. Let us remember that we serve a God who is worthy of all praise, and may we never take His goodness towards us for granted. The more we praise Him and thank Him for all He has done, the more of His glory will we see in our lives.