If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:7 (KJV)
Abiding in Jesus and letting His Word abide in us sets us up for victory and good success. Our heavenly Father is not withholding anything from us, and our part is to let His Word abide in our hearts. Having the Word rooted in our hearts makes us receptive and available for the favor of God to manifest in our lives!
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)
One of the most powerful things for us to do is to replace our thoughts with the thoughts of God. The thoughts of God are the Word of God, and so our task becomes to get our thinking lined up with the truth of God’s Word. The more we think according to the Word, the more will our lives reflect who we are in Christ.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
On the cross Jesus was made sin for us so that we could be made the righteousness of God in Him. Right identification is crucial for victorious living. We must get it rooted into our hearts that the moment we got born again we were made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We did nothing to earn or deserve this, it is simply the gift of God’s unmerited favor. Understanding who we are in Him enables us to live out of who He has called us to be.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
Perfect peace is peace that cannot be shaken by circumstances and conditions. This is the kind of peace that comes from knowing whose we are and whom we have believed. Today, keep your mind stayed on Jesus; trust Him, and let His perfect peace fill every fiber of your being.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 100:4 (KJV)
We are called to practice thanksgiving as a way of life. When we realize that there is always something to thank God for, we will naturally find ourselves giving Him the praise that is due to His name. Even in the midst of a challenge or a difficult time, we can thank God that He has already provided for us the way out. Friend, when we know our God and His goodness, we really cannot help but be thankful. And so let us rejoice today that there is enormous power in always having a thankful heart!
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Romans 5:17 (KJV)
Righteousness is a gift we receive, not a reward we work for. When we receive this unspeakable gift through our faith in the finished works of Jesus, we enter into the abundance of God’s grace—His unmerited favor. His grace being abundant means it is sufficient to wipe out all of our past mistakes, and to supply us with everything that is needed in order for us to live a successful and overcoming life.
And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Galatians 3:12 (KJV)
Anytime we are looking to our works as the reason for why we should be blessed, we are not operating in faith. Faith is to remove ourselves from the equation, and to look only to Jesus. Because of the finished works of Jesus the blessing has been made available, and faith reaches out with boldness and takes what grace has made.
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.
Psalm 143:5 (NKJV)
It is powerful to bring to our remembrance all that God has already done for us. When we meditate on how good God has been to us in the past, it strengthens our faith in what He will do in our future. Let us never take for granted how far He has brought us, and we will rejoice in anticipation of all the good that is yet to come.
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Proverbs 4:18 (KJV)
In Christ we can always have a confident expectation of good. As we open ourselves to the favor of God that is in Christ Jesus, we may be sure that—no matter whether we find ourselves in the valley or on the mountaintop—good things are always coming out way. Let us take hold of this promise and rejoice in the goodness of our God!
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)
We have the ability to not let our heart be troubled because Jesus has already given us the gift of His peace. We received His peace when we received Him, and we access His peace as we keep our minds and hearts filled with His Word. And so rather than allowing circumstances and conditions to dictate where our attention goes today, let us purpose in our hearts to focus on the One who is our peace. We will find ourselves walking in His wisdom and guidance in any given situation.