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. We can replace worry—which is negative meditation—with meditating on God’s promises instead. When our hearts and minds are filled with His Word, we become more fully receptive to seeing His goodness and His glory showing up in our lives.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
John 15:11 (KJV)
As we put our trust in Jesus, let us remember that His desire for us is that we are filled with His joy. There should be great joy in our walk with the Lord, for no matter what we face in the area of circumstances and conditions, we are joined to Him who has overcome the world. And as we abide in Him, we get to partake in that overcoming!
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Romans 8:15 (KJV)
The moment we got born again, God’s Spirit has come to live on the inside of us. It is the Spirit of God in our spirit that draws us unto God, that enables us to fellowship with Him. And so when we approach God, let us approach Him as He truly is: our loving heavenly Father whose good pleasure it is to give us the kingdom. Let us remove any fear, guilt or feelings of condemnation; and let us not doubt but for one second that it is God’s will for us to be whole in every area of our lives.
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Acts 20:32 (KJV)
Grace will always build us up. Religion tends to be about what we must do in order to earn favor with God, whereas grace is all about what Jesus has already done for us. Each day our practice therefore must be to remind ourselves, to confess, and to thank God that He has already made available anything we might need. As we remember our identity in Christ—that we have been made righteous in Him—we open ourselves to receiving the inheritance grace has already provided.
For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV)
As we daily receive the Word of God with a receptive heart of faith, the Word works in us effectively. The more we have the Word rooted in our hearts, the more will it produce in us and in our lives the very things it had declared about us regarding our healing, deliverance, soundness, freedom, prosperity, and all of the things that pertain to our lives of victory in Christ.
Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.
Psalm 40:16 (KJV)
Seeking the will of God for our life is not a burdensome task, nor is it something that will put us in a place of sorrow. In fact, the greatest joy and and the greatest fulfillment lie in seeking Jesus, delighting in Him, and desiring daily to carry out His plan and purpose for our lives. So let us magnify the Lord with joy in our hearts! He is our sufficiency, and He will always add unto us everything we need to live victoriously.
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)
In Christ we have been given the right, by grace, to claim all of the promises of God in scripture. In other words, because Jesus has become our righteousness, we can lay hold of the promises of healing, provision, soundness, protection and peace. Yet we must know this truth in order for it to become effective in our lives. And so no matter what the need, find what God has to say about it, and then boldly declare His Word over your life!
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV)
Jesus has become our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption. And so let us remember to not look to ourselves, but to Jesus. Being in Christ means that He has become our sufficiency unto whatever need may arise. As we meditate daily on this truth, accepting it in our hearts by faith, we will see the fruits of it showing up in our lives.
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV)
We are called to get our thoughts aligned with God’s thoughts. This means steadfastly resisting thoughts, theories and imaginings that contradict His will and His promises, and instead filling our hearts and minds with the truth of His Word. The more that His Word becomes a living reality in our hearts, the more will our lives change to reflect His goodness, His grace and His glory.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:4 (KJV)
We do not live by bread alone because there is more to us than our physical bodies. Just as our body requires physical food, so too our recreated spirit requires spiritual food. We are being fed spiritually anytime we receive the Word of God, when we meditate on it and take it into our hearts. The more that our spirit is fed, the stronger our spirit becomes. And when our spirit is strong, our ability to be victorious over the flesh increases.