And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will, of God.
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
When we renew our minds, we replace our thoughts with the thoughts of God, and we exchange our words for the Word of God. The more that we bring our thoughts and words into agreement with God’s Word, the more will we prove God’s good, acceptable and perfect will for us. And the way we prove it is to live it, to see it made manifest in our day to day lives.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
No matter where we may find ourselves or what our past may have looked like, God has created us for good works. Our task is to look to Jesus, and to trust what He has put in our hearts. As we remain faithful, as we trust Him, we will find ourselves led into opportunities to shine His light and to serve in exactly the way God has purposed it for us.
Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
1 Chronicles 28:20 (KJV)
God’s will for us is to continuously grow in our walk with Him, and to step more fully into all He is calling us to do and be. In this the Spirit of the Lord is with us, in us, and always ready to work through us. So as the Word says, let us not fear nor be dismayed; and let us walk out boldly this journey of faith.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4 (KJV)
The key to living a life of victory is our faith. We use and develop our faith by setting our hearts and minds upon the promises of God, by meditating on them and confessing them until they become real to us. When we are convinced of the reality of something before we can perceive it through our physical senses, we are living in the victory of faith.
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.
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)
We serve a God who wants to continuously take us down new roads and lead us into new rivers of His goodness. Our role is to lay hold of this by faith, and to then live each day expectant of seeing God’s goodness and grace in our lives.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17 (KJV)
Faith comes by hearing the truth of God’s Word. In the same way faith grows and develops through the continual hearing of His Word. The more we hear, the more the Word takes root in our hearts. And when our hearts are filled with the glory of God’s Word, it always yields a rich harvest of manifestation in and through our lives.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
Jesus gives us rest because He is our sufficiency, and through His finished works we have full and complete access to the boundless riches and beauties of the kingdom of God. And so whatever your need may be today, be sure to take it to the Lord, fellowship with Him, and thank Him that in Him your need is met. Faith gives us access to all that the grace of God has already made available.
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.
And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you,
1 Thessalonians 3:12 (NKJV)
Our ability to love people—including those who might be difficult to love—is not based upon our own strength or effort, but it is in direct proportion to our receiving the love of Christ for ourselves. The more that we receive His love, the more will we be able to be channels and instruments of His love for others.