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)
Right identification is crucial for victorious living. 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 and purposed us to be.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 1:3 (KJV)
Power, strength and victory in the Christian life are directly tied to the resurrection of Jesus. When He overcame sin, death and the grave, we overcame with Him! In Christ we have the victory over every difficulty or adversity we could ever face. And so it does not matter what it seems like in the natural, our starting point as Believers is always victory; and out of this we move from victory to victory!
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Acts 16:25-26 (KJV)
The way we respond in moments of hardship will often determine what the outcome will be. Paul and Silas, when locked up in prison, responded by praising God. As a result a miracle took place which enabled them to escape. When we praise God in the midst of the storm, we make ourselves available to seeing His supernatural power at work in our lives!
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:11-12 (KJV)
The grace of God that brings salvation is Jesus. And the way grace teaches us is by being alive on the inside of us, molding and shaping us from the inside out. The more we look to Jesus, the more His Holy Spirit works in us, enabling us to live out of who He has called us to be. Grace transforms our hearts, and a transformed heart will always result in a transformed life.
For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 4:15 (NKJV)
Grace causes us to be thankful because grace is the revelation that everything we need has already been made available. As we walk in this by faith, one day and one moment at a time, our gratitude gives glory to God. And God’s glory always shows itself in the lives of His people as the very manifestations of His favor and goodness.
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14:17 (KJV)
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth. He makes the truths of the Word of God real to us, He confirms the reality of the Word to our heart. We are called to live in complete dependence upon the Holy Spirit as He enables us and equips us to do what we cannot do in our own strength. Let’s fellowship and commune with Him daily, and draw on His strength, wisdom and ability as He works on the inside of us.
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Hebrews 10:24 (KJV)
The overflow of a fruitful relationship with Jesus is that we ought to consider each other, especially fellow Believers, and encourage one another to receive more fully His love which produces the fruit of good works. Key is to keep our attention on Him, which then enables us to share with others what we have received from God.
But that on good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Luke 8:15 (KJV)
We bring forth fruit when the Word of God falls on the good ground of a receptive heart. As we receive the Word in faith and humility, placing it above the thoughts, opinions and suggestions of the world, our heart becomes open and receptive to the things of God. As we continue faithfully in the Word, we bring forth fruit with patience. And patience simply means persistent and enduring faith.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
John 13:34 (KJV)
The new commandment to love follows us first receiving God’s love for us. It is only when our hearts are saturated by the love of Christ that we have the ability to love others in the way He loves us. Let us focus on the love of God in Christ Jesus, and we will find His love flowing out through us.
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24 (KJV)
The words we speak can either be pleasant to our soul and bring health to our physical bodies, or similarly our words can bring about sorrow and even sickness. Let us be in the habit of speaking God’s Word over our lives, over the people we encounter, and over situations and circumstances. God’s Word will always bring joy to our souls, and He always confirms His Word with signs and manifestations following.