Know Who You Are (2 Corinthians 5:21)

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.

Respond In Faith (Acts 16:25-26)

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!

The Grace Of God In Truth (Colossians 1:6)

which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;

Colossians 1:6 (NKJV)

The grace of God in truth is Jesus. We can never separate Jesus and the grace of God. Our hearts are transformed as we look to Jesus, and believe that as a result of His finished works we have been declared righteous. Knowing Jesus is not a matter of memorizing a set of principles; knowing Jesus it is a matter of the heart. Grace cannot be understood merely with the mind; grace must be known in the heart.

How Grace Teaches Us (Titus 2:11-12)

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.

Grace Causes Us To Be Thankful (2 Corinthians 4:15)

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.

Depend On The Holy Spirit (John 14:17)

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.

Encourage One Another (Hebrews 10:24)

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.

The Power Of A Transformed Heart (Proverbs 4:23)

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)

What goes on in our lives can be traced back to what is in our hearts. Jesus is in the heart transformation business! When we let Him into our hearts, He will mold and shape us from the inside out, He will radically change our hearts so we can receive and become instruments of His grace and goodness in every area of life.

Bring Forth Fruit With Patience (Luke 8:15)

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.