For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Hebrews 4:2 (KJV)
The gospel is the good news of God’s unmerited favor in Christ Jesus. In order for it to profit us, we must mix the Word with faith. Mixing the Word with faith means we accept the Word as true even when our situation and our circumstances contradict it. We accept that through the finished works of Jesus we were healed, delivered, redeemed, empowered and prospered. And the highest form of believing is to enter into rest, to have a peace that cannot be shaken.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 100:4 (KJV)
Nothing puts us more quickly into the presence of God than praise and thanksgiving. We can praise God at any time throughout the day, and we can train ourselves to always maintain a grateful heart towards Him. Let us remember that we serve a God who is worthy of all praise, and may we never take His goodness towards us for granted. The more we praise Him and thank Him for all He has done, the more of His glory will we see in our lives.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2 (KJV)
Pride tends to distort our motivations and it clouds our judgement; it keeps us from acting out of true wisdom. God delights in our humility, for it is the humble heart that is most open and receptive to wisdom. When we look to God for wisdom, when we remain open and teachable, we may be certain that we will never be put to shame.
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 the kind of 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.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Colossians 1:27 (KJV)
The word hope can also be translated confident expectation. Biblical hope is to look to the future with confidence and expectancy, always expecting God’s glory to manifest in our lives. And it is because of Christ in us—indwelling our born again spirit—that we can have this confidence that no matter what is going on in the natural, something good is happening to us today.
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23 (AMP)
Nothing is more important for us than to guard our hearts, for whatever is going on in our life can ultimately be traced back to what’s in our hearts. Guarding the heart means we do not allow anything to rob us of the peace that has come to us as a result of our meditating the Word and believing the promises of scripture. We keep our hearts fixed on Jesus no matter what.
I am extremely excited about this new series of online teachings we are starting today. If you are blessed by the daily devotionals but have never listened to or watched some of these online messages, I really encourage you to check this one out. You can watch the video or simply download the free audio and listen to it anywhere and at anytime.
I believe it is so crucial for us to understand the role of the heart when it comes to our daily walk with the Lord. The Bible tells us that out of the heart flow the issues of life, and so nothing is more important for us than to learn how to guard our hearts, how to keep our hearts set on Jesus and everything He’s made available to us through His finished works. And so I invite you to join me for a great time in the Word today, I believe it will be a blessing!
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For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
Colossians 2:9-10 (NKJV)
The very moment we received Jesus we were made complete in Him. Now we are called to live each day out from our completeness in Christ, to meditate on the promises of Scripture that have been made available to us in Him, and to look to Jesus when it comes to meeting any need that may arise. The more that we open ourselves to this heart of faith, the more will we see the fruits of our salvation showing up 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.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
Hebrews 6:9 (KJV)
Notice that the Word says there are things that accompany salvation. These are the things that powerfully impact and change our life right here and right now. The way we receive the full benefits of salvation is through trusting, relying and depending on Jesus for everything. This makes us receptive to the promises of God which include healing, deliverance, soundness, peace, protection and provision.