And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Ephesians 3:19 (KJV)
Being filled with all the fullness of God is to know His love in and through Christ Jesus. This surpasses intellectual knowledge and must be known in the heart. When it sinks into our hearts just how much He loves us, our lives cannot help but overflow with His goodness.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
Psalm 68:19 (KJV)
We can expect to be loaded with the benefits of salvation every single day. In Christ God’s unmerited favor has been made available to us, and so we can live in confident expectation that something good is going to happen to us regardless of circumstances or conditions. The benefits of salvation include healing, deliverance, peace of mind and heart, and all of our needs being supplied in abundance.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:4 (KJV)
Humility flows out of total and complete dependence upon God. Jesus is telling us that this childlike humility leads to greatness in the kingdom of heaven. And so the more that we can humble ourselves by keeping Jesus at the center, the more will we access His grace, and find favor and good success in the various arenas of life.
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.
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.
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:2 (KJV)
Grace is the revelation that God has made available anything we will ever need through the finished works of Jesus. Faith is how we access what grace has provided. And so let us embrace by faith that our needs are met, and that the solution to every challenge has been provided. When we believe this and live out from it, we will see the evidence of it manifest in our life.
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
Proverbs 4:4 (KJV)
The Word of God is our guide for successful and victorious living. As we retain the Word in our hearts, consistently acting on it in faith, we will see the life God intends for us, experiencing His goodness and favor in every arena of life.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
There is a supernatural strength and ability available to us when we place all our trust, hope and expectation in God. When we look to Jesus in all things, He enables us to do what we could not do on our own, and He will cause us to flourish and succeed in all He has called us to do.
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.
And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
James 4:6 (NLT)
As we receive the grace of God in Christ Jesus, we humble ourselves by removing ourselves from the center of our lives and making Jesus the center of our lives. Self-effort always springs out of pride, whereas grace flows out of this act of humility of totally surrendering our lives to the Lord Jesus. Today, let us humbly look to Jesus, depending completely on His grace as His Holy Spirit works in us, transforming us from the inside out.