The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1 (KJV)
The more we look to Jesus, rely on Him and depend upon Him, we shall not have any wants. The reason is that He meets our every need, and He fulfills the very desires He places in our hearts. Each victory in our life comes as the result of our relationship and our fellowship with Him.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
Psalm 5:3 (KJV)
How we start our day will usually determine how it will go. When we make it our practice to turn to God first thing in the morning, when we set aside quiet time for prayer, reading and meditating the Word, we tend to find ourselves living in a greater sense of His presence all throughout the day. And so let us start the day right, seeking God’s will and direction, and reflecting upon what His Word has declared over us.
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Isaiah 58:11 (KJV)
There is a continual wellspring of life available to us as we keep our eyes on Jesus, realizing that He alone is our strength, our source, our comforter, and our provider. When we daily fellowship with God in the Spirit, and let His Word fill our hearts, we will find ourselves equipped and empowered to not only handle all that we are called to do, but we will also be a spring of life through which the light of Christ can flow into our world.
Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Psalm 96:2 (KJV)
Praise and worship are ways of showing forth God’s salvation. Showing forth His salvation means to stand upon the truth that the victory has already been won and the enemy has already been defeated. This celebrant attitude puts us in place of being expectant of seeing God’s favor and blessings in our life.
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them into their desired haven.
Psalm 107:29-30 (KJV)
When we trust God in the midst of the storms of life, He will always bring us to a place of peace and calm. And when we are at a place of peace God works mighty miracles in our lives. He will bring us into our desired haven.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27 (KJV)
Independent of any circumstances or conditions Jesus has already given us His peace. Our part becomes to rest in this promise, and in simple and childlike faith receive what has already been provided. The peace of God arises in our hearts as we find our wholeness, joy, satisfaction and completion in Christ.
For he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 3:10-11 (NKJV)
If we want to love life and see good days, we cannot speak words of evil or deceit. Our words reflect what is in our heart, and so as we deliberately fill our hearts with God’s Word, as we allow the love of Jesus to saturate us, we will find our words naturally coming into alignment with life and peace. Today, let us be mindful of this tremendous power that lies in our tongue, and let us purpose in our hearts to only speak words of life.
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 an honest and 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.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (KJV)
There is a continual peace available to us in Christ. Though the world may be filled with challenges, let us remember that Jesus has already overcome the world. And as we abide in Him, we get to partake in that overcoming. We abide in Him through His Word and through His Spirit, knowing that regardless of circumstances and conditions, the the victory has already been won. When we live in this faith-filled state of heart, we will have peace and be filled with joy.
From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.
Proverbs 12:14 (NIV)
Our words yield fruit just as surely as any physical labor does. Knowing this principle of our words bearing fruit, let us be watchful over what we say, and let us purpose in our hearts to have our words align with God’s Word in any given situation.