And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
1 John 3:23 (NKJV)
God’s commandment under the new covenant of grace is for us to simply believe on Jesus. Placing our faith in His finished work enables us to walk in love. We are equipped to love others to the degree that we receive His perfect love for us. The more we look to Jesus and less to ourselves, the more will we walk in everything He has made available to us!
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
Isaiah 54:10 (KJV)
No mistake or shortcoming on our part can remove us from God’s covenant of peace. Knowing this frees us from the condemnation that came with the law, and it reminds us that the foundation for our right standing is never our own performance but the finished works of Jesus Christ. This enables us to grow in our walk with the Lord, and to always become more fully who He has created us to be.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Colossians 3:17 (KJV)
We are to represent Jesus in all that we do. Consider that in our day to day life, in our words and deeds, we are no longer representing ourselves, but but the One who has sent us. How does this affect what we say and do? Today, let us ask for the grace to remember that in all things we are called to be Christ representatives.
What? know yet not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
God’s presence and power dwells in every born again believer. So let us live every day knowing that we belong to the Lord, that we have been bought with a price, thereby opening ourselves to the life of victory and service to the kingdom that God has called us to live.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1 Peter 2:2-3 (KJV)
The Word of God is the spiritual food for our born again spirit. Just as we require physical food in order to be physically strengthened, so too our recreated spirit requires spiritual food in order to become strong within us. And so let us be fed and nourished by His Word daily, and in so doing may we taste of the joy and the fullness of life that is in Him.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4 (KJV)
The key to living a life of victory is our faith. We use and develop our faith by setting our hearts and minds upon the promises of God, by meditating on them and confessing them until they become real to us. When we are convinced of the reality of something before we can perceive it through our physical senses, we are living in the victory of faith.
Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
1 Peter 4:11 (NLT)
Each of us has been gifted. We are called to discover what our individual gifts are, and to then freely share them as a means of bringing glory to God. Every single one of us has a role to play in God’s plan for establishing His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. As we look to Him for the strength and energy needed to fulfill our calling in Him, we will find ourselves led down the right paths and we will meet with the right opportunities.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Psalm 103:2-4 (KJV)
The benefits of salvation include healing, redemption from all forms of destruction—physically, emotionally and spiritually—as well as total and complete access to every promise of scripture. As we meditate on and confess this truth daily, thereby reminding our soul, we are making way for God’s goodness and glory to manifest in and through our lives.
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV)
Jesus has become our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption. And so let us remember to not look to ourselves, but to Jesus. Being in Christ means that He has become our sufficiency unto whatever need may arise. As we meditate daily on this truth, accepting it in our hearts by faith, we will see the fruits of it showing up in our lives.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Psalm 98:4 (KJV)
Praise is powerful because it announces that the victory has already been won. When we praise God and rejoice in Him, mountains melt away as we open ourselves more fully to seeing God’s glory manifest in our lives. Let us have a heart of continual praise; let us rejoice in Him on the mountaintop and in the valley, for He is infinitely worthy of all praise!