In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Ephesians 1:7 (KJV)
In Christ we have been forgiven of past, present and future sins. Regardless of where we may have fallen short or what our past may have looked like, the riches of His grace are more than sufficient to cleanse us from it all. Knowing our perfect redemption empowers us to live right and overcome in every arena of life!
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)
To be sober-minded is to be filled with what the Word declares over us. It is to keep our minds actively focused on the truth of God’s Word, and to be actively on guard against the lies and deceptions of the enemy that would seek to invade our thinking. Our confident expectation is set fully upon what the grace of God has made available to us in Christ Jesus.
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)
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.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
Jesus gives us rest because He is our sufficiency, and through His finished works we have full and complete access to the boundless riches and beauties of the kingdom of God. And so whatever your need may be today, be sure to take it to the Lord, fellowship with Him, and thank Him that in Him your need is met. Faith gives us access to all that the grace of God has already made available.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1 John 4:7-9 (KJV)
Everything God has done for us through the finished works of Jesus Christ is rooted in His indescribable and perfect love for us. In fact, the Bible tells us that in this was manifested His love toward us! And so to know and experience for ourselves the love of God, may we look to Jesus and receive the fullness of what His grace has made available. In this we will find ourselves blessed and being a blessing.
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.
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.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:4 (KJV)
We do not live by bread alone because there is more to us than our physical bodies. Just as our body requires physical food, so too our recreated spirit requires spiritual food. We are being fed spiritually anytime we receive the Word of God, when we meditate on it and take it into our hearts. The more that our spirit is fed, the stronger our spirit becomes. And when our spirit is strong, our ability to be victorious over the flesh increases.
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.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (KJV)
God has already given us the greatest gift we could ever receive in bringing forth His Son into the world. By simply placing our faith in Jesus, we are delivered from everything that leads to destruction, and we receive the free gift of everlasting life. This life that Jesus came to give includes wholeness, peace, joy, soundness, safety, and every need met in spirit, soul and body.