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.
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.
For my thougths are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)
One of the most important things for us to do is to replace our thoughts with the thoughts of God. We may know the thoughts of God through His Word, and so our task becomes to get our thinking lined up with the truth of God’s Word. This is a continual process; and the more that we devote ourselves to it, the more will we see our lives changed to reflect more fully who we are in Christ.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
Ephesians 5:8-9 (NKJV)
Knowing our identity in Christ is crucial when it comes to living in the fullness of life God has intended for us. We have been set free and delivered from any and all darkness, and we are now light in the Lord. Remembering who we have been made to be in Him becomes the foundation for strong and mature faith. Let us trust fully in the finished works of Jesus without wavering, and we will see the fruits of the Spirit manifesting in our life.
I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands.
Ezekiel 36:27 (MSG)
The Holy Spirit is the great enabler in the Christian life. It is God’s Spirit working in us that makes it possible for us to live right. This is the power of grace working in us, it lifts all of the pressure off of our shoulders. Our trust, reliance and dependence are completely upon God’s Spirit working in us through His Word, transforming us, giving us the faith we need, and empowering us to become all He has created us to be.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luke 10:19 (KJV)
Every believer has been given authority in the name of Jesus over all of the forces of darkness. When confronted with things coming against us, we are to pray with confidence as well as speak boldly to the storms and to the mountains of life. And so let us stand firm in this authority, and let us rest in the quiet assurance that because the One who has already overcome the world now lives on the inside of us, we get to partake in His overcoming and see the fruits of it manifest in our lives.
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:9 (KJV)
One of the purposes of our faith is to bring salvation to our souls. Our souls are made up of our mind, will and emotions, and to bring salvation to our souls means that we receive a peace and a soundness that cannot be disrupted by circumstances and conditions. This peace comes through our meditating on and confessing the truths of God’s Word over our lives, and then resting confidently in the promises that have been made available to us through the finished works of Jesus Christ.
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.
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Romans 13:8 (NKJV)
The key to loving is to first receive God’s love for us. The more that we receive His love, the more will we be able to reflect it into our world. May we resolve to live lives of radical love, and in so doing follow the example of the One who loved us first.