which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
Colossians 1:6 (NKJV)
The grace of God in truth is Jesus. We can never separate Jesus and the grace of God. Our hearts are transformed as we look to Jesus, and believe that as a result of His finished works we have been declared righteous. Knowing Jesus is not a matter of memorizing a set of principles; knowing Jesus it is a matter of the heart. Grace cannot be understood merely with the mind; grace must be known in the heart.
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14:17 (KJV)
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth. He makes the truths of the Word of God real to us, He confirms the reality of the Word to our heart. We are called to live in complete dependence upon the Holy Spirit as He enables us and equips us to do what we cannot do in our own strength. Let’s fellowship and commune with Him daily, and draw on His strength, wisdom and ability as He works on the inside of us.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
What goes on in our lives can be traced back to what is in our hearts. Jesus is in the heart transformation business! When we let Him into our hearts, He will mold and shape us from the inside out, He will radically change our hearts so we can receive and become instruments of His grace and goodness in every area of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)
There is empowerment that comes when we make the decision to rejoice in the Lord. We are not moved by circumstances because our fellowship with Jesus has become the source of our joy! When we walk in His joy, we walk in His completeness. And out of this supernatural breakthroughs can now take place.
And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
Acts 9:34 (KJV)
A key to receiving healing is this truth: Jesus is the one who makes us whole! This means we must know that sickness is not of God, but that God is the Healer. When we stand on this with confidence and with expectancy, we open ourselves to seeing supernatural healing in our lives and in the lives of people we are called to pray for.
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
Isaiah 43:7 (KJV)
We were created for the glory of God. This means our purpose as Believers is so that we may be vessels and instruments through which God’s goodness can manifest in this world. We live not for ourselves, but for Him who has called us into a magnificent purpose and destiny.
For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
Mark 4:22 (KJV)
Sooner or later God will always bring to light the hidden things of the heart. For us specifically this means that as our hearts are filled with the Word of God, as we allow the promises of God to take root in our hearts, sooner or later we will see the manifestation of all that God has put in us.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Romans 8:37 (KJV)
Receiving the unconditional love of God in Christ Jesus makes us more than conquerors no matter what may be coming against us. It is never our self-effort or performance, but receiving His love and mercy that sets us up for success and victory in absolutely every arena of life.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10-11 (KJV)
At the heart of Christmas is nothing less than the Gospel: good tidings of great joy! And the angel is proclaiming that what Jesus has come to do will be available to all people. And so by receiving Him as our Savior and Lord we enter into a finished work where anything we will ever need in this life and beyond has already been made available. As we lay hold of this by faith, we realize that He truly is the greatest gift!