Weekly Grace: Keeping Our eyes On Jesus

One of the biggest changes in our thinking that we are called to make under the covenant of grace is to realize and accept by faith that everything concerning our life and godliness has already been taken care of. God has already made provision for every need that we may ever have. In other words, anytime that a situation or a need arises, the solution has already been made available. It does not matter what the issue is—it could be lack, it could be sickness, an addiction, depression, or any other type of bondage, the solution has already been provided.

In order for us to lay hold of this solution, we are required to shift our focus. We must shift our focus away from the issue at hand, and towards the solution. And the solution is a Person—His name is Jesus.

Jesus is the solution to every issue and every challenge we may ever face. He has told us, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35) How marvelous it is to realize that God in His infinite grace and mercy has not only taken care of our eternity, He has also made provision for every need we may ever have during our life right here on earth!

Yet allow me to emphasize this again—in order for us to lay hold of this grace, we must shift our focus. Our focus must be on Jesus. We are called to look to Him with a receptivity and a willingless to receive what He has already made available.

Consider these precious words: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4) And then, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7) To abide in Him means to abide in His Word. It means to meditate in His Word, to consider it, ponder it, mull it over in our minds.

Our focus is determined by what we are predominantly thinking about. And so today I would like to encourage you to be thinking about His Word. Consider His Word and what it has to say about you. Consider that “all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20) Every single promise in the Word of God has been made available to you through Christ Jesus!

As you allow this to sink into your heart, shift your thinking from, “I am waiting for God to act on His promises,” to, ”It is already done, it is already finished!” Then look to the One who loves you with an everlasting love, and be open and receptive for His goodness and His glory to show up in your life.

Father, I thank You that everything I need has already been provided through the finished works of Jesus. Lord, today I rest in Your finished works. I rest in Your Word, and I receive the promises of Your Word by faith. I believe I am now receiving everything Your grace has already made available, and that Your goodness and Your glory are manifesting in my life in ways that are beyond what I can ask or think. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SCRIPTURES:

2 Peter 1:3; John 6:35; John 15:4; John 15:7; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 3:20

Weekly Grace: Particepating In God’s Will For Our Lives

All of us are called to participate in God’s will for our lives. This is so important to realize, because God’s will for us does not come to pass automatically. Depending on what our religious upbringing may have been, this may sound unusual to some. Yet the truth is this—God has created each of us as a free moral agent, and so we get to have a say in whether or not His good, acceptable and perfect plans for our life will come to pass.

With this in mind, let us never fall into the trap of becoming passive. To be passive as a Christian is to take this attitude that says, “Well, if God wants to heal me, He will heal me.” Or, “If God wants me to be prosperous, He will prosper me.” This kind of passivity not only keeps us from experiencing God’s best, it opens the door for the enemy. If we believe that everything that happens is automatically God’s will, this invariably gives the enemy permission to keep us in bondage through prolonged sickness, lack, depression, or any other kind of adversity, when otherwise we could have resisted steadfast in the faith and received healing and deliverance. (see 1 Peter 5:8-9)

The book of Hebrews tells us that we must lay hold of the hope that is set before us. The moment we gave our lives to the Lord, hope was set before us. This hope pertains to the things that accompany salvation. (see Hebrews 6:9 & Hebrews 6:18) Now let us be very clear that the things that accompany salvation include physical and emotional healing, deliverance, protection, provision, peace, and all things that pertain to life and godliness. Yet again, we must lay hold of this hope that has been set before us. And how do we lay hold of it? By faith.

We participate in God’s will coming to pass in our lives as we place our faith in Him through His Word. Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be to you.” (Matthew 9:29) Do you realize the enormity of God’s love here? God loves us so much, He will never force anything upon us. He is letting us be the ones who make the choice. He is letting us choose to either stay in bondage, or to boldly lay hold of everything His grace has provided through the precious blood of Jesus.

In Matthew 9:28 Jesus said to the blind men that came to Him for healing, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said, “Yes, Lord.” “According to your faith let it be to you.”

And so how much of the benefits of salvation we will see come to pass in our lives is according to our faith. This is very liberating, for we may rest assured that God is not withholding anything from us. In fact, Romans 8:32 says, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

The finished works of Jesus Christ have made it possible for us to receive all things. And all things means anything that is necessary in order for us to live the victorious and overcoming lives we have been called to live. Whatever your need today may be, God is not only well able to meet this need, He is also more than willing.

Friend, let us participate in God’s will for our life through living by faith. And let us do so boldly. After all, He has assured us in Romans 10:11 that, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” How precious His love for us is!

Father, I thank You for the free gift of salvation and everything that comes with it. Today I choose to live by faith, knowing that in Your great love for me You will always allow me to have the freedom of choice. Thank You that You have given me access to all things that pertain to my life and godliness. And so I will not meditate on circumstances and conditions, I will not consider natural limitations, I will only look to Your Word. Thank You, Father, that You hasten to perform Your Word. Thank You that You have desired for me to walk in the fullness of everything Your grace has already provided. Thank You that I am more than a conqueror through Your great love for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SCRIPTURES:

Jeremiah 1:12; Romans 8:32; Romans 8:37; Romans 10:11; Romans 12:2; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Hebrews 6:9; Hebrews 6:18; 2 Peter 1:3; Matthew 9:27-30

Weekly Grace: The Supernatural Power Of The Cross & Resurrection

Let us come to realize the supernatural power of the cross and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. This is of such importance that there is nothing more detrimental to our experiencing total and complete victory in our Christian walk than ignoring the cross, or failing to recognize its power to set us free from all that has held us in bondage. Truly, in this is contained the power and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:23-24) And so today let us seek to have a spiritual understanding of what happened on that day at Calvary, and how it connects to everyone who will receive what has been so freely made available.

When Jesus died on the cross, He represented you, me, and all of humanity—past, present and future. Or to be precise, he represented the guilt, the pain, the shame, the sickness, the lack, the iniquities, the addictions, and all of the suffering in the world which is tied to sin. He literally became sin so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) He became our pain, so that we could be set free from it.

How can this be, you might ask. The key to understanding this lies in understanding every believer’s spiritual union with Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” In other words, everyone who has received Jesus as Lord has become spiritually unified with Him. We are one with Jesus through the indwelling Holy Spirit. (see John 17:21)

It is because of our spiritual union with Christ that everything that is true about the life of Jesus has become true about us. Scripture says that our old self has been crucified with Him. (Romans 6:6) When we are in Christ, our old nature, our old self, everything in us which was drawn to the flesh and to sin, has been crucified. The moment we were joined unto the Lord, we died. Our old self has died, and our new self came alive. And what is the nature of our new self? It is created after God in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:24) Our new self is spiritually identical to Jesus, which is why the Bible says that “as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17)

Now the reason many of us may oftentimes have difficulty accepting this is because we tend to make the mistake of looking at our behavior. Yet anytime we look at our behavior, we are regarding ourselves according to the flesh. Friends, we must learn to regard ourselves no longer according to who we have been in the flesh, but according to who we have been made to be in Christ. The Apostle Paul urges the Corinthians to regard no one according to the flesh. (2 Corinthians 5:16) Naturally this does not mean we ignore our actions or fail to take responsiblity for them, but what it does mean is that we understand that our actions do not necessarily represent the truth of who we are in Christ.

Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) He did not say that the truth will make us free, but that knowing the truth will make us free. Brothers and sisters, we must know the truth, and we know the truth when we understand who we are in Christ. We must learn to receive by faith that we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Knowing that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus enables us to let go of all guilt, and when we are free from guilt, all of the forces of darkness lose their grip over us.

Friend, no matter where you may find yourself today, my prayer is that you would consider this: God loved you so much that He came into the world in human form to take upon Himself all of the pain, guilt and shame, any type of suffering you have ever experienced or may be currently experiencing. The infinite One became finite, the immortal One became mortal for the purpose of setting you free so that by His stripes you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

Today, reflect upon your union with the Lord Jesus, and ask the Holy Spirit to make this real to you. He is not distant or far off, He is with you and He is in you. And He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

This is the living hope we have been given in the resurrection: when Christ died, we died; when He rose from the dead, we were born unto eternal life in Him. As He is, so are we in this world. How glorious are the finished works of our Lord!

Father, I thank You for the precious gift of Your Son. Thank You, Lord, for the victory You won for me two thousand years ago. Help me to have a revelation that when You died, my old self died with You; and when You rose to glorious life, I was given new, eternal and abundant life in You. Lord, today I surrender all of my hurts, my pains and my failures to You. Thank You that because You bore my infirmities on the cross, I no longer need to carry them. I confess and declare that I am righteous in You! I am free in You! I am victorious in You! By your stripes I have been healed! I love You, and I thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen!

SCRIPTURES:

1 Peter 1:3, 1 Corinthians 1:23-24, 1 Corinthians 6:17, 2 Corinthians 5:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 6:6, Ephesians 4:24, 1 John 4:17, John 17:21, 1 Peter 2:24, Hebrews 13:5