For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Romans 4:3 (KJV)
We are righteous in the sight of God not because of our works, but as a result of us believing Him. Faith in the finished works of Jesus is what declares us one hundred percent righteous. And it is out of us believing that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus that our good works will then flow.
Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 (AMP)
What a blessing to know that we can continually delight ourselves in the Lord regardless of any circumstances and conditions! When we delight and gladden ourselves in Him, we consider His tremendous love for us. We allow this love to become a reality in our hearts, to take us over and saturate us as we meditate on His unmerited favor and the promises of victory we have in Him. This causes us to truly rejoice; and as a result, we are in a state of expecting to see His goodness and His favor showing up in our lives.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
Psalm 68:19 (KJV)
We can expect to be loaded with the benefits of salvation every single day. In Christ God’s unmerited favor has been made available to us, and so we can always live in confident expectation that something good is going to happen to us regardless of any circumstances or conditions. The benefits of salvation include healing, deliverance, peace of mind and heart, and all of our needs being supplied in abundance.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1 (KJV)
The more we look to Jesus, rely on Him and depend upon Him, we shall not have any wants. The reason is that He meets our every need, and He fulfills the very desires He places in our hearts. Each victory in our life comes as the result of our relationship and our fellowship with Him.
But that on good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Luke 8:15 (KJV)
We bring forth fruit when the Word of God falls on the good ground of an honest and receptive heart. As we receive the Word in faith and humility, placing it above the thoughts, opinions and suggestions of the world, our heart becomes open and receptive to the things of God. As we continue faithfully in the Word, we bring forth fruit with patience. And patience simply means persistent and enduring faith.
From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.
Proverbs 12:14 (NIV)
Our words yield fruit just as surely as any physical labor does. Knowing this principle of our words bearing fruit, let us be watchful over what we say, and let us purpose in our hearts to have our words align with God’s Word in any given situation.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
John 17:17 (KJV)
To be sanctified means to be set apart for God’s purposes in our life. We are sanctified through the Word because the more that we allow the Word of God to fill our hearts and minds, the more will our thinking and our words reflect the purposes of God. This is when we find that God’s purposes for us are to have victory and good success in every area of life.
And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Galatians 3:12 (KJV)
Anytime we are looking to our works or efforts as the reason for why we should be blessed, we are not operating in faith. Faith is to remove ourselves from the equation, and to look only to Jesus. Because of the finished works of Jesus the blessing has been made available; and faith is to be open and receptive for it to manifest in our lives.
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Romans 8:16 (NKJV)
The Holy Spirit makes spiritual truths real to us. One of the things He speaks to us of is our identity in Christ. He is continually whispering into our hearts that we are children of God, that we have His unmerited favor and blessing. The more we listen to the Holy Spirit who speaks to us through the Word of God, the less receptive will we be to the voices of fear, doubt, confusion or condemnation. Let us spend some time every day with the Holy Spirit as He guides us into all truth.