Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:4 (KJV)
Humility flows out of total and complete dependence upon God. Jesus is telling us that this childlike humility leads to greatness in the kingdom of heaven. And so the more that we can humble ourselves by keeping Jesus at the center, the more will we access His grace, and find favor and good success in the various arenas of life.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Romans 1:17 (KJV)
The just are called to live by faith. Each day we ought to exercise our muscle of faith. In simplest terms, this means we agree with what God has said about us, we believe the promises of God for our lives. We are not moved by what we can see in the natural or feel in our emotions, we are moved only by the Word of God! We live by faith because faith enables what is already true about us in Christ to manifest in our day to day lives.
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24 (KJV)
The words we speak impact both the mental and emotional state of our soul as well as the condition of our physical body. Considering this powerful principle, let us purpose to speak pleasant words only. Let us say what God says about us, and declare His Word over our lives. We will most certainly see the benefits.
But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
1 Thessalonians 4:9 (KJV)
God indwelling us by His Holy Spirit compels us to want to love one another. As we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit who is at work in us, we will find ourselves being led more fully into living a life of love, kindness and compassion as we receive God’s love for us in Christ.
Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
1 Chronicles 28:20 (KJV)
God’s will for us is to continuously grow in our walk with Him, and to step more fully into all He is calling us to do and be. In this the Spirit of the Lord is with us, in us, and always ready to work through us. So as the Word says, let us not fear nor be dismayed; and let us walk out boldly this journey of faith.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17 (KJV)
Faith comes by hearing the truth of God’s Word. In the same way faith grows and develops through the continual hearing of His Word. The more we hear, the more the Word takes root in our hearts. And when our hearts are filled with the glory of God’s Word, it always yields a rich harvest of manifestation in and through our lives.
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 have been created for the glory of God. This means our purpose for existing as born again children of the Most High God is so that we may be vessels and instruments through which His goodness can manifest in this world. We live not for ourselves, but for Him who has called us to a magnificent purpose and destiny.
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Proverbs 30:5 (KJV)
Putting our trust in God means trusting in His Word. Each day we get to choose to either agree with the word of man or with the Word of God. Let us be sure to agree with what God’s Word declares about us in Christ, and we will see as it proves itself to be true in our lives.
And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
Psalm 107:22 (KJV)
Thanksgiving becomes a sacrifice anytime we go against our emotions. When we refuse to allow negative emotions to rule us, and instead focus on the goodness of God and the many things we may thank Him for, we are offering up the sacrifices of thanksgiving. A grateful heart will lead to a heart filled with joy, and out of a joy-filled heart we find ourselves declaring God’s goodness over our lives.
Lord, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.
Isaiah 26:12 (NKJV)
The more we can trust in God’s Spirit working in us, the more will we find ourselves at peace. We come to find that in all we are called to do, it is really God working in us—always in proportion to our faith—who enables us to walk in victory and live the overcoming life.