Believe & Love (1 John 3:21-23)

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

1 John 3:21-23 (KJV)

Notice that doing the things that are pleasing in the sight of God is summed up in this commandment: that we should believe on the name of the Lord Jesus, and love one another. It is out of following this commandment of love and trusting in the finished works of Jesus that everything else will flow. The greater our confidence in what Jesus has done for us, the greater will be our heart’s assurance that we will see our prayers answered and God’s glory made manifest in our lives.

Grace And Peace Be Multiplied (2 Peter 1:2)

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

2 Peter 1:2 (KJV)

The knowledge of God and the finished works of Jesus yields in an increase of grace and peace. The more we meditate on the truth that Jesus has done everything He needed to do to give us full and complete access to the riches and blessings of the kingdom, the greater becomes our peace in Him. This dissolves anxiety and feelings of doubt and unbelief, and we start to expect to see the manifestations of His goodness in our life.

Podcast: Salvation & Sanctification: Victory In Every Area Of Life!

Beloved Grace World community,

You may have caught this ministry update video just earlier today. In it I had been talking about things such as the ministry’s name as well as content and teachings being added to the website in addition to the daily devotionals, and one of these additions is this weekly Grace To Your World Podcast.

I pray that these teaching podcasts will be a blessing to you! You can also download the audio version at www.Podomatic.com/GraceWorld. That way you will be able to listen to these from anywhere and at anytime. Once again, I pray that these will be a blessing to you, and I hope that you will join me as we embark on this series of teachings titled, “Salvation & Sanctification: Victory In Every Area Of Life!”

Many blessings!

Alex

Trusting Jesus (Proverbs 28:25)

He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered.

Proverbs 28:25 (NKJV)

Whenever there is pride, there will inevitably be strife. Trusting in ourselves is the root of all pride, and pride will always yield in some type of disappointment. Yet when we place all of our trust in Jesus, when we humble ourselves and He becomes our foundation for absolutely everything, scripture tells us we will be prospered. And the biblical definition of prospering is to experience success, wholeness and peace in every area of our life with nothing lacking and nothing missing.

Soul Prosperity (3 John 2)

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

3 John 2 (KJV)

God’s desire is that we prosper and be in health. In order for us to experience prosperity and health outwardly, we must first prosper in our soul. Soul prosperity is to be in a state of emotional wholeness and soundness, which comes as we renew our hearts and minds through the Word of God and thereby gain a revelation of who we are in Christ. In Christ we have been completely healed, redeemed and set free. When this registers inwardly, we tend to see the fruits of it outwardly.

Weekly Grace: Mixing The Word With Faith

It is my conviction that the Word of God contains the answers to every issue and every challenge that we could ever face. For this reason it is absolutely crucial for us as Christians to recognize the supernatural power that is contained within the Word whenever the Word is mixed with faith.

The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 2:13, “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”

Notice that last part: which also effectively works in you who believe. We must believe. We must mix the Word with faith.

Friends, I want to encourage you to treat the Word of God as God speaking to you directly right here and right now. The Word is always here and now. God talks to you, His beloved child, through His Word. If you are receptive, He will show you through His Word who you are in Him, who He has created you to be, and everything His grace has provided for you.

Let’s look at a practical example.

When we read in 1 Peter 2:24, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed,” we must allow this to become a personal revelation to us. He is talking to you and me, and He is saying that by the stripes of Jesus we were (past tense) healed. In other words, His grace has provided for our healing; our role is to claim this healing by faith. Grace makes available; faith takes posession.

Let us use the realm of our finances as another example. Here we might embrace the Word that tells us that God shall supply our every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) We give thanks that we have already been given all things that pertain unto our life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) We accept these as a present day truth, even if in the natural we cannot see it. We must say, “Lord, You say in Your Word that you supply my every need according to Your riches in glory. Jesus, I believe You. I trust You. Thank You that Your Word is true. Now show me, Lord, if there is anything I need to do in order to be receptive and available for Your provisions to manifest in my life.”

Faith is to be receptive and available. When we are receptive and available, the Holy Spirit will oftentimes inspire us to take some kind of action. This kind of action is what is called works of faith, it is acting on what we believe. This is what James is referring to when he says, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18)

Brothers and sisters, we must grow bold in our faith! Let us remember that the Word states in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that “we walk by faith, not by sight.” In other words, faith must become our lifestyle. Faith ought to be something we practice continually.

And how do we go about practicing faith continually?

The answer is that we must make a decision in our hearts. Not in our heads, but in our hearts. We purpose in our hearts that we will believe our heavenly Father. We simply take Him at His Word. His Word is true. We believe it, we confess it, and we act on it. And as we do so, we find that He will be there every step along the way, helping us and guiding us all the way through.

Father, I thank You today for Your Word. Thank You that I can take You at Your Word! Thank You that I can embrace Your Word as being directed to me personally, and that all of your promises in Christ Jesus are yes and amen so that You may be glorified through me. Lord, help me to remember that You have already won the victory for me. And so when I am dealing with challenges and difficulties, I will not look to my own strength or effort, but I will look only to Your victory on the cross and to Your Word. Thank You, Lord, for victory in every area of my life! I claim this victory today by faith! In Jesus’ name, amen! 

SCRIPTURES:

1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 2:24; Philippians  4:19; 2 Peter 1:3; James 2:18; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Romans 12:3; Romans 10:17; 2 Corinthians 1:20; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 

Overcoming Fear (2 Timothy 1:7)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7  (KJV)

We overcome fear as we remember that it is the Spirit of God in us that gives us strength, wisdom, courage and ability. As we rely upon God, knowing He has planted in us His power, His love, and His soundness, we may go forth into our world with boldness and confidence. No longer are we held hostage by fear, but we are equipped and empowered to show up as the victorious overcomers we have been created to be.

Humility Leads To Success (Matthew 23:11-12)

But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Matthew 23:11-12 (NKJV)

God’s ways are in direct opposition to the ways of the world. And so the kingdom path to success begins with humility. In all that we are called to do we never seek to exalt ourselves, but much rather are we to realize that we have been simply called to serve. Maintaining this servant attitude assures we do not lose perspective, and God has promised that those who set their hearts to follow His ways, in due time, will be exalted.

Increasing In Love (1 Thessalonians 3:12)

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you,

1 Thessalonians 3:12 (NKJV)

As we mature and grow in our walk with the Lord, so does our loving. Our ability to love people—including those who might be difficult to love—is not based upon our own strength or effort, but it is in direct proportion to our receiving the love of Christ for ourselves. The more that we receive His love, the greater our revelation of His love, the more will we be able to be channels and instruments of His love for others.