And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will, of God.
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
When we renew our minds, we replace our thoughts with the thoughts of God, and we exchange our words for the Word of God. The more that we bring our thoughts and words into agreement with God’s Word, the more will we prove God’s good, acceptable and perfect will for us. And the way we prove it is to live it, to see it made manifest in our day to day lives.
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1 Peter 1:23 (KJV)
We are born again through the incorruptible seed of the Word of God. The part of us that is born again is our spirit, and so in our born again spirit we already are of the exact same nature as Jesus who is the Word made flesh. Meditating on the Word, confessing the Word over our lives, and fellowshipping with the Lord in the spirit enables what is already true about us in Christ—in the Word—to be made manifest in the natural.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3 (KJV)
Poor in spirit means to live in complete dependence upon God. Rather than relying upon our own strength and self effort, we continuously look to Him for everything. We follow His guidance and direction in all things. Jesus is telling us that those who depend upon Him will see the rich and abundant blessings of the kingdom of God made manifest in their lives.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 6:35 (KJV)
When we come to Jesus and rely upon Him, He always meets our every need. The key to receiving this grace is faith. When we believe even in the midst of adverse circumstances and conditions, we will bear witness as He meets all of our needs—spirit, soul and body—oftentimes in the most unexpected ways.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5 (KJV)
Jesus is calling us to thrive by bringing forth much fruit in His name. Yet to do so we must bring Him into every area of our life, we must remember continuously that without Him we can do nothing. And so today, let us realize that in whatever we are called to do, God is never distant or far off, but He is right where we are, abiding in us as we abide in Him. When we live in this continual fellowship with the Lord, we will indeed be the branches showing forth all of the marvelous fruits of salvation.
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1:3-4 (KJV)
When authentic faith is tested it produces patience. Patience is a sign of trust. It means we trust God, and we do not doubt that He will bring about what He has promised. This allows us to be at peace even when we have yet to see the evidence of what we are believing for. Allowing patience to have its perfect work matures us in our walk with God, and in so doing it actually enables the manifestation of the very thing we are believing for.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Ephesians 1:17-18 (KJV)
May we always seek God for wisdom and revelation. Let us never get too familiar with the things of God, for we serve a God who is continually looking to take us to new places in our walk with Him. The more we have a revelation of the riches and glory of what Jesus has made available to us, the more will we rejoice in what the Apostle Paul called the hope of His calling.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
Through our union with Christ our old self has been crucified with Him, and we have been given a new self which is created after His image and likeness. As we deliberately remember each day who we have been made to be in Him, we are no longer held in bondage to the things of the flesh. Through faith in Jesus we partake of His nature, thereby becoming instruments through which His glory may be made manifest in the earth.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that they profiting may appear to all.
1 Timothy 4:15 (KJV)
Whatever we meditate on the most will yield fruit in our lives. To meditate means to think, ponder, consider, or mull over in our minds. Worrying is a negative form of meditation, and it will yield fruit accordingly. Yet when we meditate on God’s Word, when we give ourselves wholly over to His promises and what He has said is true about us in Him, we become more receptive to seeing His goodness and glory coming to pass.
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)
In Christ we have been given the right, by grace, to claim all of the promises of God in scripture. In other words, because Jesus has become our righteousness, we can lay hold of the promises of healing, provision, soundness, protection and peace. Yet we must know this truth in order for it to become effective in our lives. And so no matter what the need, find what God has to say about it, and then boldly declare His Word over your life!