God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?
Job 9:4 (NKJV)
A heart hardened towards God is a heart that has become cold and unresponsive towards His goodness, His ways and His promises. Yet as our heart is softened towards Him through His Word, we become available to true prosperity. And true prosperity is defined as success, wholeness and peace in every area of life with nothing lacking and nothing missing.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)
To be sober-minded is to be filled with what the Word declares over us. It is to keep our minds actively focused on the truth of God’s Word, and to be actively on guard against the lies and deceptions of the enemy that would seek to invade our thinking. Our confident assurance is set fully upon what the grace of God has made available to us in Christ Jesus.
For he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 3:10-11 (NKJV)
Our words reflect what is in our heart, and so as we deliberately fill our hearts with God’s Word, as we allow the love of Jesus to saturate us, we will find our words naturally coming into alignment with life and peace. Let us be mindful of this tremendous power that lies in our tongue, and let us purpose in our hearts to only speak words of life.
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Psalm 62:5-7 (KJV)
When we place all our trust and expectation in the goodness and faithfulness of our God, we will not be disappointed. While God often works through other people, let us remember always that He alone is the rock of our salvation and our strength.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)
God wants to exceed our expectations in every area of life. The key for seeing His exceeding and abundant blessings is His power that works in us. His power working in us is in direct proportion to our faith, and so as we purpose in our hearts to believe the Word, we are becoming receptive and available for God’s goodness and favor to manifest in and through our lives.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV)
Casting our care upon the Lord is an act of great humility. Humbling ourselves under His mighty hand means that we surrender even the smallest details of our life to the One who cares for us. Today, dare to cast all your cares, worries and concerns upon Him, and rest in His grace. It is from this place of resting in Him that the mighty hand of God will lead us, comfort us, deliver us, strengthen us, and ultimately, exalt us.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
The true meaning of Christmas is found in this beautiful truth of God’s love for all of mankind. It is this love that compelled the eternal God to be born into this world for the sole purpose of reconciling fallen humanity back to Himself. The birth of the Christ may serve as a reminder that we can simply receive Him, knowing that the government of all that concerns us shall be upon His shoulders. This means we can cast our cares upon Him, and find rest and restoration in His amazing grace.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2 (KJV)
Pride tends to distort our motivations and it clouds our judgement; it keeps us from acting out of true wisdom. God delights in our humility, for it is the humble heart that is most open and receptive to wisdom. When we look to God for wisdom, when we remain open and teachable, we may be certain that we will never be put to shame.
Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the undefiled (the upright, truly sincere, and blameless) in the way [of the revealed will of God], who walk (order their conduct and conversation) in the law of the Lord (the whole of God’s revealed will).
Psalm 119:1 (AMP)
When the Word of God which is the revealed will of God becomes our guide for living, we open ourselves to a life of joy and peace. When our conduct and conversation are according to His Word, we become more fully who He has called us to be, and we are no longer held in bondage to our old habbits and the tendencies of the flesh. And because of His grace, His unmerrited favor, it is never our perfect performance but much rather our sincere desire to live according to His will that makes us available to His goodness, blessings and glory.