(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV)
We are called to get our thoughts aligned with God’s thoughts. This means steadfastly resisting thoughts, theories and imaginings that contradict His will and His promises, and instead filling our hearts and minds with the truth of His Word.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 (KJV)
There is no condemnation when we understand who we are in Christ, when we no longer walk according to who we have been in the flesh, but according to who He has made us to be in Him. Condemnation must flee as we receive the immeasurable gift of God’s love for us in and through the finished works of Jesus.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakeness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
Grace becomes empowerment when we realize that we in our own strength are never asked to carry the burdens of life, but that we are to cast these upon the Lord. This opens us to His power, His might, and His ability flowing through us. Now we are not limited by our own weaknesses because the supernatural power of Christ is resting upon us.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Psalm 103:2-4 (KJV)
The benefits of salvation include healing, redemption from all forms of destruction—physically, emotionally and spiritually—as well as total and complete access to every promise of scripture. As we meditate on and confess this truth daily, thereby reminding our soul, we are making way for God’s goodness and glory to manifest in and through our lives.
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV)
When we are willing to walk in faith and trust in the goodness of God, we may rest assured that He will lead us into the life He has purposed for us to live. Here we will find opportunities to use our gifts and talents in a way that will serve the kingdom of God, and be a blessing to the people in our world.
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.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
John 10:28 (KJV)
After we receive Jesus no one and nothing can ever separate us from Him. We have been spiritually united with Christ for eternity, and no amount of mistakes or shortcomings on our part can undo this union. Our role is to receive His precious gift of righteousness, and all that comes with it, by faith.
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.