And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Acts 20:32 (KJV)
Grace will always build us up. Religion tends to be about what we must do in order to earn favor with God, whereas grace is all about what Jesus has already done for us. Each day our practice therefore must be to remind ourselves, to confess, and to thank God that He has already made available anything we could ever need. As we remember our identity in Christ—that we have been made righteous in Him—we open ourselves to receiving the inheritance grace has already provided.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Ephesians 1:3 (KJV)
Through our union with Jesus we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. Faith makes the transfer between what we already have in our born again spirit—all things that pertain unto life and godliness—and our everyday real life experience.
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)
We serve a God who wants to continuously take us down new roads and lead us into new rivers of His goodness. Our role is to lay hold of this by faith, and to then live each day expectant of seeing God’s goodness and grace in our lives.
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
Proverbs 4:4 (KJV)
The Word of God is our guide for successful and victorious living. As we retain the Word in our hearts, consistently acting on it in faith, we will see the life God intends for us, experiencing His goodness and favor in every arena of life.
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I hope you will join me for a great time in the Word as we continue in this series of living in the finished works of Jesus. Today I will be getting into learning to rest in the promises of God, which enables us to have peace of mind and heart no matter the circumstances and conditions. When we are at peace through completely trusting, depending and relying on Jesus, we are in a place of being receptive and available for God to work mighty miracles in and through our lives.
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And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Ephesians 3:19 (KJV)
Being filled with all the fullness of God is to know His love in and through Christ Jesus. This surpasses intellectual knowledge and must be known in the heart. When it sinks into our hearts just how much He loves us, our lives cannot help but overflow with His goodness.
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Romans 5:17 (KJV)
In Christ we are called to reign in life. This means we are to be victorious in every arena of life as a result of the victory Jesus has already won for us. We are empowered to prosper as we receive God’s gift of righteousness in Christ Jesus, which then results in an abundance of grace—God’s unmerited, unearned and undeserved favor—shining boundless upon our lives.
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, and submitting fully to the authority of His Word. 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 find favor and good success in the various arenas of life.