Grace Builds Us Up (Acts 20:32)

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.

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The Promise Of Rest

Friends,

Here is the latest installment of my weekly podcast. See bellow for the link to download the audio file, visit the Grace To Your World Podcast Website to listen online, or watch the video version bellow (scriptures will be up on the screen).

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.

Many blessings!

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Led Of The Holy Spirit (Psalm 143:10)

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

Psalm 143:10 (KJV)

God’s spirit in us teaches us to do His will. He helps us to have a revelation of the love, the grace, and the goodness of God, which in turn empowers us to live victorious and godly lives. It is powerful to be led of the Holy Spirit into the land of uprightness.

Weekly Grace: Resting In The Promises Of God

One of the most important things for us as believers to do is to rest in the promises of God. The ultimate demonstration of faith is not in our efforts, struggles or attempts to win God’s approval, but much rather in resting in the assurance that contained within the redemptive and finished works of Jesus is everything that we could ever need. God blesses us, not based on how well we have performed, but based on our spiritual position in Christ.

2 Peter 1:3 states that God has given us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” Notice that this is past tense. God has already given us. This means that as far as God is concerned, He has already blessed us, healed us, delivered us—He has given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness.

Satan would love for us to question this, and he may even attempt to present us with a long list of why this cannot be so. This list will always have to do with what we are able to see with our physical senses, what we are able to feel in our bodies, and how we may currently feel in our emotions. Yet the Bible tells us that as followers of Christ we are to not to go by our physical senses or by how we feel. “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Friend, walking by faith means that we must learn to receive by faith what the grace of God has already made available. “It is by faith that it might be by grace.” (Romans 4:16)

And so resting in the promises of God means that rather than attempting to get God to do something for us, our task becomes to look to the Cross. We look to the Cross where Jesus said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) When He said it is finished, He was speaking of our salvation. Our salvation is finished! And salvation includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and anything we could ever need to fulfill our calling in Christ.

Now you may be wondering, how do we make this practical? How do we apply this when being confronted with the issues of day to day life? How do we apply this when dealing with a negative doctor’s report or when struggling with not having enough to pay the bills? Hebrews 4:11 gives us the answer:  “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest.” Yes, we must labor to enter into rest. If this sounds like a paradox, it is. Yet what the Bible is talking about here is not a physical labor, but much rather a labor of the soul.

When dealing with the day to day challenges of life, we must labor in our soul—in our mind, in our will, and in our emotions—to get into agreement with what God’s Word is saying about us, rather than agreeing with circumstances and conditions. We must agree that, despite of the symptoms in our body, by the stripes of Jesus we have been healed! (1 Peter 2:24) We must agree that, despite of not knowing where the money will come from, our God supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:19)

This is where the practice of meditating on the Word of God comes in. The more we meditate on God’s Word, the more we will get it down into our hearts. And once it is in our hearts, we will enter into rest. The key is to get the Word down into our hearts. The labor of the soul is to let the Word of God move from the head to the heart.

Throughout this week, begin to mediate on what God has said is true about you. Set some time aside every day to reflect upon specific promises of scripture, and even as you go about your day to day activities, keep them alive in your heart. Thank your heavenly Father that it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)

Father, I give You praise today. I choose to not look to my circumstances and conditions, but instead I look to You. I look to what Your Word says about me. I look to the Cross and to everything that the precious blood of Jesus has made available. Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness! Thank You for Your love! Thank You for your grace! It is sufficient unto me. My confession is that I walk in the victory that has already been won for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SCRIPTURES:

2 Peter 1:3; Luke 12:32; Romans 8:32; Romans 8:37; Luke 10:19; Psalm 103:1-5; Ephesians 4:23-24

Praying With Confidence (1 John 5:14)

This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.

1 John 5:14 (KJV)

The will of God is revealed through the Word of God. Through the Word we know that it is God’s will for His kingdom to be made manifest on earth as it is in heaven. Naturally this heavenly reign includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and everything that is necessary in order for us to fulfill our calling and our purpose in Christ. And so when we pray, let us approach God with the confidence that as we pray according to His will, it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom. And may our hearts rejoice knowing that God is looking for each of us to be instruments and vessels through which His will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Jesus Gives Us Rest (Matthew 11:28)

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 (KJV)

These words of Jesus remind us that when we come to Christ, we are invited to enter into rest. Jesus gives us rest because He is our sufficiency, and through His finished works we have full and complete access to the boundless riches and beauties of the kingdom of God. And so whatever your need may be today, be sure to take it to the Lord, fellowship with Him, and thank Him that in Him your need is met. Faith gives us access to all that the grace of God has already made available.

Placing Our Faith In What Jesus Has Already Done (2 Peter 1:3)

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)

The moment we gave our lives to Jesus, we have been given all things that pertain unto life and godliness. This means that anything and everything we could ever need during our life right here on earth, God has already made it available by His grace. We are being called to glory and virtue as we place all our faith, trust and reliance in the finished works of Jesus. When our faith is purely in what Jesus has already done for us, we will see the fruits of our salvation showing up as peace, wholeness, success and fulfillment in our day to day life.

Teach Me To Do Your Will (Psalm 143:12)

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

Psalm 143:12 (KJV)

This powerful verse reminds us that the only way we are able to walk in the will of God is by His grace. We must continuously look to the Lord so He may teach us to do His will. As we meditate on this, we are creating the space within us for the Holy Spirit to bear witness with our spirit, thereby leading us into the land of uprightness. And we enter into this land not by our own actions or efforts, but much rather through placing all our faith, trust and reliance upon the finished works of Jesus. The more we look to Jesus, realizing we are already upright in Him, the more will He teach us, day by day and moment by moment, to reflect who we are in Him into our world.

Grace Builds Us Up (Acts 20:32)

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, whereas religion tends to pull people down. While religion is all about what we must do in order to earn favor with God, 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 and every whit whole in Him—we open ourselves to receiving the inheritance grace has already provided.