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.
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Mark 9:23 (KJV)
Believing opens us to the limitless possibilities of what grace has made available. And believing is ultimately a choice. We have been given the ability to choose to look only at what seems possible in the natural, or we may believe with all our hearts what God has said. When we put all of our faith and trust in God’s promises, nothing shall be impossible to us.
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.
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2 Peter 1:2 (KJV)
The knowledge of God and the finished works of Jesus yields in an increase of grace and peace. The more we meditate on the truth that Jesus has done everything He needed to do to give us full and complete access to the riches and blessings of the kingdom, the greater becomes our peace in Him. This dissolves anxiety and feelings of doubt and unbelief, and we start to expect to see the manifestations of His goodness in our life.
And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Mark 10:52 (KJV)
Faith is what enables God’s glory to be made manifest in our lives. While the grace of God through the finished works of Jesus has already made available anything we need, let us realize that it is our faith that enables us to take possession of it. And so when we approach God, let us do so with boldness and confidence, knowing in our hearts that our Father is ready to freely provide all that is needed. There are no limits to those who will approach God with bold and confident faith.
And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him.
Luke 5:12-13 (NKJV)
Have you ever wondered if it is truly God’s will to bring wholeness, joy, health and wellbeing into your life? This man with leprosy approached Jesus in exactly that way, and His response was, “I am willing.” Oftentimes we must consciously and deliberately remind ourselves that it is God’s will for us that we be every whit whole, that the fruits of salvation include wholeness in every area of our life. And so today, let us be bold enough to remove all doubt and uncertainty from our hearts, and know that we serve a God who is willing meet the needs that arise in our day to day life. Our responsibility is to be willing to receive of His limitless love and grace towards us.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 100:4 (KJV)
Nothing puts us more quickly into the presence of God than praise and thanksgiving. This need not always be formal, for we can praise God at any time throughout the day, and we can train ourselves to always maintain a grateful heart towards Him. Let us remember that we serve a God who is worthy of all praise, and may we never take His goodness towards us for granted. The more we praise Him and thank Him for all He has done, the more of His glory will we see in our lives.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (KJV)
Nothing is more important than for believers everywhere to shine their light. Let us realize that we are called to carry the love of Christ into our world, to be the very instruments through which the goodness and the grace of God may be made manifest in this earth. In this we never seek our own glory, but we are quick to realize that whenever that light shines, it is not us but Christ working in us—Christ in us, the hope of glory. And so let us look to Jesus, let us follow where He leads each of us, and may we give Him all of the honor and all of the glory.
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Isaiah 58:11 (KJV)
There is a continual wellspring of life available to us as we keep our eyes on the Lord, realizing that He alone is our strength, our source, our comforter, and our provider. When we daily fellowship with God in the Spirit, and let His Word fill our hearts, we will find ourselves equipped and well able to not only handle all that we are called to do, but we will also be a spring of life through which the light of Christ can flow into our world.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4 (KJV)
The key to living a life of victory is our faith. Faith is a powerful spiritual principle that enables the promises of God to be made manifest in our life. We are called to strengthen our faith by exercising it like a muscle. The more that we exercise our faith, the stronger it becomes. We exercise our faith by setting our hearts and minds upon the promises of God, by meditating on them and confessing them until they become real to us. When we believe in the reality of something before we can perceive it through our physical senses, we are living in the victory of faith.