The Fruits Of Salvation (John 15:5)

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 15:5 (KJV)

Jesus is calling us to thrive by bringing forth much fruit in His name. Yet to do so we must bring Him into every area of our life, we must remember continuously that without Him we can do nothing. And so today, let us realize that in whatever we are called to do, God is never distant or far off, but He is right where we are, abiding in us as we abide in Him. When we live in this continual fellowship with the Lord, we will indeed be the branches showing forth all of the marvelous fruits of salvation.

Confident Assurance (Hebrews 4:16)

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)

We may step boldly before the throne of grace with absolute certainty that through the finished works of Jesus we have access to everything we need. Let us therefore erase all doubt from our hearts, and remember that God is not withholding anything. Whatever you may need today, whether it be wisdom, restoration, healing or provision, may you live in this confident assurance that God’s grace truly is sufficient.

Weekly Grace: Mixing The Word With Faith

It is my conviction that the Word of God contains the answers to every issue and every challenge that we could ever face. For this reason it is absolutely crucial for us as Christians to recognize the supernatural power that is contained within the Word whenever the Word is mixed with faith.

The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 2:13, “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”

Notice that last part: which also effectively works in you who believe. We must believe. We must mix the Word with faith.

Friends, I want to encourage you to treat the Word of God as God speaking to you directly right here and right now. The Word is always here and now. God talks to you, His beloved child, through His Word. If you are receptive, He will show you through His Word who you are in Him, who He has created you to be, and everything His grace has provided for you.

Let’s look at a practical example.

When we read in 1 Peter 2:24, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed,” we must allow this to become a personal revelation to us. He is talking to you and me, and He is saying that by the stripes of Jesus we were (past tense) healed. In other words, His grace has provided for our healing; our role is to claim this healing by faith. Grace makes available; faith takes posession.

Let us use the realm of our finances as another example. Here we might embrace the Word that tells us that God shall supply our every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) We give thanks that we have already been given all things that pertain unto our life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) We accept these as a present day truth, even if in the natural we cannot see it. We must say, “Lord, You say in Your Word that you supply my every need according to Your riches in glory. Jesus, I believe You. I trust You. Thank You that Your Word is true. Now show me, Lord, if there is anything I need to do in order to be receptive and available for Your provisions to manifest in my life.”

Faith is to be receptive and available. When we are receptive and available, the Holy Spirit will oftentimes inspire us to take some kind of action. This kind of action is what is called works of faith, it is acting on what we believe. This is what James is referring to when he says, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18)

Brothers and sisters, we must grow bold in our faith! Let us remember that the Word states in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that “we walk by faith, not by sight.” In other words, faith must become our lifestyle. Faith ought to be something we practice continually.

And how do we go about practicing faith continually?

The answer is that we must make a decision in our hearts. Not in our heads, but in our hearts. We purpose in our hearts that we will believe our heavenly Father. We simply take Him at His Word. His Word is true. We believe it, we confess it, and we act on it. And as we do so, we find that He will be there every step along the way, helping us and guiding us all the way through.

Father, I thank You today for Your Word. Thank You that I can take You at Your Word! Thank You that I can embrace Your Word as being directed to me personally, and that all of your promises in Christ Jesus are yes and amen so that You may be glorified through me. Lord, help me to remember that You have already won the victory for me. And so when I am dealing with challenges and difficulties, I will not look to my own strength or effort, but I will look only to Your victory on the cross and to Your Word. Thank You, Lord, for victory in every area of my life! I claim this victory today by faith! In Jesus’ name, amen! 

SCRIPTURES:

1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 2:24; Philippians  4:19; 2 Peter 1:3; James 2:18; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Romans 12:3; Romans 10:17; 2 Corinthians 1:20; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 

Nothing Can Remove Us From The Covenant Of Peace (Isaiah 54:10)

For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.

Isaiah 54:10 (KJV)

God has made it clear that nothing, no amount of mistake or shortcoming, can ever remove us from His covenant of peace which is in Christ Jesus. Knowing this with confidence frees us from the bonds of fear, guilt and condemnation, and it reminds us that the foundation for our right standing is never our own performance, but the finished works of Jesus. And so be assured that God longs to reveal His kindness in your life, He wants to shower you with His peace. Having this assurance in our hearts enables us to grow in our relationship with Him, and to become more fully who He has created us to be.

Confessions of Faith – Week of November 12, 2017

I am a new creation in Christ! Old things have passed away, all things have become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The Lord is guiding me continually! He satisfies my soul and He strengthens my bones! (Isaiah 58:11)

God is making all grace abound towards me! I have all sufficiency in all things, and I have an abundance for every good work! (2 Corinthians 9:8)

He that raised up Christ from the dead is giving life to my mortal body! By the stripes of Jesus I am healed from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet! (Romans 8:11; 2 Peter 2:24)

The Lord is making all that I do to prosper in my hand! (Genesis 29:3; Deuteronomy 28:4; Deuteronomy 28:12)

My delight is in the law of the Lord! I meditate in it day and night! Therefore my way is prosperous, and I am having good success! (Psalm 1:2; Joshua 1:8)

In Jesus’ mighty and magnificent name, amen!

God Is Willing (Luke 5:12-13)

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.

Faith Accesses Grace (Romans 5:1-2)

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2 (KJV)

We have been made one hundred percent righteous in the eyes of God through faith in the finished works of Jesus. Now we are standing in grace, the unmerrited favor of God, Scripture tells us. And it is this same faith that gives us access to everything grace has made available, thereby causing us to live in joyful expectation that we will see the glory of God made manifest in our lives. Everything we have flows out of God’s grace; faith enables this grace to touch all of the areas of our lives.

Let Your Light So Shine (Matthew 5:16)

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.

A Wellspring Of Life (Isaiah 58:11)

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.

Nothing Can Separate Us From Him (John 10:28)

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. Religion has oftentimes given the impression that salvation is based on our own actions and conduct, that it was all about us trying to get right with God. Yet the truth is that Jesus has already made us right with God. Our role is to receive the precious gift of righteousness by faith.