Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that they profiting may appear to all.
1 Timothy 4:15 (KJV)
Whatever we meditate on the most will yield fruit in our lives. To meditate means to think, ponder, consider, or mull over in our minds. Worrying is a negative form of meditation, and it will yield fruit accordingly. Yet when we meditate on God’s Word, when we give ourselves wholly over to His promises and what He has said is true about us in Him, we become more receptive to seeing His goodness and glory coming to pass.
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them into their desired haven.
Psalm 107:29-30 (KJV)
When we trust God in the midst of the storms of life, He will always bring us to a place of peace and calm. And when we are at a place of peace God works mighty miracles in our lives. He will bring us into our desired haven.
But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Matthew 23:11-12 (NKJV)
God’s ways are in direct opposition to the ways of the world. And so the kingdom path to success begins with humility. In all that we are called to do we never seek to exalt ourselves, but much rather are we to realize that we have been simply called to serve. Maintaining this servant attitude assures we do not lose perspective, and God has promised that those who set their hearts to follow His ways, in due time, will be exalted.
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV)
Jesus has become our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption. And so let us remember to not look to ourselves, but to Jesus. Being in Christ means that He has become our sufficiency unto whatever need may arise. As we meditate daily on this truth, accepting it in our hearts by faith, we will see the fruits of it showing up in our lives.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, he taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1 Corinthians 3:19 (KJV)
Let us be careful to place our faith only in the power of God, and not in what we might consider the wisdom of this world. Worldly wisdom will oftentimes try and get us to doubt the promises of God, yet we are called to realize that no amount of worldly limitation can prevent us from receiving what God has already promised us in His Word.
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Mark 9:23-24 (NKJV)
Our faith, as all things, is not our own, but a gift from God. Anytime unbelief tries to sneak in, let us be quick to turn to the Lord with a sincere and honest heart; let us be reminded of what His Word has declared over us, and be strengthened in His presence. God supplies our every need, and this includes our need for faith.
He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered.
Proverbs 28:25 (NKJV)
Whenever there is pride, there will inevitably be strife. Trusting in ourselves is the root of all pride, and pride will always yield in some type of disappointment. Yet when we place all of our trust in Jesus, when we humble ourselves and He becomes our foundation for absolutely everything, scripture tells us we will be prospered. And the biblical definition of prospering is to experience success, wholeness and peace in every area of our life with nothing lacking and nothing missing.
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.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Hebrews 4:2 (KJV)
In order for the Word to truly profit us, we must mix it with faith. Mixing the Word with faith means we accept it as true no matter what, we receive God’s promises into our hearts in simple yet consistent faith. When we place the Word over circumstances and conditions, soon those circumstances and conditions will have to yield to the authority of the Word.
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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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