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.
For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
Mark 4:22 (KJV)
These words of Jesus describe a principle that is always at work: there is nothing hid that shall not be made manifest. This means that sooner or later God will bring to light the hidden things of the heart. For us specifically this means that as our hearts are filled with the Word of God, as we allow the promises of God to take root in our hearts, sooner or later we will see the manifestation of all that God has put in us. Our role is to remain faithful, to not waver in the face of opposition, and to give thanks for the coming harvest of manifestation.
When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
John 11:4 (KJV)
A profound truth is revealed in the words of Jesus, that sickness—or any other form of hardship—is not unto death, but it is to become a means whereby which the glory of God may be made manifest for all to see. God’s glory is never revealed separate and apart from His people. It is the will of our heavenly Father that His glory be made manifest in and through His people, that we be the instruments and vessels of His glory. And so whether it be sickness, lack, anxiety, or anything else, God wants to use our challenge to manifest His glory. This means healing, deliverance, provision, soundness and protection.
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Ephesians 4:15 (KJV)
Our words greatly influence the course of our life and development. We are called to always speak the truth in love. This cultivates within us a deep sense of reverence for the truth, and it enables us to fellowship with God and with each other from a pure conscience. In doing this we are accelerating our process of growth and maturity, moving ever more fully towards embodying the fullness of who we are in Christ.
knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
Ephesians 6:8 (NKJV)
We serve a God who is not limited by the things of this world. In other words, situations and circumstances in the natural realm cannot keep us from the blessings of God. Even a person who is physically bond or restricted in some way will receive the fullness of the blessings due to them. And so let us rejoice, knowing that in Christ we have already been declared righteous before God, and that we are already the joint heirs of the kingdom. This means that no person, place, thing, circumstance or condition can prevent the goodness of God from manifesting in your life as you receive what is true of you in Him by faith!