For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.
Galatians 6:15 (NKJV)
In Jesus we have been made a new creation. Our walk with the Lord has nothing to do with circumcision, uncircumcision, or any other requirement of the old Mosaic law, but much rather is it about consistently remembering who we have been made to be in Him. The more we remember to live out of who Jesus has made us to be, the more will the fruits of our new life be righteousness, love, peace, joy and true fulfillment.
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
Philippians 3:8 (NKJV)
The excellence of knowing Jesus personally and finding fulfillment in Him means the giving up of things we may have previously relied upon for our identity and security, such as status, worldly success and achievements, and instead finding our worth completely in Christ. When Christ alone becomes our treasure—counting all things loss in comparison—we can draw upon His joy, strength and fulfillment regardless of whether we find ourselves on the mountaintop or in the valley.
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.
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
1 John 3:21-23 (KJV)
Notice that doing the things that are pleasing in the sight of God is summed up in this commandment: that we should believe on the name of the Lord Jesus, and love one another. It is out of following this commandment of love and trusting in the finished works of Jesus that everything else will flow. The greater our confidence in what Jesus has done for us, the greater will be our heart’s assurance that we will see our prayers answered and God’s glory made manifest in our lives.
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yeah, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV)
God’s love for us is everlasting—it never changes. No amount of mistakes or shortcomings on our part can ever change this fact. Let us pray that all may have a revelation of this, for it is God’s lovinkindness towards humanity that draws people unto Him. The deeper our revelation of God’s love, the stronger our trust and faith in Him become. And so let us thank Him today for His goodness and His grace, and rejoice in all that has been so freely made available to us through the precious gift of His Son.
Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.”
Genesis 12:1-2 (NKJV)
God told Abram to leave behind the familiar, to step out of his comfort zone into the unkonwn. God has a promised land for every single one of us; there is a dream He has placed in our heart, and the journey there is one of faith and grace. When we are willing to trust God with the unknown, we will find that He will lead us into places of greater blessing, and He will give us more opportunities to be a blessing to others. Let us resolve in our hearts today that we will follow wherever the Lord desires to lead us, trusting in His plan and purpose for our lives.
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
Ephesians 4:15 (NLT)
Our words should reflect the truth of God’s Word as well as His love. Our words point to what is in our hearts, and the more that our words line up with God’s Word, which is His revelation of His love for us, the more are we growing and maturing on our path of reflecting the image of Jesus. Let us pray therefore that we may be aligned with the heart of God, which is found in His Word and embodied in Christ Jesus—the Word made flesh.
Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Genesis 1:29 (KJV)
From the beginning of creation God had ordained that all our needs should be met in full. While sin had temporarily cut us off, in Christ we have been fully restored unto everything that God had originally intended for us. In other words, through faith in the finished works of Jesus we have access to anything and everything we could ever need. While grace makes available, it is faith that takes possession. And so today, let us walk by faith and not by sight. Let us rest assured that as we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will see His goodness and His glory showing up in our lives in whatever form may be necessary.
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Psalm 112:4 (KJV)
We are upright in the eyes of God, not because of anything we have done or failed to do, but through our faith in the finished works of Jesus. As a result of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, darkness has lost its power over us, and so even in the midst of challenges and opposition there will be light. We may rely fully upon the gracious and compassionate nature of our God who is continuously working on our behalf, and we may stand firm and secure upon His righteousness. Let us give praise unto the Lord for the victory He has already won for us!
There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.
Proverbs 11:24 (NKJV)
The more of a giving spirit we have, the more will it be given back to us. Yet when we continuously withhold, even though we know we ought to be giving, we will be met with greater lack. Let us realize here of course that giving is not limited to material things alone. Each of us may give a smile, we can all be generous with our time or through the giving of our gifts and talents. And so let us simply set our hearts today towards making giving our lifestyle, and we will find that God will always tend to our needs in ways that will exceed our expectations.