He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Romans 8:32 (KJV)
Consider the greatness of God’s love in that He did not hesitate to give His beloved Son to the world so that we through Him might have life. Now the Holy Spirit asks through the Apostle Paul, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? And of course the implication is that a love so great withholds absolutely nothing! Friends, let us be glad in knowing that God in Christ Jesus has freely made available anything we need. Our task each day is to receive His love, to walk in His love, and by faith take hold of what His grace has already provided.
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!
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)
As Christians we are called to always live in an attitude of victory. Regardless of where we may find ourselves, regardless of what we may be facing, our victory was won for us two thousand years ago! Not only do we have the victory, and therefore the triumph, but we are also called to bring the sweet and precious fragrance of the knowledge of Christ wherever we go. The fragrance of His knowledge includes—but is not restricted to—the fruits of His Spirit in us, such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control. (see Galatians 5:22-23) And so today, realize that you are victorious in Christ, and be willing to distribute the fruits of the Spirit all throughout your world. This is one of the quickest ways of seeing the manifestations of victory showing up in your life.
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 3:23 (NKJV)
Under the new covenant God’s commandment to us can be summed up in this: that we should believe on the Lord Jesus, and as a result walk in love towards each other. Love is really the key for everything else. When we walk in love, we find ourselves living rightly; when we walk in love, we are actually living according to who we have been made to be in Christ. Yet notice that the commandment to walk in love follows our having received Jesus as Lord. And so everything begins and ends with Jesus. He puts us into right standing with the Father, and as a result of our right standing our conscience is cleansed, our hearts are made pure, and we are made free to walk in love.
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24 (KJV)
All throughout scripture we see the enormous power that lies in our words. The words which we speak can either be pleasant to our soul and bring health to our physical bodies, or similarly our words can bring about sorrow and even sickness. One of the most important things for us to do is to take charge over the words that we speak every day. Friends, let us be sure that our words are in alignment with the Word of God. Let us be in the habbit of speaking God’s Word over our lives, over the people we encounter, and over situations and circunstances. God’s Word will always bring joy to our souls, and He always confirms His Word with signs and manifestations following.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
Psalm 5:3 (KJV)
How we start our day will usually determine how it will go. When we make it our practice to turn to God first thing in the morning, when we set aside quiet time for reading and meditating on the Word, we tend to find ourselves living in a greater sense of His presence all throughout the day. And so let us start the day right, seeking God’s will and direction, and reflecting upon what His Word has declared over us.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)
We should never allow our minds to become lazy, idle or indifferent with regard to what is true about us in Christ. To be sober-minded we must be continuously filled with what the Word declares over us. And so let us keep our minds actively focused on the truth of God’s Word, and let us be actively on guard against the lies and deceptions of the enemy that would seek to invade our thinking. May we be encouraged that our confident assurance is not in ourselves, but in the grace of our Lord and everything He has already made available to us.
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
John 6:63 (KJV)
The Word of God is spirit and it is life. The Word is the spiritual food for our born again spirit. The more that we get the Word down into our spirit, the stronger and more alive our spirit becomes. In other words, when our inner person is fully fed and nourished by the Word of God, we will find ourselves living more out of who we are in Christ than out of who we used to be in the flesh. And so one of the most important things for us to do is to daily feed our born again spirit so that it may be strengthened, enabling us to grow in our walk with the Lord, and to truly become receptive and available to all that God intends to do in us and through us.
This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.
1 John 5:14 (KJV)
The will of God is revealed through the Word of God. Through the Word we know that it is God’s will for His kingdom to be made manifest on earth as it is in heaven. Naturally this heavenly reign includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and everything that is necessary in order for us to fulfill our calling and our purpose in Christ. And so when we pray, let us approach God with the confidence that as we pray according to His will, it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom. And may our hearts rejoice knowing that God is looking for each of us to be instruments and vessels through which His will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakeness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
The paradox of grace is such that it becomes our strength and empowerment to the degree that we get comfortable with our own weakenesses. In other words, grace becomes power when we realize that we in our own strength are never asked to carry the burdens of life, but that we are to cast these upon the Lord. To the degree that we do this, we open ourselves to His power, to His might, to His ability that flows through us. Now we can say with the Apostle Paul that we gladly boast in our weakness, so that the supernatural power of Christ may flow through us.