I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
Psalm 104:33-34 (KJV)
True and lasting joy comes out of right relationship with God. We know we are in right relationship with Him when we can find a song of praise in our hearts, when our meditation of Him brings us to a place of delight. Our approach to God should never be from a place of insecurity, wondering whether or not we have been accepted and approved, but much rather from a place of childlike faith and simple joy. This acts as a reminder to our own hearts that we can trust Him in all circumstances. And so let us know today the power of a heart filled with praise, and that God has called us to rejoice and be glad in Him.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (KJV)
We must know the truth in order to be set free by it. And this is one of the most powerful statements of truth: God is using all things together for our good; the good and the bad, the seasons in which we find ourselves on the mountaintop as well as our times in the valley. God will use it all for good, if we will but accept it in our hearts by faith. And so let us live in a continual positive expectation of seeing God’s goodness in our lives. Regardless of where we find ourselves, let us declare, “Lord, I can’t wait to see the good You have in store for me today!”
Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
1 Peter 4:11 (NLT)
Each of us has been gifted. We are called to discover what our individual gifts are, and to then freely share them as a means of bringing glory to God. Every single one of us has a role to play in God’s plan for establishing His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. As we look to Him for the strength and energy needed to fulfill our calling in Him, we will find ourselves led down the right paths and we will meet with the right opportunities.
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Acts 20:32 (KJV)
Grace will always build us up, whereas religion tends to pull people down. While religion is all about what we must do in order to earn favor with God, grace is all about what Jesus has already done for us. Each day our practice therefore must be to remind ourselves, to confess, and to thank God that He has already made available anything we could ever need. As we remember our identity in Christ—that we have been made righteous and every whit whole in Him—we open ourselves to receiving the inheritance grace has already provided.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
We can put our faith in many things, yet the kind of faith that God is looking for, is total and complete trust, reliance and dependence upon Him. To diligently seek Jesus is to fellowship with Him daily, to be in His Word, and to have a sincere desire to live in the world as men and women after God’s own heart. We may rest assured that as we seek Him in this way, God will richly reward us with an even greater fulfillment in Him, and with the added things coming to us as well.
The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”
John 4:49-51 (NKJV)
We see the immutable principle of faith at work here: the nobleman believed the words that Jesus had spoken to him, went about his way, and then experienced in the natural the very thing he had received by faith. When God speaks to us, when the Word enters into our heart, let us be sure to do as this man did, and simply believe. We may rest assured that we will see the manifestation of the very thing we had believed for.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:26 (KJV)
Our ultimate teacher is the Holy Spirit who lives within us. The Holy Spirit continually seeks to remind us of the things of God, He helps us to move from intellectually knowing a thing to having a direct revelation about it. And so when considering the Word, let us do so knowing that the very same Spirit that inspired the Word now lives within us. Then let us quiet our hearts, and listen for what He is speaking to us. We will find that in any situation wisdom, guidance, insight and revelation are readily available as we open our hearts to receive.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (KJV)
There is a continual peace available to us in Christ. Though the world may be filled with challenges, let us remember that Jesus has already overcome the world. And as we abide in Him, we get to partake in that overcoming. We abide in Him through His Word and through being of good cheer, knowing that regardless of circumstances and conditions, the the victory has already been won. When we live in this faith-filled state of heart, we will have peace and be filled with joy.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4 (KJV)
The key to living a life of victory is our faith. Faith is a powerful spiritual principle that enables the promises of God to be made manifest in our life. We are called to strengthen our faith by exercising it like a muscle. The more that we exercise our faith, the stronger it becomes. We exercise our faith by setting our hearts and minds upon the promises of God, by meditating on them and confessing them until they become real to us. When we believe in the reality of something before we can perceive it through our physical senses, we are living in the victory of faith.
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Psalm 62:5-7 (KJV)
Though it can be tempting to look to people or to circumstances and conditions lining up in a certain way, are called to place all our faith, trust and reliance in God. May we live each day in a way where all our expectation is in the goodness and the faithfulness of our God, and may we rest assured that we will not be disappointed. While God will often work through other people, and while He certainly arranges circumstances and conditions in our favor, let us remember always that He is the rock of our salvation and our strength.