And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will, of God.
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
The most important thing after getting born again is the renewing of the mind. When we renew our mind in the Word, we are bringing our thoughts into alignment with God’s thoughts. We are learning to no longer speak the words of the world, but to boldly proclaim the Word of God. Scripture tells us that it is through the renwing of the mind that we prove what God’s will for us is. To prove it is to see it made manifest. I can believe that God’s will for me is to prosper and be victorious in every sphere of life, yet the only way I can prove it is to see it come about in my life. And so let us remember the importance of renewing our mind daily, of getting into agreement with all that God has said is true about us 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!
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Luke 12:32 (KJV)
Let us remember always that God is not reluctant when it comes to giving us the things we need, but that it is His good pleasure to give the kingdom to His children. And so when we approach our Father, let us do so with boldness and confidence. Rather than being fearful, let us rejoice in faith; we may be certain that we will see God showing up mightily in our lives.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:1 (KJV)
Jesus has once and for all set us free from the bondage that comes from living under the law. And so let us stand fast in the liberty of being justified by faith, of being made righteous not by our own actions or efforts, but simply by placing our faith in the finished works of Jesus. The liberty of Jesus’ finished works enables us to live freely as children of God: redeemed, set free, delivered, forgiven, and recipients of the boundless blessings and favor our Father wants to bestow upon us.
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;
Hebrews 3:14 (KJV)
We are made partakers of Christ by seeing the glory of God made manifest in and through our lives. God is wanting to shower us with His goodness. The key to seeing this come to pass is to hold on to the same faith that has gotten us saved in the first place; in other words, we believe with our hearts and confess with our mouths that we are now living in the victory that Jesus has won for us. And so today, let us be steadfast in our confidence of seeing God’s goodness and favor in our lives.
And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
Matthew 9:28-29 (KJV)
Faith enables the glory of God to be made manifest in our lives. When healing the blind men, Jesus implied that it was their faith that enabled Him to do so. And so in our walk with the Lord, we are called to continuously excercise our faith. As we do this, let us remember that we serve a God who can do what no one else can do, and His desire is to bring wholeness into all of the areas of our lives. Today, live in the confident expectation of God’s goodness, and be on the lookout for the evidence of His grace and favor to show up in your life.
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)
The moment we gave our lives to Jesus, we have been given all things that pertain unto life and godliness. This means that anything and everything we could ever need during our life right here on earth, God has already made it available by His grace. We are being called to glory and virtue as we place all our faith, trust and reliance in the finished works of Jesus. When our faith is purely in what Jesus has already done for us, we will see the fruits of our salvation showing up as peace, wholeness, success and fulfillment in our day to day life.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV)
Casting our care upon the Lord is an act of great humility. Humbling ourselves under His mighty hand means that we surrender even the smallest details of our life to the One who cares for us. Today, dare to cast all your cares, worries and concerns upon Him, and rest in His grace. It is from this place of resting in Him that the mighty hand of God will lead us, comfort us, deliver us, strengthen us, and ultimately, exalt us.
And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
James 4:6 (NLT)
To truly receive the grace of God in Christ Jesus is an act of humility. We humble ourselves by removing ourselves from the center of our lives and making Jesus the center of our lives on a day by day and moment by moment basis. We look not to what we can do, have done, or have failed to do, but only to what Jesus has done. Self-effort always springs out of pride, whereas grace flows out of this total surrendering of our lives to the Lord Jesus. Today, let us look unto Jesus, relying upon His goodness and His mercy to transform us from the inside out.
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.