But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:4 (KJV)
We do not live by bread alone because there is more to us than our physical bodies. Just as our body requires physical food, so too our recreated spirit requires spiritual food in order for us to reach our full potential in Christ. We are being fed spiritually anytime we receive the Word of God, when we meditate on it and take it into our hearts. The more that our spirit is fed, the stronger our spirit becomes. And when our spirit is strong, our ability to be victorious over the flesh increases.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
These words of Jesus remind us that when we come to Christ, we are invited to enter into rest. Jesus gives us rest because He is our sufficiency, and through His finished works we have full and complete access to the boundless riches and beauties of the kingdom of God. And so whatever your need may be today, be sure to take it to the Lord, fellowship with Him, and thank Him that in Him your need is met. Faith gives us access to all that the grace of God has already made available.
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
Colossians 2:9-10 (NKJV)
The very moment we received Jesus into our lives, we were made complete in Him who is above every other name. And so our journey of faith now is to live every day out from our completness in Christ, to mediate on the promises of Scripture that have been made available to us in Him, and to look to Jesus when it comes to meeting any need that may arise. The more that we open ourselves to this heart attitude of faith, the more will we see the fruits of our salvation showing up in our day to day lives. God always meets us at the level of our faith.
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Ephesians 5:20 (KJV)
Gratitude can function as a powerful doorway into the heart of God. When we deliberately take time to be grateful for all of God’s blessings in our lives, we are making ourselves more receptive to what the Lord is seeking to do right now. Gratitude also increases our faith, for it reminds us of all that God has already done for us—things that otherwise we could have easily taken for granted. Today, reflect upon all the ways, large and small, that God’s goodness is already at work in your life. Thank Him that He is mightily at work in you, and that He is using even the challenges and temporary obstacles to ultimately bring about a greater manifestation of His grace and goodness.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
In times of difficulty, when things don’t make sense, the most powerful thing we can do is to simply purpose in our hearts that we will trust God no matter what. When we know that His plans for us are for good, and that in fact all things work together for good for those who love God, we can then acknowledge that in each and every moment, the Lord is guiding and directing our steps. We can rest assured that our challenges merely become stepping stones that are shaping us and preparing us for our magnificent destiny in the Lord.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Mark 11:24 (KJV)
Grace-based prayer begins with gratitude that the very thing we are praying for has already been made available through the finished works of Jesus. And so we believe that we receive, knowing that our God withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly. And to walk uprightly simply means that we put all our faith, trust and reliance in what Jesus has already done for us, rather than in what we can accomplish through our own works or efforts. The more we can rest in this assurance, the more we will see the goodness of God manifesting in our lives.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Romans 8:15 (KJV)
The moment we got born again, God’s Spirit has come to live on the inside of us. It is the Spirit of God in our spirit that draws us unto God, that enables us to fellowship with Him. And so when we approach God, let us approach Him as He truly is: our loving heavenly Father whose good pleasure it is to give us the kingdom. Let us remove any fear, guilt or feelings of condemnation; and let us not doubt but for one second that it is God’s will for us to be whole in every area of our lives.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1 John 4:7-9 (KJV)
God loves us as we are, along with our flaws and shortcomings. And it is God’s love for us that compels Him towards wanting to mold us and shape us more fully into the image and likeness of His Son. Yet every single one of us must learn to receive God’s love, and to then live out from it. The more we receive it, the more we can share it. And so as we look towards this Easter weekend, let us remember that everything that God has done for us through the finished works of Jesus Christ is rooted in His indescribable and perfect love for us. In fact, the Bible says that in this was manifested His love towards us!