The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 (KJV)
In Jesus we have been given life more abundantly. This means we may believe for an abundance of joy, peace and fulfillment in every area of our lives, and we may confidently expect for our needs to be supplied. Anything that would attempt to rob us of this does not represent God’s heart for us, and as the children of the Most High we may rest assured that as we keep looking to Him, as we hold fast to the name that is above every other name, we will be victorious over any circumstance or condition.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Psalm 91:1-2 (KJV)
God is telling us we need not live in fear and uncertainty, but that in all things we may trust and rely upon Him for our safety and protection. Dwelling in the secret place of the most High means that we keep our hearts set on Him, communing with the Lord in the innermost depths of our being. And it is out of this abiding in Him that we then confess and declare our trust in His continual guidance and provision. Let us be assured that as we live in this way, peace will fill our hearts independent of circumstances and conditions, and we will find ourselves living with a boldness and confidence that the world cannot give us.
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.
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.
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
Psalm 143:12 (KJV)
This powerful verse reminds us that the only way we are able to walk in the will of God is by His grace. We must continuously look to the Lord so He may teach us to do His will. As we meditate on this, we are creating the space within us for the Holy Spirit to bear witness with our spirit, thereby leading us into the land of uprightness. And we enter into this land not by our own actions or efforts, but much rather through placing all our faith, trust and reliance upon the finished works of Jesus. The more we look to Jesus, realizing we are already upright in Him, the more will He teach us, day by day and moment by moment, to reflect who we are in Him into our world.
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV)
Being in Christ Jesus is referring to our union with Christ. The moment we surrender our lives to the Lord, we are joined unto Him through the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Jesus now has become our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption. And so let us remember to not look to ourselves, but to Jesus. Being in Christ means that He has become our sufficiency unto whatever need may arise. As we meditate daily on this truth, accepting it in our hearts by faith, we will see the fruits of it showing up in our lives.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)
We find rest for our souls in Jesus. Each day we are called to surrender the cares and concerns of life to Him, and allow our mind, our will and our emotions to rest in His grace and in His Word. Here we discover that His yoke is indeed easy and His burden light because He never calls us to do anything without also providing the grace necessary for us to do it. And so our walk with the Lord is a day by day and moment by moment looking to Him, and remembering that in the midst of all that is required of us there remains a place of calm and peace in Him.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Philippians 3:12 (NKJV)
We are continually called to press on to lay hold of all that God has prepared for us. May we be comfortable with the journey, with the fact that we are still a work in progress, yet may we always press more fully towards who we have been created to be in Him. Each day offers a fresh opportunity to let go of the old, and to lay hold of the newness of life in Christ Jesus.
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.
The LORD will give strength to unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.
Psalm 29:11 (KJV)
The world conditions us into thinking that we must handle everything in our own strength, whereas God wants us to look to Him. He has promised to give us strength and to bless us with peace, yet the key is for us to remember each day to turn to Him in faith and expectancy. And so let us realize that He is our source for absolutely everything, and that it is in our total and complete dependence upon Him that we actually find our strength, our peace, and anything else we may need.