Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Psalm 103:2-4 (KJV)
Let us remember every day the benefits of salvation, which include healing, redemption from all forms of destruction—physically, emotionally and spiritually—as well as us receiving freely out of the bountiful love, kindness and grace of our God. All of this is available to us. It is God’s desire for us to be made every whit whole, to show forth the fruits of salvation in all of the spheres of our life. As we meditate on this truth daily, thereby reminding our soul, we are making way for God’s goodness and glory to manifest in and through our lives.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Psalm 98:4 (KJV)
Praise is powerful because it announces that the victory has already been won. When we praise God and rejoice in Him, mountains melt away as we open ourselves more fully to seeing God’s glory manifest in our lives. Let us live in a heart space of continual praise; let us rejoice in Him on the mountaintop and in the valley, for He is infinitely worthy of all praise!
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
Isaiah 54:10 (KJV)
God has made it clear that nothing, no amount of mistake or shortcoming, can ever remove us from His covenant of peace that is in Christ Jesus. Knowing this with confidence frees us from the bonds of fear, guilt and condemnation, and it reminds us that the foundation for our right standing is never our own performance, but the finished works of Jesus. And so be assured that God longs to reveal His kindness in your life, He wants to shower you with His peace. Having this assurance in our hearts enables us to grow in our relationship with Him, and to become more fully who He has created us to be.
For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
Psalm 92:4 (KJV)
God wants to work deep within our soul to shape us more fully into who He has called us to be. Walking with the Lord is a process of continual growth and transformation. As we offer up daily what does not serve His purpose for us—old hurts and regrets, fears and insecurities—and receive the truth of who we have been created to be in Him, we will find ourselves being made glad through His work. All of us, no matter our history or current life circumstances, have been made to triumph through God’s mighty hand working in us and through us.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:2-3 (NKJV)
The moment we gave our life to Jesus we have died to our old self, and as born again followers of Christ we have received a new identity, a new life that is now hidden in Him. In order for us to live out of who we are in Christ, we are called to set our thoughts on the things above. We are called to contemplate heavenly realities by filling our hearts and minds with the Word of God. It is this daily renewing of the mind in the Word that makes us open, receptive and available to everything that has become true about us in Christ. It enables the wholeness, the peace of mind, the joy, fulfillment and provision that is hidden in Him to become manifest as the day to day realities of our life.
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!”
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.
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.
Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Genesis 1:29 (KJV)
From the beginning of creation God had ordained that all our needs should be met in full. While sin had temporarily cut us off, in Christ we have been fully restored unto everything that God had originally intended for us. In other words, through faith in the finished works of Jesus we have access to anything and everything we could ever need. While grace makes available, it is faith that takes possession. And so today, let us walk by faith and not by sight. Let us rest assured that as we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will see His goodness and His glory showing up in our lives in whatever form may be necessary.
“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)
Let us realize that we are right in this very moment living in God’s favor. As the Scripture says, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. And so may we go forth every day, reminded that God is looking to be good to us, confident that we will see the fruits of salvation showing up in our lives. The more expectant we are of seeing God’s goodness, the more are we opening the door for miracles and breakthroughs.