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.
For he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 3:10-11 (NKJV)
Our words play such a crucial role when it comes to seeking peace in our daily life. The Bible tells us that if we want to love life and see good days, we cannot speak words of evil or deceit. Our words reflect what is in our heart, and so as we deliberately fill our hearts with God’s Word, as we allow the love of Jesus to saturate us, we will find our words naturally coming into alignment with life and peace. Today, let us be mindful of this tremendous power that lies in our tongue, and let us purpose in our hearts to only speak words of life.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1 Peter 2:2-3 (KJV)
The Word of God is the spiritual food for our born again spirit. Just as we require physical food in order to be physically strengthened, so too our spirit requires spiritual food in order to become strong within us. After we get born again through receiving the Lord Jesus, we must continue to seek Him daily through His Word. We may encounter the Lord all throughout the pages of Scripture, for all Scripture points to Christ. And so let us be fed and nourished by His Word, may our spirit taste of the joy and the fullness of life that is in Him, and may we then carry this abundant life into all of our day to day activities.
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!
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.