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.
And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him.
Luke 5:12-13 (NKJV)
Have you ever wondered if it is truly God’s will to bring wholeness, joy, health and wellbeing into your life? This man with leprosy approached Jesus in exactly that way, and His response was, “I am willing.” Oftentimes we must consciously and deliberately remind ourselves that it is God’s will for us that we be every whit whole, that the fruits of salvation include wholeness in all of the spheres of our life. And so today, let us be bold enough to remove all doubt and uncertainty from our hearts, and know that we serve a God who is willing meet the needs that arise in our day to day life. Our responsibility is to be willing to receive of His limitless love and grace towards us.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5 (KJV)
Jesus is calling us to thrive by bringing forth much fruit in His name. Yet to do so we must bring Him into every area of our life, we must remember continuously that without Him we can do nothing. And so today, let us realize that in whatever we are called to do, God is never distant or far off, but He is right where we are, abiding in us as we abide in Him. When we live in this continual fellowship with the Lord, we will indeed be the branches showing forth all of the marvelous fruits of salvation.
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.
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
1 John 3:21-23 (KJV)
Notice that doing the things that are pleasing in the sight of God is summed up in this commandment: that we should believe on the name of the Lord Jesus, and love one another. It is out of following this commandment of love and trusting in the finished works of Jesus that everything else will flow. The greater our confidence in what Jesus has done for us, the greater will be our heart’s assurance that we will see our prayers answered and God’s glory made manifest 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.
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Psalm 112:4 (KJV)
We are upright in the eyes of God, not because of anything we have done or failed to do, but through our faith in the finished works of Jesus. As a result of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, darkness has lost its power over us, and so even in the midst of challenges and opposition there will be light. We may rely fully upon the gracious and compassionate nature of our God who is continuously working on our behalf, and we may stand firm and secure upon His righteousness. Let us give praise unto the Lord for the victory He has already won for us!
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Isaiah 54:17 (KJV)
As born again believers we have been given authority in Jesus’ name over anything that would attempt to rob us of the promises of God. No matter the form of opposition, whether it be a negative doctors’ report, marital challenges, lack in a certain area, or hurtful and judgmental words from other people, we may declare with confidence the Word of God: that no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Our confidence comes from the fact that our righteousness is not our own, but found completely in the finished works of Jesus. And so let us lay hold boldly of all that has been so freely made available.
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.