God Is Our Saftey And Protection (Psalm 91:1-2)

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.

Grace Gives Us Access To Anything We Need (Genesis 1:29)

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.

Making Giving Our Lifestyle (Proverbs 11:24)

There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.

Proverbs 11:24 (NKJV)

The more of a giving spirit we have, the more will it be given back to us. Yet when we continuously withhold, even though we know we ought to be giving, we will be met with greater lack. Let us realize here of course that giving is not limited to material things alone. Each of us may give a smile, we can all be generous with our time or through the giving of our gifts and talents. And so let us simply set our hearts today towards making giving our lifestyle, and we will find that God will always tend to our needs in ways that will exceed our expectations.

Praying With Confidence (1 John 5:14)

This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.

1 John 5:14 (KJV)

The will of God is revealed through the Word of God. As we look at Scripture through the lens of the new covenant and the finished works of Jesus, we know that God’s will is for His kingdom to be made manifest on earth as it is in heaven. This includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and everything that is necessary for us to fulfill our calling and our purpose in Christ. And so when we pray, let us approach God with the confidence that as we pray according to His glorious will, it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom. And may our hearts be set upon the truth that God is looking for each of us to be the very instruments and vessels through which His will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Trust In The Lord, and Do Good (Psalm 37:3)

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Psalm 37:3 (KJV)

The highest expression of our faith is to trust God no matter what. When things seem to be taking longer than expected, when we do not yet see how it all will work out, those are the times in which we must turn to the Lord, and simply say, “I trust You.” Then with that heart attitude we go forth into our world as Christ representatives: we shine His light, we express His love, always relying upon His grace to help us do so. And day by day, moment by moment, we will find our needs are always met; until one day we look back and see how everything has always been working together for our good. The key to it all was our trust in a God who is good all of the time.

Jesus Gives Us Rest (Matthew 11:28)

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 His finished works on the cross give us full and complete access to all of the boundless riches and beauties of the kingdom of God. 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.

Weekly Grace: Resting In The Promises Of God

One of the most important things for us as believers to do is to rest in the promises of God. The ultimate demonstration of faith is not in our efforts, struggles or attempts to win God’s approval, but much rather in resting in the assurance that contained within the redemptive and finished works of Jesus is everything that we could ever need. God blesses us, not based on how well we have performed, but based on our spiritual position in Christ.

2 Peter 1:3 states that God has given us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” Notice that this is past tense. God has already given us. This means that as far as God is concerned, He has already blessed us, healed us, delivered us—He has given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness.

Satan would love for us to question this, and he may even attempt to present us with a long list of why this cannot be so. This list will always have to do with what we are able to see with our physical senses, what we are able to feel in our bodies, and how we may currently feel in our emotions. Yet the Bible tells us that as followers of Christ we are to not to go by our physical senses or by how we feel. “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Friend, walking by faith means that we must learn to receive by faith what the grace of God has already made available. “It is by faith that it might be by grace.” (Romans 4:16)

And so resting in the promises of God means that rather than attempting to get God to do something for us, our task becomes to look to the Cross. We look to the Cross where Jesus said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) When He said it is finished, He was speaking of our salvation. Our salvation is finished! And salvation includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and anything we could ever need to fulfill our calling in Christ.

Now you may be wondering, how do we make this practical? How do we apply this when being confronted with the issues of day to day life? How do we apply this when dealing with a negative doctor’s report or when struggling with not having enough to pay the bills? Hebrews 4:11 gives us the answer:  “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest.” Yes, we must labor to enter into rest. If this sounds like a paradox, it is. Yet what the Bible is talking about here is not a physical labor, but much rather a labor of the soul.

When dealing with the day to day challenges of life, we must labor in our soul—in our mind, in our will, and in our emotions—to get into agreement with what God’s Word is saying about us, rather than agreeing with circumstances and conditions. We must agree that, despite of the symptoms in our body, by the stripes of Jesus we have been healed! (1 Peter 2:24) We must agree that, despite of not knowing where the money will come from, our God supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:19)

This is where the practice of meditating on the Word of God comes in. The more we meditate on God’s Word, the more we will get it down into our hearts. And once it is in our hearts, we will enter into rest. The key is to get the Word down into our hearts. The labor of the soul is to let the Word of God move from the head to the heart.

Throughout this week, begin to mediate on what God has said is true about you. Set some time aside every day to reflect upon specific promises of scripture, and even as you go about your day to day activities, keep them alive in your heart. Thank your heavenly Father that it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)

Father, I give You praise today. I choose to not look to my circumstances and conditions, but instead I look to You. I look to what Your Word says about me. I look to the Cross and to everything that the precious blood of Jesus has made available. Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness! Thank You for Your love! Thank You for your grace! It is sufficient unto me. My confession is that I walk in the victory that has already been won for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scriptures To Meditate On This Week

2 Peter 1:3

Luke 12:32

Romans 8:32

Romans 8:37

Luke 10:19

Psalm 103:1-5

Ephesians 4:23-24

Look Unto Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)

Our natural default position is to look to ourselves or other people when it comes to seeking wisdom and guidance. And while it is certainly okay to ask others for advice, what the Word of God is telling us is that we are to look unto Jesus—the author and finisher of our faith. We are to look unto Jesus as our example; we are to look unto Jesus for provision; we are to look unto Jesus for healing; we are to look unto Jesus for anything and everything we could ever need!

How wonderful that our Lord is seated at the right hand of God. The reason He is seated is because He has Himself said: “It is finished!” (John 19:30) Friend, this means that you can know with certainty that contained within the finished works of Jesus Christ is everything that you could ever need. He has made it available by His grace, and now your role is to take hold of it by faith. Today, decide that you will live in the peace of knowing that God has you in the palm of His hand, and that in due season, you will see everything that the grace of God has made available to you come to pass. Look unto Jesus!