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.
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.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)
When we approach our heavenly Father, let us do so with boldness and confidence. We are to step before the throne of grace with absolutely certainty that through the finished works of Jesus we have access to everything we need. Let us therefore erase all doubt from our hearts, and remember that God is not withholding anything. Whatever you may need today, whether it be wisdom, restoration, healing or provision, may you live in this confident assurance that God’s grace truly is sufficient.
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.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT)
We are called to do everything unto the Lord. Rather than seeing ourselves as working for people, let us understand that we are working for Jesus. He is the one who has placed us in our current position, whether it be a job or a business. And so let us perform our every task with excellence, knowing that our reward will ultimately come from Him. When we show up every day with this spirit of excellence, no matter where we may currently find ourselves, we may rest assured that we will be blessed and that God will use us to be a blessing to others.
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 will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
Psalm 104:33-34 (KJV)
True and lasting joy comes out of right relationship with God. We know we are in right relationship with Him when we can find a song of praise in our hearts, when our meditation of Him brings us to a place of delight. Our approach to God should never be from a place of insecurity, wondering whether or not we have been accepted and approved, but much rather from a place of childlike faith and simple joy. This acts as a reminder to our own hearts that we can trust Him in all circumstances. And so let us know today the power of a heart filled with praise, and that God has called us to rejoice and be glad in Him.