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 which 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 every area 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.
And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.
2 Corinthians 3:4-5 (NKJV)
To walk in the victory that has been made available to us, we must let this principle deeply take root in our hearts: our sufficiency is not from ourselves! Worldly wisdom teaches us to rely on ourselves—be it our own understanding, our own level of education, our past experiences, our own resources—whereas godly wisdom reveals the futility of any such approach when it comes to the things God has called us to do. When we rely on ourselves, we will always bump into limitations; yet when we rely on God, we open ourselves to a life that surpasses natural limitations. God does not want His children to be limited by the things of this world, and so let us be sure that our trust and our reliance are in Him.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, he taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1 Corinthians 3:19 (KJV)
Let us be careful to place our faith only in the power of God, and not in what we might consider the wisdom of this world. In other words, we believe because we know that God is faithful to His Word. We believe because we know that God is watching over His Word to perform it. Wordly wisdom will oftentimes try and get us to doubt the promises of God, yet we are called to realize that no amount of worldly limitation can prevent us from receiving what God has already promised us in His Word.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)
We should never allow our minds to become lazy, idle or indifferent with regard to what is true about us in Christ. To be sober-minded we must be continuously filled with what the Word declares over us. And so let us keep our minds actively focused on the truth of God’s Word, and let us be actively on guard against the lies and deceptions of the enemy that would seek to invade our thinking. May we be encouraged that our confident assurance is not in ourselves, but in the grace of our Lord and everything He has already made available to us.
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Luke 12:32 (KJV)
Let us remember always that God is not reluctant when it comes to giving us the things we need, but that it is His good pleasure to give the kingdom to His children. And so when we approach our Father, let us do so with boldness and confidence. Rather than being fearful, let us rejoice in faith; we may be certain that we will see God showing up mightily in our lives.
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yeah, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV)
God’s love for us is everlasting—it never changes. No amount of mistakes or shortcomings on our part can ever change this fact. Let us pray that all may have a revelation of this, for it is God’s lovinkindness towards humanity that draws people unto Him. The deeper our revelation of God’s love, the stronger our trust and faith in Him become. And so let us thank Him today for His goodness and His grace, and rejoice in all that has been so freely made available to us through the precious gift of His Son.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
Each of us has been created with a unique destiny and purpose. No matter where we may find ourselves or what our past may have looked like, God has created us for good works. Our task is to look to Jesus, and to trust what He has put in our hearts. Perhaps we cannot see exactly where this will lead us, but one thing is certain: as we remain faithful, as we trust Him, we will find ourselves led into opportunities to shine His light and to serve in exactly the way God has purposed it for us.
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.