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.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 5:5 (ESV)
When we receive the love of God into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, hope begins to envelop us. We may walk with a calm reassurance, a quiet confidence that we will see the goodness of God in our lives. Today, let the Holy Spirit speak to you of God’s love. Let this love fill you and saturate you, and be assured that your hope will not put you to shame.
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 4:14 (KJV)
Jesus is saying that when we find our satisfaction in Him, we will no longer be tempted to misuse the perishable things of the world as a means to fill that void in the human heart that only God can fill. It is in this spiritual fulfillment, in this finding our joy in the Lord, that we become a wellspring of life. Today, be filled with the love, the peace, the joy and the compassion of Jesus, and let His light shine through you into your world.
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Proverbs 30:5 (KJV)
When we put our trust in God, we will be guided, protected, shielded, comforted, and empowered to fulfill all He is calling us to do. Trusting God means we trust in His Word. Each day we get to choose to either get into agreement with the word of man or with the Word of God. Let us be sure to agree with what God’s Word declares about us in Christ, and we will see how pure the Word is as it proves itself to be true in our lives.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
We may be confident that whatever God has started in our lives, He will bring to completion. Our task is to put our faith and trust in Jesus, and to realize that even when it seems as if nothing is happening, when things take longer than expected, God is working in us to peform His good work. And so today, be confident in the promises God has put in your heart; trust that He is leading you into all He has called you to be.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
The key to living in a state of peace is to keep our mind stayed on the Lord. Not only will He keep us in peace, but perfect peace. Perfect peace is the kind of peace that cannot be shaken by circumstances and conditions. This is the kind of peace that comes from knowing whose we are and whom we have believed. Today, keep your mind stayed on Jesus; trust Him, and let His perfect peace fill every fiber of your being.
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.
But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Luke 11:28 (KJV)
One of the most important things for us to do is to not merely hear the Word of God, but to also keep it. Keeping the Word of God means to let it take root in our hearts, to let it spill over into every area of our lives. This happens as we learn to regularly meditate on the Word, as we continuously keep it alive in our hearts. The more that the Word is alive in our hearts, the more will we find ourselves living in the spirit rather than in the flesh. This makes us more receptive and available to all that God is seeking to do in and through our lives.
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.
Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV)
There is a continual guidance available to us in every moment of every day. As we make it our habit to stop and listen for the still small voice, we will find that the Holy Spirit will surely reveal to us which way to go. What a blessing that when faced with decisions large or small, we need not go about trying to figure things out on our own. The Lord is always ready to guide us, instruct us, teach us and comfort us; and we may rest assured that He will lead us into all that He has ordained for us.
And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
Luke 12:29-31 (NKJV)
Jesus is telling us to not be concerned with what we might consider the lower needs of day to day life, and to instead dedicate all our attention to our higher needs. Our higher needs are spiritual, whereas our lower needs, though certainly real and legitimate, are physical. This does not mean that we are to be lacking in any area, but much rather that our Father simply does not want us to be concerned with things He knows we require. God desires for His children to trust Him, and to find a calm and confident reassurance in this trust. The more we can learn to trust God with our day to day needs, seeking Him and delighting in Him above all else, the more we will find that whatever we have need for will be added unto us.