The Greatest Gift (John 3:16)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 (KJV)

God has already given us the greatest gift we could ever receive in bringing His Son forth into the world. By simply placing our faith in Jesus, we are delivered from everything that leads to destruction, and we receive the free gift of everlasting life. This life that Jesus came to give includes wholeness, peace, joy, soundness, saftey, and every need met in spirit, soul and body.

Maintaining Our Confidence (Hebrews 10:35-36)

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

Hebrews 10:35-36 (NKJV)

As we maintain our confidence in the finished works of Jesus, we will receive the reward which is to see the promises of God come to pass in our lives. Endurance enables us to remain faithful to God’s will, which puts us in a position of receiving everything He has already made available to us in Christ.

Labor To Rest (Hebrews 4:11)

Let us labour therfore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Hebrews 4:11 (KJV)

Laboring to rest is to get to where our our mind, our will and our emotions rest confidently in the finished works of Jesus. We do not labor get victory, we labor to get to the place of truly believing that Jesus has already won us the victory. We fill our minds and hearts with the Word of God until God’s promises become so real to us that all unbelief is cast out, and we rest in confident assurance of seeing God’s goodness in our lives.

Letting The Word Work In Us Effectively (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV)

When we hear and receive the Word, let us remember that it is indeed the Word of God. This means we are called to believe the Word even when our circumstances contradict it, even when our bodies and emotions contradict it. As we receive the Word in faith, the Word works in us effectively. It begins to produce in us and in our lives the very things it had declared about us regarding our healing, deliverance, prosperity, and all of the things that pertain to our lives of victory in Christ.

Cultivating A Heart Of Humility (Proverbs 11:2)

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

Proverbs 11:2 (KJV)

Pride tends to distort our motivations and it clouds our judgement; it keeps us from acting out of true wisdom. God delights in our humility, for it is the humble heart that is most open and receptive to wisdom. When we look to God for wisdom, when we remain open and teachable, we may be certain that we will never be put to shame.

Faith Makes The Transfer (Ephesians 1:3)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Ephesians 1:3 (KJV)

Through our union with Jesus we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. The spiritual gives birth to the natural, and so this means that the spiritual blessing is the potential for every natural blessing. Faith makes the transfer between what we already have in the spirit and our everyday real life experience. 

Renewing The Mind (Romans 12:2)

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will, of God.

Romans 12:2 (KJV)

When we renew our minds, we replace our thoughts with the thoughts of God, and we exchange our words for the Word of God. The more that we bring our thoughts and words into agreement with God’s Word, the more will we prove God’s good, acceptable and perfect will for us. And the way we prove it is to live it, to see it made manifest in our day to day lives.

Weekly Grace: Keeping Our eyes On Jesus

One of the biggest changes in our thinking that we are called to make under the covenant of grace is to realize and accept by faith that everything concerning our life and godliness has already been taken care of. God has already made provision for every need that we may ever have. In other words, anytime that a situation or a need arises, the solution has already been made available. It does not matter what the issue is—it could be lack, it could be sickness, an addiction, depression, or any other type of bondage, the solution has already been provided.

In order for us to lay hold of this solution, we are required to shift our focus. We must shift our focus away from the issue at hand, and towards the solution. And the solution is a Person—His name is Jesus.

Jesus is the solution to every issue and every challenge we may ever face. He has told us, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35) How marvelous it is to realize that God in His infinite grace and mercy has not only taken care of our eternity, He has also made provision for every need we may ever have during our life right here on earth!

Yet allow me to emphasize this again—in order for us to lay hold of this grace, we must shift our focus. Our focus must be on Jesus. We are called to look to Him with a receptivity and a willingless to receive what He has already made available.

Consider these precious words: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4) And then, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7) To abide in Him means to abide in His Word. It means to meditate in His Word, to consider it, ponder it, mull it over in our minds.

Our focus is determined by what we are predominantly thinking about. And so today I would like to encourage you to be thinking about His Word. Consider His Word and what it has to say about you. Consider that “all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20) Every single promise in the Word of God has been made available to you through Christ Jesus!

As you allow this to sink into your heart, shift your thinking from, “I am waiting for God to act on His promises,” to, ”It is already done, it is already finished!” Then look to the One who loves you with an everlasting love, and be open and receptive for His goodness and His glory to show up in your life.

Father, I thank You that everything I need has already been provided through the finished works of Jesus. Lord, today I rest in Your finished works. I rest in Your Word, and I receive the promises of Your Word by faith. I believe I am now receiving everything Your grace has already made available, and that Your goodness and Your glory are manifesting in my life in ways that are beyond what I can ask or think. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SCRIPTURES:

2 Peter 1:3; John 6:35; John 15:4; John 15:7; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 3:20