And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Ephesians 4:23-24 (KJV)
Putting on the new man is a shifting in identity. We no longer look at who we were in the flesh, we look to who Jesus has made us to be. The more that this becomes our meditation, the more will we begin to live according to our identity in Christ. And that’s when we bear much fruit in His name.
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Isaiah 58:11 (KJV)
There is a continual wellspring of life available to us as we keep our eyes on the Lord, realizing that He alone is our strength, our source, our comforter, and our provider. When we daily fellowship with God in the Spirit, and let His Word fill our hearts, we will find ourselves equipped and empowered to not only handle all that we are called to do, but we will also be a spring of life through which the light of Christ can flow into our world.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV)
Casting our care upon the Lord is an act of humility. Humbling ourselves under His mighty hand means that we surrender even the smallest details of our life to the One who cares for us. Today, dare to cast all your cares, worries and concerns upon Him, and rest in His grace. It is from this place of resting in Him that the mighty hand of God will lead us, comfort us, deliver us, strengthen us, and ultimately, exalt us.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
John 15:11 (KJV)
As we put our trust in Jesus, let us remember that His desire for us is that we are filled with His joy. There should be great joy in our walk with the Lord, for no matter what we face in the area of circumstances and conditions, we are joined to Him who has overcome the world. And as we abide in Him, we get to partake in that overcoming!
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:4 (KJV)
Just as our physical body requires physical food in order to be strengthened, so too our born again spirit requires spiritual food in order for us to reach our full potential in Christ. We are being spiritually fed anytime we receive the Word of God, when we meditate on it, and take it into our hearts. The more that our spirit is fed, the stronger it becomes. And when our spirit is strong, our ability to be victorious over the flesh increases.
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Ephesians 3:19 (KJV)
The more we open ourselves to simply receiving the love of Christ, the more will we be filled with and able to carry God’s fullness into our world. And the more we see ourselves as the vessels and instruments through which Jesus can manifest Himself unto the people in our world, the more of His goodness will we see reflected in our lives and day to day affairs.
But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Luke 11:28 (KJV)
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 are we receptive and available to all that God is seeking to do in and through our lives.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that they profiting may appear to all.
1 Timothy 4:15 (KJV)
Whatever we meditate on the most will yield fruit in our lives. To meditate means to think, ponder, consider, or mull over in our minds. Worrying is a negative form of meditation, and it will yield fruit accordingly. Yet when we meditate on God’s Word, when we give ourselves wholly over to His promises and what He has said is true about us in Him, we become more receptive to seeing His goodness and glory coming to pass.
For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 4:15 (NKJV)
The grace of God always leads to thanksgiving. Grace causes us to be thankful, for grace is the revelation that everything we need has already been made available. As we walk in this by faith, one day and one moment at a time, our continual gratitude gives glory to God. And God’s glory always shows itself in and through the lives of His people as the very manifestations of His grace, favor and goodness.