Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23 (AMP)
Nothing is more important for us than to guard our hearts, for whatever is going on in our life can ultimately be traced back to what’s in our hearts. Guarding the heart means we do not allow anything to rob us of the peace that has come to us as a result of our meditating the Word and believing the promises of scripture. We keep our hearts fixed on Jesus no matter what.
I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands.
Ezekiel 36:27 (MSG)
The Holy Spirit is the great enabler in the Christian life. It is God’s Spirit working in us that makes it possible for us to live right. This is the power of grace working in us, it lifts all of the pressure off of our shoulders. Our trust, reliance and dependence are completely upon God’s Spirit working in us through His Word, transforming us, giving us the faith we need, and empowering us to become all He has created us to be.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luke 10:19 (KJV)
Every believer has been given authority in the name of Jesus over all of the forces of darkness. When confronted with things coming against us, we are to pray with confidence as well as speak boldly to the storms and to the mountains of life. And so let us stand firm in this authority, and let us rest in the quiet assurance that because the One who has already overcome the world now lives on the inside of us, we get to partake in His overcoming and see the fruits of it manifest in our lives.
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:9 (KJV)
One of the purposes of our faith is to bring salvation to our souls. Our souls are made up of our mind, will and emotions, and to bring salvation to our souls means that we receive a peace and a soundness that cannot be disrupted by circumstances and conditions. This peace comes through our meditating on and confessing the truths of God’s Word over our lives, and then resting confidently in the promises that have been made available to us through the finished works of Jesus Christ.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
John 10:28 (KJV)
After we receive Jesus no one and nothing can ever separate us from Him. We have been joined unto Christ for eternity, and no amount of mistakes or shortcomings on our part can undo this union. Our role is to receive His precious gift of righteousness, and all that comes with it, by faith.
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.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Hebrews 4:2 (KJV)
In order for the Word to truly profit us, we must mix it with faith. Mixing the Word with faith means we accept it as true no matter what, we receive God’s promises into our hearts in simple yet consistent faith. When we place the Word over circumstances and conditions, soon those circumstances and conditions will have to yield to the authority of the Word.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
Psalm 68:19 (KJV)
We can expect to be loaded with the benefits of salvation every single day. In Christ God’s unmerited favor has been made available to us, and so we can always live in confident expectation that something good is going to happen to us regardless of any circumstances or conditions. The benefits of salvation include healing, deliverance, peace of mind and heart, and all of our needs being supplied in abundance.
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2 Peter 1:2 (KJV)
The knowledge of God and the finished works of Jesus yields in an increase of grace and peace. The more we meditate on the truth that Jesus has done everything He needed to do to make us righteous and to give us full and complete access to the blessings of the kingdom, the greater becomes our peace in Him. This dissolves anxiety and feelings of doubt and unbelief, and we start to expect to see the manifestations of His goodness in our life.
For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
Mark 4:22 (KJV)
Sooner or later God will always bring to light the hidden things of the heart. For us specifically this means that as our hearts are filled with the Word of God, as we allow the promises of God to take root in our hearts, sooner or later we will see the manifestation of all that God has put in us. Our role is to remain faithful, to not waver in the face of opposition, and to give thanks for the coming harvest of manifestation.