Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Psalm 112:4 (KJV)
We are upright in the eyes of God through our faith in Jesus. As a result darkness has lost its power over us, and even in the midst of challenges and opposition there will be light. We may rely fully upon the gracious and compassionate nature of our heavenly Father, and we may stand firmly and securely upon His righteousness.
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 (KJV)
Whatever God has called us to do, we can rest assured in this promise of His faithfulness. When we no longer believe we have to make things happen through our own efforts and struggles, but much rather learn to rest in His faithfulness, we become receptive and available to seeing God’s miracle power working in and through our lives.
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:9 (KJV)
Everything ultimately comes down to our relationship with Jesus. We were called into fellowship with Jesus, and the more we fellowship with Him, the stronger our trust and confidence in Him becomes. The more we take our focus off of ourselves and place it on Jesus, the more receptive and available are we to seeing God’s goodness and unmerited favor in our lives.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Colossians 1:27 (KJV)
The word hope can also be translated confident expectation. Biblical hope is to look to the future with confidence and expectancy, always expecting God’s glory to manifest in our lives. And it is because of Christ in us—indwelling our born again spirit—that we can have this confidence that no matter what is going on in the natural, something good is happening to us today.
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Proverbs 30:5 (KJV)
Putting our trust in God means trusting in His Word. Each day we get to choose to either agree 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 as it proves itself to be true in our lives.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
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.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Ephesians 1:17-18 (KJV)
May we always seek God for wisdom and revelation. Let us never get too familiar with the things of God, for we serve a God who is continually looking to take us to new places in our walk with Him. The more we have a revelation of the riches and glory of what Jesus has made available to us, the more will we rejoice in what the Apostle Paul called the hope of His calling.
What? know yet not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
When we gave our lives to Jesus, His Holy Spirit took up residence within us. This means God’s presence and power now dwells in us. And so let us live every day knowing that we belong to the Lord, that we have been bought with a price, thereby opening ourselves to the life of victory and service to the kingdom that God has called us to live.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5 (KJV)
Jesus is calling us to thrive by bringing forth much fruit in His name. Yet to do so we must bring Him into every area of our life, we must remember continuously that without Him we can do nothing that is of any lasting value. When we live in this continual fellowship with the Lord, we will indeed be the branches showing forth all of the marvelous fruits of salvation.
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Luke 12:32 (KJV)
God is not reluctant when it comes to supplying our needs. In fact, 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.