But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV)
Spiritual truths cannot be understood or received through human reasoning or mere intellectual understanding. It requires the Spirit of God to make the things of God real to us. The more we renew our minds in the Word, the more will the Holy Spirit reveal the reality of the Word to us. And the more that the Word becomes real in our hearts, the more will we see the glory of God reflected in our lives.
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
Proverbs 23:19 (KJV)
We have control over what goes into our hearts. We are able to guide our hearts by taking charge over our thinking, and by being selective about what we pay attention to. What is in our hearts is determined by our predominant thoughts and by what comes in through our eyes and ears. The more that our thinking revolves around the Word of God, and the more we pay attention to what God is seeking to do in our lives, the more will our hearts be filled with the things of God.
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.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1 (KJV)
As we look to Jesus, as we rely on Him and depend upon Him, we shall not have any wants. The reason is that He meets our every need, and He fulfills the very desires He places in our hearts. Each victory in our life comes as the result of our relationship and our fellowship with Him.
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 live in confident expectation that something good is going to happen to us regardless of circumstances or conditions. The benefits of salvation include healing, deliverance, peace of mind and heart, and all of our needs being supplied in abundance.
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)
God’s presence and power dwells in every born again believer. 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.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1 Peter 2:2-3 (KJV)
The Word of God is the spiritual food for our born again spirit. Just as we require physical food in order to be physically strengthened, so too our recreated spirit requires spiritual food in order to become strong within us. And so let us be fed and nourished by His Word daily, and in so doing may we taste of the joy and the fullness of life that is in Him.
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
Proverbs 22:9 (KJV)
We have a bountiful eye when we have confidence that God will supply all of our needs. This causes us to come from a place of abundance rather than lack, and so our natural response becomes to give and share out of what we have. And as we do, we find that it is always given back unto us.
This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.
1 John 5:14 (KJV)
The will of God is revealed through the Word of God. And so let us approach our heavenly Father with the confidence that as we pray according to His will, it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom. God is withholding no good thing from us, and He is looking for each of us to be instruments and vessels through which His glory may manifest on earth as it is in heaven.
And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Galatians 3:12 (KJV)
Anytime we are looking to our works or efforts as the reason for why we should be blessed, we are not operating in faith. Faith is to remove ourselves from the equation, and to look only to Jesus. Because of the finished works of Jesus the blessing has been made available, and faith is to be open and receptive for it to manifest in our lives.