Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)
To be sober-minded is to be filled with what the Word declares over us. It is to keep our minds actively focused on the truth of God’s Word, and to be actively on guard against the lies and deceptions of the enemy that would seek to invade our thinking. Our confident expectation is set fully upon what the grace of God has made available to us in Christ Jesus.
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 stand firmly and securely upon His righteousness.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:26 (KJV)
One of the functions of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer is to bring the things of Jesus to our remembrance. We can be in the midst of turmoil or some kind of unexpected challenge, and the Holy Spirit will be there to gently draw our attention back to the truths of the Word of God. He will remind us of what is true about us in Christ and the victory that has already been won.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
Doing things in our own strength, relying merely upon what we can accomplish in our own ability, will sooner or later wear us out. Yet when we learn to live lives of total and complete dependence on God, we will find ourselves drawing upon His strength and His ability. We will be equipped and empowered to thrive and succeed in all we are called to do.
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 more we receive a revelation of the depth and the magnitude of the grace of God, the more will gratitude increase in our lives. A lifestyle of thanksgiving gives glory to God, and God’s glory always shows itself in and through the lives of His people as the manifestations of His grace, favor and goodness.
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Acts 20:35 (KJV)
One of the many blessings of giving is that anytime we give we are functioning as vessels through which God can extend His goodness into the world. When we see ourselves as instruments through which God can bless others, we may rest assured that our heavenly Father will always see to it that our needs will be met abundantly.
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
John 12:46 (KJV)
Jesus has come to set us free from darkness. Believing on Him supplies us with the power and ability to break free from the bondage of sin, sickness, poverty and depression, and to lay hold boldly of the victory He has made available. His finished works have provided what we need; our believing on Him is how we take possession of what has been provided.
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.
Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV)
There is a continual guidance available to us in every moment of every day. As we make it our habit to stop and listen for the still small voice, we will find that the Holy Spirit is always ready to guide us, instruct us, teach us and comfort us. We may rest assured that He will lead us into all that our heavenly Father has ordained for us.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
We overcome fear as we remember that it is the Spirit of God in us that gives us strength, wisdom, courage and ability. As we rely upon God, knowing He has planted in us His power, His love, and His soundness, we may go forth into our world with boldness and confidence. No longer are we held hostage by fear, but we are equipped and empowered to show up as the victorious overcomers we have been created to be.
The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
Exodus 14:14 (KJV)
God fights our battles for us when we are at peace. The more we can simply rest in Him and trust in His Word, the more will peace overtake us regardless of any circumstances or conditions. And a heart at peace is a heart that is receptive and available to God’s promises of victory in every area of life.