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 than guarding our hearts as whatever is going on in our lives 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.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Romans 1:17 (KJV)
The just are called to live by faith. This means we agree with what God has said about us, we believe the promises of God for our lives. We are not moved by what we can see in the natural or feel in our emotions, we are moved only by the Word of God! We live by faith because faith enables what is already true about us in Christ to manifest in our day to day lives.
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Romans 4:3 (KJV)
We are righteous in the sight of God not because of our works, but as a result of us believing Him. It is faith in the finished works of Jesus Christ that makes us one hundred percent righteous. And it is out of us believing our identity in Christ Jesus that we bear fruit in our lives. Right believing will always produce right living.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 1:22 (KJV)
We are doers of the Word when we allow the Word of God to guide, influence and direct all of our actions. We believe who the Word says we are in Christ Jesus, we allow it to take root in our hearts, and then we act on it in faith. As we act on the Word we take faith steps that move us towards the manifestation of what the grace of God has already made available!
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)
Strength and power comes from our personal relationship with Jesus. Walking with Him and being in fellowship with Him through the Holy Spirit gives us might and ability beyond what we could accomplish on our own. The more connected we are to the vine, the more fruit will we bear.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV)
God’s will for us is to be abundantly supplied so we may fulfill every good work He has called us to do. When we understand this and trust Him in the area of our finances, we open ourselves up to seeing His abounding grace manifesting in the most unexpected ways. Let us remember that God truly is our source!
My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course.
Proverbs 23:19 (NLT)
We keep our heart on the right course by taking charge over our thinking, and by being selective about what we pay attention to. What gets 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 on course with the things of God.
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)
Jesus, through His finished works, has already made available to us everything we will ever need—all things pertaining to life and godliness. And so anytime a difficulty or a challenge arises, let us declare boldly that Jesus has already taken care of it. One of the highest ways we can exercise our faith is to believe that because we are in Christ, no matter what it looks like in the natural, it shall always be well with us.
And the grace (unmerited favor and blessing) of our Lord [actually] flowed out superabundantly and beyond measure for me, accompanied by faith and love that are [to be realized] in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 1:14 (AMP)
When we receive a revelation of God’s grace as His unmerited favor and blessing being made available to us, our faith increases as a result as we come to recognize and embrace His love for us. Rather than performing to try to get God to bless us, we find ourselves resting in His love and in His finished works. And out from this place do we move ever more fully towards the manifestation of His promises.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
Coming to Jesus is a coming to the end of ourselves. Now it is no longer about struggling and striving to try and make it, but much rather about resting in what He has already done. In Christ everything we need has been made available by His grace; and as we come to trust Him and walk by faith, we will see the manifestations of His finished works in our lives.