For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)
All of the promises of God have been made available to us in Christ Jesus. The purpose is so that the glory of God can show up in and through our lives so we may be a blessing to those we come into contact with. New covenant glory shows up in the earth when the finished works of Jesus Christ manifest in the lives of Believers.
“When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God.
Ezekiel 16:8 (NKJV)
God’s love and grace covers our nakedness—our shortcomings and failures, and we can stand boldly in His presence free from shame, guilt and condemnation. The covenant we have with God makes us His forever, and so all that the Father has is available to us as His sons and daughters.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:18 (NKJV)
The more we behold Jesus, the more are we transformed into His image and likeness. As we seek Him in all of the areas of our life, we will find ourselves being led from glory to glory through the wisdom and counsel of the Holy Spirit.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)
There is empowerment that comes when we make the decision to rejoice in the Lord. We are not moved by circumstances because our fellowship with Jesus has become the source of our joy! When we walk in His joy, we walk in His completeness. And out of this supernatural breakthroughs can now take place.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
Grace becomes empowerment when we realize that we in our own strength are never asked to carry the burdens of life, but that we are to cast these upon the Lord. This opens us to His power, His might, and His ability flowing through us. Now we are not limited by our own weaknesses because the supernatural power of Christ is resting upon us.
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 makes us receptive for it to manifest in our lives.
For he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 3:10-11 (NKJV)
Our words come out of what is in our hearts. As we deliberately fill our hearts with God’s Word and as we allow the love of Jesus to saturate us, we will find our words coming into alignment with life and peace. Let us be mindful of the tremendous power of our tongue, and let us purpose in our hearts to speak only words of life.
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV)
Jesus has become our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption. And so let us remember to not look to ourselves, but to Him. Being in Christ means that He has become our sufficiency unto whatever need may arise. As we meditate daily on this truth, accepting it in our hearts by faith, we will see the fruits of it showing up in our lives.
[He has also appropriated and acknowledged us as His by] putting His seal upon us and giving us His [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as the security deposit and guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise].
2 Corinthians 1:22 (AMP)
The Holy Spirit is God’s security deposit! This means it is actually the Holy Spirit’s job to guarantee that God’s purposes for our lives will come to pass. And so what is required of us is that we learn to live lives of complete dependence on Him where we no longer rely on our own efforts and performance, but we trust the unfailing working of the Spirit of grace in us.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, he taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1 Corinthians 3:19 (KJV)
Let us place our faith only in the power of God, and not in what we might consider the wisdom of this world. Worldly wisdom will oftentimes try and get us to doubt the promises of God, yet we are called to realize that no amount of worldly limitation can prevent us from receiving what God has already promised us in His Word.