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 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.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Ephesians 1:4 (KJV)
In Christ we are holy and blameless before the Father in love, not because of our actions or performance, but as a result of having been made the sons and daughters of God. Now it is God’s love that compels us and enables us to live right. Chains are broken and darkness loses its grip over us, as guilt and condemnation are replaced with the goodness and mercy of God.
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
Galatians 5:1 (NLT)
When we are not deliberate about keeping our focus on Jesus and His finished works, we run the risk of always defaulting back into a performance-based mindset. We are called to stand fast in the freedom from the law that we have in Christ. This is not a freedom to sin, but a freedom to live right. As we are set free from the guilt and shame of not being able to keep the law, the Holy Spirit will now mold and shape us more fully into the image and likeness of Jesus.
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.
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)
Grace leads to a sense of gratitude because grace is the revelation that everything we need has already been made available. As we walk in this by faith, one day and one moment at a time, our thanksgiving gives glory to God. And God’s glory always shows itself in and through the lives of His people as the very manifestations of His grace, His favor and His goodness.
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 at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Acts 16:25-26 (KJV)
The way we respond in moments of hardship will often determine what the outcome will be. Paul and Silas, when locked up in prison, responded by praising God. As a result a miracle took place which enabled them to escape. When we praise God in the midst of the storm, we make ourselves available to seeing His supernatural power at work in our lives!